SparkPeople Pottery for the Soul Team Messageboard This is a place where potters, people who love pottery, and people wanting to have a healthier body and soul can come and share their passions of life. SparkPeople Pottery for the Soul Team Messageboard I keep visiting February 2014 Hey all hope you are all well <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> I hope also you soon to return with summer coming and an excellent time to return to our lovely artistic endeavors Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:53:36 EST moving OK we have finally moved into town whew!!Never want to do that again for at least 1 yr.What a job that was but we lived way out in the country for 23yrs now hubbys Dr.wants him closer to a hospital so we gave up the country home which we loved and moved into town.Luckily it is a small city but has all the amenities of a larger city and we now live only a half hour from a larger city with even more modern facilities.But I am still a country woman and the transition has been extremely difficult... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:27:37 EST Summer Goals Zippety Do Dah! Summer's here! I'm on vacation!!!! <BR> My goal is to do 5 things every day: <BR> 1. Work on a project <BR> 2. Play <BR> 3. Exercise <BR> 4. Something job related <BR> 5. Something for the Home <BR> So far I've been meeting my goals and getting lots done! As well as having fun! <BR> What are your goals for this summer? Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:58:41 EST Whaaaaa!! I gained 8 pounds while in England. I walked probably 6 to 10 miles daily and thought that I was eating reasonably. However, the B&B breakfasts were more than I'm used to. Also, I was drinking more beer every day than I do in a week. And we did visit that chocolate factory in York.... It's so unfair because my husband LOST 5 pounds! <BR> Blah! :( Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:10:41 EST What my husband's up to now! First it was a card game called "Magic the Gathering". He collected all the cards, played the game all the time, and dragged me off to tournaments to watch him compete. <BR> Then it was Anglo-Saxon re-enactment. I made all the garb, he built all the furniture and we bought the tents. <BR> Then it was brewing. He has all the equipment, makes gallons of excellent beer, cider, and wine. We go to brew-dinners and cask nights all the time. <BR> Last year we started exercising together. He bou... Sun, 27 May 2012 19:37:31 EST Happy New Year!!! Any resolutions?? <BR> I intend to bake bread for each of my lovely neighbors and to become a personal "coach" for a friend who needs to lose 100 pounds. <BR> To help others will actually help me, too, so I guess I'm being kind of selfish... but it'll be fun! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:20:35 EST Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays to my Sparkpeople friends! May the new year bring health, happiness and plenty of time to pursue your favorite pastimes! Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:40:24 EST Exercise challenges Started a new job in a new school and my old healthy exercise routines are no more. I have a longer commute and no personal time at work - used to log into sparkpeople and track my food and workouts during lunch. And have had to choose between "family time" or "me time", so guess which it's been! Sure hope things change because my waistline is beginning to!!!! Sun, 6 Nov 2011 18:50:24 EST I am a Handbuilder I've been gone, but now I'm not. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:38:29 EST Kilns Am starting researching kilns. Any recommendations? Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:46:16 EST Want to Make a Challenge? Anyone interested in doing some kind of challenge for ourselves? Maybe only for a couple of weeks! <BR> Should it be for fitness? Diet? Or pottery? Wed, 5 Jan 2011 18:47:16 EST New member Sparks and Pottery for the Soul Been doing pottery for 33 yrs on and off. Graduate of Phila College of Art. I have done both handbuilding and wheel work. I stopped doing wheel work for a while because of back and carpel tunnel problems. However, I just bought a new potters wheel and starting to throw again in my home. Constant struggle with weight loss. Don't exercise enough, would rather do art!! Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:37:37 EST Favorite Artists I'm always surfing the net looking at websites for ceramic artists. I have a few local favorites and one from Texas. Who are your favorites? <BR> <BR> David MacDonald is a professor at Syracuse University (my alma mater). I remember being about 11-12 years old and seeing a piece of his in a local newspaper. I cut it out and saved it. I find his work mesmerising: <BR> <BR> <BR> Richard Aerni is a potter whose work I saw online and for sale at Annapolis Pot... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:02:57 EST Photos of our pottery I've been trying to get back into my pottery work, but have been letting things just get in the way of making it happen. Anyway, I thought I'd post some photos of some of my pottery to share with the team and encourage others to post photos of their work so we could inspire each others creativity. <BR> <em>148</em> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 18:25:53 EST Clay Conference Don't know if anyone will see this, this thread looks kind of old, but the Alabama Clay Conference is this weekend - ceramists from all over come to this conference. I have met Janet Mansfield, Robin Hopper, Bill van Gilder, and lots of other famous clay artists. <BR> <BR> This year Lana Wilson is one of the presenters. <BR> <BR> I just hope I can eat healthy while I'm there! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 07:58:21 EST new member Undergoing day two since joining...plugging away...nice to see a spark team for those that love to throw...taking a temporary hiatus from throwing...busy working on my masters...but my son has developed the "mud" fever taking the class in high school...oh youth! he's already flinging large amounts of clay at once and centering....Mother of 4 older kids high school through college...I love the arts...pottery, watercolors, knitting, charcoal drawing,museums, travel and spending time with family... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 20:34:10 EST Hello Hello Hello,anyone out there??Haven't heard from any other potters in awhile.Would love to hear about who is doing what with the clay.Last night I made a unique serving dish with underglazes,hope it turns out and makes it through the firings.I sold a similar dish a couple of days ago so need to replace that one with a new one at the gallery near where I live.I have been working so much with my jewelry that I have really gotten away from the reg.clay so I really had to focus on how to make that dish... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:25:54 EST Red Green Glaze ( Cone 06) Frit 3134 (Ferro)....................50.0 % <BR> Custe Feldspar......................50.0 <BR> _____ <BR> 100.0% <BR> <BR> Add : Copper Carbonate.........3.2% <BR> <BR> From Ramon Camarillo, <BR> Ceramics Monthly, April 2002 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Nov 2009 11:00:18 EST Glad I found you Hi my name is Pat and I love throwing pottery on the wheel. I am 59, married have three grown children and two granddaughters. i live in the mid west. i work part time at my church as the secretary and love my job most days. Sat, 24 Oct 2009 18:32:02 EST Sat.morning Good Morning to all the potters in our little group,wonder what you have been up to lately??What clay projects are you working on?Today I made some very(hopefully)nice beads for a necklace for my sister down in AZ.She loves turquiose and mauve so hope to make it in those colors.I put away all the jewelry stuff I was making and went back to the real clay instead of the polyclay.I found that the polyclay is so sticky that it doesn't hold its shape very well and it is easy to leave finger marks ... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:12:32 EST who am I? that is a good question and I don't always know the anwser to that.Let's see, I live in S/W Oregon way out in the country,have a hubby who built me a very nice little studio several years ago and where I go everyday and eve,for my"therapy".Actually I have been a potter for about fifteen years now but recently decided to take up jewelry making also.I started to make very pretty pendants with the clay and doing all kinds of things to them so they might sell but most of my sales have been with t... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:17:26 EST Crater Underglaze This was from Creative Arts Daily Underglaze booklet: <BR> <BR> Crater Underglaze <BR> (Cone 08-04) <BR> <BR> Borax (powder)..................... 5% <BR> Talc....................................<BR>..15 <BR> Frit 3269..............................25 <BR> EPK.....................................<BR>..15 <BR> Kentucky Ball Clay (OM 4).....15 <BR> Silica (Flint)..........................25 <BR> ___ <BR> ... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:23:08 EST Handbuilder, Here Introducing myself to an empty room? Hi! I'm Merri. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 19:50:35 EST Stretches for wheel throwing Does anyone have a good stretching routine? My back aches when I throw for awhile. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:03:02 EST holy Caloric Intake Fatman! Morning all, <BR> <BR> Just read awesome blog: "Holy Caloric Intake Fatman!" by TUBBYHUBBY340. There is so much in this blog - that you'll find something in it that touches you. If you have time please check it out & encourage him. <BR> <BR> If you like this blog, please hit the I like this blog button so that it might be pushed up to the corporate spark folks for recognition. <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> Sat, 19 Sep 2009 09:22:45 EST Linda Arbuckle's Majolica Glaze This glaze is a cone 04 glaze <BR> <BR> Frit 3124 (Ferro)............65.72 % <BR> Kona F-4 Feldspar........17.23 <BR> Nepheline Syenite......... 6.24 <BR> Edgar Plastic Kaolin......10.81 <BR> <BR> <BR> Add: Tin Oxide............ 5.00 % <BR> Zircopax.............10.00 <BR> Bentonite............ 2.00 <BR> <BR> This info was from Steve Davis-Rosenbaum, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, January 1998. <BR> This recipe is for the stiff base glaze, over which stains are app... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:47:58 EST Slip Carving or Sgraffito Colored slip (a liquid mixture of clay) is painted in a thick coat over moist greenware. When the greenware is leather-hard, the slip is carved away, revealing the contrasting color of the clay beneath. The resulting pottery is then bisque firing and glazed normally. Thu, 3 Sep 2009 17:33:53 EST Please tell Us your Birthday!!!! I finally realized after yesterday that we do not have a place where people can post their birthdays. You do not have to tell us the year...just give us the month and day so we can say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY". <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:53:35 EST Fluting a Piece Have you ever tried fluting a piece (carving straight lines into the sides), only to find your lines are crooked or uneven? Make a triangle out of a piece of cardboard, or use a plastic trangle used for geometry (buy in an office supply store or drugstore). Hold the bottom of the triangle against the work surface. For straight lines, brace your carving tool against the straight edge. For angled lines, run your carving tool along the angled edge. This will make sure the lines are all at the sa... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:03:09 EST Glazes, underglazes and Pottery Decoration To make stamps for applying underglazes, cut a pattern out of an old mouse pad. Glue it onto a block of wood or wood dowel if desired. Coat the foam side with underglaze and stamp away. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:34:06 EST Wax Resist Techniques and Uses For an interesting look with a sprayer: drip wax resist on a piece and let it run down the sides. Spray the piece and fire. When the wax burns away there will be a pattern where the wax ran. Sat, 15 Aug 2009 22:29:02 EST Throwing Exercises When is the last time you did throwing exercises? They are great for warming up after a period without throwing, for improving your skills to the next level, and for getting ideas when you are out of them. Here are some great exercises. <BR> <BR> TIMED THROWING <BR> Timed throwing is especially good when you are in the habit of obsessing over every piece. Weigh out 10 equally sized balls of clay. They should be an amount you can rather easily throw (don't use more than you can easily c... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:19:01 EST Pottery Workout! If your main form of exercise is wedging and throwing clay, try sitting on an exercise ball (yoga ball) to get a free workout at the wheel. The amount of inflation will determine the seated height. Both the ball and the ring were purchased from a sports equipment store. The ball is not only good for an abdominal workout but it also seems to work the lower back, glutes and inner thighs. Need a break? Just lie on your stomach over the ball. It really does give you a good workout. <BR> I read t... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:15:19 EST One Pound of Clay Making mugs is a great way to warm up! After all, you are more likely to let go and try new ideas when you are only working with one pound of clay. I know I have a tendency to get stuck in my pottery work because I let the work become too precious. I worry about messing something up and that keeps me from exploring new ideas. So, IÕm turning over a new leafÉ Next time, I am going to warm up with some mugs and see where it takes me. I recommend doing the same if youÕre feeling stuc... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 11:34:19 EST Raku Workshop by Wally Asselberghs Here is a workshop that some of you might want to attend. <BR> <BR> Wally Asselberghs is having a Naked Raku Workshop on September 19th and 20th at Sue Morse Clay Studio in Central Phoenix, Arizona. <BR> Price per day is $95 plus $10 for materials. Lunch will be served. Earlybird subscriptions before August 15th will receive a $10 discount. <BR> If you want to see some of his work go to <BR> More information about application forms and payment can be found at... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:22:22 EST Ooo, that smell! Hehe, so I've discovered I'm not the only one who's giddy when she walks into the studio and smells the clay and glazes! <BR> <BR> I swear, the first time I walked into the studio after 10 years I was nearly high on just the smell. <BR> <BR> It can't just be the smell of the clay, is it? I can't imagine grabbing clay out of the ground, even pure stuff, and sniffing it would be as amazing. <BR> <BR> Anyway, if you love it too, testify! :-) Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:53:35 EST Glad to be Back after being very illl Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Glad to see that Pottery for the Soul has grown since I've been away!!! As you know or maybe your don't know I am the original Team Leader of this forum. There was no pottery forum in Spark so I started one. I thought up the name and thought it was kind of I love pottery and it is very good therapy (believe me I know) and I am glad that all of you share the same passion. Glad to see that the other leaders have kept the forum up and running. Thanks gals... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 23:42:22 EST Independence Day 2009 ! I was SO excited to get away. Working 6 days a week, I didn't get a chance to put my feet in water ONCE last summer. That's so out of character for me - I love water and live 3 miles from a lake! <BR> <BR> My sister flew home (to North Dakota) from Phoenix last week. We have relatives with a couple lake cabins in Minnesota. Our whole extended family was there this year! 24 people. A lot of fun to see little kids there again. <BR> <BR> I have to admit I brought a couple not-so-healthy contri... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 13:57:00 EST New & so happy to find a group of potterypeople! Just found the site a couple of days ago, I need support as I am dealing with depression and anxiety. I am a potter of about 15 years, community art classes, no college. Have sold on eBay and Etsy and to friends. Just found a place to pot at thru, so I can get busy again! Thu, 11 Jun 2009 15:12:57 EST Fitness & Pottery I have been searching and searching for something about pottery that has to do with increasing activity levels and promoting fitness. <BR> <BR> HERE WE GO! lol. (And it's a cheap idea, too!) <BR> <BR> Sit on a fitness ball while you throw. Use a stability ring below it. <BR> <BR> Scroll down past the video on this page: <BR> <link><BR>turedetail/2009-02/videohopperbegthrow<BR>.aspx </link> Fri, 1 May 2009 18:47:17 EST Artists' Exchange Saiyah had an idea that I think would be fun. Would anyone be interested in doing an exchange of artwork? <BR> <BR> Perhaps we could draw team member names and then send a piece that you've done to that person? <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> What do you think? <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:54:30 EST Your Planned Projects The more I study other potters' work, the more things I want to try. Since I started again in February, I don't think I've thrown the same TYPE of vessel twice! <BR> <BR> I'm trying all sorts of shapes, a couple types of clay, would like to learn to do some slip decoration of the greenware, the list goes onnnnn. <BR> <BR> One thing I would really like to give a whirl is a set of uniform cups that are not only interesting, but also a pleasure to drink from. <BR> <BR> I had done a set year... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:49:39 EST Your April Fool's Day Stories! It's almost April 1st, and I just realized I haven't even planned ANY sort of mischief! I don't even have a target picked out!!!! <BR> <BR> That got me wondering about everyone else's April Fool's Day & memories. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Go ahead and share. I need ideas! lol Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:39:34 EST Recipes What glazes does everyone love? How much grog do you like to add? What types of clay do you mix? <BR> <BR> I have a list of glaze formulas that we will be using in the studio. Hopefully after the first kiln firing, I'll be able to share a favorite or two! Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:16:42 EST The Business HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH POTTERS COUNCIL <BR> <BR> Ok, so not sure that this counts as a "fun" link, but it could be useful to anyone who wants to take pottery from hobby to career. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>turede tail/2009-02/pchealthinsurance.aspx </link> Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:11:58 EST Favorite Artists Oooo...I looooove this guy's work. Maybe not the skulls so much, but the vessels? Interlocking bottles, slips, glaze carving, oh my! <BR> <BR> I don't know if I wanna BE him or DO him. I'm in love with the pottery that much! lol. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (Did I mention I lack decorum at times? lol. Sorry!) Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:06:49 EST Equipment & Supplies BUYING SUPPLIES <BR> <BR> Thanks for the fix! <BR> <BR> I just ordered pottery tools (seem to have lost my lil initial kit over the past 10 yrs. lol) from a site that seemed to have things priced about 40% off or better? Compared to other sites and the campus bookstore anyway. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't received it yet, but I liked their selection of kits. Seemed to be diff than other kits I saw for sale everywhere else. Can't wait for my mini loop tools... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:04:28 EST Videos Hiya! I found the Ceramic Arts Daily link yesterday and I'm loving it! There's some free subscription, and VIDEOS! I really think my throwing will benefit from the refresher on centering. Then I wandered into the video archive and somehow lost an hour and 1/2 of time. lol. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <link> featuredetail/2009-02/videohopperbegth row.aspx </link> Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:03:09 EST How many points did you get on the wheel today? <em>268</em> <em>268</em> Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:49:56 EST New Post on blog! New post on my blog with before and after pictures of my gameroom makeover. <BR> <BR> Studio is next! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:36:14 EST WORKSPACES - The Clay Caves! I started this thread because of Saiyah's blog about rearranging and setting up her studio. I had seen a video on <link> </link> about building a plaster wedging/reclaiming station. <BR> <BR> Here's a direct link direct to the video: <BR> <link><BR>ng_4.htm </link> <BR> <BR> At the VCSU studio, we use a table with plaster poured on it with lil divots carved out of the surface. really works well for wedging...I'm thinkin a table li... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:59:15 EST FAVORITE "RECIPES" What glazes does everyone love? How much grog do you like to add? What types of clay do you mix? <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> Sara Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:39:02 EST SELLING & SHIPPING ONLINE Hey Saiyah! I saw your blogspot...very cool. Having fun with the new room? <BR> <BR> I also saw that you sell on <link> </link> ! I've been trying to decide how to sell items once I get something out of the kiln. I did some searching on eBay, but art doesn't seem to go for much, if it goes at all! Did more searching and found <link> </link> and <link> </link> . Thought maybe I'd start a thread on how to go about the whole selling thing! <BR> <BR> <em>27... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:30:42 EST DOES SIZE MATTER? Just wondering what size vessels people are most comfortable creating.... <BR> <BR> Personally, just starting out again, I've been using 1 lb. balls. <BR> <BR> Is it easier or harder to center larger amounts of clay? <BR> <BR> Any tips from those who do "bigware"? Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:35:50 EST FUN LINKS Hiya! I found the Ceramic Arts Daily link yesterday and I'm loving it! There's some free subscription, and VIDEOS! I really think my throwing will benefit from the refresher on centering. Then I wandered into the video archive and somehow lost an hour and 1/2 of time. lol. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR><BR>featuredetail/2009-02/videohopperbegth<BR>row.aspx <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> Sara Wed, 25 Feb 2009 21:10:55 EST New Pictures Up! I just posted some new pictures of some of my pieces and a few of my studio in progress! More to come soon. <BR> <BR> So please come check them out and leave a comment about what you think <em>41</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:59:04 EST Spark Store shipping is ridiculus! Soooo... I was going to buy the red sparkpeople water bottle from the spark store because I like it and thought it would be a great way to support a great site but when I got to the check out it was $9.72 for shipping for a teeny tiny water bottle and thats it. That makes the total price almost $20.00! <BR> <BR> I would love to support the site but that is way too much when it could be shipped first class mail for a few dollars. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else feel the same way? <BR> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:04:56 EST Does anyone want to be on this team anymore? Does anyone care about this team anymore? I know people get busy and things come up but I was wondering if anyone was wanting to be on this team anymore? <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be just about pottery and ceramics... we could talk about all kind of art related topics, or just things in general. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if there is anyone out there. I can spend my time in other ways if this is a lost cause :(. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:53:38 EST What are your favorite pieces to work on? Just wondering what everyone enjoys making? <BR> <BR> I have a lot of ideas of some things I have seen but never tried yet so I am not really sure but I do enjoy making decorative pots and also practical kitchen and home accessories (lotion and soap holder sets, spoon rests, dish sets and so I would like to sell my pieces at some point. <BR> <BR> Do all of you sell your pieces, keep them, or give them away? Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:21:56 EST What has everyone been doing? I was just wondering what everyone has been doing lately and if anyone has had a chance to do any pottery? <BR> <BR> I have been remodeling and reorganizing my studio for over a year now and I think I am now in the home stretch. Yay! So no finished pieces as of recent but hopefully soon. <BR> <BR> I did start my own blog to keep me motivated to stay up with keeping my studio up and finishing and posting my work. Please stop by and leave a comment...I have not posted since December so I rea... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:16:29 EST Weather Proofing for Outdoor Ceramic Tile Install Check out today's online article in Ceramic Arts Daily! It is a great article addressing issues for outdoor tile standards for a freezing winter and hot, humid summer climate. Really excellent. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 16:19:37 EST General Discussion How is everyone doing? My weekend was really busy. I got a few things figured out on my kiln so as soon as I get some money I can start getting that going. Everything is slow but steady. Just can't wait to get started, I have so many ideas!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Has anyone done any pieces lately? Got any pics? I am such a visual person, seeing other peoples work inspires me to get creative or to finally get with it on that idea that had been lingering forever! <BR> <BR> Okay so it is soooo quiet..... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:03:44 EST Pottery exercises to try Hi Gloria, <BR> <BR> When you do cylinders later on in class try to throw this and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> "Pill Jar" <BR> Start with a completely closed form. <BR> <BR> 1) Like making a stubby bottle: pull up, choke it in, pull up, <BR> choke it in, in, in, in. You have to close the neck. Cut off the <BR> remaining clay neck or let it spin off in your fingers. Make sense? <BR> Closed form. Compress the top of the pot flat. Be gentle here. <BR> 2) The groove is created when the pot i... Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:22:19 EST Beginning potter Hi, I'm new to pottery in the sense that I've just started taking classes. My daughter is an avid potter who specializes in crystalline glazes. I've admired her pieces so much, I want to learn more! I live in Florida, north of Tampa. I hope I have the artistic ability to build something beautiful! Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:52:16 EST