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  1. I don’t think you will have any problems when working with wet clay. I would avoid lotion before a glazing session though. If you touch a bisque pot with lotiony fingers, you may create spots where glaze won’t stick.
  2. This is the respirator that I bought, based on recommendations given on this forum a few years back. I’m very happy with it. It’s very light and the part that touches your face is soft and flexible. After it warms up with your body heat it will conform to the shape of your face and make a nice seal. I’m Asian so my face has an unusual shape, but this mask still fits me well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008MCUVN4/ After a year of wearing cloth face masks for the pandemic, I find that wearing this respirator is actually more comfortable than some cloth masks. The straps do not
  3. Slam wedging is a great suggestion. I'm not sure if it's less effort than regular wedging, but it is definitely easier on certain joints, and a good solution for a lot of people. Here's a good youtube video on slam wedging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HApNjUnI9U4
  4. Does a vehicle count? Because I bought a minivan specifically to make my pottery business easier, although it is also my personal vehicle. If not, then: 1. kiln 2. second hand pug mill
  5. I don’t think it exists. But if there were a hand-cranked pug mill, it would probably take just as much exertion as wedging.
  6. If your intention is to make pots for sale, there really isn’t a “sweet spot” when you are using group studios. If they’re inexpensive, then they probably aren’t well run. If they are well run, they are charging you for it.The general lack of control will stymy any business, even if the studio is well run. (You have an art fair next weekend and you need all of your pots fired before then? Too bad, we need to get all of the kids camp pieces fired first.) Making pots as a business really shouldn’t be done in group studios, except on a tiny scale. If you want to expand beyond that, it’s time to
  7. This is what I was thinking. When I make videos I use a <$20 lapel microphone clipped to my shirt. It records my voice loud and clear, with minimal background noise. The sound that the video camera captures contains a loud buzz of background noise, and my voice is much quieter and blurrier. In your case you will need a second set of hands to hold the mic near the noises you want, because both of your hands will be busy. Maybe one of your kids can be trained as “boom operator”? Or clamp the mic to a tripod that you can adjust and move around?
  8. If others have already expressed concerns to the owners and they weren’t receptive, then your best move is to find another studio. The situation isn’t great for the people who are still there, but they are adults and can vote with their feet too. A well run studio will offer more than just cleanliness, but a more supportive and enriching environment for artistic growth.
  9. Your best bet would be a targeted microphone, held close to the noise you want, while cancelling out anything in the background.
  10. Maybe you could mute the sound that gets recorded with the video, then dub your voice over in a separate sound file?
  11. Soft woods produce higher temperatures for shorter periods of time. Hard woods produce lower temperatures for longer periods of time. Not sure which one calculates out to “more heat.”
  12. If it’s happening randomly, the next time you get one that warps, cut (or break) it in half both vertically and horizontally, and look for uneven thickness in the walls.
  13. For me it's a combination of both. Most of my decisions about what to make are driven by sales. But the final decisions about quantities will also include "how many will be most efficient in terms of kiln stacking?"
  14. It turned out the factory installed bolts were 1.5 inches after all. I assumed they were 1.75 inches, because that's the size of the replacements sold by L&L. So the new 1.5 inch bolt from Ace worked perfectly. Knock on wood. The first test firing is on, and so far everything is behaving as normal. Thanks for all the help everyone!
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