Stephen, clay and I came together later in life. There have been times I wished I had started earlier, but what makes it all possible for me now is that I retired first. I saved up and bought my equipment a piece at a time before I quit working. But I wanted my clay habit to pay for itself. It is something I want to keep doing for quite some time. And it does pay for itself and then some. However, the business end of things has been the hardest for me. Those have been skills I have had to learn and I have had the luxury of time to figure it out.
So to echo Mea, Mark, Nerd, John, use your day job to put food on the table and keep throwing on the side. Pick up shows where you know you will do well in order to keep financing the ceramic production. The only people who fail are the ones who don't try in the first place. Stephen, you have learned a great deal the last year. Use that to good measure. Best wishes to you.