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  1. Thanks for all the recommendations and help guys! I just went through a move (hence the late reply) and started to rethink how purchasing a wheel would be one more thing to move if I were to switch locations again in the near future. Because of this and based on some of your suggestions, I did some more research and found a couple facilities in the city with open clay time. One was free to join so I went ahead and signed up for it, we'll see how it goes. I think the community aspect of it will be nice as it will allow me to meet some more people outside of work. It will definitely be nice to get my hands dirty again.
  2. Hi there! I'm a graphic designer who just graduated from college and am now employed. I've always loved playing with clay since elementary school and have taken multiple ceramics classes in both high school and college. I'd say my understanding of the art and craft is above average, but not great. Since I've started at my new job, I have a little extra income to spend, and I've been thinking about investing in a home basement studio. Clay seems to keep calling to me over the years and I think it'd be a great tangible change from all the digital design work I do for a living. What do you think the minimum I could get away with for starting a simple basement home studio? I've been thinking about getting just a wheel to start out with to just practice throwing forms occasionally after work. If there was anything that I really wanted to keep and fire, I'd be able to find a way either at my college or through another resource in the city. I'm apprehensive about purchasing a kiln because of the size mostly. I don't know for certain whether or not I want to stay here, so I don't want have something so large on hand if life circumstances don't allow me to have the space for it. As for brand of wheel, I'm most familiar with Shimpo wheels, but I've been reading on the forums here that the TS Skutt wheels are a good bang for your buck as well. Any thoughts there? Besides a wheel, what else do you think I would need to think about realistically? I'd probably build some simple drying racks / work table. Would some sort of bucket setup work for cleaning? Thanks! I appreciate your advice and wisdom.
  3. Hi there! I'm a graphic design senior at Columbus College of Art and Design who also loves ceramics. I'm currently taking an independent study course where I'd like to develop my web and user experience design skills as well as delve into something a little more entrepreneurial. In a nutshell, I'd like to create an online glaze database that ceramic artists can submit various glaze tests and surfaces to as well as search for new glaze recipes to experiment with. I know there currently is software available to download and work with, but I'd like to create something that's a little more intuitive, user friendly, and social. My goal is to use technology to help connect us and develop and push the field of ceramics even further as a collective. I'd really love it if some of you on the forums here would be able to help get me started by giving me some feedback with your personal experiences with glazes and how you use them. I have some questions that you can answer, but feel free to give me any other advice that you might have. It'd be great to start a conversation here on some of the struggles and setbacks you have when searching for and using glazes. If you're interested in just filling out a survey online, I've created a Survey Monkey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R2NZGFV How do you currently look for glazes that you’d like to use or create? Where do you find glaze recipes? What part of the glaze production process frustrates you the most? Explain your creation process with a piece of work and how glaze is a part of that. Do you currently use any glaze software to generate and create glazes? If so, are you happy with it? How would you make it better? Would you be willing to share your glaze tests and creations with other ceramic artists? Do you own a smartphone device or camera that you could photograph glaze tests with? Thanks! - Luke
  4. Hi there! About a year or so ago, I started to become interested in functional ceramics that go beyond the common everyday items that we use like mugs and plates and cups. To get an idea for what I'm looking for, here are some of the things I've discovered so far. I think there are a few reasons that I am drawn to these types of work. They're unusual. A good attribute for an artist's work. They're practical. I have a hard time creating art for the sake of art. They're minimal. Most of these don't use glaze. I like the look of naked clay. The generic nature of them means that I can adapt a style to them to make them my own. Clay Based Technologies - http://practicalacti...echnologies.pdf The Clay Refrigerator The Improved Clay Stove The Mubkhar Stove The Kisra Clay Stove The Zeer Water Cooler Ceramic Cookware Ceramic Pizza Stone Clay Pot Cooking I'm taking a Ceramics II course at my college this coming semester, and I'd like to create some artisan adaptations of these. It really intrigues me how using a well made object, like a teapot, can create a more enjoyable experience and I'd like to build on that. If anyone has any resources or ideas to share or help, I'd greatly appreciate it. Clay body recipes for cookware, other clay technologies, and such would all be very helpful. Thanks, Luke Kramer
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