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Nightshade

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About Nightshade

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  • Birthday 07/20/1983

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  1. Ok, so I found two kilns that fire the same. They are the smaller ones that come in sections. This might be a dumb question but could I stack them to have a taller kiln? Just a thought. Any feedback is appreciated.
  2. What's the best potters wheel on a budget?

    Thank you everyone for your input. This gives me a lot to think about. I really appreciate all of the advice.
  3. What is the best type of potters wheel to get on a budget? I need to get a motorized one, but I don't know much about them. I'll be doing about 50lb projects or so. Also, when getting a used one, what are things to look for as far as being wrong with it? I just want to make sure I'm not missing something if I can get a used one. Any input is appreciated. Thank you.
  4. Hi. I was wanting to take a handbuilding class this summer, but due to the heat not being my friend, I am unable to. So now I am on the search for some great instructional DVDs. I'm more of a visual learner, which is why I'm looking for DVDs and not books. Since throwing is not my friend either, I'm looking for handbuilding ones, and any others that are useful to a beginner. I don't have a fortune to spend, so please keep that in mind. Thank you for any of your comments.
  5. Getting Old

    Ooo, that sounds great. Who says those extra pounds get in the way
  6. Getting Old

    Working with the clay has benefits to the body, but can also be detrimental. That is why I workout with a total gym type machine, do push ups, pull ups, and a device the strengthens the wrists. It is quite simply a short section of broom handle with a rope attached in the middle with a weight on the end. Every other day I lift the weight by rolling the rope around the handle with my hands held at arms length on either end of the rope turning the handle to raise the weight. Helps a lot to use the muscles in other ways. I also exercise because I am a PWD T2 on no medication. At 62 you have to do anything you can to keep from losing your strength-I still have a lot of big pots in me! I wish it were as simple as that for me. I have had Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, as well as some other things, for the past 4 years. Not fun! I basically have a set am out of energy per day. If I push it too hard, my body shuts down. I've learned to balance it out over time and know when to quit. Right now other people wedge my clay for me lol. I like being independent as much as possible, so that's why I'm asking for help. I appreciate the advice though. Thanks! At this point the only thing that comes to mind in your case is out of an old Clint Eastwood movie ". . . we shall endeavor to persevere." Good luck, each day one at a time. If I come up with anymore thoughts I will send them your way here. Thanks. It sounds funny but it's been a very very long 28 years of life, and I just keep on truckin!
  7. Getting Old

    Working with the clay has benefits to the body, but can also be detrimental. That is why I workout with a total gym type machine, do push ups, pull ups, and a device the strengthens the wrists. It is quite simply a short section of broom handle with a rope attached in the middle with a weight on the end. Every other day I lift the weight by rolling the rope around the handle with my hands held at arms length on either end of the rope turning the handle to raise the weight. Helps a lot to use the muscles in other ways. I also exercise because I am a PWD T2 on no medication. At 62 you have to do anything you can to keep from losing your strength-I still have a lot of big pots in me! I wish it were as simple as that for me. I have had Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, as well as some other things, for the past 4 years. Not fun! I basically have a set am out of energy per day. If I push it too hard, my body shuts down. I've learned to balance it out over time and know when to quit. Right now other people wedge my clay for me lol. I like being independent as much as possible, so that's why I'm asking for help. I appreciate the advice though. Thanks!
  8. Getting Old

    Messy is fine with me. It's just frustrating to be done wedging your clay, then be too fatigued to do anything with it lol. Any other tips on anything else?
  9. Getting Old

    Thanks so much!
  10. Getting Old

    I too have problems with strength and energy due to health reasons, so I understand . Tell me, what is the slash and smash technique? I'd really appreciate it. I'm also looking for information along these lines so any little bit helps.
  11. Pets in the studio

    I don't recommend having pets in the studio due to the dust, etc. Any larger, sharp particles that dogs can get on their mouth and ingest or breath in could cut their esophagus and possibly get embedded. Also, the clay dust can build up in their lungs and cause breathing problems, especially since they're on the floor where it all settles (I used to be a dog groomer and vet assistant). I definitely wouldn't let the Shar-Pei mix get near anything, the breed tends to have hereditary skin problems. Yours may not, but just in case.
  12. Custom stamps?

    That's sweet that you have that tattooed I actually used Fimo to make my own. For something small, I preferred it, less likely to mess up and easy to make anywhere!
  13. If you have the opportunity to get an education, do it. I agree with others when they say to get a degree in something that would go hand in hand with a pottery career. I was only able to attend Columbus College of Art and Design for one year, due to lack of $. How I wish I could go back... But in going there, it's all art, nothing else. Most of the people who graduate had a hard time of getting a job straight out. They had to work at other jobs until something opened up, or they just had to go back to school for something "practical". I think that you could major in one area that's "approval material" and minor in ceramics. It's a lot of work but can be done. It'll give you the insight into ceramics, but still a good degree in your other field of study.
  14. whats everyone been up to?

    Yeah, I bought an old handmade heavy duty kick wheel at an auction for $5 when I first peaked an interest in ceramics. Little did I know I would be using it as a turntable for my large pieces!
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