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  1. Christine

    Advice For A Home Studio

    I work from a garden studio which has electricity but no running water and have used big buckets for years. One thing you may find useful .... full buckets (of water, glaze, slip etc) are very heavy. I get round this by standing them all on casters - the wheeled garden pot bases you can get from garden centres are ideal, or you can make your own (I've both) so the buckets/bins can be moved around easily. This makes cleaning the studio so much easier as well. The very best of luck with your studio Christine
  2. Thank you for this fun topic ..... I'm with Pres - I would LOVE more space - and I was going to mention more warmth .... maybe a wood-burner? but then I've just read the replies to the "Freezing" topic and it made me realise how very lucky I am to be where I am - so thanks for that too! Christine
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    Keeping First Pieces

    My first "piece" was made forty years ago at my first adult pottery evening class ..... it was a pebble pot pig which I glazed with a glorious honey-coloured glaze with brown on top which gave a (sadly) unrepeatable but lovely finish! It still graces my studio. Thank you for this topic - it made me reminisce and gave me a nice feeling! Christine
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    Poor Instruction And The Cost

    Reading through these posts, I find something to agree with in all of them, but the thing that jumped out for me was the critique about the handle being too big .... I had almost the exact experience with a teacher I didn't care for who kept on and on telling us, her class, what a professional she was. She too watched my working like a hawk but offered no advice or comment and when the work was finished - to my great disappointment - she then said she knew it would not turn out well whilst watching me make the "mistakes" I was floored! However, I will never, ever, try the same experiment again knowing now how badly I felt at the results ...... neither will I take another course with the same teacher, so swings and roundabouts really
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    How do I write on clay?

    .... or you could try linotype lettering. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when an old Arcana printing press and several drawers of type were being skipped - a really valuable resource for me as there were lots of different typefaces and font sizes which means I can mix and match. I also had an old John Bull children's printing outfit which I use too - these are rubber (probably plastic nowadays) letters I'd love to see your results Thanks for an interesting post Christine
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    Horse Hair Surface Decoration

    Thanks very much for this concise and helpful reply, Neil, I too was under the impression that raku firing was required Christine
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    How envy killed the crafts

    - me too! Christine
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    Duncan EA 820

    Try this: http://www.paragonwe...ion_Manuals.cfm and scroll down - there's a section on Duncan kilns (pdf manuals) which might help. I don't think it would be too successful as a glass kiln though .... they really need elements in the lid. Hope this helps Christine
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    National Day Of Clay

    It is a great thing .... my daughter and I involved our studio in the 2011 event. It is sponsored by the magazine, but they do include your studio details and brief description of your event (Open Studio/Workshops etc) for free on the internet with an option to be included in the Craft and Design Month edition of the magazine itself for a small fee .... or a much larger one for more space. We went for the free option (!!) and, although they weren't exactly beating down the doors to get in, we did have quite a few visitors to our open studio weekend who were "doing the rounds" of the events in our area. We managed some sales too and actually enjoyed the whole experience. We laid on wine, soft drinks and nibbles and had pieces on display at various stages of completion to give a feel of our processes - yes .... it was good. Of course, America is Much Bigger - but as a principle, our Craft and Design Month certainly worked for us Christine
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    Studio Floor Covering

    I too work from a big shed which has a raised wooden floor. About fifteen years ago (when it was new) I covered the wooden floor with the foil/foam stuff you use under laminate flooring and then covered that with cushion-floor linoleum .... this meant I could cover the whole floor area with no joins, although I did have a bit left over down the side. The advantages of this type of flooring are (a) it's comfortable to stand on for long periods of time (b ) it's warm and ( c) (which is probably the most important one) it's very easy to wash down and keep clean. I keep heavy glaze and slip buckets on wooden stands with casters on the bottom and these trundle nicely over the cushion-floor and it's served me very well and looks almost as good as it did the day I laid it Hope this helps Christine
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    The Guilty Pleasure

    I have just bought one of those pod coffee machines - it makes wonderful cappuchino - so that's my guilty (but so nice) pleasure
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    Stamping your work

    Sorry - I wanted to try and link this topic to a reply the the Old Lady topic about signing work .... but being an old lady myself, couldn't find out how to do it, so bringing this to the top of the list is the best \i can do! Christine
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    Pottery Display Rack

    Thank you so much for your generous post .... I've shown the photographs to my husband who's confident he can make a scaled-down version for me to use I love this forum - such lovely talented people Christine
  14. Thank you, Mark - just the sort of thing that makes me think "why didn't I think of that" - so simple and practical .... brilliant Christine
  15. I just realised I'd not seen any of your posts lately .... and then I thought that I rather miss them! Hope you're well and look forward to your return to the forum. Christine

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    need recipe for making molds

    I remember some articles in CAD last year (http://ceramicartsdaily.org/category/pottery-making-techniques/making-ceramic-molds/) which might be of interest. I use plaster of paris, which I think translates as "yeso blanco" Hope this helps Christine
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    Charging for use of one's home studio

    A long time ago, I held some classes in my studio - it's only small, so I limited it to a once-a-week, six-week starter course for three people. It was enjoyable and profitable, but I would never do it again. Apart from the hassle of having to add (lots of!) extra insurance to my standard public liability policy, and even though the students were lovely people, I was SO HAPPY to have my space back just for me .... If there are alternative facilities near you, I would definitely point people in that direction and keep your space for you. Christine
  18. What a fabulous resource - I've just spent a brilliant afternoon exploring and following links to other wonders Thank you so much Christine
  19. Christine

    Fish Mugs

    ...... Gorgeous!!
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    printing on clay

    I too have a large selection of rubber letter stamps in various fonts and sizes ..... mostly bought from the Children's Craft section of hobby/art supply shops, but many years ago I also acquired an Adana printing press (sadly past its best) and with it came drawers and drawers of assorted lead letters, spacers and small decorative panels - wonderful! I'm sure you'd find some on ebay - in fact I just did a very quick trawl (in the UK) and found http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Adana-letter-press-upper-case-type-face-14-point-Verona-typography-font-print-/320949954191?pt=UK_BOI_Printing_Graphic_Arts_Letterpresses_ET&hash=item4aba1ba68f among lots of others Christine
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    cone 6 in electric kilns

    Have a look a this http://www.porcelainpainters.com/conechrt.htm .... there are other charts out there on the internet too Hope this helps Christine
  22. Christine

    Converting slides to ?

    jpg. every time for me as they'll open in Photoshop for tidying and then saved again as .jpg - seems a pretty univeral format Christine
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    Broken Wrist Needs Pep Talk

    I just wanted to add my very best wishes for a speedy recovery to all the other comments you've had - and to endorse the recommendations to work with your physical therapist .... they really do know what's best. My lovely daughter-in-law is a PT in San Francisco and I would have complete faith in her judgement and advice. I'd also suggest the sketching/reasearch route for the moment - whenever I can't get into my studio, I read and read and read..... there are so many inspirational ceramic/sculpture books around and we are very lucky here to have an excellent local library so it needn't cost much I do hope you recover soon Christine
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    Take a look?

    What a huge improvement! You're clearly learning very quickly and the great thing is you're also prepared to keep experimenting till you're happy you're showing off your lovely work to its best advantage - well done you! Christine
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    Stamping your work

    Thank you for starting this interesting and informative thread, Teardrop - your stamp is lovely Here's mine (I hope ..... if I can work this) I carved it many many years ago into a soapstone chop blank and it still does the job, although I do spray it with mould-release before using it

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