Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Seeing Dali

We went to see the Salvidor Dali exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  As expected, the show was pretty fantastic.  The man was a genius with an amazing sense of detail and humor.  What I didn't realize was his status as a celebrity.  The exhibition showed video clips, pictures and told stories of his life, as well as his paintings.  As I think about the fame of artists like Dali, Andy Warhol and countless others I wonder how many people today can name more than one contemporary, living, fine artist.   Musicians and actors are pretty well known, but what about painters, sculptors and (of course) potters?  And do we want fame and all that it brings with it?  Obviously the financial benefits are nice.  Would you want to be famous?
Anyway, I'm just day dreaming while time is melting away from me.  If you get a chance to see this exhibit you should do it.  It's really great.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Thanks to Technology

Whatever seasonal holidays you celebrate I hope you enjoyed them.  Did you see the eclipse?  It was very cool.
Idaho Barn Plate
Janet's brother got married so we took a trip to Idaho for the wedding and family festivities.  It was cold, windy, snowy and fun.  While there I received a phone call from a very nice man who was recommended by Donna Van Gogh's Artist Market, a gallery that carries my work.  This man wanted a custom piece made for his sweetie.  It sounds like an interesting project, full of meaning for them and he's fine with getting it after the holidays.  I like customers like this guy.  Thanks to the cell phone and the ability to take notes on the iPod I was able to discuss what this piece would become and take good notes so I could remember when I got back to the studio.
We had plans to go out to visit with friends on Christmas eve so I took a nap in the afternoon.  When I awoke I checked my email and found that another pot had sold on Etsy.  I don't sell very much on Etsy so it's always a nice surprise when it happens.  I love selling while I'm napping too.
Thanks to technology I can sell my pottery whenever and wherever I am.  I can give quick customer service even when I'm not in the studio.  And I still feel like I've been on vacation.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hello Dori

It's been way too cold here in Atlanta.  It could be worse but this is not Minnesota, it's Georgia, the warm south.   Dori the Whiggle (Whippet Beagle mix) just wants to hibernate.  This makes good sense but she also does need to get out from under the blankets and go outside a few times each day.  The solution is a pink, camo, fleece lined coat.  She won't step foot outside the house without it when it's this cold. 
Isn't she cute?
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Lizella Clay

I've made a few pieces with Lizella Clay recently because it's a local clay which comes from Lizella GA.  I think buying local is good for the economy and the environment so I thought I'd give it another try (I used it about 2 years ago).
It's a very soft clay but also very course which makes it great for sculpture and throwing although I may need to practice with it more if I want to throw anything very delicate.  I have seen very delicate walled pots made with this clay, I'm just not good at it yet.  It's also nice because it needs less water when throwing due to the softness.  The clay has a high iron content (4%) which makes firing above cone 9 not recommended but it also doesn't vitrify at cone 6.  These are just factors to consider when determining what to make with the clay and how to treat the surface.
The bisque fired clay is a bright, brick red that is really attractive and would be wonderful for flower pots.  I do want to try more low fire experiments with this clay for that reason.
In high fire reduction the body gets very dark and metallic looking.  Some of the pieces I've fired in reduction look great, others go to the charity cases bin.  It's too dark for me but lots of people think it's great.  I prefer the way the body looks in oxidation, it's a rich, dark red brown.  The high iron will, of course effect glaze colors as you can see in the picture.  This can be nice and earthy.
I want to see how it works with Terra Sig and with the Borax wash that I was on Tracey Broome's blog.  I'll keep you updated.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Business Cards

Once again it's time to print more business cards.  Some artists and other business people have said that business cards don't do any good but I'm here to tell you that is just not true.  I got a call the other day from someone who had picked up my card at a recent show and wanted to buy a piece of pottery he had seen.  Sadly, he had me mistaken for another potter, who I happen to know so I'll give her his contact information.  It was an awkward phone call as you can imagine, but it did prove that people sometimes do follow up when they really like a piece.
Infinity Casserole
Since I love change I'm considering some design changes on my card.  One thing that I'm thinking about is my title.  Do I use "Artist," "Potter," "Ceramic Artist," or something else entirely.   I'd love to come up with something really creative and memorable but I know that will not happen until after this batch is printed and I'll forget by the next time I need them.  What does your card say?

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