I live in the Village of Chester, Virginia. Unfortunately someone had already taken The Village Potter. Chester is right next door to Richmond which the James river runs through. I thought of River's edge Pottery. Getting a divorce so will probably just use first and maiden name, Chantay Mitchell Pottery. The spelling of my first name is french. It means to sing, which most people are grateful I don't do.
I'm sure right now it seems like the end of the world as you know it. I also have RA, along with Lupus, asthma, migraines,...... you get the idea.There are a lot of treatments for RA. Try and find a good rheumatologist. Because you are a good artist you have already had many struggles that you have over come. Just like learning to throw, you will learn to deal with this. You will learn new ways of doing things. You will learn to listen to your body and put its needs before all others. Some days I can't throw, some days not for very long, you manage. You have already talked about putting in long hours on a project. You will learn to work short periods with breaks. Lastly,don't listen to people who tell you not to do a certain treatment or medicine or supplement. If it works for you, that's all that matters.
I look forward to see lots more of your wonderful creations.
I really like the porcelain. It was so responsive to the touch. I like my clay very soft to throw with but left the clay firm for fear of making a big pile of slip. The best part was how quickly it dried. I currently switch back and forth between red and white clay. I think this would be to much work with the porcelain. I saved the last half bag to make some slab plates to decorate.
I didn't think of the "like" buttons as I hardly ever use them. I think using the like button instead of voting is a great idea. As long as people remember there are people like me who forget to use them. so, the thread will begin February 1, and High Water will start it and post what the challenge will be??
If we post an image in our own gallery, can a link to it be added within a posting? It would be nice if we had a group gallery just for the challenge.
I am soooo lazy. I made a bowl. then squished into a square/rectangle shape. When it was leather hard I cut small wedges out of two opposite ends. This is where I place the wire to hang the pendents after the bowl was bisqued fired. This way if the glaze dripped, the bowl caught it.
I would check for things it may be vibrating against. Also, you probably need a large boom box and some heavy metal CD's. At the proper volume your neighbors should completely forget about the vent noise.
I have been experimenting with brushing on oxides. Sometimes I add a pinch of ball clay. It's ok. Better is using some slip I keep on hand all the time. Just a small amount then adjust for flow with water. I use to paint. I have acrylic medium on hand. It's like acrylic paint but dries clear. This works well esp. For fine line work. You add water to it to dilute.
I have been working on drinking beer and watching the sun set. On vacation. Was in Texas seeing family last week. Hotter than the door to hell. They had all the pottery I had sent up on shelves on "display." I told them if they didn't take it down and use it there would be no more.
I don't know where you live, but I would find another hand specialist and get a second opinion. A good HAND physical therapist can make you a molded plastic brace with Velcro straps. The deal is, you shouldn't wear it to throw, it is a crutch. My son had a hand injury/break. Saw a hand specialist and hand PT. A good hand PT can show you how to strengthen your hand and wrist. You may need to slow down for a while you work on this issue. Think about doing some hand building along with throwing.
I have numerous joint/health issues. These include bad feet/ankles (previous breaks) and bad hip (needs replacement). I throw with very soft clay. When I buy new clay I open all the bags and add water, then close back up. I start with it so soft it is barely wedge-able. By the time it is wedged, cut, weighed, it is perfect. Lager forms take longer. I have to stop in the middle and let the clay firm up some. I have to get up from the wheel at least every 45 mins, walk, flex, sit back down. Standing and throwing isn't an option with bad feet. You learn to pace you activities: Wedge at night, throw in the morning, load the kiln, throw some more, trim, wax feet, glaze, trim some more, weigh and wedge, etc..... I envy people who can sit and throw for several hours straight. Remember, where there is a will, there is a way.
Denice, good tip. I started doing this as too many things were getting bumped and damaged while waiting for enough to fill the kiln. Also, I know right away when the kiln is full.
I recently started using soy wax. The kind made for candle making. I really like it. Easy to get a very smooth, straight line when applied with a foam brush. I have to credit Mea, Good Elephant, for this tip.
I participated in a community studio. All pottery must be marked, or it didn't go in the kiln. The owner would return after a week and there stuff would still be on the shelf. They usually remembered next time. This is especially important if some one puts low fire glaze into a cone 6 firing. Or even low fire clay in a cone 6 firing or something still damp in a bisque. If everyone knows whose fault it is that the entire kiln load was ruined, it is usually a one time event. Also, there was a master list with everyone's markings. So multiple people with initials "CP" had to add a number or something to identify each person. Non compliance wasn't an option. If you can't follow the rules, find another sand box.
Awhile back some post a question about alternative firing kiln. I can't fine the original thread. Below is a link to the face book page of Brandon Phillips. He is a potter building the kiln in Texas. You can follow along with the build.