I don't use canvas at all. I use HARDIBOARD from Home Depot/Lowes or other home supply stores. Hardiboard is amazingly strong, doesn't break down like plaster, doesn't collect dust and even if you scratch it from cutting to hard through slabs there really isn't any problem with it getting into the clay like there is from plaster. All my work tables are topped with hardiboard. I've been using it for over 15 years and have yet to encounter a single problem using it with clay.
Michael Hamlin-Smith replied to Carolyn Dorr's topic in Int'l Ceramic Artists Network (ICAN) Operations and BenefitsMy time in the studio making and glazing is shared with time on the road selling. I love what I do, but I don't allow it to define who I am. I am not my career...there are so many other things I want to do, too! Garden, exercise, go to movies, TRAVEL! I often have to put these on the back burner because I have too much to get done in the studio in such little time! So, while I would like more time to complete my work, I really want more time for my leisure activities!