Soda Firing Updates!
The soda firing process has been updated, so too has the soda fire page on the website, and it's so good that I even signed up for the cone 10 soda firing in November.
If you want to check out the cool new page and get all the details, just follow this link and prepare to be AMAZED.
As I said, there is a cone 10 firing in November and there is also a cone 6 soda firing in December, so, yeah, it's so hot, it's cool.
Last Critique Club of 2023
While this image might appear to be one of a pink chicken sitting on a toilet, in actuality, it's a goose. Which reminds me to remind you that the last Critique Club of the year will be held on November 7, in the throwing area of the studio, at 6:15 pm. We were going to have it on the 31st of October, but we figured that requiring everyone to show up in costume might be a deal breaker. This way, you can come dressed up as yourself, and bring whatever work for which you might want to get some feedback.
Stickers Benefitting the Studio Grant Fund
I know what you're thinking...."how can one place have so many amazing stickers?!?!" Well, wake up and believe it. What's more, Burnish is using 100% of the profits from the sales of these babies to fund the Burnish Studio Grant Fund, which goes to LGBTQ and BIPOC artists who want access to Burnish classes and workshops but might not have the funding. Burnish has teamed up with Burnished Clay Artist Collective to do all kinds of events and sales to fund this Grant, so stay tuned for more opportunities to help people get access to clay! You can buy these groovy stickers in the studio any time.
Studio Closure for Event
On Sunday, October 22, the studio will open late, at 12:30 pm, to accommodate the sculpture class doing a segment on figure sculpting.
No one will be allowed in the studio, including members and staff, between 10 am-12:30 pm due to the need for privacy required to conduct a figure sculpting class, which requires a live nude model. A lot like the dude in the pic.
The Current Unpleasantness
If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE Lord of the Rings. I love this trilogy for many reasons, but mostly, it's for the wisdom its many characters spew as they are running from one battle to the next. The quote I have been ruminating on lately, "War will make corpses of us all", said to Sam by Faramir soon after he captures the Hobbit and his companions, has been repeating in my mind ever since news broke about the crisis in Gaza. There are many hard things going on in the world right now, wars that have lasted for thousands of years have a way of bubbling up and wreaking havoc on the lives of all they touch. Being sensitive to the people around us as we live through these "evil days" is important, as we must share the studio space in harmony. Be kind and take care of each other. Tread softly and remember that each of us carries an entire lifetime of experiences around inside, and we are in the studio in large part to ameliorate the pains that cannot be seen. We are a community, after all.
Tip Of The Week
Are you getting into clay? Are you REALLY LOVING it to a point where you can't stop thinking of all the cool things you want to make, all the excellent glaze combinations you want to try, and all the crazy firing techniques you want to use?
Then I gently suggest that you start taking notes and planning your projects in a notebook of some sort. I carry a sketchbook with me most days, and start each day "doodling" about the work I want to make in the weeks ahead. I will tell you why this is a good idea, the best reason in the world, really: it saves you time. Working things out on paper, (no matter how bad your drawing skills), will be infinitely faster than trying to build and rebuild clay projects in real time while you work out all the kinks. As an example, I recently sketched out a mug design I want to start making, complete with color composition. I nailed the shape pretty much immediately, but I have been working and re-working the glaze combinations so that I can get to a place where I feel satisfied with my piece. This would have taken me at least twice as long had I not sketched it out first. When I ask most people if they are using a sketchbook, a majority of them say no, but I tell you, it is a good practice to have, simply because you will waste much less time working on stuff that does not work.
In the last few months, I have applied to five different artist opportunities and gotten into three, that I know of. I don't apply thinking I will get into all of them, or even most of them. I apply to keep myself sharp. I apply to keep myself motivated. I apply so that people all over the world will see my work. Yes. That's right. When I apply to international invitationals, people all over the world see my work.
How about you?
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