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  1. Hello! Does anyone have experience shaving down plaster on the wedging table? I have one that weighs a LOT and unable to easily move to the outside. It's always had bubbles that's been deposits of clay and it's time to shave it down but I can't really sand in such a closed studio surface. I'm not sure what tool to use.. what do you think?
  2. Personally my online presence is basically Instagram and my website. I also submit article ideas to well consumed online magazines and that get traffic. I disagree with folks who say Instagram is only for young people and with certain aesthetics. I've seen potters do amazing things on Instagram and using it as a storytelling device that creates novelty. Couple of examples I've seen done well are: @floriangadsby @jonosmart Photography is everything, so you got that going right with investing in a good camera. I use Shopify and I'm happy with it. It helped that I come from an ecommerce background (13 years counting). Happy to answer any specific questions you may have pertaining to
  3. Thank you Mark for the reply. It's unusual specifically because it's something new and I haven't had the issue before. I'm going to try throwing them thicker and trim them thin instead and see if that helps.
  4. Recently I've been getting a lot of warpage on bowls. I'm averaging about 80% loss rate -- very unusual and hoping for some answers 1 Pots are thrown on plastic bats and left to dry . I take them off when they come off on their own. Temperature here's about 65-70 so doesn't try super fast by any means (trimmable the day after they're thrown) 2. The walls are very thin -- just thicker than 1/8". 3. There's no warpage during trimming and don't look warped after or after bisque. 4. ^ 5 glaze, cone ^05 bisque. Glaze inside only 5. Warps when fired in full kiln, warps when fired in not-to-capacity kiln. Goodness, what am I doing wrong? Thank you
  5. Hello! I've been working on having more community events at the studio for self enrichment and you know, community building purposes. There was a group of metal clay crafters who were interested in firing some of their stuff here and it sounds interest, but I'm also not sure if any of that stuff can contaminate the kiln environment and cause firing issues for my own work. It's stuff like this https://www.cooltools.us/Aussie-Metal-Clay-Antarctic-Moonlight-p/aus-124-p.htm and PMC Clay. Any experienced folks here? Would it cause any change in the environment? Much thanks
  6. Hi there, I recently had a prominent food prop stylist / writer / taste maker request using my products for photo shoot. I'm not sure what the standard trade is in this case. Would you charge a borrowing fee, or is it more exposure in social media (linking to my site)? Anyone have experience in this area? Thank you!
  7. Hi all, I had a fire in the kiln today. Something stupid I did, don't wanna go too much into it but basically flames were shooting out of the kiln. I placed couple of candles thinking I can burn off the wax (scent wasn't selling, and I'm also overworked. I could have just scraped the major chunk first but didn't) - that caused flames and pretty disastrous evening for everyone. My question is: Do you think the kiln is totaled? Would it be still ok to use? What are some steps I could take from here? Thank you
  8. The committee has spoken and I shall listen. Thank you for the advice everyone!
  9. Hi there, I met a guy in town who's looking for kiln firing space. I figured why not let him rent the kiln when it's not in use. He started talking about his glaze and described the contents as lead frit. He fires to bisque ^02 and glaze to ^012. Upon learning about the lead frit I immediately asked him about the lead content, he explained that it's all contained in the frit and does not leach out. Ok -- call me skeptical here but when it's heated, frit or not, doesn't lead get into the kiln environment (I have vent) and in extension the environment outside of the kiln too? I'm trying to figure out if I should let him fire or I'm setting myself up for disaster. Please pitch in your 2 cents. Thank you!
  10. Thank you Min and Marcia, blending with slip did the trick!
  11. Hi there, I've been making colored clay body (black) from mason stain. Every batch when thrown ends up with these spots where the mason stain is not completely mixed in. It feels like massive amounts of wedging still doesn't fix the problem. I first take the stain, pour some water in just enough to make into heavy cream consistency, then spread it over the clay body (porcelain) and wedge about 120-130 times per 10# of wet clay. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you!
  12. Hi all, I've been scaling up size in my pieces and running into massive 90% crack rate. These are 10-15lbs in terms of wet weight. Do you recognize any patterns here? I'd love to get some tips/pointers from the seasoned large throwers on what I can do to remove these issues. Thank you!
  13. Emily, I ended up apply underglaze in greenware instead of bisque and that seems to have fixed the issue.
  14. Wow, studio burnout. Just completely burnt out. Studio open 6 months, been working 70 hours / week since then. Need to take a break!

    1. GEP


      Burnout is a common problem for potters. Yes, take a break, then learn to pace yourself. It's a marathon not a sprint.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Definitely need a break. enjoy yourself.


    3. glazenerd


      I go through periods of living, breathing, and living it: hard to turn off sometimes.

  15. Chris, I do a lot of work with colored clay multiple pounds per piece Stephen, thank you for the mention of potters attic, I'll check that out!

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