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  1. As a student of various college ceramics classrooms I've observed the following: territory battles over inadequate table space, never enough sinks, sinks always backed up with an angry "don't put clay down the sink" sign above them, more wheels than students using them.
  2. Long video. The next time you complain your wheel isn't working... Very relaxing with nice background noises, no narration, elegant pot forms. At the end there's an interesting above-ground firing of a couple pots. Long video. Philippines, handbuilding and group above-ground village firing with some interesting stuff happening. Beautiful black finish from -rice hulls? This one complete from wedging clay to marketplace stall selling the pots. Nice scenery in the last half too.
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    Unusual Questions

    If I were you I'd look for glaze your own ceramic type shops. With some effort and help you may come up with a facsimile you'll be content with.
  4. Personally I don't have a problem with the subject matter and appreciate it being here. I've looked at BCS's site for their free info pages and recently recommended someone check out them out for reference, but I've yet to order anything from them. In my opinion bad customer service is a warning sign until money is in play, then it's unforgivable. I almost always read company review sites but as 1515 stated, they are usually filled with fake hired positive reviews. Sometimes it takes courage to voice obvious faults with well known companies, but it's the companies' responsibility to serve their customers well not the other way around.
  5. The supplier I'm using has a lot of different clay types and I'd like to use about 3-4 in the cone 5-6 range with as much variety in between them appearance-wise as possible. I don't see how I can really figure out what will work best without buying and testing each one, but I've already ruled out a few based on general preference. I've discovered a porcelain I like, and they only have one type of blackish so that's two. So far I like working with a general clay they have with quite a lot of sand in it, which will fire light grayish supposedly, much more than their version of G mix which seemed really chalky and bleh. If this gray clay works out I'll have my basic handbuilding clay for a lot of purposes, but I'm also considering red and buff; I want the darkest yellow buff I can find. Maybe I can't see the forest for the trees. Any suggestions along this line of thought?
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    Choosing clay types

    @Min:Yes it's Georgie's and I could probably give them a call, they've been helpful so far. How dark does the Trail Mix turn out? Their catalog description looks like it's confused with the other trail mixes. Timberline is the gray I've mentioned, nice hand feel but I've yet to fire any except the 'Sculpture' version which on bisque fire came out bright white, maybe it will darken at ^6, not sure yet, and I like the idea of a gray end product after firing. Otherwise I'm working with Silver Falls and Trail Mix Dark Chocolate and Mazama Red. Luckily I've picked up Mazama instead of Dundee so that's another I don't have to try. So far my work is mainly this and that in regards to ware, I'd definitely like some of it to be porcelain for the market boost but Silver Falls is a bit pricey at $20 bucks a pop and I think the price may have just gone up, so it will be a line of small stuff. The rest I need something easy to work with, food safe at cone ^6 or less and durable, with a little personality. For that I'm aiming at Timberline or -probably not Trail Mix anymore if it's too porous. My main interest is still the art tiles aimed at quite small indoor mosaic works. For these I'd mostly like a dark clay to which I'll add sand and grog as needed depending on the subject of the mosaic, but I'll also need a medium pale clay that works well with glaze for about 20% of the tile work also. They indeed have tiles and lots of example work sitting around their shop but it's a little over a 2 hr drive one way. I'll have to go there eventually to pick up the stuff I want to continue using, and I'm trying to have it figured out by then. The more stuff I can throw back in the bucket and not spend time/clay/power bill on at this point would be nice.
  7. Grats on making a buck. Money is money, and if you need it to get away from a job you've had enough of, sell the pots as is. Suggestion: Can't you just sign them Mee Maw until you're satisfied you're doing better work? What I'm saying is, pretty sure no one ever went to court over lying about making lousy beginner pots, I think you'd be forgiven if you did. Unfortunately if someday Mee Maw's work shows up on the Antiques Roadshow worth thousands you'll be hard put to prove you're her unless you document carefully.
  8. Switched clays due to moving last year. This time instead of just flat tiles to hang on a string I'm trying to do a lot of free standing glaze testers to test the vertical flow of some glazes. The batch I've done is a fairly sandy clay with mostly white grog, should fire either off white or light beige depending. I want to make new tiles for the other new clay colors I've collected, but do I really have to make upright run tests for those too or can I just stick with flat color test tiles? I'll be testing new red, black, yellow-buff clays also, =will the clay type effect the runny qualities of the same glazes differently?
  9. The plug is installed.:huh: Now to cut the cement board. 

  10. I think there are lots of clues that play on our brains in this regard. Our species is designed to pick up on cues that help us to conform to a social norm, it's been proven it's a major part of our survival technique. Figuring out what group we fit into and which we don't were and sometimes still are life and death decisions. I think you have to get pretty far into minimalism to stop giving cues and enter the area of "gender neutral" in regards to creating something. I definitely intentionally do work that I define as either female, male, or neutral. E.g: I'm working on some vivid glaze techniques for some of my 'ware' type work. I don't expect men to be buying the pastels and hot pinks, so I'm also making black, blue, red. A little story: I went into a semi-local gallery and stumbled upon knee-hi sculptures in driftwood with rough ceramic faces, shockingly close to an idea I thought I'd come up with myself. So much for that notion, but despite the heavy materials and primitive chunky claywork it seemed obvious it was done by a female artist. Despite their being displayed as sculpture there was an unapologetic vulnerability to the work that I have never seen in a man's work. Aside from the obvious, I'd say female artists -in general- have more tendency towards pure expression and creativity coming from their own selves. When men -and this is a generalization of course- get creative they seem to do it within a subconscious awareness of it being judged by other men, and want to succeed or surpass an existing accepted set of norms. Whether it will sell a lot of copies, honor an ancient tradition started by (male) potters, make them famous, or win shows isn't always foremost in the mind of a female artist, self expression or simple enjoyment of the artistic process is. Also, men seem to have a lot more interest with working with machinery, while women are more interested in hand building. This may have something to do with social-economic issues as well as inner desires (women artists can't afford as much fancy equipment), but at least in my case I've never given a fiddle dee dee about wheel work, I feel like I'm robbing my hands and head of what they really want to do.
  11. I have a medium size collection of new age music that I'll usually play as background to get going, then I'll sometimes stream OPB.org until I can't stand the news anymore. After that it's reruns on my monthly Netflix. Since I hand build in my kitchen I can see the computer screen. Sci-fi when they have something new, endless star trek when they don't. Also lots and lots of British crime dramas, I like the scenery.
  12. I have chosen an electrician. ***confetti***

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      How's it going???

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      It's going! I don't want to jinx anything. 

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    Copied Images

    Etsy is basically an open market now with a lot of shady factories in Asia, Russia and other places competing with home-based crafters. Even though I screen them out when I do a search on their site, I still occasionally stumble across some jackass doing shady business under the handmade, U.S. only search category. Recently I discovered a shop posting a photo of elephant figurines, on their shop were a line of hate reviews posting pictures of what they actually got; a piece of crud that looked nothing like the shop image, some just had their money taken. The reviews were balanced out with positive reviews presumably by friends/family of the shop owner, so it wouldn't be auto-flagged for investigation I assume. Since Etsy went to open market type sales they sort of hide behind this magazine-like facade when really they're just Ebay with shops. A shop on Ebay last I looked cost about $120 a month.
  14. I know now that you don't like Etsy, but I should have said "Trinket Dish" not "Ring Dish" in the first place, just a correction.
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    Food safety in glazes

    Getting away from buying expensive new books for a second: You might try looking up some US supplier websites like Georgie's Ceramics website and other places like The Big Ceramic Store, and there must be a few other good ones. I know they have some printable charts and a lot of info there relating to their products and they do sell a lot of raw ingredients for mixing glazes. I have a small collection of old ceramic production books that I picked up second hand, you might spend an evening perusing Amazon or Ebay searching out battered but useful tomes like the ones I have from used bookstores.
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    Judge my pots - 3rd batch

    Etsy has a lot of cool ideas for houseplant pot inpsiration, you might try Pinterest also. You might try making some orchid or bonsai pots, there are avid collectors of those and they generally have the money to spend. A search for 'hanging succulent pot' brings up some out of the box designs. There is a trend for wee little hanging ceramic pods to hold air plants and small succulents suspended in a window.
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    warping in the glaze firing ^5

    ^5, you might get some clues from previous forum posts about keeping plates flat. It's a bit of a challenge but there are definitely some things that will help, like making sure to compress the clay hard (I put a board on top and stand on it sometimes) and rolling it out in all directions: think British Flag pattern, which will help keep it from warping.
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    Nice looking white glazes over dark.
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    Choosing a name

    An interesting shop on Etsy that I love. Obviously jewelry is to a certain extent about fantasy but if done right it should apply to blue mugs also. The point is her titles spin out a fantasy that makes each item potentially personal. https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodo?ref=condensed_trust_header_title_items
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    Surface Crack In Red Clay ( Terracotta)

    Just a couple guesses but perhaps the clay was over-wedged before you began to throw, AKA over-worked so the clay particles are separating. Possibly your clay has a low elasticity. Possibly the drying process was rushed.
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    Bonsai pots in use

    Just to show I actually use some of the things I make for myself. That is an apple pip sprouting on the right! The left is red oxide under satin clear, over a red clay body, all low fired. BTW I collect moss and lichens to grow.
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    Instagram or Facebook or ??? What?

    Just some food for thought: http://ijpr.org/post/report-facebook-suspends-another-data-analytics-firm-scandal-widens

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