Posts made in January, 2012

Production Pottery – Challenge #1

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Class, Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples | 0 comments

Although not all potters aspire to be production potters, all potters will benefit from the skills required to make dinnerware.  Potters who can make multiple pots similar in form and size are efficient throwers and have the technical skills to accomplish any sort of pot.  Their only  limitations are desire, creativity, and time. Essentially, there are two basic challenges to making dinnerware sets: Similar pieces must be similar Dissimilar pieces must relate to one another Challenge No. 1:  Similar pieces must be similar – essentially, this means that each salad plate you make should be...

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Production Pottery – Tools

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Class, Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples, Review, Scale, Tools | 0 comments

There are two fundamental challenges to making dinnerware.  The first challenge is to make similar pieces look similar (i.e. one salad plate should look like all the other salad plates).  This is accomplished by making pots that are the same size and shape.  Making pots that are the same size will help them look like they belong together; and, it is easier to replicate size (height and width) than it is to replicate shape – the key is to measure.  Fortunately, there are a few tools that can help potters in their quest to make place settings. A good scale is indispensable when making...

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Production Pottery

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples | 0 comments

Pottery classes have resumed  at the art center, and, I am thrilled to be back among such passionate people.  This session, we are working on dinnerware which is a sneaky way to have everyone make multiples – after all, there is no better way to acquire technical skills other than practice. Although  not all potters want to be production potters, all potters benefit from the sills required to make multiple pots that are similar in form and size.  Basic technical skills are prerequisites to any creative endeavor. Essentially, there are two basic challenges for potters to resolve when...

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2012…

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in About Me, Philosophy | 2 comments

Although I love the holidays, there is something fresh and uncluttered about January.  The darker days seem to lend themselves to quiet contemplation; and, as a resolutionist, I find myself thinking about what would like to do in the new year. The primary thing I would like to focus on this year is developing more interesting pots.  This is one of those immeasurable goals – allusive and hard to define.    Essentially, I would like to add layers of depth to the pots to make them feel more like my own.  I haven’t figured out how I am going to go about this; and, I suspect that it will take...

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Zumba and Pottery

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in About Me, Philosophy | 0 comments

I have been going to a gym for several years; I work out on my own but I also take classes.  I really like the weight lifting and aerobic classes.  But, in an attempt to expand my class-repertoire, I decided to go to a Zumba class.  Although, I love to dance, I am not rhythmic so this is a challenge on many levels.  It is a lot of fun; and, after a few classes, I am learning the steps.  In fact, I am convinced I am dancing just as well as the instructor – until I look in the mirror… But here’s what I noticed, some of the women are so tentative in their movements that they look stiff and...

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