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  1. I start with daydreaming....see some images in my head and play with them. Then I sketch...because I will never remember the details of a daydream. Then I mess around with the clay to see if any of the ideas really have merit...it takes awhile but I sometimes I can get some good results. I also use props...fancy word for old junk that I collect that has a pleasing form or detail that just screams out to be part of a pottery project.
  2. I've not used the air dry clay. But my recommendation is how ever you choose to remove some of the surface, wear a protective mask. The dust you will generate is not good for the lungs.
  3. This is actually something that I do on a daily basis in my ceramic restoration business. I would use a clear 5 minute cure epoxy like Loctite or Gorilla Glue to initially bond the pieces together. For the gaps that may be evident, I would use a 30 minute cure epoxy like Loctite...again the clear. Once this is mixed, I would add some fillers (my mixture is micro-balloon, fumed silica and marble dust or talc). Once mixed, add some powdered pigments to match or get close to the background color of the piece. Smooth the fill you've made into the gaps and crack lines. You can san
  4. I am also new to social media marketing. The threads that Tom mentioned above are great because they are tailored to ceramics. Your community college may also have classes on social media that would be helpful to get started. There is a younger artist in my neighborhood who successfully uses social media to sell his work. He has offered to help me with getting started with this social media thing.
  5. Last year, I went through your process. I visited a ceramic artist I know to see his kiln...he is prolific and works out of smaller kiln. It was helpful for me to see what he was able to produce in one kiln load. So I finally decided to go with an Olympic MAS 1827. When I decided which kiln, I printed the specs and had an electrician take care of all of the wiring. As for a mentor, I second Hulk's recommendation for taking a class. We have a great community art school here....I took classes and fired in their studio for a long time. Also learned how to make glazes, load and
  6. Been a long time coming...finally firing my first load of bisque.  HooRay!!!

  7. Congratulations!!!! Who is to say what is fine art? If it brings you joy and delight when looking at it........
  8. I have not made glaze in a while so as I get back into business here I will be using a combo of the mixing techniques Magnolia Mud suggested and that great new brush tool Liambesaw has found!!! Thank you both! Just order the brush thing. Thanks for the link!
  9. But I guess, that we are all "preaching to the choir" otherwise why would any of us be part of this great on-line group!
  10. I have a favorite mug that I bought at a pottery sale years ago. I use it alot. When I put 2 chips in the rim, I was upset...like I lost a friend. Luckily, the artist scrawled his name across the bottom of the mug with a little internet search I found him and was able to have another...not exactly the same, but it has the same feel. Also, this time, I had a great conversation and got to know more about the artist...making my mug more valuable to me. Now a tile maker that doesn't get handmade....wow....nothing feels like an handmade tile....I don't care how many tiles a factory can c
  11. Our main studio where the restoration work is done is where I keep my slab roller and do that part of my clay work there. This building has its own heat and air...kinda like the ones hotels use. It keeps the studio comfortable. The kiln and glazing part is in the basement...which can be a little cold in the winter, but not unbearable. So no downtime. Though we do close for occasional snow days here in NC just because the rest of the town closes.
  12. Yappy, while I agree that those who are poor do not have an equal opportunity for higher education today, I think that not all folks that had the good fortune to earn a degree are bad because of their good fortune. Rather it is the artists, gallery owners, sometimes collectors who only value the piece of paper and do not accept those who learn their craft through different channels . This type of condescension reflects on their personal issues and their insecurities and not education. I was fortunate to attend college in the mid 70's with scholarships and grants (that would not begin
  13. Finally was able to fire the new kiln yesterday.   Would not fire...just gave  a strange error message.  The problem was the  Genesis controller was wired incorrectly.  With help from Steve at Bartlett...changed 2 wires and it fired right up.  

    1. Min


      Glad you got it working! I love my Genesis controller. With my last glaze firing I had a "Fail" warning come up when one of the thermocouples went. Knew straight away that there was a problem.

    2. lgusten


      Thanks, Min.   I feel much more comfortable.  It was actually good to experience this issue and have to fix it.  Felt more in control of the controller:D

  14. Wow!! Thought a guild that you are a member of would be more accommodating. I don't think you should withdraw, but you may consider making a formal request for them to explain what in their rules prohibit them from accommodating your needs. I don't think that they would want to be linked with a discriminatory process.
  15. That is beautiful!!!!....Love the form and the glaze!
  16. New kiln arrived and is in place.  Got the kiln vent installed too.  If the pending hurricane doesn't drop too much water on us...should  be able to test fire soon.


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    2. Benzine


      Best of Luck to you, with the weather.

      I have good friends, who live in Western N.C. .  They didn't sound terribly worried, the last time I talked to him, a few days ago.

    3. lgusten


      Thank you.  So far, so good. Just really wet.

    4. lgusten


      Update to the update.  Yesterday relentless rain resulted in water in the basement  and under the kiln.....not too much though.  We caught it just in time.  Best news is we found the source of the leak.  Patched a little after we sucked up the water...  Looks dry this morning.    I am relieved!!!!

  17. Love the pic. Maybe your cat wants you to make a cat bowl.....he/she has already stamped it.
  18. Well, the kiln arrived, but it was damaged.  So after a few hours, back it went.  Guess I got more time to organize for it.:(


    1. LeeU


      Bummer-super bummer:wacko: Like your banner up top, by the way.

    2. yappystudent


      I'm angry for you. How annoying! 

    3. lgusten


      Thank you both.  Not sure when the replacement kiln will be sent....presumably after they receive the one I sent back.  This time, I will remove all of the wrap on the truck before I sign off on it.  Both UPS Freight and Clay King have been helpful. 

      Lee, thank you.  The banner is a picture of one of the last items I made before taking  a break and deciding that I needed my own space and studio.  I named it Winter Puddle.  

  19. So excited I can barely contain myself.  Kiln is ordered!!!! Space is ready for it!!!!  Been a long time coming.


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    2. Denice


      Interesting idea but my husband and I are old enough that moving a kiln out of a basement is getting too  hard.  Besides my kiln room only hold three kilns and my husband wouldn't give up any of his garage space.     Denice

    3. Roberta12


      What did you order??   You will love it whatever it is! Congrats!


    4. lgusten


      Denice -  That garage space is sacred isn't it.  That's why I am in the basement.  We shall see about getting it into the basement.  I bought the smaller one...less weight...but it is still 200 lbs.  So we will be enlisting more help and taIking it apart to get it downstairs.

      Roberta - Ordered a Olympic Medallion 1823.  It is small but large enough for my work.....When I outgrow it......I envision it being my bisque and test kiln.

      Thank you all for the support!!!!

  20. This is a good topic if, as GEP expressed, both negative and positive comments are heard. Comparing notes on how folks got some results in a bad situation is most useful...if I had a problem with BCS, I would be using Facebook Messenger to connect with Angela because of the great results Sk111 told us about. I have had an OK experience with BCS. Ordered a large Bailey slab roller because it's not available locally and BCS was running a good sale. I had to track the order down after a little delay but it did arrive. Sorry to hear others have had such bad experiences. Local
  21. I always have a bag on the table where I working to place scraps which I try to add as I go so they are not dried out. I mist inside the bag. So the clay says moist. When I have enough, I plop the contents of the bag out and smoosh (Technical term) the pieces together into a rectangular shape. Then I set the roller on high setting then roll, then set it lower and position the clay the opposite way and roll again....and do this again until I reach the thickness I want. What I found about changing the direction each time was that I reduced the amount of air pockets. I also waste very litt
  22. Lee, I like the notion of knowing that we are not alone. We can still be creative and support each other's journey. Finding ways to move forward despite the odds is acting creatively. Gabby's idea is a good one. Does someone teach pottery making in your area? A interested student may want to help just to add to their education. Acceptance of the physical limitations that our bodies are putting on us is very difficult for me. I worked on the wheel for a short time several years ago but stopped because of the pain in my hands....ended up have surgery on my right hand...nothing as
  23. Gabby, I cannot begin to imagine how you do it....or any of you who have experienced or in the midst of experiencing great medical challenges. My heart goes out to you all. My troubles are small in comparison. I am 61 for a couple more months and have always used my hands whether in fiber arts or 25 years of restoring ceramics and making ceramics for 15 years... all stuff that is hard on the body. My hands, wrists, back and shoulders have given me trouble for many years . Most of the time I don't think about it....it is my normal. I had to put the studio on hold for a few
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