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  1. In Oregon? I joined the OPA recently ... is the guild something different?
  2. Thanks everyone for your comments. I decided to go with kiln wash, and will just be very careful with my shelves. In fact, I fired the kiln for my first glaze firing last night (a bunch of test tiles ... totally anxious to see how they turned out!). It's cooling right now so I'll get to find out tonight or tomorrow morning if I did messed anything up, haha.
  3. I agree. But at least if it's my kiln and my work, I don't have to worry about someone else not really caring about what happens during firing. And thanks for the comments, everyone!
  4. Good point (on furniture maintenance). Since I'll have 100% control, I may not end up with the same amount of flakiness that I get with "community" kilns.
  5. I'm new to firing in my own kiln, and have a brand-new Scutt. Up until now, all of my work has been fired in "community" kilns (community centers, schools, etc.), and I absolutely hate dealing with kiln flakes on my work. Now that I have my own kiln, I'm considering not even using kiln wash at all. My question is this: Do you think that kiln wash is entirely necessary? I will be controlling every aspect of what goes into my kiln, as well as firing, so I shouldn't have anything unexpected go into the kiln, and, for items I'm wary about, I'll likely fire them on stilts or on top of a "cookie". What do you think?
  6. Ha! I love it! I'm addicted to that game, too.
  7. I am just starting out in my studio with my own kiln (instead of working at a community center, etc.) and I have the Coyote sample pack to make my test tiles with. They seem to have a really good selection, and any that I won't use in my functional work I will likely use for beads and misc. items.
  8. I went fancy and use a custom stamp from http://4clay.com/.
  9. I personally think that the Nest option is probably best. They're pricey, but considering what they do I think it's worth the added peace of mind. Now that the Nest smoke detectors are back on the market, my husband and I plan on replacing all of ours in the house (and I'll be adding one in the garage studio as well). We're big fans of "smart homes"; we already have a Nest thermostat, WeMo light switches, and Hue light bulbs throughout the house.
  10. Yes, OPA! I've had the membership application on my desk for a month now. Thanks for the kick in the butt, I'm dropping it in the mail tomorrow.
  11. You could always make a custom stamp with instructions that you could stamp into the bottom.
  12. From the album: Nicolesy Ceramics

    © © Nicole S. Young

  13. This is probably the most uplifting thing I have read about becoming a professional in anything. I am a hobbyist potter, only been at it for a few years, but I take it very seriously. I'm very critical of my own work, and wish that I could have someone sit down and give me an honest critique. I know that if I keep it up, I'll get better, but it's not easy to take that first step!
  14. I'm a photographer by trade, so I use IG a lot. @nicolesy
  15. Yes, I do agree that they are very expensive. Her work ends up in a lot of popular food and lifestyle magazines, so I can only assume that those types of companies are her main customers.
  16. I've always been a fan of texture when working with slabs, and I started hand-building to create more of an "organic" feel to my work. With slab rollers, the clay gets a canvas texture imprinted, and most people smooth it out. For me, sometimes I leave it, or I remove it and add a different texture, such as burlap or something non-organic. I was reading this (old) article today about Elephant Ceramics, and notice some of the comments from potters who said that her work looks "unfinished" because of the texture, and also that the edges of her work looks too sharp. I've always loved her work, and was curious what other serious potters thought of the texture (whether or not it was from a slab-roller, which I'm not sure if it was), and also of her style of work in general. Here's the link to the article: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/09/whats-in-your-toolbox-michele-michael.html
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