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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. :)

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  1. PotterPutter

    Porcelain lids

    I’m a label-maker junkie, but can see myself ignoring the label. Making it a different color is a great idea. Thank you!!
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    Porcelain lids

    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.
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    Porcelain lids

    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!
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    Table Top Wheels

    I use a Speedball Artista exclusively and love it. (Tiny studio, tiny wheel.) It works great.
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    Firing Bisque in Computerized Kiln

    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!!
  6. 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.
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    a quick question about Fire

    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?
  8. 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.
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    1st pots in 30 years

    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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    1st pots in 30 years

    I started two years ago, taking a class one day a week. I really loved it so I bought a wheel to throw at home and then glazed during class time. I have a part-time pottery business and a full-time job in an unrelated field, and built my pottery biz just working one day a week and the odd hour here and there before or after work. With the skill level you already have, you can definitely progress quickly working one day a week. If this is something you want to do full time, do what you can now and build a following and customer base until you are ready to make this your main occupation. It can be done!
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    Instagram or Facebook or ??? What?

    Thanks, Stephen! I’ve tried a lot of different art forms, but took to pottery pretty quickly. I only have one day a week to work on it - your figures are just about right. My pieces usually sell for $30-95 and I have a pretty loyal customer base. About 80% of my sales are typically to previous buyers and the other 20% to new buyers. I need to figure out how to convert more IG followers into customers. I’m working on building this business so I can do it full time in about a year. I’ll probably have to do wholesale at that point, as well as art festivals, to make my target income. I’m not sure my online sales will be enough. I’m so grateful for every single sale! We’re all so lucky to be able to do this, whether as a hobby or full time profession - or somewhere in between.
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    Instagram or Facebook or ??? What?

    I make pottery part time, threw my first pot 2 years ago and started selling 18 months ago. I’ve sold about 300 pieces on Etsy and my own website in that time. I would guess that at least 80% of my Etsy sales are to my Instagram followers, and for my website that number is close to 100%. I announce shop updates on IG, which drives traffic to my website and Etsy shop. For now, I only sell online so that’s why IG is so valuable to me - it’s the only marketing I do. I’m @huskmilkpottery if you want to take a peek at my account.
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    Instagram or Facebook or ??? What?

    Terrific description, Callie! I’ll add that it’s also a good way to connect with potential stockists, and also gain exposure by customers and large accounts sharing your work with their followers - Ceramic Review, Etsy, Skutt Kilns, etc. Entire businesses were born on Instagram - Florian Gadsby and Jono Smart to name two who have rabid fans and sell out almost immediately after listing work for sale - Jono hundreds of pieces at a time. They are two extreme examples of Instagram success stories, but there is room for everyone on IG. I can’t think of any other platform that acts as a personal diary, marketing tool, learning tool, and ego boost like IG.
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    Instagram or Facebook or ??? What?

    Yappy, do you use Instagram? It is so much better than Facebook and there is a huge ceramics community (makers and buyers) that is really amazing. I never used IG until I started making pottery about 2 years ago and I adore it. It has been a wonderful experience so far...
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    Shopping for My First Kiln

    Yappy, the plug/receptacle info is on pages 45-46 of the user manual. The KM818 uses a 6-50 plug and the KM818-30A uses a 6-30. Make sure you show both of those pages to your electrician - it has other information they will need to know. I have the KM818-30A and it’s terrific!
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