I live on an acreage, my studio consists of three small outbuildings (one throwing shed and two kiln studios.) I leave the door open during spring/summer/fall and my dogs come and go as they please. I have 4 dogs-a yellow Lab mix, Australian Blue Heeler, and two Rat Terriers. The only concern I have at times is the rat terriers getting in the way when I trim. I use the old kick wheel my dad made me when I trim. It has a big cement flywheel. I don't want them to get their paws caught so I try to shoo them away when trimming.
Hi Buckeye, I'm Bev from Nebraska. From your user name, I can tell you probably aren't a fan of my state right now. (Congrats on the win over Illinois though) I'm 56 and pottery is how I keep myself sane. I carry the mail as a rural letter carrier to make a living. Hope to leave the USPS in a year or so and concentrate more on my pottery. I've had my hands in clay since high school. My dad made me a kick wheel back then, one I still use to trim with.
At present I show/sell my wares at regional Renaissance Faires for the most part. Stumbled onto the Renaissance Faire scene back in 1985. Seems to be a nice fit for the work I do. I do both functional and whimsical ware (dragons, gargoyles etc.)
Being brand new to the forum I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself, I hope its ok to post this here.
I am 35, live here in Ohio and got into pottery last year after doing a small workshop. I fell in love and soon had a brand new wheel. The workshop I took helped me with the basics and I couldnt tell you how many hours I have spent surfing the internet for articles or watching youtube videos. So far I have only worked in high fire stonewares and made functional pieces. I have made everything I have wanted to so far after a lot of reading, research and videos but of course I still find things on a regular basis that I want to try.
For me it is a hobby, passion and I must admit even an obsession! I find myself throwing pottery for long hours at a time and even day after day then I get burned out, concentrate on other stuff and come back to it when I am ready, even when I am taking a few days off though I am thinking about what I am going to throw next!
I would love to hear from others, how you got into this, if you do it for fun or do it for a living if you throw more functional or decorative pieces etc. anything! I want to hear it