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  1. Tough question for me. Each part of the process brings me great creative joy, but I hate breaking from throwing/building to move to glazing. Once I am glazing, I don't want to stop that process. And for the last couple of years, I have become a sketcher. (not sketchy!) and I like that process as well and don't want to stop. Doesn't look like I answered the question and apparently my ADD is showing!!!!!!! Roberta
  2. Pkqw: Week 13

    1. 4 2. 1 3. 4 4. 2
  3. Spot On Bisque

    I had about 50 mugs in the kiln. Bisque load, speckled buff, Laguna, fired to 04. There were 3 mugs that had spots like this on them. It's almost pitted. It looks like iron or something. Any thoughts? Roberta
  4. Spot On Bisque

    Now that I think about it, when I was using Laguna's Bmix, I would get a box or two that had fairly large rocks in it. Thanks all, r.
  5. Spot On Bisque

    could be. It looks like iron to me.....this spot is the largest. This is the last of this particular batch. Let's hope the next 300 pounds is better.
  6. Nerd, I just have to ask....where can a person find the LOI information?? Roberta
  7. Exactly What Is Going Wrong Here?

    Old Lady, I have a chart, which I ordered from mason stains....it tells what is in each stain. Apparently there is something with your base glaze that interacts differently with the green than with the others. Good advice from previous responders! Roberta
  8. Pkqw: Week 11

    1. 4 2. 4 3. 2. 4. 2 Min, do you use about a pound of clay for your salt pig? I like that one and the spoon is a nice touch......
  9. Dunting Question

    Simon, if you have a facebook account, there is a fb page devoted to mid range firing, specifically John Britt's book. It's called Exploring Mid Range glazes using John Britt's book. Lots of people have posted their Binger pictures on there. It's a closed group, but simply ask to be added. Perhaps someone can help you. Roberta
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Drop What You're Doing

    Awesome Sauce!! I watched one on Kyo Yaki.....wow!! Thanks for sharing, Yappy! r.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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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