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  1. I am one of Chris's "lurker newbies" but learning so much from these forums...I spend way too much time reading you guys...however, once I get into my shop I feel more confident and willing to experiment. I am sure it's because my working time is so isolated...it's just me out there with my mud ! After reading the lessons and advice that you all are so generous in sharing I feel like I am not alone on this creatively fun road I have chosen to take. Thank you all!!! Please keep sharing and do not ever think you are not being heard....I HEAR you and DEPEND on you to teach me. Hopefully one day I will be giving the advice from experience that you all do. Oh, and my favorite mantra? "Fake it 'till you make it" Thanks !! Kristi
  2. Funny this should come up this morning as I have been thinking about the forum as I did other chores ... reflecting on how well this forum has worked out. We do have a place where newbie questions are answered with respectfully presented information. None of the "Why don't you check the archives first" stuff that is often seen on other forums. When I was on the Board of the Potters Council, we saw the need for a "newbie friendly" forum and thanks to ACerS and the Potters Council this is what became of the idea. Biggest thanks to ALL of the people who ask and answer questions. We are slowly but surely building up a base of experienced potters who are not necessarily 'Names' but have years and years of solid, on the ground experience to share. Slowly but surely lurkers are coming out with their first posting to ask or answer a question. Subjects that would have flamed other forums to a standstill have been dealt with easily and openly without harsh words. I hope I never get tired of answering questions ... the only reason I am where I am in pottery is because other people took the time to answer mine. The only dumb question is the one you don't ask because you are afraid to, or don't want to look clueless or whatever. So here is where I welcome lurkers to post, newbies to ask and all to answer. The WELCOME mat is always out. Oh yes, on topic ... the best advice I ever got on any subject was to ask the question.

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