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  1. I like my North Star portable. Old Lady converted me to printer's blankets, so that is what I use. However I use the canvas for one specific thing where I want the canvas texture. Slab mats are great also. I have an 16 inch wide and wish I had have gotten the wider one. I had no idea at the time I would use the slab roller as much as I have. the only time I have an issue with the clay going down to the rollers or getting caught is when I try to go too thin too quickly, or if my blankets have started getting damp, making things stick. Roberta
  2. Yep, I did it too. Only it's my house. I work at the mopping/wiping/washing of rugs, etc. We pulled the carpet up and put vinyl flooring down. Would you be allowed to do that?? I bought some stuff that is very flexible, did not have to be glued down, we literally folded it up in a square and took it downstairs to the bedroom, and unfolded it and flopped it on the floor. Perhaps you could find something like that to put over the hardwood floors? Good luck! It is wonderful having your own space, even if it is small! Roberta
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    Drop What You're Doing

    Awesome Sauce!! I watched one on Kyo Yaki.....wow!! Thanks for sharing, Yappy! r.
  4. What an interesting question. My family, my husband, 3 kids, sister, SIL and BIL's, have been amazingly supportive. Mostly, though I think they are just surprised at what I am doing! (I have no art background whatsoever!) My middle son was the one who held my hand while I was trying to set up my business. My husband was the one who said, "no you can't put the kiln in the garage, let's build a shop!" My daughter is the one nagging me to get a website. My oldest son is always trying to find another shop for me to contact about placing my wares. My extended family have helped at craft shows, shared my work with others, and always ask how things are going. And I have to say pottery is absolutely the only thing my mom has even noticed that I have done! It has been wonderful to have such a supportive network.....even though I would still keep plugging away if I didn't have that support! I loved Marcia's husband's quote about being a goldfish expanding to fill the space. I feel that way both with the house and the shop and internally! Still expanding! I feel like my family has enhanced that feeling of expansion! I have also expanded my circle of friends. My friends of 40 plus years are mildly surprised by my pots. But my new friends include others going through a lot of the same struggles, and elation. It's a wonderful journey, to say the least! Roberta
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    What Exactly Did I Buy?

    I wear gloves most of the time when I am mixing and spraying. Often my hands have a cut or are rough. Glazing is particularly hard on my skin. I don't think it is necessary but it does give my hands a measure of protection. That would be a recommendation. r.
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    What Exactly Did I Buy?

    Geez Terry, you hit the jackpot!! Nice deal and the woman hopefully knows all of her inventory is going to someone who will use it well. Like Marcia said, get a scale and a sieve! You will have soooo much fun mixing glaze! Do you midfire? Roberta
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    Pottery Back To A Sideline

    Stephen, clay and I came together later in life. There have been times I wished I had started earlier, but what makes it all possible for me now is that I retired first. I saved up and bought my equipment a piece at a time before I quit working. But I wanted my clay habit to pay for itself. It is something I want to keep doing for quite some time. And it does pay for itself and then some. However, the business end of things has been the hardest for me. Those have been skills I have had to learn and I have had the luxury of time to figure it out. So to echo Mea, Mark, Nerd, John, use your day job to put food on the table and keep throwing on the side. Pick up shows where you know you will do well in order to keep financing the ceramic production. The only people who fail are the ones who don't try in the first place. Stephen, you have learned a great deal the last year. Use that to good measure. Best wishes to you. Roberta
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    Pottery Display Time

    Mea, do those shelves fold or are they angled like corners and you fill in with tubs etc in the van? Roberta
  9. Moh, Everything that Mea is spot on as usual. I live in a somewhat remote area, so I have started with small shows in order to learn the ropes. I am branching out a bit now by applying to other venues, but like Mea pointed out, you really should visit some of the shows first to see if you are a good fit. I have done that and have definitely crossed some off my list. It is a lot of work to do shows so you need to minimize your risks in order to have it worth your while. If you read some of the threads here on this forum, you will see that even if you have covered all your bases (suitable venue, quality show, appropriate work, good looking booth) sometimes the crowds aren't there, or are just not buying for whatever reason. I really encourage you to actually visit shows. That also will give you more ideas about great displays. Roberta
  10. Like Kelly, I run the gamut on music....I start with loud, fast music, in the a.m. then slowly start winding it down as the day goes by. I love Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, and in the evening I entertain myself with BBC dramas and comedies on Hulu... I liked the camaraderie of a community studio, but I am ADD enough to know I work better by myself. And sometimes silence just doesn't cut it for me! Roberta
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    wine Mt

    dh, your latest pieces are amazing. You have done some fine work with your glazes, combos, and applications!! I love everything! Your pots are knockouts also!
  12. I have a quote in my sketchbook that says "When you are lazy, your art is lazy, when you hold back, it holds back, when you hesitate it stands there staring, hands in pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes." I think this is from Art and Fear that Joseph mentioned. I find that quote to be true in most things. Recently I was having dinner with family and friends, and I said that I realize that most people think they are paying me a compliment when they say "you are so talented!" when I explained to the group that I almost resent this comment because I really really work at making pots. My husband said, but you are talented! And I told him no, I don't believe that I have any more talent than anyone else, but what I bring to the table (the clay table, as it were) is persistence. Pure and simple. A willingness to fail and perhaps look stupid, but to keep trying. Thanks for sharing Mea. Hope your show goes well this weekend. Roberta
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    Waster Slab Question

    Thanks for the info! I learned something new! I use cookies under pots to take care of drips, etc. I have used some small strips made out of high fire clay under plates and large flat pieces for that whole movement issue, and now I know about the waster slabs! great idea. I also like the idea of the tiny ceramic balls. That would be good also!. Roberta
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    Waster Slab Question

    I have to ask.....what is a waster slab?
  15. I asked a mentor friend that same question a few years back. I told her I noticed that professional potters seemed to have a specific palette of color. It does make sense. When I was starting out I wanted to try every glaze color in the rainbow. It has taken me a while to land on certain colors that I like and gravitate towards. Like Mea pointed out it gives you a recognizable look, and the opportunity to really fine tune your clay/glaze. If you know your glazes, and how they fire and what they do on your clay body, you are not spending extra time on mixing and testing. I think there will always be some of that, but for me, it's been a matter of really focusing on glazes that behave well and that are appealing. Roberta
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    Underglazes And Such

    I have used Amaco underglaze and Duncan and I have a couple of bottles of Mayco. I fire to cone 6 and have had great luck with all of them. I hear good reports about Speedball and Spectrum as well. As was mentioned above, Maroon, rose, pink all seem to burn out or fade at cone 6. But I have had good luck with Amaco's lilac, violet, amethyst.....A set like you mentioned might be a good way to see which colors she likes and just to get a feel for the underglazes. They are very "blendable" so you can get the color you want, easily. Roberta
  17. I would probably build a wood kiln. Lots of access to wood. I would handbuild, unless I could get plans to build a treadle wheel. And maybe a small propane kiln for some things. Our house is passive solar, but we are thinking about panels for the shop. Yes, when is this happening?? I better get moving on this project! Roberta
  18. I have an old RK 10, used, as well. Bought it for a spare. We replaced the electrical plug on it....lubricated what needed it. Mine is fairly noisy and it will turn the opposite way once it is stopped, so I emailed Shimpo and asked about replacing parts, etc. They were very very helpful. Do not hesitate to reach out to them. I think Shimpos must be durable, because the old ones are still hanging around giving life to new potters! Good Luck! Roberta
  19. I was cleaning off my desk and ran across a quote...."art making as a series of decisions in creative problem solving." Josh Copus I have found my clay work to be exactly that. So perhaps I am an artist! Roberta
  20. I may not consider myself an artist (yet) but I do recognize that in other works woodworking, silversmithing, leatherwork, photography, culinary, many areas. I like Marcia's comment the best, though, "calling oneself an artist because of the medium seems to be ridiculous" Roberta
  21. We have had this discussion before. It is always interesting when it comes round again. I can still remember how surprised I was the first time I was told only painters are artists. I suppose that because I came to clay a little later in life, I was simply excited about making things! My friend (photographer) and I spent 3 years trying to organize a group of makers here in our little town. Lots of good events and friendships have come of this, but we could never get the painters to join in on anything. Last year a painter pointed out that only painters were artists and we as "makers" (my word) were diluting the art base and giving the public the wrong idea about what was art. So that is why the painters would not participate in any gatherings. I was also told by a painter that painters (true artists) wouldn't participate in our events because they want prizes. Money, ribbons, trophys, accolades. I have always just been happy to sell something or get feedback on my work or to make new friends!! Apparently that is not true with painters. I do know via Instagram , potters who are painters. I wonder how they feel about this? I may have to ask. When people tell me I am talented, I just cringe. I really don't feel that whatsoever. I consider myself a craftsman(woman) who has devoted a great deal of time learning a craft. And I will always feel that way. Not an artist, but a craftperson, learning a craft. Roberta
  22. Thanks for the link Nancy, I was going to share that also! I mixed up several batches of that "shino" a couple of years ago. One batch had copper carb in it for a nice soft green that broke brown where it was thinner. I think I did 4% copper carb. And yes, it does look almost like the Coyote "shino". It's a very durable, stable, glaze. Roberta
  23. Terry, I would probably have enough money to buy another kiln if I put a dollar in a jar every single time someone asked me to fire something for them. I loved your "call and response" Yep, I have heard all of those. Here' another one. "my daughter made a bowl in high school and never fired it, can you do that?" Which high school I asked. "One in Nebraska". (I live in Colorado) I have not had a problem saying no. It was my $$ that bought the kiln, fires the kiln, bought the furniture, maintains the kiln....so I get to say what goes in it. Geez, I sound like the little red hen! Print out some pictures and stand tall! Roberta
  24. Joseph F, thank you so much for posting that clip from Steve Loucks. I was sitting behind the tallest man in the world and could not see the screen at all. Afterward I searched to see if Steve had written a book, but alas, no. I didn't even think about looking for the youtube video! Roberta
  25. RonSa, some very good points here. Callie and Min both talk about testing. See what fits your clay and firing schedule. I went through years of trying to find a white stoneware that I loved. I have actually settled on a porcelain that I love. But I have tried a few clear recipes and always go back to the one in Mastering Cone Six. I have had clears that craze.....so I stick with what works reliably for me and my clay. My clear recipe works on the porcelain, the buff, and the dark red that I use. I am not messing with success. But you will find what works for you. I use an 80 mesh screen and I have a 100 mesh that I bought by mistake. I love my little digital scale. It goes to 2600g. I started with FF 3124,3134,3195 and added 3110 later. Try to keep it as simple as you can to begin. If you live close to a supply place, all the better. Then you don't feel like you have to "stock up". Roberta

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