Again, to echo many others here....I give a great deal of time/energy/clay/glaze to the Empty Bowl Fundraiser for a local community kitchen. And I am newer to the business world than some so it hasn't been until the last year that I have been approached for donations. I give to things that are near and dear to my heart. However, I wonder how to tactfully decline donating to ? Would "just say no" be appropriate with no reason given?? Or like Chris said, just donate money to favorite charities. I just spent the day putting handles on mugs. I just don't know if I would feel like giving away even one of those precious things!
Hi Luke! I started in my basement (still there!) with a wheel, a table, some buckets, a few bats and whatever tools I already had or could find in the shop or kitchen. I took my pots to a community studio to fire and glaze for about a year. I knew then I was ready for a full blown studio at my house. I have saved up for the big things (kiln) and bought other things a bit at a time (chemicals/glazes)
I too, do the bucket process for water. I water my trees with it. It's worked out fine.
I bought a Brent wheel 4 yrs ago and really like it (It had a 10 year warranty!)However I was at the community college on Monday and Tuesday throwing bowls for a fundraiser and we were using Shimpo VL Whispers. Holy Moly, those are quiet wheels! I also liked the free spinning wheelhead!
Thank you drmrytle! I appreciate your comments. No Georgies isn't closer. I don't know of anyone that sells Standard out here either.(Colorado) Seems to be Laguna and Aardvark. For a white, I am using Aardvark's BeeMix. It does seem to be more consistent than Laguna's bmix. I do have several bags of Nara 5 porcelain that I need to spend some time with. Could be that a good porcelain will be what I am looking for. Thanks.