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  1. Huh, I didn't think of that. I'll talk to them and hopefully they can help me out. Thanks
  2. I live in McDonough, GA but I've been looking into some studios around Atlanta to widen the possibilities. The only one that I could find was Mudfire. My teacher says it's good, but I wanted to see if there were any other studios out there or if anyone is a member of Mudfire. All I need is a place with clays, glazes and firing provided with the membership ( and it not exeed $170 a month). If you have any suggestions or are a member of any nearby studio please let me know, it would help tons. ~Thanks
  3. I use a Pacifica 400 gt. It's great for me. I'm 5'9 and I just use an upside down bucket that's the exact same height as the wheel table for my chair. The edge of the splash pan measures about 4 inches away from the bat so it's not over the edge too much. The noise on it isn't very bad either; it's just a dull hum. But, I'm pretty sure the best wheel for you would depend on your specific height and build; as I'm pretty young, that would probably contribute as to why I don't ache. ~Hope it helps.
  4. I'll hollow them out during class tomorrow then, and how do face jugs normally not crack with the added features? Because I've seen face jugs that were made exactly like mine was, but they don't crack or break. Do all of them hollow out the eyes?
  5. I used heavily grogged clay that has survived Raku firing, so from what you're telling me, I should be fine. Anyways the only place with the 1 1/2 " thickness is where the eyes were added. So hopefully it goes well, because if it does I'm going to add it to my art portfolio for competition.Thanks for your help!
  6. I made a face jug and I'm worried that there may be parts of it that are too thick and may explode in the kiln. It's a very nice piece so I really want to avoid that. It's almost 1 1/2 inch and my teacher has always told me to never fire a piece past 1 inch, but she's been wrong before. Is this a safe thickness to fire? P.S. It's lowfire clay if that helps any. ~Thanks
  7. I have been practicing throwing for about a week now and I haven't quite mastered centering. Now I know that it's supposed to take a while to be able to just center the peice in less than 5 minutes, but I was wonering if you guys had pointers or extra things that could help move me along. I usually use the pulling technique. Thanks!
  8. I want to make a solid blue clay for multiple projects, then also make a marbled appearance by wedging the blue clay with with the normal white clay.
  9. It's white low-fire clay with grog
  10. I was looking for ways to make a blue colored clay, but since the processed way is safer what would be a good recipe for a deep blue clay with colorants?
  11. I don't have any colorants and was just curious if there were other ways.
  12. Is there any other way to dye clay without using colorants? Like natural things or household things that won't alter the way the clay fires?
  13. I think I'm having potter's block. I can't seem to think of anything new to make and neither can my friends google and bing. If you have any projects or ideas that you would recommend to someone who started a couple of months ago it would be greatly appreciated. ~Thanks
  14. What you call "Georgian clay" is most likely Lizella Clay (aka Lizella Red). It's a beautiful clay but it will leak no matter how high you fire it or how many glazes you put on it. It should never be used for anything expected to hold liquids. It looks good fired to earthenware temps and takes low fire glazes well but is weak and really leaks badly at low temps. It should be fired to cone 6 but will still leak (but slowly) unless you add lots of Neph Sy to it. It should be bisqued high (~04+) because it has lots of impurities in it (dug from a swamp a few miles from my house) that will gas off during the glaze firing and ruin the glaze if the organics have not been burned off completely during the bisque. It's hard to find a glaze that works well on it because of the high iron content. Use an opaque glaze that can be applied thick without running. The holder in the cup & holder in this picture is Lizella Red. http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/index.php?app=gallery&module=images&section=viewimage&img=2584 Jim What clay would you recommend for a beginner interested in making pieces that may hold water, but is low-fire ( cone 05-06)?
  15. Today I finished my first batch of pots for this month, but realized that the glazes are not a good match for the type of clay I am using. I use the red clay from Georgia, which just happens to be a bit coarse. It also just happens to be darkening the glazes and changing th outcomes of the pieces. Any suggestions on good types of glazes(store bought) for Georgian clay and good methods of applying the glazes evenly? Thanks- Brittany
  16. Well that was an unfortunate post and I hope you didn't pay attention to it. Some folks get a rise out of picking on people online or have the audacity to think that only what they like is worthwhile which is not true of course. My 2 cents, I would never utter those words though. It is your work and some people will like it, some people will love it and some will simply not care for it and I wouldn't defend my work to someone so obviously out of line. Like Gypsy I like the work. Hand building is something I admire and would like to spend some time experimenting with. How are you planning on glazing the set? Are you concentrating on tea sets? You know on pricing, if this is a friend you might just ask them what they had in mind and bargain from there. Hand built work generally cost more because it is often more involved but of course value and the time it takes to produce has a very loose connection in pottery. You did say a mouthful though when you pointed out you have a buyer, nice quip :-) Good luck and let us know what you ended up charging. Also be sure and post the finished glazed pieces, would love to see them. [/quote I'm thinking of some bright colors that are almost like the velvet glazes ( am I saying that right?) That Amaco sells. First I just have to take the time out of my day to go get them, considering that I just have the basic glazes for beginners. And I do wish people would keep those sorts of opinions to themselves, especially since I'm new to this.
  17. True, right now I'm still experimenting with the teapots and other other pieces that I am making. Thanks for pointing out the spout though, I do need to work on that.
  18. Brittany, there really is no meaningful way for a stranger to price a specific pot for you. There are so many factors involved. As others have advised you here, you have to gain a whole lot of reference points before you can make meaningful pricing decisions. In the meantime, charge the amount that would make the sale worthwhile for you. Mea I think your teapot is whimsical and fun! Thanks!
  19. What? I know that it's not that great,but someone wants to buy it.
  20. I had a friend who was I interested in purchasing the teapot to the right. Of course if I do sell it it will be fired and glazed.
  21. If a person were to sell their pottery, what would determine the price of the peice? I know some people who are interested in purchasing my ceramics, but I don't know what price I should make it as, considering that it is not professional work so it can't be too high, but I also want to make a profit.
  22. Oops, forgot to post the picture. Here it is!
  23. I took your advice and make some a little set for my teapot including a cup, cream holder, and suger cup ( whatever it is called ). They're not professional but I do believe I am improving. The first teapot I ever made was very sad and the handle actually broke off because it was so weak. The teapot behind the matching pieces is actually an idea I got from this site, and worked out quite well. The other one to the right is something I made today after getting an idea from a google search I did (Thanks for that advice too). I have been dying to make japanese and chinese style teapots, but I want them to be symmetrical and do not currently have a potter's wheel. Well, there ya go! P.S. I live in McDonough, GA
  24. Thanks! And it's so true! The only reason I even started pottery was because I had to construct something for class, but I got reeled in and now I'm addicted and can't stop.
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