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Re: Markers on Pots

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Numo Jaeger & Michael Miller (jaegmil)
Mon, 08 Feb 1999 19:37:08 +0000

Are you sure the fine lines on the pieces were done with a sharpie pen?
That doesn't sound correct to me at all.

I can see the artist/potter signing their work with a sharpie after the
piece has been fired because that would be the only was to make a somewhat
permanent signature on it.

Some artist/potters don't sign all their work. A signed piece has more
value than an unsigned piece. It also becomes a more intimate conversation
between the artist and consumer when the piece when is signed, something
like having a book autographed.

Numo Jaeger
Studio One Art Center
Oakland CA
At 10:02 AM 2/8/99 -0600, Betty Bowen wrote:
>I'd think an acrylic craft spray like Krylon would be fine on the water
>markers, and not so thick as Modge Podge.
>But it reminded me of a story-
>My best friend from college, herself a potter and a Chickasaw, spent several
>years as a dentist on the Tohono Od'ham reservation near Phoenix. One day
>she came across one of her patients selling pots. They had an elaborate
>black linear design on them. She bought one and after several days of
>admiring it (and being proud of her ability to recognize good Native
>American art when she saw it), she decided that's what we were all getting
>for Christmas and went to find the woman again. This time there were a few
>other people around, and after Mary had paid for her armload of pots, one
>woman asked the artist to sign her piece, which she did, with a Sharpie
>laundry pen. Suddenly the light went on, and Mary realized that all the
>elaborate designs on the pots had been done with Sharpie Pen! It completely
>changed how she "valued" the pieces, we had a good laugh over her wounded
>"art collector" ego, and now we call them the "Sharpie Phase" of her
>collecting career. (and we still got them for Christmas!)