my first class was located 60 miles from my home. i had just spent the day working at the office. my children, 1 and 2 were being cared for by someone else, i drove there in the dark, was greeted by some woman who was taking the place of the instructor. there were 3 wheels and 7 students, the substitute had NO knowledge of clay at all, told us that we could always use whatever we made for a nut dish and that there was a macrame class going on down the hall if we would rather go there.
self taught with the help of the Fairfax county library system, all clay books written by then and some determination.
giselle, do not worry, anyone who can make it through reading this forum is able to read the worst misspelled words in the world. why don't people proofread what they type? i do and still make lots of errors. it isn't so bad except when the spelling TOTALLY changes the meaning of something technical. and EDIT is a great thing.
just in case you think it won't matter if you use cone 6 glaze and fire to cone 6, it will. the clay will not hold water if you use cone 10 clay, cone 6 glaze and fire to cone 6. the body will not vitrify.
you can sit waiting for an email forever. pick up a telephone, that thing old people use to talk to other people who aren't in the same room, and call someone in their technical support department. you will get an answer right then. no waiting.
the damage could have been caused by someone using a forklift on it. ALMOST had that happen when i was building my house. nice young man knew more than i did, of course. he got a good lesson on who is the boss that day.
i have both. because i like some of the base glazes with differing colors, i make sure i label the dry bucket with whether or not i have added any of the things not in the base itself. like bentonite. that way, i can take 20 grams of the base and try a new color just to see whether it will work. makes testing lots of colors easy enough for even me, i hate glazing and testing. but i do it. a recent purchase of a new stain, Lobster, resulted in several tests. so far, so good.
some of my glazes are from the last century. they still work, i just don't like brown and have a hard time using them up. i use a lot of green, and have 2 buckets, one wet and one dry so i can refill the wet one while working. always, always with distilled water.
just got a tall rack from a thrift shop that was made for music on discs. whatever they are called,the rack is 6 feet high and the slots are perfect for my big round and 5 inch square bats. takes a foot of floor space and the bats are separated and air dry perfectly. this rack can hold about 75 bats. too bad i rarely throw anymore.
once or twice a year if it is really hot, i sit on the dock and put my feet into the potomac river. cold water feels good and cools off the whole body. then the getting back up is a sight. (nobody should have to see)