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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. :)

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  1. Well said, Mea! I was 44 when I threw my first pot, and have always collected pottery, have a business in the art world and have dabbled in a lot of hobbies and activities that require working with my hands, including being a pastry chef in a past life. So, I brought a lot to ceramics based on my interests and experiences... and age.
  2. I started selling my pottery after 4 months of working on it 1 day a week. I have (hopefully!) improved since then, but I started selling it when I felt it was good enough for a stranger to buy it and like it. Worked out fine. Plenty of pieces ended up in the trash though and I was very selective about what I would offer up for sale.
  3. I have a Skutt and bisque to Cone 04. I use the slow program, which takes around 11 hours. You might be ok with the fast option on your kiln, but better safe than sorry!
  4. Instagram is great for newer potters, but established potters might not find much value in it if they already have successful sales channels. I don't sell in person, yet, so most of my sales are online and most of my customers come through Instagram. I definitely spend a lot of time working my Instagram account, but right now I have the time to do that (a day job that can be very slow at times) and I have gotten enough benefits from it to continue. When I start to do more shows, take on wholesalers and stockists, etc. my sources of revenue will change and my time on Instagram will go down. I think that it's a bit of an either/or situation - sell in person OR online. It's difficult to do both, especially if you are a one person business. If you want to sell online though, Instagram can be priceless in terms of reaching an audience and turning them into buyers. One thing I didn't expect is that so many other potters would purchase my work, even though I still buy pottery and mostly online, and there is a huge community of potters on IG that are potential buyers. Mea, I'm one of those Instagrammers that bought a pot from that show and I adore it. :) I figured your profit was low after their commission - definitely charge more if you do that show again! Your work is amazing.
  5. I have that kiln and fire my Cone 6 glazes to Cone 5 with a 15 minute hold. Works perfectly. The school I used to fire my work at had huge Skutt kilns, and my results are identical. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I let the kiln cool naturally, so it’s faster than the larger kiln but it has not made a difference in my results compared to the larger kilns. Good luck!
  6. What a funny question for me to find here since I own a frame shop. At first, I thought I was in the wrong forum. Strangely, easel backs are a little more complicated than they seem. Rae is correct. You want your rabbet (the area the glass sits in) to be at least 1/4" deep - the person using this may want to use a mat so giving a little extra room is always best. It needs to be deep enough to hold the glass, mat, photo, backing and easel back if inserting that into the opening. You can purchase easel backs online, or from some local frame shops. You might want to give one a visit to get some in person advice - most of us are pretty nice and happy to help. Look at some you have at home, or pop over to a shop and check out the construction of their photo frames. The easel back can either be inserted into the rabbet, or attached to the back of the frame. If the frame is more than an inch or so wide, you'll want to order a larger easel back and then cut it to size, leaving the "kickstand" longer to compensate for the width of the frame. You'll need to figure out a way to keep the contents inside the frame... this is much easier with wood frames since we can use screws and nails. You also need to make your opening 8 1/8" by 10 1/8" so and 8x10 piece of glass and photo will fit inside. The front of the rabbet should be 1/4 inch wide. It's much easier to be this specific with wood frames, so just a guideline of course!
  7. I’m a label-maker junkie, but can see myself ignoring the label. Making it a different color is a great idea. Thank you!!
  8. Thank you! Most of my pots have flat bottoms, so that’s a lot of surface area to worry about. Great tip. I wouldn’t have thought of that.
  9. Hi all! I usually work with stoneware, but have switched to porcelain for a while. I’d like to make some lidded vessels but I’m concerned about the lids sticking. They stick on my stoneware pots, but a tap on a table usually pops them right off. I’ve read that sticking is more likely when firing porcelain vessels with the lid in place. Any tips on preventing/minimizing this? I use Forbes wax resist - is this enough or do I need to use/add alumina and if so, how to I do that? Can I add it to the wax, or mix with water and brush on top of the wax? Thanks!
  10. I use a Speedball Artista exclusively and love it. (Tiny studio, tiny wheel.) It works great.
  11. Neil, normally I would NEVER question you because you’re awesome, but I wanted to make sure you said that correctly. I have always been told that bisque should be slow, even if pots are bone dry, and also a one hour preheat is best practice. I exploded some bone dry pots when I didn’t do a preheat once. I also fire at medium speed for my glaze firings. So for me, it’s slow bisque and medium glaze. Sorry, just wanted to make sure!!
  12. I might be oversimplifying this, but isn't the groundwork for bloating created when the bisque temp is too low? @plumcreative, what Cone are you bisque firing to? I use 266 almost exclusively and haven't had any problems. I bisque to Cone 04 and glaze Cone 5.5. I have fired to ^6 and re-glazed and re-fired pieces up to 3 times without any issues.
  13. I start mine at different times. It's a small 2.5 cubic foot kiln and costs less than $3 in electricity to fire. Do you have a large kiln that you fire frequently?
  14. Music via Alexa. I can tell her to play whatever I'm in the mood for without having to touch anything. Very helpful during throwing.
  15. I have a kiln at home now, but for the first year I took greenware to the arts center where I took classes. I wrapped them in bubble wrap and boxed them. No mishaps, but it was definitely nice to stop doing that.
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