Saturday, June 4, 2016

Refitting the Money Hole

The kiln needs to be switched over from natural gas to propane.

No problem...

A quick trip to Ace Hardware was enough to solve a plumbing problem.

The old MR-750 Venturi gas burners were still in good shape... The primary air shutters were frozen with rust but were easily fixed.

The nozzles orifices were set up for natural gas. The one pictured on the lower right was what was in place. The propane are much smaller. It made a HUGE difference when we ran test a test burn. Getting an oxidation flame was pretty much impossible with the larger orifice. The smaller orifice gives a much broader range of reduction to oxidation.

To be continued....

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Money Hole

God I enjoy a good money hole. A person forgets how good it feels to crawl inside a dream, especially after doing one's best to avoid finding a new one. Unfortunately, that combination of challenge and possibilities is a seductive lure. 

I was hooked the first moment I read the header on the email "Forward: Gas Kiln 7 cubic foot". Sure, Jess had sent me Craigslist links for kilns before, but this time maybe it was the timing. I could be that summer has just begun, maybe it's the prospect of the kids being home all day, maybe it's a season for change, or maybe I'm just worn out with trying to slot my chaotic schedule into someone else's chaos just to get something... anything... moving.
Ceramics isn't painting or drawing. It's more like bronze work. There's a logistical chain that needs addressed first up front if you want to satisfy a makers need. In otherwords... You gotta pay to play.
This time the starting price was a speculative trip a hundred miles away. A hot day trip out into the foothills just to look at a lead.
4 hours and $700 dollars later, we were loaded up with a new Money Hole and two very very happy campers.

To be continued...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pop the Trunk

Jamm, Jess, and I headed off on a road trip while the kids were over the hill and in the big city... Look what followed us home!!! 
Cone 5/6 atmospherics here we come!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Finding a Smile

Somebody's been playing in the FetishGhost studio... It makes me smile big to find this happening.
I'd love to see this studio breath a bit deeper.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

StockMarket Take-a-Way


The StockMarket I downtown Stockton was a three weeks ago and I have a few internal observations that I took away from this event. None are secrets or even brilliant observations, but they might help me manage expectations.

1. Signage isn't necessary, but name tags would be super helpful.  (Maybe that does count as signage) People love putting a name to the work and simply wearing a name tag can be a small gift towards building a new connection.
2. Peoples tastes will always surprise you. Let the audience make its own judgments. Don't invalidate their sense of taste by downplaying the value of the art even when comparing it to other works. (We had pulled the FetishGhost wares from the lineup before we left the studio. One cup made it to the event and I tucked it away behind us on a ledge in a window. During the event I turned around to see 3 old men crouching down looking closely and intently at the details of the cup facing them. Seeing that I spotted them, they stood, waved smiling, and walked on.) Note to self... just by approaching the work, they are engaging. 

3. Scarcity adds value.
We don't need to show a lot of work to show depth or excellence. To present too much at once can be overwhelming, (especially our work). Smaller collections are more comfortable chunks to interact and better communicate their unique natures.
4. A good partner should never ever be sold short. Standing next to Jessica Fong is always a pure delight.  Always treat your partner to a fine dinner after the day is done :)