[Clayart] s cracks

Gerholdclay gerholdclay at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 16:39:48 EST 2014


To each his own.  If I intended the cracks fine.  If I didn't then in the trash.

Paul

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On Jan 21, 2014, at 1:51 PM, Terrance Lazaroff <zalt57 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Paul;
> 
> If I like the form and the piece has nice lines, I see no reason why one cannot try to salvage it as a piece of art.  One just has to look some of the New York school of artists who use found objects to create works that are valued at thousands of dollars.  I would not hesitate to repair a piece if I thought I could sell for big bucks.  
> 
> If it is functional and there is a blemish and it does not affect the credibility, I see no reason for discarding the object.  Rake is full of blemishes and it is acceptable.
> 
> Terrance
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Jan 21, 2014, at 7:19 AM, Gerholdclay <gerholdclay at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> No cracks are acceptable anywhere in any piece of pottery.  Even if you fill them with gold leaf it is still a sign of poor craftsmanship.  My passion is currently sculpture and if it cracks it is landfill no matter how much time is in the piece.
>> 
>> Paul
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad
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>>> On Jan 20, 2014, at 7:38 PM, Gene Arnold <mudduck at triad.rr.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> I attended a workshop 2 years ago given by a porcelain potter that has been on the cover of ceramics monthly and the subject of many articles. She brought pots to the workshop to sell, every piece of pottery had an s crack in the bottom. She had filled the cracks with white epoxy but you could still see then clear as day. These were all first quality according to her. I asked her about the s cracking and she said it didn't bother her, that's just what you get with porcelain. So she said.
>>> 
>>> I can't remember the last s crack I had, but I don't throw with porcelain either. In my opinion s cracks are not first quality.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Gene Arnold
>>> mudduck at triad.rr.com
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Jan 20, 2014, at 7:05 PM, John Hesselberth wrote:
>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> And speaking of porcelain! I have a question for the group. A few years ago (Pittsburgh maybe), one of the demonstrators at NCECA who worked in porcelain was asked how she eliminated s cracks—this was in front of several hundred potters who where watching her at the time.  Her response: Porcelain s cracks — get over it. She went on to say she did not consider porcelain s cracks a defect as long as they didn’t go all the way through the bottom.
>>>> 
>>>> Do you agree or not (I do not—I am still in shock over an NCECA demonstrator making such a comment and my opinion of her as a competent potter has gone way down)? But am I being too critical — are s cracked porcelain pots OK to be sold as first quality or are they seconds or near-future shards?
>>>> 
>>>> Regards,
>>>> 
>>>> John
>>>> 
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