And....didn't I see an ad in one of the magazines for a clay place that advertises "free shipping"? I will look for that again. I pay people gas money or pottery to pick up clay for me if they are going to Denver.
Lee, that manual will be your friend! Mine is dog eared with sticky notes sticking out from many pages. Ditto on what everyone else said. If the kiln finishes at 4 in the afternoon, I can usually unload at 4 the next afternoon. I leave the display switch on so I can see what the temp is, and I don't pull out my plugs. I run the vent until the firing is complete, then turn it off.
NewtoClay54, Yes, persistence is the key! I really sucked at handbuilding when I first started. Throwing seemed to be easier right off (big hands and strong arms I think). I read everything I could get my hands on, checked out vids from the library, watched as many people throw as I could...and just kept making seriously ugly pots. I was 52 when I started and I think I might have been more inhibited than the younger students in the class. I thought about quitting a lot the first 3 years.....but new mentors will come into your life, and quite honestly, clay is addictive! Should be on a banned list! So we all just keep plugging away! You are so smart to find a place to practice! That was a great move!
I bought a set of shelves at the Container store that I thought would work for events, the Origami shelf. They fold up flat and are very slick! But they don't look quite as nice as Mea's. However they work GREAT in my studio for drying shelves! I have taken note of Mea's booth for about a year now, trying to tweak mine. Thanks for posting Mea!
There are so many of us clay people in all different parts of the world, that it is wonderful to be able to come together as "community" I am not always able to attend a workshop or have someone close who can show me how to do something, but I can come to this forum, and post a question, and get so many responses, many times with pictures!! I am grateful for that!