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    Atlanta, GA
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    In my real life I own a frame shop. In my dreams and spare time I make pottery. I threw my first pot in April 2016 and I was hooked. :)
  1. Don't discount the power of social media - it is a completely different world now than for potters starting out 10, 20, 30 years ago. There are new potters, who after 1-3 years in the business, snag features in magazine, books, etc. and sell out almost immediately upon releasing work for sale online - hundreds of pots at a time. If they can do it, so can you.
  2. The Starter Wheel

    I have a Speedball Artista and love it. I have a very small home studio and needed something portable. It is heavy, solid and smooth and a great beginner's wheel. Personally, I wouldn't call it a kids' wheel - it is great wheel for a beginner, hobby potter and I have started a nice, part-time business with it. Now, when I have a larger studio, I will get a larger wheel and will happily use my Speedball as back up.
  3. Kiln Install on Deck

    My kiln is on a rolling stand, with about 8 inches of space between the bottom of the kiln and the floor. I do have a wood floor, so I have two layers of cement board on the floor extending 2 feet from the kiln in all directions. My studio is in my house, which I obviously don’t want to burn down, so I also put a small fan on the floor which blows underneath the kiln and keeps the floor perfectly cool.
  4. Charging For Prop Wares

    I loaned a few pieces to Etsy for them to use on Instagram. Someone in their office ended up buying one of the pieces and the second was returned. I would go for it. Unless the pieces they want to borrow are worth a fortune, it's worth the risk. Sounds like great exposure.
  5. Re-Glazing - Firing Speed?

    I have reglazed only part of a pot without any problems. I ended up refiring at medium speed and everything turned out great. Next time though, I will probably fire slower - don't want to tempt fate. I actually did a third glaze fire too and loved the results. This ^6 glazes looked more like ^10 with richer colors and the glaze looked like it was a part of the pot rather than on the pot. It's not something I would do on an ongoing basis but it was fun to experiment.
  6. Re-Glazing - Firing Speed?

    Thank you, Marcia!
  7. I am going to be re-glazing some pieces and refiring them. I need a thicker application of glaze to get the color I want. I normally glaze fire on medium speed in electric to Cone 5, which takes about 8.5 hours. Can I refire to Cone 5 at fast speed this time, or should I stick with medium? Thanks!!
  8. Drop What You're Doing

    NHK is fantastic. I saw a 15 minute show on hagi yaki Saturday and it was the best 15 minutes of my day.
  9. I have my kiln on two layers of hardi-board over a wood floor. I also put a small 6" fan on the floor to keep the air moving under the kiln. The cement board barely gets above room temperature while the kiln is firing.
  10. The article in the original post makes my skin crawl, but the discussion that follows has been great.
  11. Is This Kiln Too Small?

    Moonlight - I have done the very same thing over the past year. Took a pottery class a one ago and was hooked! I set up a tiny studio in a spare bedroom, starting with a wheel - the Speedball Artista. I love it. I usually make smaller pieces 1-2.5 pounds, and it is small enough to move out of the way when I need to fire my kiln. (Did I mention my studio is tiny?) One year in, I got to the point where I needed a kiln at home. Driving back and forth to the center where I take classes to drop off and pick up my pots during the week was taking up too much time. I have a Skutt KM818-30A and fired it for the first time last weekend with perfect results. I can fit about 30 of my bud vases in it. The advice I received was to get the biggest kiln I could afford, fill every two weeks or so, and accommodate in my space. I have my kiln on wheels, so it is rolled out of the way when not being fired, only about 3 feet or so. If you can, I would get a kiln that operates on 240v. Installation of the circuit was about $650, but completely worth it. I tried to figure out how I could fare with a 120v kiln, but it just wasn't practical for me. You will quickly outgrow a smaller kiln.
  12. Why Is This Happening?

    Neil is right. The side of the clay that you smack on the wheel should be rounded-off. It looks like you are putting a flat side on the wheel, and air is getting trapped.
  13. To Blog Or Not To Blog ....

    Instagram! A lot of bloggers I used to follow, mostly home décor and renovating, have abandoned their blogs for Instagram, or at the very least use it to gain followers and direct people to their blog for the occasional update. IG is a way for them to stay in front of, and engage with their readers on a regular basis without having to write a full blog entry. There is a fantastic community of potters and buyers on Instagram and if you work it properly you can get tremendous exposure, and ultimately sales. I resisted for a long time, but once I started making pottery I found IG immensely useful for inspiration, education, feedback, etc. It also compels me to spend the time taking good photos (I hope) which I use in my shop listings. I threw my first pot less than a year ago, so it has helped me stay on track and push myself... since people are watching. I also use it as a visual diary of my work, not just to make money, although that bit doesn't hurt.
  14. Looking For Cress Kiln Review

    FYI The kiln I just ordered is available for 208v and 240v. I went with the 240v and had a 240 circuit installed. My electrician said it would be less expensive to operate the kiln on 240 vs 208. Might be common knowledge to others, but it was news to me.
  15. Help!

    Bisque Fix might work. Patch the crack, reglaze and fire again. I've read that it can be used on glazed pieces, but have only used it on bisqueware.

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