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mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


soooooooooo, when I was a kid I did ceramics for a while, maybe 5 or 6 years. I never really got amazing or anything, but I could make a bowl or plate or vase or whatever pretty decently. I made probably a couple hundred pots, and recently due to reasons had cause to go back through them and pick out the ones worth keeping, but also sort of realized I'd given up on this skill/hobby I used to have, which is a little sad I guess.

my gal has been wanting to Do An Art for a while, so we recently enrolled in an evening weekday class together to try and purge some workstress from our minds. kinda like riding a bike, I've been rediscovering the passion I had for this poo poo at one point in my life - and also realizing I can probably pull some grant achatz poo poo, and custom make myself dishes precisely intended for a particular application, which is kinda cool. anyways, I'm still more at the 'rediscovering my skill' end of the spectrum, so what I have to show right now is not really all that cool. but, thought it would be worth making a thread about it, since this place is loving dead as poo poo.

so in what follows, feel free to discuss any pottery knowledge or accomplishments you yourself have, or if you don't know poo poo about it, I'd be happy to answer any questions I can.

also, if you're feeling really randy, I'd be happy to 'commission' an object for you. the studio fees are hella costly for this poo poo, and I also have had trouble drawing inspiration for new work in the past - so if I can make something someone would enjoy and offset the fees a little, I'm all about it. currently have a million ideas for things to make, but I'm sure I'll eventually run out of steam.

my next projects : making a german-style fermentation crock, and a tagine!



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studio




kiln (v hot)




some unglazed pots with lovely slip decoration I'm working on



trimming a straight edged jar



first glazed and finished jar I've made in 15ish years. it's poo poo and I hate the glaze, but it's a jar for sure



other people's work in THE CAGE

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dino.
Mar 28, 2010

Yip Yip, bitch.


I've always been highly impressed and vaguely intimidated by making pottery. Is it a terribly expensive habit?

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


dino. posted:

I've always been highly impressed and vaguely intimidated by making pottery. Is it a terribly expensive habit?

not terribly, but definitely not cheap. studio/class fees are around $125-150/mo here. plus the cost of clay, which is around $20/bag - roughly $1/lb. but the studio fees includes all the materials, energy it takes to fire the pots, glaze, administration, instructor, etc - so really the more you make the it makes sense - but still you're probably averaging $10-20 at cost per pot, not including your time. :/ love of labor, labor of love.

Ranter
Jul 11, 2004



Can you make a pot that has room to insert slow cooker crock pot electronics and heating element? I'd like to make one of my own for roast chickens and the like.

Kenning
Jan 10, 2009

I really want to post goatse. I wish I had 10bux


Have you cooked/served food in your potware yet.

Crusty Nutsack
Apr 21, 2005



Have you tried throwing porcelain yet? I threw for a couple years in high school and loved it. I used to be the kid that walked around school with slip/clay all dried up on my pants lol Anyway I tried throwing porcelain a couple times and was never able to make anything because it's like throwing room temp butter ugh.

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


Ranter posted:

Can you make a pot that has room to insert slow cooker crock pot electronics and heating element? I'd like to make one of my own for roast chickens and the like.

I don't know what crock pot electronics look like. You can make just about anything though, the hard part is accounting for clay shrinkage, which varies between 15-25 percent depending, from start to finish.

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


Yeah, I have some salad bowls I have served in, and mugs I use, I'll get a pic next time I have attractive food in em.

Crusty Nutsack posted:

Have you tried throwing porcelain yet? I threw for a couple years in high school and loved it. I used to be the kid that walked around school with slip/clay all dried up on my pants lol Anyway I tried throwing porcelain a couple times and was never able to make anything because it's like throwing room temp butter ugh.

Yeah, I used to exclusively use porcelin when I was a kid, because everyone always complained about how hard it was, and I always try and make my life as difficult as humanly possible. Everything I have photos of is stonewear, but I just bought a bag of porcelin and threw my first pot with it last week, photos to come. (for those that don't know, its clay dust mixed with grog (fired clay particles) and very fine sand and poo poo to give the clay structure. Porcelin is just claydust, so super smooth but falls apart easy, butter is a good analogy.)

Here is a pic of how those underglazed bowls came out, pretty happy with those. And some mugs I made last week, trimmed and ready to bisque.

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Jan 14, 2012

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Make a bowl specifically for crab bisque so you can bisque after you bisque

(for real though, everything is very pretty! Keep us ipdated)

Mr. Wiggles
Dec 1, 2003

I would never shop at Costco. The paper towels won't fit into my sports car!

realtalk that's good poo poo mindphlux

aejix
Sep 18, 2007

It's about finding that next group of core players we can win with in the next 6, 8, 10 years. Let's face it, it's hard for 20-, 21-, 22-year-olds to lead an NHL team. Look at the playoffs.

That quote is from fucking 2018. Fuck you Jim


Pillbug

Those bowls look great - post your other stuff

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


I'll post more finished stuff in the next day or two. I have a million pots from way back when, but I am still kinda getting back into the swing of things and wanna focus on new stuff - but I'll try and dig up one or two old ones I liked.

here are a couple things I'm working on now - a pair of juicers I glazed today, should be finished by next week. you can see how hilariously poo poo I am at drawing/painting! the one with the juice holes I kinda rubbed down with a mix of black, green, and yellow underglaze, and then did the whole thing coated with a greenish glaze that should crackle a bit. dunno how they'll look in the end, not terribly optimistic, but they should function well.



and here's that straight jar with a lid that was upside down a few photos ago. it has been through bisque, and I've applied some dots of (red) wax-resist to make kinda a pattern - and then I'm going over it with a blue engobe/underglaze(same as those blue bowls above). If it works how I think it'll work, the wax will burn off, leaving a white dot pattern in the middle of a blue ring, which should look fancy. I'll then glaze over the whole thing, probably with similar colors to those blue bowls since I liked how they turned out.

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


I'll snap some photos of finished stuff next chance I get, but took an attempt at a wonky lovely teapot. pretty sure all these handles will break the moment I so much as lay fingers on them...

dino.
Mar 28, 2010

Yip Yip, bitch.


phluxy why is that spout so droopy. you're not going to be able to fill it up.

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


dino. posted:

phluxy why is that spout so droopy. you're not going to be able to fill it up.

yeah you're absolutely right. It's a garbage pot for sure, but I made like 5 different spouts before this one that ended up in the (literal) garbage. So, just got frustrated and figured I'd live, laugh, love, learn, and make another better one with my time.

I was able to clean up the edges of the cups where the handles meet though, and raise the spout a tiny bit; this was kinda a before picture. But it still is too low and droopy for sure, I'm definitely still a beginner/low intermediate at all this. glad someone with taste noticed.

mindphlux fucked around with this message at Oct 10, 2017 around 08:31

dino.
Mar 28, 2010

Yip Yip, bitch.


Only solution is to turn it into an elephant.

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


important lesson learned : don't make droopy spouts. this thing pours for poo poo. shoulda turned it into an elephant.







I've been doing way too much blue and white, but have been trying to get a good feel for how the glazes work for a pitcher I'm working on for my mother in law's xmas gift. I have a few new things in my pipeline (tagine ho), going to try and mostly stay away from blue for all that.

The Midniter
Jul 9, 2001



mindphlux posted:

shoulda turned it into an elephant.

There's still time.

dino.
Mar 28, 2010

Yip Yip, bitch.


How did the jar turn out?

mindphlux
Jan 8, 2004

by R. Guyovich


dino. posted:

How did the jar turn out?

so bad I don't even wanna post a picture of it. the glaze sucked, and also got burnt somehow in the kiln - and the pattern I was trying to do didn't show through, and the lid lost moisture at a different rate than the bottom, so it fits really poorly and the whole thing just generally makes me sad.

I'll have something else worth sharing soon I hope. I've now thrown two tagines I'm optimistic about, and put the pitcher I was working on out to be bisque fired, so photos soon

TheNothingNew
Nov 10, 2008



I like these two. They look very texturally pleasant.

SHVPS4DETH
Mar 19, 2009

seen so much i'm going blind
and i'm brain-dead virtually




Ramrod XTreme


that wine key sorta looks like it's pinned beneath the pot and is screaming for its life

i like it~

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Force de Fappe
Nov 7, 2008



That's cool poo poo. Comedy option: make a bong.

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