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Imageimapigeon
Aug 29, 2011 4:36 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
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Imageimapigeon
Aug 29, 2011 4:37 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Since I adopted my dog in July, I swear I haven't been in my studio for more than 2 minutes. She needs a lot of attention, but I have to figure out how to shoehorn clay into my schedule!

What's everyone else been doing this summer?
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Imagezenpotter
Aug 30, 2011 6:45 AM CST
Name: Pauline
Minneapolis, MN
Tell me about it. Clay lost it's place in my schedule and I moved out of my studio over the weekend. A couple of the pieces I unloaded on Sunday did not look good and I can use the kilns for another year so at least I will get them re-fired along with some other pieces I never took the time to do.
Imageimapigeon
Aug 30, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I still have a piece in the damp box that I was putting grapevines on in July. I guess now it will be an exercise in re-wetting and trying to get stuff to stick. It may all end up back in the recycling crock! The last 2 pieces I got out of the ^10 firing need something.....the underglazes didn't work well. And one of them warped, too. It won't show with a plant in it, but it bugs me and there's nothing I can do about it. I guess I still need to make my rims thicker on my bigger pieces.

How's the house-hunting going?
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Imageimapigeon
Sep 17, 2011 3:40 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I just signed up to do an "open studio" at home in October. I'm nervous but excited. Fortunately I have support from my hubby and 4 dear friends who have agreed to help out----two of them will be here on the Saturday and two on Sunday.
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bbrookrd
Sep 26, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
I have been trying to pot when ever I can, but other projects have hindered my efforts. I did spend 4 days up in Boston at the studio last week chained to the wheel and glazing table which felt wonderful. The results may not be, but time will tell. I have signed up for a kiln to fire a big load on Oct 10-11 and to be in the Dec studio show. Nervous.

I went to a wonderful community wide open studio show in the Boston area(Jamaica Plains) on Sat where many of the potters I know where selling their wares. They were all doing quite well on Sat and covered the fee in the first few sales, so they where very pleased and still had all day Sunday to sell more work. I bought 2 small pieces. I saw some very fine work by others that I didn't know who work at different studios that blew me away, but then I did see a lot of other ceramic work and other art that was not up to prime time. Mine is just barely worthy of trying to flog but going to the show gives me courage to display my work and see what strangers think.

Last week I went to a pottery supply store and bought a few bisque tiles to test gaze and fire as I want to do all the back-splash tiles for a kitchen renovation that we are doing in our Vt house. I am going to use the ready made 4" white body tiles to do the project as I can't imagine trying to make the large number I need and have them not be all warped and wonky. It is going to be a big enough project just to do the glazing and firing and laying as is. I hope I can pull it off but unless I get some good glaze results, I will abandon the idea and buy tiles.

Here are a few of the recent fired pieces with before and after shots. I like the Val's Yellow and am trying more of it in the next kiln. 1st is Val's Yellow, Hare's Fur and Randy's red 2nd and 3rd are Plum, temoku and transparent.
PattiThumb of 2011-09-26/bbrookrd/ec1bf2 Thumb of 2011-09-26/bbrookrd/af7e0d Thumb of 2011-09-26/bbrookrd/32ae0f
Imageimapigeon
Sep 26, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I know just how you feel about your show in December, but your glazing is so creative! I love how you combine the glazes on your bowls.

I've made hundreds of tiles, and I can share my methods for keeping them flat if you decide to do your own. After cutting the first couple of hundred by hand, I bought some nice stainless plunge-cutters so they now turn out pretty much the same size.

I'm glad to hear people are buying stuff somewhere. I hope it holds true here! I've been throwing every spare minute the past few days so I can get some additional pieces done before this hoo-hah in October. Plus I need to get my garden in tip-top shape since people will be wandering through it to get to the studio.

I've decided not to worry about anything except my son's wedding after Wednesday. He's getting married on Friday, and I can start worrying about ceramics again on Monday!
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bbrookrd
Sep 27, 2011 6:08 AM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
Thanks, I am trying to find a group of glazes that I love and can use regularly, but still looking for a few more combinations. But above all, my potting needs to get more consistent and thinner. Also, I am trying to learn to make lids that fit which is proving to be a new challenge for me. I have yet to face handles. So much to learn.

Your offer to help with tiles is sweet, but I am going to pass on making them. Too much time and work. I just hope I can glaze them well enough to like them enough to use them.

I can't imagine trying to have an open house and an open garden at the same time. I hope it is a huge success and then having your son's wedding on top of it is beyond contemplating. You must be exhausted or have far more energy than me. Have fun at the wedding and be sure and post pictures of your new work and your garden if you have a second left to snap some shots. I was amazed at the the amount of work that was being bought at the Boston show last weekend. People seemed to want quality handmade gifts. I am sure you will do well. Hope the weather is great. Patti
Imageimapigeon
Sep 27, 2011 9:23 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
There are some good You-Tube videos on making lids, and one I recently watched showed a technique of throwing them off the hump, pulling them out flat and "flopping" them over. I tried it and loved it. The same video also recommended making the lid first, and making the jar opening to fit it. I don't think I did that with my last jar, but I definitely will with my next one!
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bbrookrd
Sep 27, 2011 2:10 PM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
Thanks, I do throw them off the hump, but could use some advice as I am just muddling along on my own. I like the idea of making the lid first. Here are a few attempts, but not yet fired. Off to check out that video. PattiThumb of 2011-09-27/bbrookrd/0bc868
Imageimapigeon
Sep 27, 2011 4:43 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Those look like they fit very nicely!

A couple of things I liked about this "flopping over" technique was being able to work on the lid right-side up, being able to do the knob at the same time, but still get a nice curve in the lid's shape. The downside is more trimming to clean out the inside.

I had one friend who put a TON of time into his knobs. They were works of art on their own even without the jar. I like to do mine like making a small bottle.

I think this was one I did using the "flop-over" technique, but I made the lid fit the jar. I haven't done it the other way around---yet. Next time!
Thumb of 2011-09-27/imapigeon/388ea8
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bbrookrd
Sep 28, 2011 6:57 AM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
Your container is so stunning. I watched several lid making videos last night, but my computer is not streaming them very well for some reason so it was hard to watch them. I am having a tune up today on it, so the problem should get fixed and I will watch them again. I need to watch a whole bunch of them on all kinds of better techniques than my self taught foolishness. Thanks. Patti
Imageimapigeon
Sep 28, 2011 9:27 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Nothing wrong with self-taught----we all end up doing what works best for us! I love having videos available so I can see how other people do things. But I usually fall back on what I've been doing all along. My favorite local instructor says I use a left-handed technique for some steps, even though I'm right-handed. But it works for me so I just have to be careful to explain that to any newbies I work with in class so they don't get confused.

This jar is definitely the best piece I've ever done. I told my husband not to let me sell it or give it away.
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bbrookrd
Sep 28, 2011 12:05 PM CST
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
I would say it is an amazing piece and that it needs to stay with you too. I had lessons 40 years ago and then a general refresher course when I started up again that included a couple of classes about throwing, so I am mostly flying on what I see others doing and what comes naturally. I have some odd habits too, but mostly just bad habits. Though I so enjoy the process that what comes out is almost secondary. But getting better is good.

Have a wonderful wedding and don't give that Jar away! Patti
Imageimapigeon
Oct 4, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Don't know if you subscribe to Ceramic Arts Daily emails (free!) but in case you don't I wanted to share this lid-making video with you.

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/bookstore/lively-forms-and-expre...

Wedding was amazing, weekend was fabulous. Now I've gotta get back to work!
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Imageimapigeon
Oct 16, 2011 11:16 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
WOOHOO! Just finished my open studio weekend. Lots of visitors (some were just nosy neighbors who wanted to see my front courtyard, which they could see any time just by coming to the front door....LOL!) Others wanted to see the back yard, and it was fun to show off the landscaping we've worked so hard on. I think I may have convinced 3 people to sign up for ceramic classes with my favorite instructor at the local community college.

Got two commissions and cleared out about 80% of the items I had for sale. The rest I will donate to school for the holiday fundraiser, and I can start the new year with my shelves cleaned out.

With the help of my husband and friends, I'd do this again in a heartbeat. I learned that I can sell my own work if I'm on home ground and have something else to talk about!
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