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  1. Flowerdry, haha! I'm sure he spent closer to thousands! It's such an endearing story tho.
  2. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I don't think names matter if somone is nasty it's usually more about who they are than it is about us. I'm on the shy side, I read often but rarely post unless I feel I can contribute something different than what's already been posted. This is my personality and no one here has ever made me feel bad about that. Honestly I feel like what's happened to you was an unfortunate turn of events and I'm glad you haven't allowed it to keep you away. I hope in time your wife too will see that and come back as well. I've learned a lot from reading what others
  3. I know somone who went to a craft show, saw a $25 mug and didn't want to pay it so he took lessons thinking he could make one cheaper. LOL he loved the process so much that ten years and many mugs later he is still throwing clay. I hope you take the class anyway you might find a new passion and in time learn to make your own bonsai pot
  4. I have home studio in the basement as well About the canvas, when I use mine for rolling I put it in a bucket with water, bring it up and outside for a scrubbing, leave it to dry then shake shake fold and bring it down stairs. I do the same with all my towels and cloth's and sponges. Pre washing your things before putting them in the washing machine is a good idea for your houses pipes. I have canvas on my wedge table I sponge it before and after each use Also, I damp sponge or spray my wheel, counter tops and wipe the floors before and clean thoroughly after each studio time. I
  5. WOW! What a great post with a lot of helpful information! Thank you!
  6. yes, it has been my experience that the smaller the slit or less curly or wavy the less chance for warping. you want to leave enough space between the hole and the rim tho cause if the loop is too close to the top you create a weak spot and even after a glaze firing can snap off with a good bump.
  7. I make three sizes, 1.5 to 2 lbs for that tiny sock yarn 2 to 2.5 lbs standard for most other yarn (most purchased size) 3 to 5 lbs for bulk or chunky yarn I'm a knitter and I crochet, for me the most important aspect of a yarn bowl is where the yarn sits and comes out of, if the glaze miss behaves and its not glass smooth it can snag your yarn. I've noticed a surprisingly large yarn ball can fit in a small yarn bowl and still roll out smoothly.
  8. I have left reclaim on my work table to air dry and come back to find the cat hadn't looked before leaping. Paw pints in the reclaim, a trail and splatter on the floor to where he'd leapt and tried to shake it off presumably before cleaning it himself haha This post reminded me of the paw prints found in real Coaluila Mexican tile.
  9. You are the potter, make your mugs the way you like them. If you have been asked to make something in a way that isn't your style you have the creative freedom to decide if you'd like to try experimenting in other ways. My personal preference, I like my mug to have a round belly (for my hands to cup) and to taper in at the top (to keep the liquid from getting cold too fast). I don’t like the mugs I use to have a handle (gets in the way of my hand cupping ) I make mugs both ways.
  10. Oh wow that looks really pretty, I love the combo too, very nice.
  11. The inside of my bowls I poured in the glaze, rolled it around and then poured what was left into an old failed mug and use that to glaze the outside. On the outside of the pots I used small to medium sized Japanese Hake brushes and brushed my glaze on. I dip my bush in the glaze and slosh it around good, the hard part is resisting the urge to wipe the brush off on the side of the cup I put my glaze in. Having the brush dripping with glaze on both side of the brush will get a couple nice thick strokes in before needing to dip my brush again. I brush each coat on in a different direction, b
  12. None of my tile samples worked, I made them all with three coats, I tried 4 and 5 coats on my pots which have all turned out well except for running, especially the ancient jasper. This first one has 5 coats, as you can see there was a lot of running but the colour is perfect. . Hahaha this is a funny glitch no matter what I do this photo won't post upside right . . . Sorry This one has four coats, less running colour is still okay but still some drips. when I did the three coats it was like you said muddy all of theses were fired to cone 6, all holes and lid closed tight a
  13. For the pendents my kids made I used one kiln brick sliced in three. The centre support will prevent them from sliding into one another. After glazing, before you put them on the rod I suggest you clean the pendent hole well with a Q-tip so the glaze doesn't run and stick to the rod.
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