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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2008 05:06:22 PM »

sweet i thought they were glazed but its a great detail
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2008 01:16:49 PM »

That is absolutely beautiful!  I took a pottery class my first semester in college and I hated it.  My hat is off to you Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2008 02:47:55 PM »

Thanks so much, guys, I appreciate the comments!

Yeah, college courses can sometimes be taught by people who haven't changed their curriculum in years and have lost their enthusiasm for the arts, which means they can't possibly inspire the uninspired. That's how I felt about my instructor, when I saw class projects of years gone by, the curriculum seemed the same year after year, ugh. I realize there is a certain amount of repetition needed to learn the basics, but it's art, ideas are just about endless.

Ceramics is one of those subjects that definitely needs an instructor in love with their craft. But even with a great instructor it can still be challenging to find what 'fires your pot' and what doesn't. It means giving everything a try, throwing on the wheel (which I loathed) pouring slip (liquid clay) into molds or doing stuff free-hand with coils and slabs of clay.

I'm determined to make more of the little ones, so if anyone has any suggestions on how to set up a way to fire them in cans, let me know, eh?

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2008 06:51:53 AM »

I adore your butterfly bowl, but I am absolutely in love with the two smaller bowls. The colors are amazing! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2008 10:47:03 AM »

Thank you SO MUCH! The big pot didn't get by unscathed before the bisque firing, but I'm glad the damage was done beforehand so I could repair it. Someone bumped their piece against mine and part a wing fell off, but I managed to find it. The instructor (whom I'm sure got some sort of sick thrill out of being right, she wasn't very happy about my piece being so difficult to fire in the first place), showed me how to use vinegar, of all things to sort of 'glue' it back together. It worked beautifully because even I can't tell which one was broken. Dipping it in the glaze proposed another challenge because of the large size but I managed to escape with no finger prints left behind.

I'm with you, I love those sweet little pots. We had to make 3 of them (gave one away, there's a Mexican name for the vessels but I can't think of it), and after the first one I was hooked! I fell in love with the burnishing process, it was relaxing and provided instant gratification with the shine it left behind. And when it came out of the firing process I would have cried if I wasn't standing amongst such a large crowd, the finish was way beyond my expectations. The only thing I wish was different about them is the inside, it's plain bisque and I think it would be more esthetically pleasing if it was glazed.

They're a bit wonky, but that's what appeals to me about hand-made stuff. Wonky can be a good thing in the crafting world, adds character!
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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2008 10:19:01 AM »

I love your pot. I took a ceramics class but the clay frustrated me. =/ I have two lopsided vases I made a couple years ago. I love them though. I like burnished clay items too. They're lovely.
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« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2008 11:02:48 AM »

Thank you so much! I love the fact our 'works of art' aren't perfect, so lopsided is good! I'd sure like to see your vases.
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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2008 07:21:27 PM »

Oh wow! When I saw "coil pot" in the title I immediately remembered the lopsided excuse for a pot I made in 7th grade pottery! Haha! I shouldn't underestimate craftsters like that. This is amazing. I wish I wasn't so inept at pottery making...I don't have enough patience.
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« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2008 11:12:03 PM »

*snicker* I totally know what you mean, sometimes we never know what we'll find when we click on something here. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised, though, thanks for posting!
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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2008 03:52:26 PM »

That butterfly pot is jawdropping.  Nicely done!
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