[Clayart] new G-200 feldspar/Tony's ditch glazes

prickly potter pricklypotter at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 15:05:20 EDT 2014

Hi David.

Oh don't worry - there's people I hit the ass button on.

1. The first thing I was taught in pottery was not to get attached. I guess
that includes glaze materials. Now who moved my G200?

2. Pottery as practised historically is unfortunately gone. I don't see
this situation changing pre cataclysm, which I hope will be after I'm dead
and not before.

The place that functional pottery now occupies and will occupy in the
future seems to be a subject both of discussion on this and other boards
and of cultural/marketplace renegotiation. I'm not going to add my two
cents. I can't predict the result of that and hopefully we'll survive as
potters in some form that we're comfortable with.

3. It is indeed time to reconsider lifestyle etc. I'll also venture a
statement that larger concentrations of people that are supplied by a not
too far agricultural belts are more sustainable, per given number of
people, than a population spread. Extrapolate that to pottery if you will.
Except that there is a greater societal and financial incentive to ensure a
reliable food and energy supply than feldspar supply. As it is we're just a
footnote which is why Custer (etc) changed and nobody bothered to tell us.

4. I'd be lying if I said that the idea of grinding my own volcanic ash
does not appeal to me. So does the idea of living off the land, and several
other appealing cultural tropes from 'our' own culture, 'my' culture and
'other' cultures. Buy hey, Smalltown Ontario/Anytown US is Reality for most
people. By comparison, I'm lucky enough to be living where I am.

Bon Dimanche,

On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Prickly Potter, David,
> Hey rather you read my post and get argumentative than to have you hit
> "delete" or the "ass" button as that Texas guy does when something hits him
> the wrong way.
> So Yes, as you say, many folks do not have ready access to native
> materials at present.  I was writing a wake up call that we may soon see
> more depletions of our "sacred" materials and that it will need changes in
> thinking and doing for those who survive and thrive.
> A map of Canadian volcanic ash deposits shows considerable in the Canadian
> West, and just across the US/Can Border east of the Great Lakes along the
> ST. Lawrence.
> It is also time to consider our life style choices and locations in this
> same regard.  Historically around the globe pottery thrived in close
> proximity to where the materials for that industry were located.   Some of
> us may need to relocate at some future point.  If we consider alternatives
> in advance we are less likely to quit in confusion and dismay when major
> changes are forced upon us.  Portland type cement makes a puke green at
> cone 9, what else could we do from there.
> Gotta go, best regards and wishes,
> David Woof
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2014 18:05:39 -0800
> Subject: Re: [Clayart] new G-200 feldspar/Tony's ditch glazes
> From: pricklypotter at gmail.com
> To: woofpots at hotmail.com
> CC: clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
> Hmmm. Don't want to be too argumentative but must point out that tired as
> we may all be of small town/rural Ontario, last time I checked there was no
> significant clay or granite deposit near College and Spadina. The closest
> thing is some lumps of Gneiss outside the UofT Geology building. Nothing on
> Burrard and Davie in Vancouver either.
> Also those of us who are urban potters don't necessarily have room in
> their studios for the machinery needed to crush large quantities of rock.
> Rent being what it is. Even if we do carry back some nice granite from a
> summer camping trip.
> And so, sourcing my own clay and rocks remains out of reach. A quick
> mental calculation tells me that about 1/3 of all Canadians live in
> Canada's 3 biggest urban areas and so I am probably not the only one forced
> to rely on imported ground up rock.



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