Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 27, 2013

Working out the kinks...

Since my last blog I took my own advise and have been in the studio almost daily... practicing... and it has paid off.  My technique has improved by leaps and bounds. I also had a couple glaze firings and was able to work out some kinks with my new glazes from Standard Ceramic Supply Co. I absolutely love, love, love the combo of turquois over matt black.


Thank you "Janice the Potter", please view her U-tube channel.

I also started working with a new clay, Buffalo Wallow by Armadillo Clay. It is like "budda". It's so soft and smooth. I usually throw clay with a lot of grog. What a difference. I also love the color... it's a beautiful toasted tan.

Since the stars have aligned for me... with this kiln opening... I may actually have something to sell on my Etsy page!! 


Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

Practice, practice, practice...  

Having my own studio is absolutely a dream come true.  Being able to see my progression as a potter is fulfilling... as well as frustrating.  My husband says I am over critical of my work... but I see amateur mistakes.  A fellow potter once told me "to tell if someone is an amateur is to look at the details"....  Not the artistic details but the detail details.  Making sure the foot of a piece is clean, edges are not sharp, handles and lugs are appropriate, compress or burnish after trimming... really making sure that when you put your piece up on the shelf, it is truly clean work. 

I think that in my excitement of having the studio and now being able to really work in the craft I have not paid enough attention to the details and it shows at times in the final product.  I think I rushed in with the mentality of starting a business and being a production potter.  I had forgotten that I am at the beginning of my journey... finding my center... my stride of who I am and what really turns me on as a potter.  A production potter... that I'm not...yet!.  While that is a goal, I have a lot to learn and a ways to go...not much... but a ways.

Pottery is all about centering.   Literally and figuratively.  Centering yourself and the clay.  I just need to relax, enjoy myself and....

Practice, practice, practice!