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[31 Dec 2010|10:07pm]

I'm going to try to put more things up for sale on my etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/masimmo?ref=pr_shop

Here is a recent tea bowl that was fired back in the beginning of November.

When I finally get my studio set up. I will be making a lot more pottery and sculpture again. I have missed not having a studio for the past year.

You can see more of my work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_simmons/
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Wood Fired Cups [29 Jan 2010|01:22pm]


These are cups from the two anagama firings that I took part of last year: http://mike.binrock.net/?rid=185
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Alternative to MySpace and DeviantArt? [05 Jul 2006|02:38pm]

Hi! I have no money, but want to post pix of my art online for professors/customers. Aside from the usual free trial periods, any suggestions on places where I can post a bunch of pix for free and not have them go away in a few weeks? Thanks!
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Teacher with question [26 May 2006|08:21pm]

My mom is a first grade teacher who needs your wisdom...She has had her first graders create their pottery and it has been drying for months. However, she needs help with the kiln specifics...Temperature? When to close the lid? How long they bake at each temperature? etc.

My mother also has to make repairs to some of the broken items. Here she needs your help with what kind of glue to use prior to intial firing and/or if water will suffice to hold the object together, how long must it dry before intial firing?

After glazing the objects, what are your instructions for firing them (on stilts, on bases, on shelves, etc.)?

In the future, if needed, what glue should she use to bind separate pieces to make one unit? And should the items be glued pre-glaze or post-glaze?

Thanks in advance for your help! :0)
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new to blogging [01 Feb 2006|11:16pm]
[ mood | tired ]

hello everyone im new to this blogging thing and im trying to get mine up and running and also searching all of this site to see all i can see!!!! well i found this site and i hope it all it can be, we need each other us potters!!! anyways im a full time potter, and glass artist........and im always full of questions....hehehe anyways been on here quite a while tonight so off i go....until later

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Finally - pictures of my work [26 Jan 2006|09:35pm]

Here is a link to a web page with pictures of some of the pottery I've done. I started in March, so I've still got a ways to go. Hope you like- http://www.boditree.net/DavidsPottery/

This pot in particular is one that John threw and I carved for him last summer.

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web/digital resources in ceramics [26 Jan 2006|12:39pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Hi folks,

My name is Courtney and I am a potter/student. I am researching ways in which web and other digital resources can be a part of the creative and learning processes of other ceramists. Do you have any thoughts or resources you might share with me? I would love to hear about your experiences with websites or your feelings on web technology and ceramics. For example, do you think there is a clash between the earthy, traditional qualities of ceramics and the new, somewhat intangible nature of the web?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. I would be glad to share some of my own resources as well!

(x-posted, hope that's ok!)

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[13 Nov 2005|05:15pm]

If I am not supposed to post this please let me know and I will remove the entry.

I work with glass, I have taken a few throwing classes and was wondering does anyone know about how safe/ok/side effects there are when putting pices of glass to melt as a glaze? I understand glaze is very much "glass like" just was wondering if there are any hints/tips etc.
My thoughts were to put a piece of glass on the inside of a bowl and see what happened but a little afraid of blowing up a piece of expensive equipment.

Many thanks
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[07 Aug 2005|05:25pm]

I just recently (as in a week ago) moved to Columbus, OH. I really want to find a studio where I can get involved in throwing pottery. I am from Missouri and I used to take classes at a place there. I feel like I am experienced enough to just have "studio time" without an instructor. Any suggestions as to where to find a studio near me?
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Help Me! [26 Jun 2005|05:41am]

So, for my birthday, which is tommrow (Happy Birthday to me!) I am getting 2 small kilns. This wasn't planned, but we happened to run into a deal. An man who we have known for years, his Grandmother apparently have dymentia and has been put in a hospital. Well she had these two kilns, a small low fire and a small high fire, both no taller than my waist. They didn't know how much to sell them for so they offered them to us for $300 both both together. Well I'm all kinds of excited, but there is the new problem:

I've been trained in throwing, and my knowledge about the kilns is almost nothing. I know how to load them, and thats about it. And I have no idea about this small high fire kiln. I have no idea where to start to find more information about learning to fire these. I'm going home later today, so I might post pictures of them then. I need help.
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WOW! [23 May 2005|01:28am]

[ mood | crazy ]

HAHA woww this is amazing! hey guys, im the creator of this wonderful pottery community and id just like to say that im SOO happy! i havent checked up on this community in SO long (probably because i havent been on live journal in so long) but i had the sudden urge to see if anyone else joined this community that i made soo long ago and people actually did!! i really never intended to have a ton of members who were so interested in pottery join my little community, but im so estatic that quite a few people have joined! WOAH!! thank you guys!!!

♥ Kim

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New! [21 Apr 2005|10:52pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Hi everyone! I just joined because I have a strange obsession with pottery...I'm just starting out (still working on my first "piece", actually) But one of my friends takes pottery and I go into the class with her during lunch to work on it...I'll be in the *actual* class next year :) So yea, that's me...I love new friends, so add me if you want! :)

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We've Only Just Begun ...to throw! [12 Apr 2005|04:18pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Howdy, everyone, if anyone is out there is Pottery-land.. I'm two weeks into my first class at Kickwheel Pottery in Tucker, Ga. The class is Zen and Pottery, and all we do is throw cylinders and cut them in half.

My partner, who's been taking pottery for over a year, hates watching me do that, but it's good practice. As a novice Buddhist, I know that everything is temporal anyway, so I really don't mind cutting them in half. It helps me to see how my movements affect the formatation of the cylinder. By day, I work as a Linux System Admin for a small company north of Atlanta, and doing pottery is a great way to focus on nothingness, in a way I can't do at work.

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[06 Mar 2005|08:12am]

I'm not sure if I am in the wonderful pottery freaks thing right now...but I feel like complaining about my teapot. So I made a beautiful teapot, probably the best thing I have made in my life. I won second out of nine schools in 3D for my "Turkish Teapot" in the young at art thing. Basically, it was AMAZING! So the awards ceremony was going on and I guess somebody knocked into the display area, not just any display area but mine!!!!!!!!!! The cover fell off which was indeed the best part, it made it all come together. It wasn't just any cover it was rather large too. I didn't see it happen, i just heard a knock and knew it was my hard work going down, it went silent as i screamed my lungs out as it was dropping to the floor. I know I should be grateful that It was just the cover, but really its just upsetting. I cried my eyes out and the lady kept trying to take a picture which i thought was rude! People are so stupid though, they thought I was crying because I didn't get first! Yeah right first place most definately deserved it. And I think second is great. anyways Later on some lady came up to me and told me I could fix, because I guess she repairs chinese dynasty pottery and she told my stepdad what to get. I really hope it works, I mean I could try to make another one but it won't be the same. and I'm not sure if it will fit the same either. I guess basically why I am writing is because if it has happened to one of you, you know how I feel and I can probably relate to you guys more than my family who have never made POTTERY. I was just very proud of it and it was upsetting especially because nobody really got to see it. I have had it in my school for a really long time. I also dont even have a picture of it which stinks. I hope I can save it.
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the "Hidden Teapot" [04 Feb 2005|02:34am]



This glaze is cone 10, with a Canberry on top of Persimmon Blue.  Its lovely!

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[02 Feb 2005|03:59am]

This community seems pretty slow, but I wanted to join anyway. I'm a fine arts major, and a senior in college...I'm almost done but I love what I do!

I've been taking ceramics classes for 3 semesters, 1 hand building class and 2 throwing classes, and its the most relaxing and enjoyable thing I've ever done. I've finally found my perfect niche in the 3-D art world. I'll post some pics later of a tea pot that I made last semester. Its a really neat pot called a "Hidden teapot." Just by looking at it you would have no idea where the water would go in at. It's neat... My Brit sculpture prof from last semester didn't get it, he had never seen anything like it.
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[22 Dec 2004|10:59pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Hey! I just wanted to say hi and that i have been doing pottery for about 5 years now and have had some art shows so id like to talk about new techniques and new styles of glazing firing etc. so please leave a comment if you want to talk!!

Emily now a-*Pottery Freak*

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Newbie:) [17 Nov 2004|02:15pm]

[ mood | creative ]

Hey all,

My name is Heather and I am also a pottery freak. I am really interested in buying a wheel so I can throw pottery in the comfort of my own home. I have a question though- does anyone here own a home kiln? Is it a huge drain on your electric bill? I'd like any advice anyone can give as I am really interested in setting up my own little studio in my basement. Thanks :)

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Pottery! [21 Aug 2004|09:29pm]

[ mood | creative ]

Yes, I, Rachel, have joined the Pottery Freaks community. What does that say about me? I have no idea. But since reading your journal entries, I've had a sudden desire to go out and make (do? create?) pottery. And there just so happens to be that little place in Pleasantville that allows you to do something of that sort. So as soon as Kim comes back from Cali, I'm no longer grounded and I pay back my family, we can all take a nice little trip down to the pottery place.


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