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  1. Yappy, while I agree that those who are poor do not have an equal opportunity for higher education today, I think that not all folks that had the good fortune to earn a degree are bad because of their good fortune. Rather it is the artists, gallery owners, sometimes collectors who only value the piece of paper and do not accept those who learn their craft through different channels . This type of condescension reflects on their personal issues and their insecurities and not education. I was fortunate to attend college in the mid 70's with scholarships and grants (that would not begin to cover the costs these days). To please my family, I took art classes but did not major. My experience was a series of very condescending art teachers that belittled whatever we did. I was never able to afford to go back to college again....needed to keep the roof over head and eat. But I still had the fire....even without the degree...worked with textiles. Never gave up thinking about art as a career. Fast forward to 2001...I moved to Winston-Salem, NC....they have a community art school, Sawtooth...they teach ceramics. I was able to take some classes to learn basic techniques, asks questions, pursue some of my own ideas...and ask more questions. Everyone I worked with was willing to help anyone move along on their artistic journey. So I would call this art education invaluable. Informal only if that means no degrees offered but the education is key to my basic understanding of the craft. Now it is up to me the learn the nuances...find my voice....listen to other potters ...and not worry about the piece of paper.
  2. lgusten

    Non EZ-Up Tents??

    Very good point about removing the tops. I would still contact the promoter for clarification of their rules.
  3. Finally was able to fire the new kiln yesterday.   Would not fire...just gave  a strange error message.  The problem was the  Genesis controller was wired incorrectly.  With help from Steve at Bartlett...changed 2 wires and it fired right up.  

    1. Min


      Glad you got it working! I love my Genesis controller. With my last glaze firing I had a "Fail" warning come up when one of the thermocouples went. Knew straight away that there was a problem.

    2. lgusten


      Thanks, Min.   I feel much more comfortable.  It was actually good to experience this issue and have to fix it.  Felt more in control of the controller:D

  4. lgusten

    Non EZ-Up Tents??

    I would also assume that they mean no tents or canopies. If you have ever been at windy event site...when your tent or someone else's becomes airborne it can destroy your work or whoever else's booth it hits. When in doubt always call the show promoter. They might not realize that the language in their packet is a little confusing.
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    Home Insurance and potters

    Checked with my insurance agent....State Farm in NC does not care about an electric kiln. It is covered under my personal property.
  6. lgusten

    Home Insurance and potters

    Thank you. We are OK. We got about an 1" of water in total.....small amount compared to what others are dealing with. The water coming in showed us where the problem with the foundation was. We sucked up the water and patched a couple of holes and it held. For a short time, though, I was a little panicked. It did make me think about if the house were to burn (which the insurance should cover), would the fact that I had a kiln and had not told the insurance company about it invalidate any claim I made.
  7. Wow!! Thought a guild that you are a member of would be more accommodating. I don't think you should withdraw, but you may consider making a formal request for them to explain what in their rules prohibit them from accommodating your needs. I don't think that they would want to be linked with a discriminatory process.
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    Home Insurance and potters

    As I saw the water coming in the other night and under the kiln, I thought about my insurance. Guess I need to talk to my State Farm agent. (BTW, they would not have covered any water damage because I do not have flood insurance). Glad I saw this topic today.
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    Turquoise Planter_small.jpg

    That is beautiful!!!!....Love the form and the glaze!
  10. lgusten

    Sea Pottery

    You may want to check with museums that have collections of Mediterranean pottery. Their curators would have the most expertise. Good luck on your search.
  11. New kiln arrived and is in place.  Got the kiln vent installed too.  If the pending hurricane doesn't drop too much water on us...should  be able to test fire soon.


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    2. Benzine


      Best of Luck to you, with the weather.

      I have good friends, who live in Western N.C. .  They didn't sound terribly worried, the last time I talked to him, a few days ago.

    3. lgusten


      Thank you.  So far, so good. Just really wet.

    4. lgusten


      Update to the update.  Yesterday relentless rain resulted in water in the basement  and under the kiln.....not too much though.  We caught it just in time.  Best news is we found the source of the leak.  Patched a little after we sucked up the water...  Looks dry this morning.    I am relieved!!!!

  12. Thanks for the great topic. Since I will be getting started firing by myself. Got a Genesis controller....so I will be interesting as to what it actually will report. I think that all of this will start to make sense when I actually fire for the first couple of times. I have fired electric kilns under someone else's direction....but not as education, but as a production thing that I did. (I should have asked questions).
  13. I would also look for any colleges or schools that teach pottery making and see where they supplies come from. I travel about 2 1/2 hours to Asheville, NC for my supplies. My last trip, I did stock up on a lot of materials to get the studio going. It's a great destination...so not such a bad trip to take.
  14. Have you done a google search for the bulk item you are looking for and your state? That usually provides a good starting point.
  15. Love the pic. Maybe your cat wants you to make a cat bowl.....he/she has already stamped it.
  16. Well, the kiln arrived, but it was damaged.  So after a few hours, back it went.  Guess I got more time to organize for it.:(


    1. LeeU


      Bummer-super bummer:wacko: Like your banner up top, by the way.

    2. yappystudent


      I'm angry for you. How annoying! 

    3. lgusten


      Thank you both.  Not sure when the replacement kiln will be sent....presumably after they receive the one I sent back.  This time, I will remove all of the wrap on the truck before I sign off on it.  Both UPS Freight and Clay King have been helpful. 

      Lee, thank you.  The banner is a picture of one of the last items I made before taking  a break and deciding that I needed my own space and studio.  I named it Winter Puddle.  

  17. Will have to look that up about Gauguin. Loved his colors and strong images. Never did understand Picasso and all the hoopla. Occasionally, we will have to restore one of his ceramic pieces....they are not particularly good. They look like mass produced junk....but people want to have them restored. Guess it is like if ________(fill in a name of any current celebrity) painted a pot, it would raised up as high art. It's like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes......
  18. Congratulations! Glad you had a successful first show. The encouragement from the attendees is priceless!!! Looking forward to see what you do for your next show!
  19. Like your glazes.! Square has been a great addition to my restoration business and will be great for the pottery business once I get it off the ground. It is so simple and it really has increased the amount of sales. I use good old polyester tablecloths...fairly wrinkle free. (I hate to iron). It is so hard to detach oneself when selling. I just think about how I shop. I may like a lot of what I see, but today I may not purchase your item. Doesn't reflect on your items at all. Next time, though, I may purchase your item because I remember you and seeing your booth. Don't beat yourself up if you do not make every sale. Celebrate the ones you make. Best of luck.
  20. So excited I can barely contain myself.  Kiln is ordered!!!! Space is ready for it!!!!  Been a long time coming.


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    2. Denice


      Interesting idea but my husband and I are old enough that moving a kiln out of a basement is getting too  hard.  Besides my kiln room only hold three kilns and my husband wouldn't give up any of his garage space.     Denice

    3. Roberta12


      What did you order??   You will love it whatever it is! Congrats!


    4. lgusten


      Denice -  That garage space is sacred isn't it.  That's why I am in the basement.  We shall see about getting it into the basement.  I bought the smaller one...less weight...but it is still 200 lbs.  So we will be enlisting more help and taIking it apart to get it downstairs.

      Roberta - Ordered a Olympic Medallion 1823.  It is small but large enough for my work.....When I outgrow it......I envision it being my bisque and test kiln.

      Thank you all for the support!!!!

  21. I agree that all white table coverings will show off your work and not distract your buyers with additional colors and textures. Get ready to smile....a lot! Be cheerful....get ready to bond with your fellow artists and have some fun! Most of all bust of luck for your first show. You really have an appealing array of pots to sell.
  22. This is a good topic if, as GEP expressed, both negative and positive comments are heard. Comparing notes on how folks got some results in a bad situation is most useful...if I had a problem with BCS, I would be using Facebook Messenger to connect with Angela because of the great results Sk111 told us about. I have had an OK experience with BCS. Ordered a large Bailey slab roller because it's not available locally and BCS was running a good sale. I had to track the order down after a little delay but it did arrive. Sorry to hear others have had such bad experiences. Local for me is a 2 1/2 hour drive to Asheville, NC to Highwater Clay, which I did yesterday to buy my glaze materials and more clay. They have knowledgeable technical help available that adds to the benefits to shopping in person rather than online.
  23. I have not worked with your exact clays and did fire at a higher temp. But when I used mason stains with the clay, they needed a clear glaze to make the colors come alive.
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    Send me to the store

    I got the John Britt book and selected glazes similar to ones I have used before: 1 clear (Easy E Clear), 1 Manganese Bronze, 1 blue green (Arrowmont Blue Green) and 1 more matte green (Pinell Strontium Matte 1). I have made glaze before...but this is my first "glaze kitchen". Went through the list of materials on the High Water Clay site..selected them according to the recipes then after perusing a few more recipes chose some other materials to have on hand to test other glazes. The Britt book can be overwhelming....but I took a deep breath, went back to it Then to the store I went this morning....Jennifer is the technical person at Highwater Clay who helped me go through my list and come up with some realistic amounts to get started. I will have a small kiln and I like to brush on glazes, so I won't need to be making big 5 gallon buckets of glaze. She was so helpful on selecting some of the materials given the recipes have a generic name and there are a ew to choose from. So there are a few that I got 10 lbs of but mostly 1 got 1 and 5lbs. The cobalt stuff, luckily was sold at 1/2 lb. When I settle on a couple of glazes, I'll go back and stock up. This batch should help me get started. Here's what I got: Nepheline Syenite Bentonite Cobalt Carbonate Strontium Carbonate Dolomite Silica 325 OM4 (Ball Clay) Copper Carbonate Grolleg Kaolin Black Copper Oxide EPK (Kaolin) Red Art Whiting Spanish Red Iron Oxide Wollastonite Gerstley Borate Lithium Carbonate Cobalt Oxide Frit 3124 Manganese Dioxide Titanium Dioxide Custer Feldspar Now I have to organize and get these in place. Getting very excited about this. Yappy, I do not know what the glaze was that I used for the blue test tile. It was a green one that was very unappealing to me....so I rubbed some cobalt oxide on my bisque piece then added the green glaze and this was the outcome. Thinking I may test this with the Pinell Strontium Matte 1. Like you, I like the satin glazes, so that is what I will be working on. I hope one of these glazes will work...but I will enjoy the process.
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    Send me to the store

    Hi Gabby, This is so timely, I am making my shopping list for my raw materials part of the studio. Monday is the day I am planning a day trip to Highwater Clay in Asheville, NC to make my purchase. They have a technician there who should be able to talk to me more in depth about the materials. Just ordered John Britt's Complete Guide to mid range Glazes. I will go through those recipes and narrow down my list of materials. I will share it when I am done. Looked at the Cone 5-6 Glazes book of the Ceramic Arts Handbook series...it is just OK.... Like Min says, apart from the materials and a couple of other things....other stores have them at cheaper prices. Don't underestimate what you may find at thrift stores like Goodwill and Habitat Restore. Found lots of items for molding, impressions, foam for not a lot of money. Our Habitat also has a senior discount day for all those over 60. I have found the most stuff at Habitat. I use different oxides and water to add color to my work...it is not a glaze but I have used it instead as a final finish to get a desired look or under a glaze to tweak the color in the glaze. I have added some pics. The one with iron oxide was fired at cone 6 with just the iron oxide rubbed on then finished with a wax to get that sheen.

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