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  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!!!
  15. Unless you have lots of time, don't offer the email or text option. Just hand them a printed receipt.
  16. I recently had problems with blistering/pinholing issues. My issue was in the bisque. I was using recycled clay which was heavy in organics, tumblestacked the kiln pretty tight, and fired too fast for everything to gas out. The thinner pieces, like the mugs and bowls, did fine. However, the plates were thicker and I had troubles with them. Refiring could possibly be helpful. It depends on the glaze. One glaze that I use is thin and very fluid. Refiring worked for those pieces, and they all recovered very nicely. The plates fired with the thicker glaze did not work out. Also, the lower in the kiln the work was, the fewer glaze defects (manual kiln with switches, more heat on the bottom, slower cooling). So, it could be the thickness of the work, the bisque fire they were in, or their placement in the glaze kiln. Or some other unknown factor. BTW I fire to cone 6, I refired to cone 5 (no hold). One of the glazes I was having trouble with was Amaco's Blue Rutile, and it does not like to be refired hot. It turns pea brown. As I was told, refiring is a crap shoot. But I was willing to pay the electric bill for one refire. Why not? If you get one piece that melts out right and gets along, it will more than pay for the refire. If you do refire though, put those pieces on the bottom of the kiln for sure. Best of luck!
  17. This has been interesting. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who can't wait until Christmas! It depends on what else I have going on. I try to schedule errands the next day so I am not home and cannot open the kiln too soon. I don't like hearing the pings. However, I do tend to peek very quickly at the top shelf when the kiln is dark but still way too hot. I put my hand over the top peephole and if it doesn't burn my hand in 3 seconds, then I can peek. That's it, though, and then wait until it's at least down to 200 before opening all the way and unloading. It looks like there's not one right answer here, but I'm guessing you are best off to wait until it's completely cooled or very close to it.
  18. So excited for you! I haven't been in the wood myself for 5 years. Have a blast and I am excited to see pics too!
  19. I have to agree, too lazy to clean everything and try it. Sounds like it might be fun to do at school, where I could make the kids clean it up:)
  20. Good tips! Yes, my old bench grinder finally died and I had to replace it with a new one. I had to take off half the safety stuff to use it, though! I wear goggles and a dust mask always, and often my ear protection if I am grinding several pieces in a row. It is one of the most appreciated tools in the studio and takes glaze drips off very nicely. Diamond bits for the dremel get those smaller spaces.
  21. Yep, what offcenter said. Your clay is maturing at a lower temperature and is actually starting to melt. Try doing what she suggested and see if firing at a lower cone will give you vitrification. If so, then just fire a little lower. Years ago, I joined in on a woodfire where the stokers got a little carried away and the work was overfired. We had similar results. Good luck!
  22. I sign my work the same way I sign everything else, with my first initial and last name. I also have a chop I started using recently. I don't know if it would matter how legible it is, though, if someone who is not into ceramics came across a mug of mine someday when I'm long gone and famous (ha!). Even if my name is readable, that doesn't mean that someone will recognize it.
  23. Good info. I have had questions on this too, but wasn't sure how to charge.
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