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  1. firing large ( 40"x30" ) sculpture

    I believe there is a brief overview of "in sutu"firing in the following book... https://www.amazon.com/Alternative-Kilns-Firing-Techniques-Ceramics/dp/1579909523/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519370593&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=alternative+[pttey+firing
  2. Thanks Pres for sharing. After spending numerous years as a restaurant manager (14), I decided to a change of pace was needed to see and spend time with my family. I ended up as a 911 operator, which has given me not only job security, but the 40 hour weeks have given me time for family and a little time to throw pots .
  3. For those who don't solely support themselves from pottery, what is your full / part time profession? If you reached the point self supporting in pottery, what jobs did you do along the way to fill the gaps?
  4. Mason Stains paired with glaze?

    You can check with your supplier regarding the specific colors, some have been reformulated over the years. I know my supplier has old versions as well as the new ones. Mason stains website will give you current info, read the msds on each color. As Mark C said use the search function on the forum a visual wealth of information from some very knowledgeable and awesome potters!
  5. Mason Stains paired with glaze?

    Short answer, yes you would still need a place to seal the clay and make it able to hold water. Food safe is another issue depending on the Mason stain some could leach toxins into the clear glaze. What are you hoping to achieve with the Mason stains? Making colored clay or a wash? At earthenware temps you could do numerous things with a product like Mayco's stroke n coat.
  6. Porcelain vs white stoneware coated w/ porcelain

    You could probably achieve the look you are going for using a grolleg based terra sigillata. I've played around with some, the bisque pots were chalk white prior to final firing. the COE is more forgiving since it is a much thinner layer. I didn't use glazes, so I cannot speak to if there was any effect on the glaze. The fumed pieces did have more of a porcelain appearance. The were also much more susceptible to fingerprints in the leather hard state.
  7. Selling Large Work vs Small Work

    Joseph, the vast majority of our work that regularly sells is in the 8" - 12" in height, 5-6 in the 12"-18" range, and usually 1 over 18" over the course of a year (5-6 shows) I still carry at least 2 pots larger that 18" to every show, I never know when they will decide to go home with someone else. I make them because I like to push myself, and I find them challenging to survive a pit fire. If I were you I'd go for it, see where your heart will take you, your work will reflect it. You might even find things you can translate into smaller works. Just don't fill your studio with large pieces.
  8. Selling in Galleries

    I have had good and some not so good experiences with consignment. I am one that will take a chance if I have a good feeling about it, if something feels off I walk away. As Mea said, if it's close check it out in person, go have a cup of coffee. If it feels like it you could see your mugs there, try to make contact while your there to at least introduce yourself. As Mark stated, its 9 cups. Is that an acceptable risk for you? If not, adjust the initial delivery to a number you feel comfortable with and set a contract specifying minimally the length of the trial period, frequency of pay and the percentage, reorder procedure, and an escape clause. It will protect both of you. Best of luck
  9. Web Site Building And Marketing

    Not sure if it correct or not, I change my gallery pics twice a year. The rest haven't changed in 10 years. I've "refreshed" the whole site a couple times during it's existence, but kept the content the same. Feel free to check it out, currently averaging 2500-3000 hits a week, it's no Google, but pleased with the traffic.
  10. red underglaze

    From Mayco's website... No Fail Reds Stroke & Coat® reds are the best on the market. Stroke & Coat® reds are the best on the market. SC-73 Candy Apple Red, SC-74 Hot Tamale and SC-87 Ruby Slippers fire true to standard every time and do not require special application or attention during firing. These reds are great for kids and students and perfect for the potter looking for a red accent at cone 10. I've seen it fired to cone 10, cannot remember exactly how it turned out as it wasn't my pot at a community firing. Just a little notation saying " Hot Tamale, A Red Red, needs heavy coat" Good luck,
  11. Soda / salt firing Mocha Diffusion, read up on it, just haven't taken the time to play yet.
  12. I cannot think of a specific video off hand. I am far from an expert at throwing off the hump, typically only small bowls, lids and finials. Sold just over 300 of those bowls last year, not a big deal if they don't match, never intended them to, but when I try I get about 75% the same size. I realize that's not great, but for what they are it works. I typically start with anywhere between 10-20 pounds depending on how many I plan on making, rough center the whole mass. Then true center the top 1/3 to throw from. I re-center the top 1/3 after each piece. I know that practice may be frowned upon, but I found it worked for me. I got to that point by practicing, clay is the least expensive item(for me at least, ($18/50#). You can always scrap it , re wedge it, use it a test piece for testing glazes, or return it to the earth. Neil is correct someone to watch over you can definitely help you improve, I too did not have suitable class in the area, the colleges stopped taking non-program students, the art center wasn't a good fit, they actually wanted me to teach it for a while. I ended up approaching a couple potters and Found a couple fellow potters to assist me in getting past the roadblocks. Best of luck
  13. Advice on purchase of a wheel

    I'll throw my 2 cents in for Pacifica as well, I've had my GT 400 for 13 years, no issues, bought it used then. It's been very reliable, transported it several times for use in workshops and demos. You can buy the leg extensions or build your own, but for the cost i'd just buy the ready made ones.
  14. Kraythe.... the messes are part of learning. In my W2 job, they have a sign "F.A.I.L. ~ the First Attempt In Learning" . I am self taught as well, throw in a few workshops, countless hours watching youtube videos and even more hour practicing/playing, and gradually my skills improved. Not sure where you are located, but I've have gone to other potters when I've gotten stuck and spent a little time with them to help me work through where I was stuck at. I done the same for others when they have come to me when they were stuck. Most potters are a helpful bunch.
  15. Much the same here, nothing to join that I'm aware of. I was invited to one that wanted to do meetings/firings etc once a month about 4 hours away, unfortunately, I don't have that much time available with 3 teenagers involved in everything they can be.

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