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  1. Used one for one day, left it stuck to a piece of clay on the edge of the splash tray, the clay dried out and the mirror fell and broke. Should really replace it, but haven't yet. I did like it for that one day though....
  2. This made me think of a woodworking trick, basically the same idea, but using steel wool and vinegar. Was used to blacken a section of timber or give it the look of ebony. Might be an alternative for those that don't have brillo pads on hand, I imagine it would work about the same, but haven't tried it.
  3. It's not just pottery, I think. Definitely depends on the person's attitude a lot too. And their natural talent, or otherwise. External attitudes play a big part in these expectations too. I bet just about everyone who has a started pottery has had someone say to them "can you make a .....", as if anyone can just whip up a large, ornate, vase. Or produce a teapot that pours perfectly; has a perfectly fitting, recessed, lid and doesn't have walls so thick as to feel full even when it's empty, all having done classes for a couple of hours a week for 2 months.... There are two ways this can b
  4. It's all experimental (that is to say, for me only, not for sale) at this stage, but generally mugs, for the reasons people have already stated. I have just decided to take the plunge and start mixing my own glazes, so there are going to be a lot of test tiles in the near future though...
  5. I'd argue that having a bunch of your pieces as your dinnerware would give you better insight into what you might change or improve. And if you do decide in a year that you can't stand those pieces any more, then you know how far you have come in that year. At then end of the day, if they are used for a year and then meet the hammer, you have lost some clay, some glaze, a firing or 2 and some time.
  6. It hasn't been a long journey yet, but there has of course been frustration and failures and experiments. Without those though, there wouldn't be any excitement or joy, it would just be 'normal'.
  7. Agree with those who have said that they seem to be doing a good job of promoting for the potters/artists and that it is undoubtedly just marketing. The pieces they sell are without a doubt what they have based their 'How to spot a good pot' series on. I think this as much as anything goes to show how much tastes differ. Across the 20+ pots they have photo's of across the two articles, there are only four or five I would have in my home (hence in my opinion, a good pot). In fairness, nearly everything looks different when it is actually in front of you though.
  8. I think this is a 'the grass is always greener" kind of situation clean up after pottery is much easier, it's cheaper to get into (probably) and you lose concentration you lose a pot not your finger(s). But no worrying about firing with the wood (apart from the stuff-ups, into the fireplace)! Brad- if you want to try pottery, do. If you don't have a hobby that cost too much money, you need a new hobby! Just rationalise your time.
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