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  1. Wow! I'm seeing some common threads here. My story is similar- parents thought I made beautiful things, but it's not a way to make a living, gave it up for years to get married and raise my kids and work at a "real" job. Over the years I would comment from time to time "I really loved working with clay. I would love to get back to it." My husband suggested that I take a local wheel throwing class and I did and became consumed by the desire to make pots. I never get bored with the process because there are so many facets of it to explore. Making pottery is my "happy place" Oh, and I am making a living at it.
  2. Really all the variables are why pottery making is so endlessly entertaining, I guess.
  3. A few years ago, trying to rush an order for large bowls for fountains, I had a whole kiln load explode from moisture trapped in the pieces. I didn't cry but I did have a serious case of nausea. I just closed the lid and walked away til the next morning when I removed the shards and vacuumed out all the dust- all the while giving myself a good talking to about lessons learned So that's how I always try to approach studio disasters- what did I learn from this? From that disaster I learned to take time and make sure things dry properly, and I learned to give customers a realistic time frame with out apology. Maybe the biggest disasters are the biggest lessons, even if it is hard to accept at the time.
  4. I use my mugs or those of other potters every morning. I just can't abide commercially mass produced mugs. A couple of trays that I have made I use when .to parties. They make anything you put on them look like you really fussed over it (if I do say so myself). I would love to make A whole dinner ware set, but haven't gotten that far yet. Maybe January would be a good time to start.
  5. Bring a variety of pieces and price points. Even when returning to the same shows that I have done in the past, I can't predict what people will be buying. I also think lighting is important. I sell at alot of outdoor shows and have noticed that my sales are much better when the light is better. I would love to have some kind of portable lighting set-up for gloomy days. Kathy
  6. The easiest answer is: whatever stage I'm working at. Each stage offers so many possibilities, from forming and altering the wet clay to carving to glazing methods to uses for the finished piece. But if I had to choose I would say the wet stage. I find it very exciting to begin to form a piece from an idea and see where it takes you. And the wet mud just feels good!
  7. I was a student-member of a group pottery for several years, and we joked about archaeologists finding our discards. They surely would think they had found a village site-or a small town. Since then I have wondered about the deductions made by archaeologists. As for my pots, I would hope they would deduce that they were much used and an integral part of every day life.
  8. I would be a beautiful piece of functional stoneware, that mellows with age. Pottery can be sculptural and functional.
  9. Oh yes, we all have those- and I think our loved ones keep them to keep us humble ;-}
  10. I guess it's not very practical, but I would bring my favorite mug too. Made by Birch Frew, it is my morning companion as I start work in my studio. It would be a comfort and help to remind of life before (and beyond the island).

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