Tuesday, April 15, 2008

When pots are like socks.

Opening a kiln is often compared to opening a present on Christmas morning. You have hopeful expectations and an anxious excitement to see what the kiln fairy has brought you this fine day. Many times you open the kiln to find exactly what you've always wanted, it's the best present ever! And sometimes you get socks. You pick them up hoping for a hundred dollar bill hidden below, but low and behold, you've got a pair of socks.
Tonight was supposed to give the Christmas presents I've always wanted. Three firings, 10 pots, and my three metal raku cans all lined up ready to give me gifts. Argyle socks, dress socks, sport socks, and the socks I'm sure I'll never be able to match once they go in the dryer for the first time.
It's just the way things go. Even those of us who feel like we have somewhat of a grasp on how to do all this often fall flat on our face. We just normally don't post it on the internet.
The reason for this post isn't to brag that I got some fabulous new socks. I just wanted to try and find some humor in what has been a night of over firings, thin glazes, over and under reductions, and just downright ugly pots. Hooray for clay.

Friday, April 4, 2008

On posting.

I'm hoping that your screen looks like mine, because if it doesn't, and you can't post images, The NCAN is going to have to move....
In the top right of the screen there should be some options. Click on "New Post". A new screen should come up and if you are half tech-savvy, you should be able to figure it out from there. If you can't figure it out, send me an email, include your address, and I'll come over and smack you. It's not that difficult. Happy posting.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

So who'll be first...?

Who wants to be brave and post something to get critiqued? Pictures are fun.

The Nixdorf Ceramic Alumni Network

So......... while i despise the term "blogging" because of it's connotation with being a bunch of weirdos sitting behind computers gossiping about the coming and goings of other weirdos, generally amounting to nothing more than wasted bandwidth. Not here... not me. I have/foresee a problem that will happen in the near future. I'm going to lose my mind very soon, and will quickly lose touch with many of you. While many of you are creating wonderous things in college, and will hopefully continue beyond, we don't have a forum for sharing. I want to know what you're making, what you're interested in, and what questions you might have. The best thing about the ceramic world is the sense of community and sharing. While I'm trying to conquer the world through the ceramics room here at Warwick, I may need you, and you may need me. This is our place to share, critique, comment, harass, complain, ask, and praise your high school ceramics teacher. We can all help each other, and above all, give me a little glimpse into the creations of your art world. I hope this works.....