mel jacobson on sat 2 aug 08
any copper red i make flies out of the studio.
for example...a women stopped on her way through
town..with a friend.
they bought many pots, and wrote a huge check.
about twenty red pots.
if you make things that sing/stand out/are new to
the eye...people jump. ( most people would never understand
black and oil spot teabowls...yawn...but, joe and mel love them.)
as i have said, my rhodes glaze pays the bills, but
with today's fashion sense, what is going on with
gifts....you had better have a zinger on your shelves.
it is not for everyone, but many younger buyers
are NOT looking for `beige`.
i am trying hard to not be a 73 year old/stubborn
potter. i want to lead, not follow. it is like having
digital equipment. slides just don't make it any more.
my nikon d70 has paid for itself ten times over.
doing clayart should keep me young. new ideas every
day. (several clayarters have sent me copper ideas. and
thanks so much..)
so. doing red experiments is not costing me money, it
is making me money. no sacrifice going on here.
but, i do know how hard it is for working potters to
sacrifice kiln space for `experiments`...so, i do it as i can.
and share it.
Lee Love on sat 2 aug 08
On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 1:07 PM, mel jacobson wrote:
> any copper red i make flies out of the studio.
I like the usual copper red just about as much as mother-in-law blue. ;^)
I was looking at the kind of copper glaze my late teacher used
to use and I find his technique more palatable: He would brush on a
layer of clear feldspathic glaze, then a layer of copper oxide slip,
and then another layer of glaze. What is nice about this, is that
the glossy red is broken with metallic color where the oxide is thick
and the glaze is thin. I shaw an especially nice specimen that was
done in a checkered pattern, alternating copper with iron slip.
You can do this same technique with iron and gosu/cobalt slip.
Lee Love in Minneapolis
"Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." --Rumi
Pat Southwood on sat 2 aug 08
> I like the usual copper red just about as much as mother-in-law blue.
Thought I was on my own there.