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    What's Your Work Music?

    Native american wood flute music played via my ipad. I prefer something without words and the wood flutes lets me hear the clay sing tho some days it merely mumbles.
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    Use hammer and learn to mosaic or drill hole and make a planter learn to container garden or grind your signature off of them , hitch a ride with a fishing boat, drop your load offshore and make an artificial reef and take up fishing.
  3. I have never needed to measure. Get a rough idea by placing a hand inside bottom and a hand outside on the bottom. Flip bowl, center it, and anchor down with little lugs of clay. Start trimming and as you approach your guesstimate for perfect thickness, stop the wheel and lightly push a finger against the trimmed out bottom...see or feel movement? Your done. If no movement, trim a little more and repeat light push til it moves. potter's note: this works on normal leatherhard pots. if pot is too hard the bottom will not move, and you should likely just throw another pot anyway. if pot is too soft it will move to soon but likely if it is too soft you will have warped the rim while trimming and have to come up with a creative answer on what to do with your ruined rim so the slightly to thick bottom is the least of your worries.
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    Clay processing

    If the source is really clean screening may not be a problem. Back in college with more time than money i dug my clay from a known pit that area potters had been digging for generations. The clay was very pure coming out of the pit. I'd just hammer it into lumps, add water to make a slurry, pour off the excess water, and throw it in the clay mixer with a little ball and fire clay and some dry 182 that i ordered from stardard and it made a great throwing clay no screening needed. Now occassionally there would be an iron pyrite in the clay that you would find as you brought up a wall or the kiln would find it and give you an interesting burnout down the side of your pot. Not often enough to make me want to spend time screening tho.
  5. I thought it kinda looked like a shimpo but it kinda doesn't, kinda like shimpo inspired or maybe it inspired shimpo. Maybe something from the 60's or 70's with the goovey footpeddle...tho i have seen car footpeddle replacements in the shape of a foot so maybe it is a replacement.
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    No Swiping

    I'd like to give a thumbs up for having a mobile hotspot to have your own network when your phone has no signel...just get a hotspot with a different carrier than what your phone uses and then you will have a backup if your phone network is down. Processing credit cards take very little data so what i did was get a hotspot that i buy data on cards at my local walmart and add a small amount of data every month i was going to be doing shows...thats is about 6 months of the year for me...and the months i did not need a hotspot i just did not buy data cards. Just remember to charge that hotspot so its all ready to go if needed.
  7. I have a small test 11x11 kiln, i think it is a skutt. It is not computer controlled. I have noticed it fires a little higher than the larger computer controlled kiln at the place i teach at. High enough difference that satin matts tend to be semi gloss in the test kiln.
  8. 1. It would all depend on the facilities what is equipment available, how much room do i get to store work and clay, hours open, what kind of firing is available etc. 2. Well it would seem one is selling it by the pound...meaning they are breaking up bags and handing you clay and the other just sells you a premeasured bag they get from the supplier. Its kinda like buying potato chips by the small individual serving or the family sized bag...the big bag is usually a lt cheaper per ounce. The reason i am sure they allow no outside clay is to save their kilns from unknown cone clay melting in a higher cone firing. 3. I would want quality electric wheels, a large slab roller, an extruder, sizable tables to work on, designated safe storage of work while drying or keeping wet, a locker to keep some tools and such in, kilns that fire often, a variety of firing option...electric oxidation, gas reduction, etc. If glaze is provided i would want a color chart with fired samples well marked containers and if not commercial glazes then recipes provided so i understand what the glaze is made up of. I would also like the ability to make up glazes from ingrediants and have other commercial glazes allowed to be fired if i can show documentation that they are formulated for the cone to be fired at. I'd also like the opportunity to fire my own kiln if i have that knowledge. Open 24/7 would be fabulous as i am a night owl. I would also want safe parking and a lock on the door once inside the studio.
  9. If you are dead set on selling your beginner wares continue not signing them. some perspective: so i have decided i want to install roofs, i've got a little training under my belt but my roofs aren't up to the my own standards but hey i could start selling my services now for cheap and make a little cash while learning...I'm sure those cheap roofs won't come back to bite me in the butt once i get good enough to charge more.
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    Unusual Questions

    There are white cone 6 stoneware blanks to be had but they are limited in shape. Learning to glaze is a large challenge so be prepared to waste quite a bit of blanks on the learning process. If you are liking the sea theme pottery maybe look for some florida or shore side potters that already make something similar to what you want and order something from them. I have seen many fellow florida potters working in the theme and style you seem to be wanting.
  11. 25 minutes would be very doable for me But Not much that local here. I get my clay from a guy that buys his clay in bulk and is willing to sell to others but has no shop. But if i wanted to buy glaze or dry ingredients i have to order from somewhere. I so miss Bennetts, thats where i always ordered from but now i usually order from axners for laguna glaze and dry ingridients as they will use regional rate boxes for cheaper shipping and as of now have not found a happy solution to buying amaco glazes.
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    Choosing clay types

    I only use 3 clays mostly, a buff with lite bit of texture that is good for the wheel and most handbuilding that i do. A white with near no tooth to it for translucent glazes. And a low fire terra cotta for yard art and such. Occassionally i use a dark brown just cause i like the color of the clay and use it unglazed but only for special projects and raw it looks a lot like my terra cotta til fired so can easily be mixed up. I don't like to many clays going on in my studio cause it makes recycling a pain.
  13. I have an old brent...it does not have any letters to tell me which it is. I bought it for $200 after taking it for a spin to see if it worked. Now where i teach has a cxc Brent that when donated had a flat place in the belt where it had sat unused for 5 years. It has now started grinding and running rough so it now sits waiting for someone to decide it is important enough to fix as i do not have the knowledge to fix it.
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    Pottery Stools, what do you use?

    My fav is a basic metal gray square stool got at a school salvage for $2. I tend to throw with my left ankle wrapped around the stool leg. Its strong enough to stand on....i have a slightly taller version in my kitchen that i found at the thrift that is painted red. I think my college had a few like it in the pottery studio too.
  15. I have a model A, it weighs just a tad more than a bag of clay so you can take it to demo on site if need be or to carry out in the yard to commune with nature. Mine is my second wheel, it came to me when i bought a used pottery kiln and the kiln came with every thing she used for clay including tools, wheel, books and a tiny bee hive kiln as she was changing hobbies.

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