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  1. Ahhh, naming things...good topic. We have a private campsite where we built many buildings. Blacksmith shop, pottery shed, craft studio, and many sleep cabins, pizza oven, etc. Each one has a name. My husband and I both enjoy making pottery...he on a kickwheel/elec. wheel and I handbuilding mostly (he picked up on the wheel much easier; I still try it - curse it- and return to the table). So, we came up with 2 & Throw. My sister designed the logo, and I found someone to make a stamp. Can't wait to see and use it!
  2. I make healing ointments and have an abundant reasonably priced source for beeswax. Anyone ever use beeswax melted in electric pan?
  3. If you don't take cash, I don't buy...anything. I come to a show with a budget amount and like your idea of pricing to avoid small change/coins. Good idea to be safe by sending larger amounts of income off with a friend. It is understandable that the seller not like stickers on items, but as a shopper I don't like picking up lovely items to see the bottom. I respect the time and effort the maker put into their items, and accidents do happen with handling. It is annoying to me when the seller is chatting for too long to one person when potential customers are obviously interested in buying. Also annoying is the increased time it takes to make a transaction when a "card" is used. Space is limited and others want in to view the products, so a speedy transaction is important.
  4. Thanks to all who responded. Biglou, We built an outdoor pizza oven last year. That's where I get hardwood ashes. We are having a campout party next week, so I will get some more ash. If I can stay sober enough to remember to gather up a cupful, ha. Yes, yall, I do need to get it out of its box and practice, but we are considering building a rock outbuilding for my pottery stuff (it's piling up in the spare room and kitchen). That's where the wheel will go. I've seen other people's pottery areas....messy business, this pottery.
  5. Well, I don't know the answer to your questions Biglou13. There is a wonderful pottery store 2 towns down that fire my little beginner items for a modest price. But, I live in NC and I took one wheel throwing class at the local community college, then 2 other handbuilding classes there recently. Before I took any classes at all, I watched every video on Youtube on pottery, and read almost every article on this site. And I went to local pottery festivals to see and touch and buy. Then, I began buying tools, a little at a time ( based on what experienced potters recommended). In my classes we made stamps and sprigs, and I continue to do that at home. The things I threw on the wheel were, ummm, well they were referred to as "primitive". NOT the look I was going for. I might take another wheel throwing class down the road (I saved up for a wheel but it will stay in its box till I master cylinders), but for now my goal is to make 6 plates, bowls, and cups. We belong to the Blind Pigs Horseshoe Club, and there is a chapter in Ohio. Our friends in Ohio brought me some Ohio clay, and there is an old moonshine still on the family property with revenuer hatchet holes that has some good flaky rust on the top. And we have 2 campout parties a year where the large fire pit burns hardwoods. So, there is access to iron oxide and ash. Want to figure out how to best use these in my dinnerware plan. It is all experimentation right now. Making tiles to play around with the stamps/stencils/patterns/texture and to take the clay I buy from the local pottery shop and encorporate the Ohio lighter colored clay in slips, etc. One day I'd like to dig my own clay and process it for use, but that is down the road a bit. Whenever I make a little cup or plate or tiles, I use the leftover bits to make pendants. People say, 'oh, it's just mud', but I don't want to waste a single giblet of the clay. I work fulltime/overtime, yuk, as a RN in the local hospital, so there is never enough time to play in my clay. Hope to retire early, in 3 years. Then, by gosh, there will be much pottery makin' goin' on round here! My home county is well-known for pottery, going back many generations. So, I observe and learn every chance I get. The ultimate experience would be to dig it, process it, use it and decorate it with locally sourced minerals. I have a box of rutile that I found sluicing in a nearby area known for mineral mines, and I'm reading about that in glazes. hmmmm, an idea is brewing. I once grew some green/brown cotton, harvested it, picked out the seeds, combed it, spun it with my handmade spindle, and knitted with it. That gives you an idea of how much I enjoy the process of making from scratch. The LEARNING. That is where it's at! K. There is some information about me. Just a newbie who is very excited and calm at the same time while playing in the clay.
  6. Can you use ash glazes when firing in an electric kiln?
  7. Thank you Peter for mentioning those articles. I did read those before hand. Mostly they talk about burnishing with a splash mention that beeswax may be used, but none really speak directly to the beeswax or show how or the before/after of using beeswax in any detail. No videos available either. But that's OK, cause I have beeswax and like Biglou13 says, that means no petrochemicals. And I have some paint brushes that are past their prime for painting purposes that will work just fine for melted beeswax application on pottery.
  8. Thank you for replying. They used wax melted in an electric pan at the community college class I took, but it was not beeswax. I do have a little experience keeping beeswax melted without getting it to the smoking danger point, and I bought a small square electric pan, so I reckon I'll give it a try. (I am only making small bowls and cups now, that would sit down into this size pan) Have not been able to find ANY online information or examples with potters using it, though.
  9. I have read lots on wax resists, but there is not much about using beeswax. Do any of you use melted beeswax? I have a very cheap supplier for that and use it to make homemade remedies.
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