chilly, if you make a number of handles and store them in one of the plastic boxes with an inch of plaster in the bottom, you can keep them for years. just moisten the plaster.
someone showed me how to make handles more easily by using a thicker extrusion and flattening one end on a table or such and then tapering and pulling the rest. it does make it easier. i still have a box of handles i made using someone else's extruder one afternoon in 2013.
the name of a supplier will usually tell you what they specialize in. anything with the name "ceramics" in it will have lots of bottled glazes and tools for the 06 firing group. they may or may not have clay or ingredients to make your own glazes. and you might not find a slabroller or extruder. if you see the word "pottery" in the name, they might carry a smaller selection of bottled glazes but you will find almost everything you need to set up a studio for turning clay into cone 6 or higher pottery or sculpture.
do not yell at me for over-simplifying this, it is just an observation.
i sieve to remove the various legs, wings, etc. of the insects that commit suicide in my tightly closed containers of ingredients. they probably don't add up to many grams but i still want them out. 60 mesh is fine for me.
once, in a shared studio, i wanted to use the glaze in a 30- gallon trash can. it had not been sieved for years and had a buildup on the inside walls about 6 inches thick. i found broken pots in the bottom whose shards were so old they were of interest to anthropologists.
at the show today, my friend denise had a wonderfully whimsical pink pig bank with long legs. she had a band of various color flowers around her waist (waste on a pig) and was wearing what you would think was a tutu. except she was so fat i told people she was wearing a fourfour. numbers are all relative. just not relatives of mine.
i will not use canvas. i have seen the clouds of dust that are raised by thumping a ball of clay down on what appears to be clean canvas. have seen clouds of dust on paper bags of ingredients stored haphazardly and opened repeatedly to make a glaze. in a classroom of 20 people.
i am asthmatic and it is hard enough to avoid things that cause problems but i will not use canvas.
giselle, you have to understand the background of the person doing the pricing. it depends on what reference point he/she uses. i have a very hard time because i remember that a Snickers bar was 5 cents. i cannot understand the calmly accepting younger generation s who think $1 is reasonable for that Snickers bar today.
allowance used to be a dollar and kept kids happy. today............... i don't even know how families buy meat to put on the table. i have a really hard time pricing because of this and because i rarely shop for anything in department stores i do not see price points there.
old kilns can be good kilns. i don't ever remember seeing a thermocouple until i got my L&L in 2003 or so. i have several old kilns and know there is no reason a thermocouple would have been needed. old kilns are strictly mechanical, the cone in the sitter melts enough to lower the rod, the back of the rod makes the weight fall, the weight hits the on button and turns it off.
when these things were made back in the day, we had radios with two buttons or dials, on/off and station choice. simpler times.