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About koreyej

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  • Birthday July 30

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    Bouton, Iowa
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    Potting, gardening, fishing
  1. Bingo! Even with something as simple as a bowl, which has a million uses, people seem to need to be told what it's for. I can't count how many times someone has come into m y booth and said 'That's a beautiful bowl, but I just don't know what I'd use it for.' Food, maybe?!? Of course, as soon as you say 'ice cream bowl', they say 'I don't like ice cream'! How about salsa? 'I thought you said it was for ice cream'. AAAAAUUUUUUGH! Yes! I have two sizes of bowls in my cupboard for daily use. Not once have I said "No! That's only for salsa, put that back and use the cereal bowls instead". People.
  2. It's priced at $1200. It's worth half that. Agreed. At the list price this is overpriced. The wheel threw well, was not too bad on drive pucks, and was built like a tank. However, considering the values out there in smaller space efficient excellent belt drive wheels for much lower prices, this thing is a dinosaur. I bought one about 5-6 years ago for $175. This came from a guy who got it at school auction, so I'm sure he paid less than that for it. I replaced the seat and it's worked great ever since. I'd put $75-$100 on it and see what happens!
  3. I've hit a lot of milestones this year: setting up my own fully-functioning studio at home, firing my own kiln, doing my first pottery show and signing up for another one, actually putting inventory in my Etsy shop and making my fist sale there, too. I am so very pleased with my progress. Thanks for asking the question! Sometimes, it's easy to get discouraged with small setbacks. It's good to look back and see how far I've come.
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    Love the fish! And the bowls. Fishies and spirals, it's like we're kindred spirits.
  5. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who can't afford to spend $$ on videos. Off to look for freebies!
  6. I am going to make these modifications to the shed when summer rolls around, thanks! It's not a digital kiln so that's not an issue and it's so cold outside I am not too worried about the shed overheating until it warms up outside. What I meant was it would be a good idea to follow other's suggestions on the shed. All of that was already said. My comment only had to do with your ware.
  7. I am going to make these modifications to the shed when summer rolls around, thanks! It's not a digital kiln so that's not an issue and it's so cold outside I am not too worried about the shed overheating until it warms up outside. The shed should be fine. However, you may want to consider downfiring your kiln. I fire in similar circumstances, and have experienced some pinholing from the quicker cooling due to the cold temperatures outdoors. Good luck!
  8. Diane, thanks! That may help both me and my husband. Thanks for posting!
  9. I'm sorry to tell you Chris, but Cone 28 is where it is all happening. And real potters do all of that construction work of studio, wheel, kiln, and shelves without the use of those corrupting influences: power tools. But keep at it..... in 2,000 years you might be getting close to acheiving this goal. best, .......................john I really appreciate your comments about "real potting". Made me laugh. I have heard a bit of this snobbery over the years and wondered how other potters reacted to it. Glad to know some of you think it is just as ridiculous as I do. I view it like this: my math teacher used to make us learn how to do calculations by hand. Then we got to use the calculator. It's nice to know how to do some of these things on your own, and have an appreciation of where materials come from, how much energy it takes to fire a kiln, etc. However, it's not cheating to use the calculator (or the electric kiln, or Mason stains, or premade clay, or even a commercial glaze or two). It's efficient.:Dsrc="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif">
  10. Funny question. Isn't that what Pampered Chef's ware is? Personally, I like my ware glazed. However, they offer a lot of ovenware that is not glazed and sell it as food safe. Maybe worthy of some investigation?
  11. I have to DeWalt diamond bit I purchased from Ace Hardware. It works really well for me.
  12. For premade, Coyote also offers 2 copper reds; Oxblood and Snowy Plum. They are really cool, but need to be applied thickly to get the red. I think there is also a recipe in the archives for a chrome-tin pink that looked like it would be fun to try. http://coyoteclay.com/ Four ways to red
  13. Hey! I resemble that remark...(sitting at a desk answering the phone and working on the computer all day, eight hours, five days a week! Only five years left until retirement, unless I win the lottery)..... I am a recreational potter for the past six years, five years belonging to a community (Helena Clay Arts Guild, http://helenaclayart...d.blogspot.com/ and the past year in my home studio. My favorite time of the process EVERYTHING, throwing, trimming, glazing, opening the kiln after cooling time is up and peering inside… Edie. Edie, I did my time at a desk myself, attached to a phone. That's why I said it! ANY part of the clay process beats that hands down. Especially a good wood fire...maybe this spring.
  14. The best time for me, consistently, is sitting down at the wheel to create. A good session of throwing always puts me in a great mood. I feel centered (haha), very zen. The whole world could melt away or burn down around me and I would not care. Too bad it is so brief! Then it's on to trimming, pulling handles, kiln loading and unloading, glazing, selling (ugh). Not that any part of it is awful. It beats sitting at a desk answering the phone all day!!!
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