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  1. I'm definitely more interested in making things that I can eat or drink from. I'm planning on paying to use someone elses kiln as I can't afford a new one or find a second hand one for sale. As I am just in the beginning stages of learning throwing, I wanted a method in which I could create close to finished pieces without the hassle of getting my poorly made pots professionally fired. I thought pit-firing would be a fun way to move my bone dry pots into a more permanently hardened state and judging by all the feedback I've been reading so far, I think this may be a good experiment for making planters. I'll be able to practice throwing different forms and potentially be able to keep some pots for my plants. From the answers I've read, it seems like pit-firing bone-dry pieces results in higher pottery casualties but is still feasible. Everyone's answers so far have been amazing, I am loving the little lessons that I can garnish from all these responses! (The next step is working out the legalities and safety measures involved in starting a pit-fire in a suburban neighbourhood)
  2. Hi, I've been teaching myself throwing with a stoneware body. I understand that this needs higher temperatures to be bisqued and I will need to use an electric kiln (which I currently don't have access to). As such, I'm planning on buying an earthenware clay so that I may pit-fire it. Here are some questions I thought I'd ask the professionals: Do I need to bisque these pieces beforehand? I've been watching videos of pit-fired pottery and I'm not sure if I need to bisque it and then pit-fire it to add colours with things like banana peels and seaweed. If I need to bisque it, can earthenwares be bisque fired with a pit-fire? (Essentially, I would need to pit-fire it twice?) Can pit-fired pottery somehow be made food safe? Can pit-fired pottery hold water? I'm assuming an earthenware body will vitrify in a pit-fire; it should then be able to be used as a vase to hold water and plants? Or even as a pot to hold earth and plants for long periods of time? Thanks for your time!
  3. Are there any stores in Australia that sell dry clays that I can add water to? I've been buying the 10kg ready made packs but the dry clay I've been reading about seem easier to store, carry and are more cost effective.
  4. That is definitely reassuring, thank you so much!
  5. I'm very new to pottery, I recently bought and repaired a second hand Venco wheel. I've also just noticed that when I press my hand or sponge down against the moving wheel, anything that comes off it is a dark greenish, grey sort of colour. I have no idea what is causing this but it mixes into my clay and darkens the colour slightly. Does any of this sound at all harmful or would it compromise the clay? I've tried holding a sponge against the wheel without any clay and the colour has stopped appearing. I'm not sure if it's always been happening and I've only just noticed or something is causing it. My guesses are: - I just bought a piece of dry wall to wedge the clay on, something could be leaching off it into the clay? - The sponge itself is somehow bleeding a dark grey green colour? - The wheel has some sort of green rust that is rubbing off when I hold anything against it? - I am using a yellow iron stoneware clay. This might react with something and create a dark green colour? Have any of you experienced something like this and can help me identify what it is?

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