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Posted 25 May 2013Although I produce a lot of quantity of certain pieces, I still aspire for each piece to become somebody's favorite. Not stuck on a shelf, or shuffled to the back of a cabinet. Functional design and craftsmanship come first, but an accessible price is part of that equation too. Ugh I wouldn't want my mugs to go unused because someone thinks they are too expensive to risk dropping.
I've given people mugs, and have had them tell me, that they are afraid to use them. So they sit in the cupboard, or get used to store things. I tell them, I'd rather have them chip, or completely break the thing, while using it, than have it stay in pristine condition for years and years.
Posted 25 May 2013I was just now looking at the griffin grips and would it be very difficult to make your own? It looks just like a few spirals, a top plate with some slots in it, and grabbers that slip into the bottom plate? Like I know I would have to think carefully about how they will attach, but I don't think it would be too hard to make?
Just my opinion, mind you, but a Griffin Grip is not worth the time to make or the money to buy. Taping on center is soooo much faster (and a skill every potter should have) and for difficult shapes chucks and humps work so much better and don't cost a penny.
There have been a few posts on here, about building your own magnetic holder system, for trimming. I forget what they said the total cost was, but it wasn't much. Far cheaper than a Giffin Grip. With that said, I still like the one I bought for my classroom, and have no regrets about buying. Plus it was on sale, for about $130 or so.
You have no regrets about buying a giffin grip or magnetic trimming system?
I have access to a machine shop and I was planning on cnc milling the plates out of some 1/2" acrylic plate I was given.
Sorry, should have clarified. I have no regrets with buying a Giffin Grip. I don't use it to replace the use of tap centering, for trimming, but as a supplement to it. If I'm trimming a lot at one time, I'll use it, and I have the students use it, because of time and equipment constraints. I still teach them, how to tap center though.
Posted 25 May 2013I agree. I don't see why production potters and their works, can't be judged by their artistic merits as well. Sure, they deal in quantity, but so do other artists, such as graphic designers, photographers and printmakers. In fact, I would say that production potters put more of themselves, and their creativity, into each piece, than the other types of artist I mentioned. For instance, a printmaker, might have created the print plate, but it could be another person, who actually makes the print. A photographer might spend some time, trying to zero in on the perfect print settings in the darkroom, but once they have it keyed in, there is little worked involved, in creating the subsequent prints.
Posted 25 May 2013That is one sanitized area .I knew teaching was a clean but I never thought is was that clean.
Keep in mind, I haven't use it much yet. You should see the Ceramics area in my classroom. Much more "broke in".
I'm honestly not that clean of a potter. Now my college instructor, he wore nice khakis and a button up/ Polo shirt everyday, and got nothing on him. Of course that's easy to do, when he only needed a thimble of water to throw something.
Famous potters from a bygone era, Nan and Jim McKinnel were the neatest potters I ever met (in both senses of word "neat"). I can still see Nan daintily wiping clay off her fingers with a handkerchief and Jim throwing with a bow tie on. I did a demo for one of their classes one time and when I walked in in cut-offs and t-shirt (that probably said something like "Legalize Marijuana Now!"), the class gasped.
My district had a dress code for men-button shirts with ties, no jeans-pressed slacks. I usually tucked my tie, and often wore and apron-which they frowned on. One day I forgot the tuck, and it stuck on the clay, yanking my head to the wheel-thunk! I was lucky that I didn't pass out, just wiped my brow, took a few seconds of deep breath in front of 20 kids, tucked the tie and continued on. Lesson learned! After that the tie always got tucked! Wen through a lot of clothes that way!
Jim, in response to your story, that's awesome. It reminds me of my second teaching job, though not to that extreme. I showed up to the first day of Professional Development, for new teachers, wearing khaki shorts, and maybe a button up shirt, not tucked in. All of the other new teachers, were wearing khaki/ dress pants, with button up or Polo shirts. They were all new, new teachers. There was one other teacher, dressed like me. He was also a "Veteran" teacher. Both of us, were used to districts, where "Professional Development" meant just show up wearing whatever is comfortable. Little did I know, or little did anyone tell me, that the district had a consistent dress code for staff. Every day, we had to wear khaki/ dress pants, and a nice dress type shirt. Even days, where we were in meetings with staff all day, we had to dress like this. On Fridays, we got to get crazy, and wear school-related t-shirts, which I owned none of. Occasionally, we could wear jeans on Fridays, if the school was doing one of their various fundraisers, where you could pay five dollars for the privilege of wearing jeans.
I often wore jeans more often, because my Principal, straight up told me, "You are in one of the messier content areas, so if you think you need to wear jeans once in a while, it's OK." I did just that, but never took advantage of it.
Now, at my current district, it's much like my first. We are to dress nice, when we have students, but can wear jeans on Fridays, but obviously still have to look professional. On professional development days, we can wear whatever; jeans, shorts, t-shirts, ball caps. I don't think I've seen anyone wear sweatpants, but if they didn't none of the administrators would say "Boo". Our administrators trust, that as adults and professionals, we won't show up, looking like slobs. Crazy, I know.
Posted 25 May 2013Marcia, funny you would say something about your cat. For whatever reason, mine has quickly developed an interest in my throwing sponge. I left it in my water bucket, and I've had to take it from her twice. No idea, why she wants to carry a sopping wet sponge around.
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