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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Moar Newbie Ceramics! on: April 08, 2010 05:48:34 PM
Thanks! I was a bit disappointed with that piece at first, because you can't see the color of the stain beneath the glaze, but it sort of grew on me.
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Moar Newbie Ceramics! on: April 06, 2010 11:55:17 PM
Okay, this post is gonna be quick and dirty-
These are my two favorite projects from last semester, and are also two of the first ceramic pieces I made. I believe all of the pieces we make in my class get fired at Cone 10.

Slab-form sushi tray (Los Altos clay, Shaner's Orange glaze):

What's that? You didn't know sushi grows on trees?!
The design was cut with a needle tool, then the slab was thrown down at an angle to open up the lines. It's a bit hard to tell in this picture, but I love how the glaze bubbled up and turned black in the crevices. It looks like tree sap! And you can hardly tell the foot snapped off of the left bottom corner, which was lucky.

Slab-form bowl (Los Altos, Winnokur glaze w/red stain underneath):

We were required to use at least three different types of leaves from plants outside the ceramics studio, then to trace the edges of the leaves to enhance the pattern. The little circular impressions were key limes, he he. I put a ridiculously small amount of glaze on this one. The color you see is purely the clay body showing through. Winnokur glaze is meant to turn off-white. :/ Somehow 75% of everything I made turned out brown because of the same mistake.

Let me know what you think! I'm always eager to learn and I know we've got some amazing potters here. Wink
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Hand-built 1st Semester Ceramics on: April 06, 2010 11:28:50 PM
In posting my first ceramic pieces, I feel the need to tell you all about Ron, my ceramics professor.
He is amazing. He can throw a pot on the wheel in 30 seconds flat.  He also studied under the #2 potter in the world at the time (and lived and studied with the guy in freaking JAPAN for several months before earning the title "sensei," which is a mighty big honor there). Talents aside, the guy is still awesome. He's a huge nerd and is totally proud of it. Plus, he lets us have *almost* free reign with the projects we do. He's a great teacher, in the truest sense of the word.

Anyway, you can tell by now that he's a pretty cool guy. For now, I'll get to the pictures, which I'm sure are the only reason you're reading this bloody thread (and I apologize for the crappy lighting):

My favorite happy accident-
Alice in Wonderland slab bowl (Los Altos, Max's Purple Pink glaze w/manganese stain)-
Chesire cat, side view:

He was done with a cat cookie cutter, a porcelain clown-face stamp for the face, and a needle tool for the ears.

EAT ME & key, side view:

The key above was given to me by my boyfriend (I believe it's from an anime called Blood Plus). I had a shot of the DRINK ME part and a better shot of the key, but my photo editor decided to eat them instead.

The cute little spade I carved on the inside bottom of the bowl got blown to sh*t in the bisque firing (air bubbles- ARGH). The good news is that I discovered how to throw ceramic mushrooms on the wheel, which I am going to "plant" in the bowl along with moss and river rocks. Who doesn't like a fairy garden?  Grin

Mishima pinch pot (Los Altos clay, Celadon & Orange Coast Black glazes)

Partial side view:

The side says, "The city lights are cold + violent." It's a line from an Amanda Palmer song called Ampersand (hence, the & on the inside).

Slab pitcher (Los Altos, Seacrest Black glaze):

I have a lot of trouble getting glazes to come out even. On this one, you can see the clay body through at the top and the glaze is really thick at the bottom. I kinda like the effect though.
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But WAIT! There's more!

Not only is my professor amazing at what he does, and is generally a great a person, but he's also taking me to Coachella Fest to ride along in my rock hero's limo. I'm going to Coachella with Josh FRIGGING Homme from Queens of the Stone Age! Ron just happens to live next door to him (and my uncle, incidentally), and decided I have to tag along since I nearly died of oxygen deprivation when he told our class who he's going to the festival with. Plus, I was the only person in the class who even knows who Them Crooked Vultures are.

Okay, rant over. Sorry for writing a book. :/

Now, more importantly, what do you guys think of my haul from last semester? C & C most certainly appreciated.

*Update: I'm really upset because the administration at the school just suspended my professor (two months before his retirement, no less, and after having been there 40 years), because of a difference of opinion. They've put him on an indefinite administrative leave and I'm thinking of staging a sit-in inside the ceramics studio, lol. He's the only reason I decided to take the class again. I'm so tired of bureaucratic BS screwing with my education and my school. Grrrr...
14  California / California: South / Re: Any crafters in Lake Elsinore? Temecula? on: April 06, 2010 11:03:29 PM
I live down the hill in Palm Desert. Cheesy
15  California / California: South / Re: Anyone going to Coachella Fest? on: April 06, 2010 11:01:18 PM
Thanks, I'll try!

The only reason I get to go every year is that I live 15 minutes from the polo grounds where they hold it. Smiley
16  California / California: South / Re: Anyone going to Coachella Fest? on: April 06, 2010 09:25:01 PM

Me again. I'm going to Coachella Fest again this year (as I do every year), and I'm wondering if anyone else is. Also, if anyone's going and wants to do a festival attire craft-along or just share pics or ideas, let me know. Smiley
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: altered photo - 1922 lady on: April 04, 2010 11:56:31 PM
How about "crotchety" (subject to whims, crankiness, or ill temper)? You know, something that sounds old-fashioned and a bit grumpy at the same time (that's sort of what the lady reminds me of; so somber, and they could never smile in pictures at that time).

All that added detail is lovely. ^_^ Great job.
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: fantasy mushroom garden from polymer clay on: April 04, 2010 03:05:03 PM
While I don't use polymer clay myself, I believe since it has more of a plasticy/rubbery base to it, the elements would break it down pretty quickly. I would suggest sealing it, just to be sure. (I think modge podge might even work.)
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: any potters out there!? on: April 04, 2010 03:01:35 PM
Hey all! I've been doing ceramics at my local community college for the past semester and a half and I LOVE it. Too bad my amazing professor is retiring after this semester (although, he does deserve it; he's been teaching for 40 years!). I'm really lucky to have such a great teacher, otherwise I'm pretty sure I'd be even shittier at throwing than I already am. Grin I could go on about him for ages; he's the best. But that is another post for another day.

As for tips/hints, I agree about using less water. Over-working the clay and using too much water are the surest ways to ruin a pot. Usually, beginners (at least in my class) start with a clay that has a lot of sand to it, like Los Altos. With more sand, the clay sticks to itself a bit firmer and is harder to move out of place by accident. Most advanced students use B-mix (which I think is basically a porcelain knock-off), which is easier to manipulate, but also easier to screw up. I found that I had too hard of a time trying to use Los Altos because it's too hard for me to manipulate and it dehydrates faster than B-mix (in my experience). So, my second piece of advice would be to try experimenting with different types of clay and see what suits you.

Sorry for writing a book. Smiley I just love ceramics!
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Deer head plaster mold? on: April 04, 2010 02:47:17 PM
Actually, that link is about the only thing I found in relation to deer head molds, lol. But the blogger did say they found the mold on eBay, so that may be your best bet. Or even Etsy, since they sell craft supplies as well as crafts.
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