I am just getting started in pottery and have made a couple pinch pots and a few hand built plates, out of "low fire" grey clay (I was told to start with this clay at the local pottery store).
It costs $3 to bisque fire a plate and $3 to fire it again after glazing. The glaze is around $2. So a small plate starts approaching $10.
There has to be a more affordable way. I'd like to cut the cost down to a couple dollars a plate if I can.
This means I am willing to dig up clay from river beds (need info how to do this), make my own firing pit or small wood fired kiln (fire wood is cheap here). Willign to make my own glazes as well.
I'd like to make stuff that is not glossy and that looks old /vintage/distressed etc..
I do food photography and want some really interesting plates and bowls. But I don't want to have to pay $10 per dish if possible.