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  1. (hey, you got chocolate in my peanut butter! are you old enough for that?,lol, anyway) LOL - of course I remember that (I'm not that young - I was alive at least when Starwars came out)! However, mixing chocolate with peanut butter is MUCH more pleasurable than mixing white clay with red! I do like my portable plaster "rectangles" - they work great for drying out clay, and don't take up too much space, and I can put them away if I don't need them. @ JBaymore - do you find that underneath the masonite it gets moldy? I live in the northwest and mold is a constant - especially in damp, dark places. Just curious.
  2. Wow! Thank you for the responses! I need both a wedging surface and a work surface. I also switch back and forth from red clay to white clay so I need something "washable" I was going to check out Ikea, craigslist, Goodwill, etc for a table structure but I wasn't sure about the surface. I have plaster bats for really wet clay, and a canvas covered 20" x 20" x 1" board for more dry clay, handbuilding, etc. Slate sounds fancy, but I like the idea of masonite. Would an unfinished wood work well for wedging?
  3. Hello! I am very fortunate to be setting up a new studio in my home and I was wondering what the best surface for work tables is. I was just going to head to Goodwill or Ikea and find some cheap and sturdy tables. Most pottery places I have seen have canvas covered tables. I have just read that this tends to promote clay dust. Is there a better option? Thanks! Susan
  4. Totally a foodie here. In fact, a lot of my inspiration comes from things I like to eat! I made an entire set of ramekins for Christmas dinner because I wanted to serve individual creme brulees with dinner. Eat your heart out Martha Stewart! Now - I am going on a diet - so I am making 'smaller' plates, bowls, cups....
  5. Where in Washington State? I might go and check them out. I am in Washington, and it seems that the economy has consumed a lot of arts and craft businesses, but there are still markets for them. Thank you all for the great advice and things to concider. I realize that this would be a HUGE undertaking, with more work than I possibly could imagine, but we only live once, right? I am in the very early planning stages of this, and I am hoping to possibly open in 2 years. That would give me time to search for a good location and get my business plan in order. Neil, I would love to chat with you about your business. Mea - I would also like to hear more about how your neighbor does her thing. Thanks again!
  6. S cracks

    Thank you for the information - I just ran into this problem throwing a series of small shallow bowls (wasabi/sauce dishes). If using the technique shown in the video from Japan - would I just flatten out the form with my thumbs, compressing the clay on the hump and make that my shallow bowl/sauce dish? Thanks.
  7. Hello! I have been a hobbiest potter(give or take) for 14 years, with a pipe dream of being professional. I worked as a science teacher, and now I am a stay at home mom. When the kids are sleeping, I go out to my garage (ahem! Studio!) and make pots and dabble in fused glass, and sell them at the local farmer's market. To make a long story short, when it is time for me to go back to work, I would LOVE to be a ceramics teacher. I love teaching, but I also love art, and I would love to spread this joy to young people. Unfortunately, like many school districts now, there are very few positions available -usually one pops open when someone retires. Jobs are getting cut due to cutbacks and it's a buyers's market for artist/teachers. SO - my idea was to open a pottery studio that would teach ceramics and glass classes to both adults and young people, an art school. The town I live in has a strong middle-upper middle class with many stay at home parents looking for things to do with children. Possibly, we would have resident artists, sales, etc. The closest ceramic studio where people can take classes, other than the local community college, is about an hour's drive away. Does anyone know of or have a business like this? How did you get started? Are there any resources out there to assist the startup of a business like this? Any thoughts/ comments? Is this a crazy idea? Thanks!
  8. those pesky air bubbles

    I have a question related to this topic- recently some of my pots have come out of the kiln with "blisters" and warts on them. Are these from trapped air bubbles? I didn't think there was any in the piece as I was throwing it, but they appear after the final firing.
  9. Hello everyone! I am a hobbiest potter that is trying to become a professional. Recently, a few customers have asked me to create a set of nesting mixing bowls. Does anyone have any tips about this? What ratio of clay weights do you use? How about width/height when throwing? Is there a good formula? Thanks!

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