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  1. And even if you're not planning on selling it, you may not have control over the pot's entire future. What if it's still around once you are not? Subsequent users will have no clue. I've used this caution many times with students who want to use non-dinnerware safe glaze on the interiors or rims of potentially functional items...
  2. Individual private lessons are tough when you have a student who just doesn't get how much practice is required, so you have to remind them...sometimes constantly...until they understand. Try relating it to your own path in the medium, and see the paragraph below re: beginning wheel. Remember, a student spending 2 hours a WEEK on the wheel will progress more slowly than one spending 2 hours a DAY. Also, different people learn in different ways. Many people respond well when I put my hands on top of theirs to demonstrate proper position or pressure or pace of movement. I've taught adults (a
  3. How many firings have you done on the kiln sitter? Chances are that your kiln sitter rod is not moving freely inside the tube during the firing...so it isn't moving downward as the cone melts resulting in the mess on the sitter and on your shelves. Sometimes this is caused by debris that has worked its way into the tube, but usually it's due to corrosion. Turn off/unplug your kiln and try moving the kiln sitter rod with your finger, noting any resistance. Then blow hard through the hole holding the rod from the outside of the kiln. Try moving the kiln sitter rod again, noting if there is any c
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