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Sub-optimal - A little less than a happy high — LiveJournal
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transcribe From: transcribe Date: August 20th, 2003 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
My mother is a ceramic artists as well, though she'd 'tsk' and shake her head at me using the word 'artist'. None the less, she is, like you, and constantly complains about the same thing: glazing. I realized it was her *need* for control that was making her crazy. While she can make the shape she wants, she can't finish it the way she wants, which is such a unique part of the ceramics process. Perhaps sooner than in other medium's, you have to let the piece go, ripped away from you like a baby who is still hungry. It must be frustrating. My only advice to you is the same I give to her: make your own glazes, or learn how. I can't imagine feeling that out of control over a major step of the process. Even if the same place doesn't offer a glazing class, maybe a studio around there does?

Cheers to you! Glad you are enjoying the class, aside from that aspect.
komos From: komos Date: August 20th, 2003 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks much, and... well, just wow.

I do really enjoy it, and sometimes I even enjoy the crazy falling feeling I get with glazing. It reminds me a little of a first kiss... the type where you're not sure if the time is right or if you're the only one feeling that magnetic pull to the other person's lips. I just wasn't feeling the magic last night.

You've actually captured the problem quite well. Unfortunately, this studio is really more geared for the hobbyist and just can't accommodate students being that involved with mixing and firing. It's just something I have to adapt to as long as I remain at BCAE.

Mudflat, on the other hand, is a little more robust in its instruction, integrating kiln-use and glaze mixing/testing into its programs. It's a little easier to do with the longer classes (14 weeks) and a focused mission. It's one of the many things that has me seriously considering switching venues.
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