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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Advice on Packing/Shipping Ceramic Art? on: May 18, 2012 07:19:16 PM
Hello, all.  I couldn't find the answer to this question, so hopefully someone here knows what I can do. (Also: I hope I didn't miss it somewhere!)

I've been taking this ceramics class at my local JCC for about six years now, and as a result have an apartment full of ceramic monsters friends all over the place.

This fall, I'm going to be moving from San Francisco to New York City. I plan on shipping most of the stuff in my apartment via one of those PODS portable storage thingies, but I have no idea how to wrap and pack my babies so that they will arrive in NY damage-free.  Some of them are pretty sturdy and don't have dangling parts, but then there are ones like the two pictured below:


Absinthe 3 Quarters by Eapa, on Flickr


Bruce 14 by Eapa, on Flickr

I just know that something's going to bonk them and snap off their legs or something like that.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me?  Have any of you gone through what I'm about to go through, and have any advice that worked?  I'm just worried I'll be unpacking in my new apartment, and find all my work has turned into clay dust in the trip over.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Bruce, my Dream Paramour on: September 29, 2011 10:59:07 PM
This is only sort of a personal story.

Bruce came to me in a dream.


Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

It was one of those situations that seem perfectly normal while you're in the dream, but make you think twice about your inner psyche when you wake up in the morning. In this dream, a basilisk and I were, ah, having "intimate relations". 

If you know anything about the mythical basilisk, you know that his look means death. (And if you know anything about the real life basilisk, you know that he walks on water, but that's a different story.) In my dream I wasn't concerned about a look of death or getting turned to stone at a glance. While we were locked in that deadly embrace, I was more concerned instead with keeping him distracted every time he tried to bite me. His bite was poison, and he was touchy ... though also easily distracted.


Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

There's a lot of symbolism involved in a dream about making love to a dangerous mythical lizard. I'm very much aware of that.  I didn't take much thought to realize what and who this lizard dream represented. The image haunted me for weeks, and during that time I worked diligently on the sculpture I present to you now.  He's as close to a spitting image of the lover in my head as I could get.


Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

This's probably the most complicated project I've worked on yet in my weekly ceramics class. Pinchpot-based head and body, tail created using coils, the body elevated with scrap clay while the legs stiffened enough to support the weight of the entire creation. After he was bisque fired, I dabbed him with black underglaze, washed it away, had him high-fired, and then wet brushed him with acrylic paint to get the mottled green look.


Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

The name, Bruce, is taken from the man who (I'm pretty sure) inspired the lizard. Sort of. He's very special to me, just as this project is very special to me.


Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

But, of course, not so special that any constructive criticism wouldn't be appreciated.  (Adoration would be fine, too  Wink He is a reptile, after all.)  Please let me know what you think.  And thank you for looking! It's nice to get some feedback from people who aren't necessarily my classmates, teacher, or friends.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Alcoholic Monsters: Absinthe and Midori on: May 03, 2011 11:42:56 PM
I've already put up a couple of posts of some of the monsters I've made. (Here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364213.msg4276220#msg4276220 and here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354778.msg4148786#msg4148786)  Getting around time that I want to share a couple more with all of you, get some more feedback (not quite ready for bed yet  Wink ).

Almost all my monsters start as pinchpots; in fact, most of those pinchpots are really just me playing with the clay, trying to come up with an idea, and then getting surprised by what comes out.  Such is the case with Absinthe:



She was fired in September of '09, and probably glazed by the middle of October, in time for my ceramic studio's open house of the season.  All the coloring is done with a variety of underglazes, and finished off with a barely-there high fire clear.  (Our kiln goes to a Cone 5 High Fire.)



She's a little neurotic (and makes me a little neurotic, with those long, fragile-looking legs!) but I have to admit that she's probably my favorite monster yet.  (Just don't tell my other babies.)



Next up is Midori.  He's cute, but sometimes I feel like there should be something more to him. 



However, I think he's kind of just like a midori sour: sweet enough that just about everyone can stomach him, even the most squeamish.



Midori's dated July '09.  High summer in San Francisco ... which means cold, fog, and gloom.  (Maybe a little exaggeration there, but not by much.)  I think I was trying to call upon the heat of the savannah with my little lion booze-monster.



By the by, photos are all done by my fabulous friend Angela, when she was visiting me from Nashville.

Comments, compliments, criticism are all welcome.  I love making my monsters, but I'm starting to fear that they'll start taking over my apartment soon -- I've only shown you guys 7, I think, and that's maybe only half ... of the ones that are complete.  If I could ever bear to part with my babies, I might start trying to recreate them or just straight up sell them on Etsy, and would be curious to know if there would be any interest in that.  (In other words: am I good enough to make some spare cash off this hobby?)

Also, I need a name for the alcohol monster series.  In addition to Absinthe, Midori, Bourbon, Scotch and Jager, I've also got Tequila Shot, Kahlua, (Pinot) Grigio, Grapa, Vermouth and Gin (the Martini brothers), Ouzo, and Hennessey.  Name suggestions are totally welcome. 

Thank you for looking!  And reading my long-windedness.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / A Couple More Monsters on: November 07, 2010 04:31:54 PM
Some months back, I shared a couple of the monster creations I've made in the Ceramics class I've been taking for almost five years now. (That post is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354778.0.)  Figured it was about time to share a couple more -- it's a lazy Sunday, and I'm trying to avoid cleaning the apartment.  Wink

As I mentioned in my previous post, all my work is hand-built.  Bisqued, glazed, and then fired in the studio's electric kiln to a cone 5 high fire.

Please let me know what you think.  The three pictured today are the first three in my "Alcoholic" series (someday I'll come up with a better name for it).

First up, Scotch:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825118349/in/set-72157624450371953/


Scotch started off as a couple of pinch pots, and was originally intended to be a planter.  I still haven't planted anything in him, but sometimes I'll store coughdrops or other small hard candy things in him.  He was bisqued in February 2009.  My favorite part of making him was the fur -- took a while with a dental tool to get it looking just right, but very mesmerizingly soothing.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825118151/in/set-72157624450371953/


Why the name Scotch?  Really no idea, he just wanted to be named that.

Next is Bourbon. It's not his fault that he's my least favorite: I didn't expect the colors in the glazing to come out quite the way they did.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825124649/


I think he's so sad because he knows I don't love him as much as the others.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825124801/


Bourbon was built and bisqued in March 2009.  Once I'd settled on the name, I realized I'd be on a streak of naming my monsters after alcoholic beverages.  Sort of an homage to my best friend, perhaps.  Or maybe I just really needed a drink.

Finally (for today) we have Jager (as in Jagermeister):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825731810/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/5155838279/


Built and fired in June '09.  The glaze for his main body was new to our studio at the time: Temmoku.  I kind of like it in this application.

That's it for today -- thanks for your patience, and for helping me kill some time when I should be cleaning.  Please do let me know what you think, and maybe I'll get around to posting more of my monsters before the end of the year.   Roll Eyes
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / A Couple of Monsters on: July 24, 2010 08:32:43 PM
This will be my very first "finished object" post on Craftster.  I've been trolling around on here for years, and finally decided to do a little showing off of my own.  (Inspired by going through the pictures my friend Angela took of my creations some months back.)

I've been attending "Clay and Wine" classes at my local Jewish Community Center for over four years now, and after an initial two sessions making truly ugly bowls and such, eventually I found my "creative" spark and started making things that were interesting.  My teacher and longest-term classmate (who by now are also my friends, we've all been in the class together for almost my entire run of it)  both tell me they really like my work ... but I kind of want The Opinion of Strangers to also chime in.

I don't do any throwing -- all my work is hand built.  Most of my monsters start out as pinch pots, actually.  Our ceramic studio has a cone 5 high fire electric kiln (I'm pretty sure).

Just a couple monsters to start off, so I don't underoverwhelm you all at once.  Please let me know what you think, if you want to see more, if they're horrible, etc.  Thank you in advance for looking, too!

Duckie was bisque fired in October '08.  Black underglaze washed away to fill out the shadows, fired at Cone 5, and then painted with a cobalt blue acrylic. He sleeps a lot, but since his main job is to guard my house phone, I'm okay with that.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825740844/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825130417/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825740544/


Cthulian isn't dated, but I think he was bisqued sometime early-to-mid 2009. He started as a terrible pinch pot that I was going to scrap, but decided to play with since the smooshed pot vaguely resembled an octopus's body.  The name of the glaze escapes me at the moment, unfortunately. Tongue He's hanging in the threshold between my entry way and the kitchen of my wee studio apartment.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825131717/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/eapa/4825742958/
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help Me Fix My "Princess" Chair? on: February 10, 2007 01:46:56 AM
A couple years ago I bought this awesome high backed princess chair (I'm not actually sure what it's called ... I just always call it my princess chair) at an estate sale:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/165/385329059_26bca41b89_m.jpg

(Yes, that is GIR sitting on it.)

When I moved to my new apartment, I didn't have a real chair to use as a desk chair for when I'm sitting at my computer, so I had to use this one.  Unfortunately, it wasn't made for the stress of my arse slouching in it for a few hours a day, and I sat the bottom out:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/142/385329057_f6c658ac71.jpg

I've currently stuffed the hole with a large pillow or two, but would really like to come up with a permanent, nice-looking solution.  So I come to the collective crafty mind of you ladies and gents on Craftster, asking for help.  I know the obvious solution is to just make a pillow in a trapezoidal cone shape to stick in there, but not being the sewing-crafty sort (I'm a knitter, for the most part), I have no idea how to go about that, and don't have a sewing machine to use, either (though I certainly don't mind learning ... I know where I could rent some time on one).

Any ideas?  Is this sort of damage fixable?  Or do I have to bite the bullet and just live with the fact that my chair will never be the same again?

Also, does anyone actually know what this kind of chair is called?  I feel silly just calling it a Princess Chair.

Thanks in advance!
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