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  1. Im in a very remote area. I havent found anything local. I contacted our little local school, and thats how I found the one small shop that I did find. I ordered my clay a couple weeks before I really started using it. It seems fairly wet, but wedging it seems to dry it more? It feels okay when I begin wedging, then it seems to stiffen up. Should I be wetting my hands a bit hear and there while I wedge? I'll have to give the advice from Pres a try. Because ive flopped quite a bit i do have a pile of really wet clay. Should I try to incorporate the two? Should I put it all in a bag together and let it sit? Will they mix well if I just try to wedge them with out sitting together, or will I just make a mess? As for grog, Im afraid of it. The skin on my hands if very sensitive, and I fear grog will chew them up too much.
  2. There is nothing near me that mixes clays. The only close place I have to buy from orders from the same place and she tried to charge me out the wazoo for it!
  3. Im looking for recommendations on a good soft clay to begin throwing with. I order my clay from aardvarkclay.com and I called today, but the guy on the phone wasnt much help. I previously ordered their beemix w/o sand and it seems harder to throw than it should be. It dries out quickly, so Im constantly adding water. It takes a while to open up a pot. I press down and can only go about 3/4 of an inch down before I have to add water, and I REALLY have to push down. The clay just doesnt like to move. Ive watched so many videos on line and it doesnt seem like it should be that hard. Im pretty sure its the clay, but I dont know what other clay to try? They dont give info on their website as to how soft or plastic their clay bodies are. Any help would be much appreciated. TIA
  4. I'll have to get out the little level next time. It worked much better when we moved it to the table, even tho it was a cheap plastic one. Im stil struggling with getting it centered well, but after its centered it does fine until you try to pull it up past 4-5 inches. We were able to pull a few little bowls tho. I'll have to play with it more and see what happens.
  5. So I got an artista wheel, and have been using it outside on top buckets, or a table. My whole yard is dirt, so nothing is level. I've been having problems centering, but my husband has seem to have gotten it down. Either way, once either of us tries to pull they clay up, it seems to come off center and starts to wobble. I was just wondering if anyone knew weather or not this could be caused by the wheel not being level? I know we're both new to getting back into throwing, so Im not sure if its just technique, and we both need more practice (which im sure it part of it) or how much the way the wheel is set up is effecting it. Thanks for the input
  6. I just bought a stretched canvas frame from walmart, then went to me local lumber co. and had they cut some wood squares to fill in the back. Works like a charm
  7. I searched high and low to find the place to buy online, and like you ran into super steep shipping rates. I finally called a somewhat local (50 miles away) to get a quote. She told me she charged $1 a pound (doesnt matter what clay), plus approx. $30 for shipping, also, you have to buy at least 50lbs. So I was looking at $80 to buy from her, plus an hour commute both directions to get it. Well, after asking her about what sort of mid-high fire clays she had, she told me she needed to call her distributor to find out. She called back and was over whelmed, so she gave me their website so I could see what they had (then told me I HAD to buy from her, could not buy from them). Moral of this story, I went to aardvarkclay.com to see what they had. Every clay listed had different prices, along with an "add to cart" option. I found a good stoneware for $9 per 25lb bag which was cheaper than I had seen anywhere else. They also offer flat rate shipping via usps. It cost me $15.38 to ship 50lbs of clay. I spent a total of $38.06 which saved me almost $50 along with a commute to pick it up.
  8. Thank you Colby! This is the kind of input Ive been hoping for. I know its going to be hit and miss for awhile, thank you for recommending a base clay to try out. I worry about the raku, and high grog content of some clays. I have a certain type of eczema that occurs on my hands, and have worried about what will 'chew my hands up" thank you to Benzine, and Pres for pointing out how harsh grog clays can be. I LOVED porcelain when I worked with it before, but am obviously looking for something more cost efficient while getting back in the swing of things. Im fine with learning with a raku kiln. It would be fun to work on throwing some basic pots for outdoor plants, decor etc. Maybe one day I can get to the point where I will be more knowledgeable when it comes to kilns and be able to stumble across something affordable. We do have a very small school here which has a kiln, they fire once a year tho, so Im not sure on the availability to use it. Thanks for all the help!
  9. After reading more, the kiln we are looking into building will be a gas raku kiln. That seems to be the most inexpensive solution. Ive seen quite a few youtube videos of people making them with ceramic fiber. Obviously the first things I throw are not going to be great, so I think this is a good starting point. I dont think many of you understand how far out I live. The closest places for buying clays, or taking classes are about 300 miles away. So, I think ive gotten a decent amount of advice through here, and google. It seems Im looking for a stoneware clay that is a cone6-10 roughly? Also one with grog? It seems to be a key element to help the the clay with temp. shock, so its less susceptible to cracking? Correct me if Im wrong. Thanks for all the input!
  10. No not really. SUU is about 3 hrs away, as is Dixie, and NAU. I was looking at ordering clay online here: http://www.sheffield-pottery.com/Buy-Porcelain-Stoneware-Earthenware-Clay-s/1.htm The prices seem to be reasonable, and they say that can ship via usps flat rate. I just dont know where to start. I need a clay to test out that isnt too gritty, and is pretty hardy when it comes to firing. I know after I get into the swing of things I will have more knowledge, and play around with different clay bodies. Im just looking for suggestions on one to start with?
  11. Sorry, forgot to mention that I am in southern UT, northern AZ. and we plan to do an outdoor kiln
  12. Problem is, I am in a very small town in the middle of nowhere. I have checked craigs list, and there is nothing near me, nor is what Ive found within my budget. I would like to make functional pieces that I could use in my kitchen, just unsure of the "safety" from different firing methods.
  13. Hi, Totally new here, and completely over whelmed. I got into throwing pottery back in high school, and have always wanted to do it again. I just bought me a wheel to begin throwing again, but Im at a loss from here. I have no idea what kind of clay to buy. I never knew there were so many options. My husband and I are wanting to build a propane kiln to fire out pieces in, so Im looking for suggestions on what kinds of clays are best to use for this kind of method. Also, anyone with info or experience in building a gas kiln? Any information I can get will help. Thanks so much!
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