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    Babs got a reaction from ladyinblack1964 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Working night shift! Well look after yourself, not a healthy practice.
    ,ceramics will slow you down!.
    Learn as much as poss fro. Any class.You can take the knowledge of clay over to whatever styles, techniques you want to focus on. These forums are filled with folk whI will help you in any area when you go to open studio
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    Babs reacted to Bam2015 in The term 'laminated' when used in reference to clay   
    Thank you oldlady. I wasn't sure if laminated was in reference to layering or some technique that I hadn't heard of. So in other words, it's what one does to create nerikomi or neriage. If those terms had been used then I would have understood what they meant.  
    I believe you mean Chris Campbell. 
     
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    Babs got a reaction from ladyinblack1964 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Clay work is meditative!
    Just make pots, the outside world just goes away.
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    Babs reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Clay work is an exercise in humility and patience. Frequently we get handed these lessons against our wills. Or hauled into them kicking and screaming, if you’re like me. But it is worth it! Hang in there.
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    Babs got a reaction from GEP in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Clay work is meditative!
    Just make pots, the outside world just goes away.
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    Babs reacted to Roberta12 in Reusable stencils.   
    Oooo good job Babs!  Builder in the fam!     I am sticking with basics for the holidays.  Sippers, mugs, bowls, trays.  Oh and ornaments.  I should probably make some spoon rests too.
     
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    Babs got a reaction from Rae Reich in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Also, packing student work is a 3 dimensional chess game,trying to fit different sized items to get best use of space, AND checking bottoms are clean....takes more time  than usual stuff.
    It will be worth waiting for. In the mean time.
    Make more pots!!! Even if you squish them up, won't be time wasted.
    When you get your own kiln that darned thing will take years to cool some days!!!!
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    Babs got a reaction from ladyinblack1964 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Also, packing student work is a 3 dimensional chess game,trying to fit different sized items to get best use of space, AND checking bottoms are clean....takes more time  than usual stuff.
    It will be worth waiting for. In the mean time.
    Make more pots!!! Even if you squish them up, won't be time wasted.
    When you get your own kiln that darned thing will take years to cool some days!!!!
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    Babs got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Also, packing student work is a 3 dimensional chess game,trying to fit different sized items to get best use of space, AND checking bottoms are clean....takes more time  than usual stuff.
    It will be worth waiting for. In the mean time.
    Make more pots!!! Even if you squish them up, won't be time wasted.
    When you get your own kiln that darned thing will take years to cool some days!!!!
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    Babs got a reaction from JohnnyK in Large hand built planter with walls too thin   
    Should fire fine  , if decide too delicate for planter, could use it to hold a plant pot, or use as wastepaper bin....
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    Babs got a reaction from Pres in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Also, packing student work is a 3 dimensional chess game,trying to fit different sized items to get best use of space, AND checking bottoms are clean....takes more time  than usual stuff.
    It will be worth waiting for. In the mean time.
    Make more pots!!! Even if you squish them up, won't be time wasted.
    When you get your own kiln that darned thing will take years to cool some days!!!!
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    Babs got a reaction from Hulk in Large hand built planter with walls too thin   
    Should fire fine  , if decide too delicate for planter, could use it to hold a plant pot, or use as wastepaper bin....
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    Babs got a reaction from Roberta12 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Also, packing student work is a 3 dimensional chess game,trying to fit different sized items to get best use of space, AND checking bottoms are clean....takes more time  than usual stuff.
    It will be worth waiting for. In the mean time.
    Make more pots!!! Even if you squish them up, won't be time wasted.
    When you get your own kiln that darned thing will take years to cool some days!!!!
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    Babs got a reaction from Roberta12 in Large hand built planter with walls too thin   
    Should fire fine  , if decide too delicate for planter, could use it to hold a plant pot, or use as wastepaper bin....
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    Babs got a reaction from Roberta12 in Reusable stencils.   
    Seems tyvek in Aus.aldo found tyvek waterproof paper used for printing posyers and graphics.the expensive alternative. Time to hit my son in law builder for an off cut or two...xmas is coming , could put in a request.
    What are you'all making for Xmas
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    Babs reacted to Mark C. in Reusable stencils.   
    Babs Many  fed X large enolopes are tyvec material if you can get ahold of them-plenty large for clay work-free cost adds to the appeal
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    Babs reacted to Roberta12 in Reusable stencils.   
    I know some people reuse those mailer envelopes.  Not the cardboardy ones but the fibrous plastic sort of envelopes.  I haven't tried cutting the roofing felt with the machine.  I may try that!!  Vinyl works best on bisque and I have had limited success with reusing those.  But the tyvek material does work well on leather hard or just rolled out clay.
     
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    Babs reacted to Mark C. in Mailchimp   
    Any time monkeys are involved expect trouble
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    Babs reacted to Roberta12 in Reusable stencils.   
    I make mine out of tyvek.  I cut them on a die cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette, Cameo, etc) If you know someone who has one, they could easily cut for you.  You can also handcut stencils from paper.  Rebecca May Verrill cuts hers by hand from paper.  You can use whatever scrap paper you have.  
     
    Roberta
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    Babs got a reaction from ladyinblack1964 in Newbie checks back in; needs more input/advice   
    Good on you!
    Fact is what attracts you now re style and decoration of ware WILL change as you learn more about this vast field of learning so soak up where and what you can , it won't be wasted.
    Warning: it is addictive!
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    Babs reacted to ladyinblack1964 in Newbie checks back in; needs more input/advice   
    OP here. Just wanted to check back and let everyone know I talked to the studio owner about the whys of her decision, and I'm more comfortable now. I finished glazing my pieces this week and can't wait to see what the final results are. I will probably sign up for another round of classes before the holidays, and as always, am keeping an eye open for other places where I might learn. One of our local colleges has a great continuing ed program, but because of COVID, they haven't been holding sessions. Maybe in the spring or summer. In the meantime, I will learn all I can where I am. Thank you all for weighing in and for your kind advice!
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    Babs got a reaction from LeeU in QotW: Do you find that your learning about ceramics has moved toward more video use like Youtube or CLAYflicks or do you still find a good book viable as a means of learning?   
    I need to read it to retain it.
    My way of learning.
    Videos interesting, may pick up a couple of things, but I don't retain it the same.
    Canread at certain speed, reread a sentence, refer back or forward easily, 
    But being in remote area,  I use whatever I canatthe time.
     
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    Babs reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: Do you find that your learning about ceramics has moved toward more video use like Youtube or CLAYflicks or do you still find a good book viable as a means of learning?   
    I think there’s a place for both. I like the accessibility of video, and the fact that there are keyword searches that don’t involve a card catalog! Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and a visual demonstration is worth volumes. I can find information rapidly with the internet, which I really like. I can see demonstrations from people I’d never get to see in real life, which is amazing!
     But. Video is frequently paced too slowly for me to absorb things easily, and I get really frustrated when people ramble or go too far off topic. That’s a function of my ADHD, and not a comment on the makers of videos. I can get around most of this by speeding up the playback on most platforms, but if there’s graphics in the background, I need to pause to make sure I get everything. Most video also doesn’t include thorough (or sometimes accurate) synopses, or don’t have time stamp markers indicating points of discussion. You have to watch the whole thing to get the one bit of info somewhere in the middle you wanted.
    Books go more in-depth. I love the tactile feel of reading a book over reading from a tablet. I can read and absorb information at the exact speed my brain wants. I can skim to that one paragraph with the pertinent info without having to read the entire chapter. I have a few hard copy references that I refer to constantly, because the internet is also distracting, and I don’t need to take side trips into rabbit holes when I just want the Fahrenheit/Celsius conversion numbers for a cone.
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    Babs got a reaction from Pres in QotW: Do you find that your learning about ceramics has moved toward more video use like Youtube or CLAYflicks or do you still find a good book viable as a means of learning?   
    I need to read it to retain it.
    My way of learning.
    Videos interesting, may pick up a couple of things, but I don't retain it the same.
    Canread at certain speed, reread a sentence, refer back or forward easily, 
    But being in remote area,  I use whatever I canatthe time.
     
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    Babs reacted to neilestrick in Firing Program For new to pottery/ceramics   
    Firing  programs don't have to be any thing complicated. The most important thing is the last 100C degrees, as the rate of climb in that segment will determine the heatwork. I start all of my programs with a preheat segment where I adjust the hold time as needed to dry things out:
    Cone 5 Stoneware Program
    1. 60C/hr to 85C, hold as long as needed. No hold needed for dry pots.
    2. 175C/hr to 1086C, no hold.
    3. 60C/hr to 1186C, hold as long as needed. You only need a hold if you need a little more melt from your glazes.
    4. You can use this segment for slow cooling, if desired.
    Cone 06 Earthenware Program
    1. 60C/hr to 85C, hold as long as needed. No hold needed for totally dry pots unless they're thick.
    2. 150C/hr to 898C, no hold.
    3. 60C/hr to 998C, no hold.
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