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  1. Hello Lindsay, My first (and only) kiln is only 2.7 or 2.9 cu ft and it's just too small. I wish I had purchased something maybe twice the size, but not much bigger. I am a hobby potter and don't produce very much, but my kiln is just too small. Maybe it's because I don't fire often, so I have full loads, but I can never fit everything in that I want to glaze fire. Betty
  2. Thank you for your response Neil. It is flashing slip which I dipped . Do I have to clean off the bottom of the pots? Since it's slip, it won't stick, right? I know that the best resource is the studio where I am having my worked fired, but they are not there on weekends. Betty
  3. Hello All, I have the opportunity to participate in a soda firing, this will be my first experience. I'm wondering if anyone can give me any tips on applying the slip? What tips or techniques have worked for you, or what hasn't? Thank you, Betty
  4. Hello Nabila, I recently took a weekend workshop with Tom Hoadely https://thomashoadley.com who does beautiful nerekomi work. I believe that he spent time in Japan although I think it was years if not decades ago. I only know him from the workshop & it was just two days, so I can't facilitate any connection between the two off you, but maybe if you reach out to him via his website he can point you in the right direction. Betty
  5. I don't have any tips on how to approach the owners, but I feel your pain. I was in a similar situation. I felt very torn because there weren't any alternatives, no other studios locally that had membership. I didn't say anything because I felt like it would fall on deaf ears and I was there for not just use of the studio, but to be with other potters. Good luck with this issue.
  6. Clay and Comfort, I feel your pain. I echo what Callie said. I started playing with clay four years ago and kept giving up on throwing. I took several classes with several different teachers and it seems that they all had different ways of throwing and different tips. I finally found what works best for me, which is to use a sponge to guide my right hand/outside hand. Betty
  7. My Giffin Grip loosens, I've learned that I need to tighten it every so often. I have a Shimpo VL Whisper Wheel and someone said that the Giffin Grip can be a problem with this wheel. Personally, I would rather stop & tighten it than trim without it. I know that my response didn't help to solve your problem...sorry, but unless someone has a solution, it might just a be a matter of recognizing that you have to stop and tighten it every once in awhile.
  8. Hello Pres, I have a question for you, or for our viewers. If this topic has been discussed ad nauseam then I understand if you skip it, but it's something I think about. Question: To wedge or not to wedge? Do you wedge clay when it comes straight from a bag or pug mill? If you do wedge, why? Maybe you wedge for the following? a) It's what I was taught and I can't get my instructor's voice out of your head? b) I'm a little OCD, I can't sit down at the wheel until I've repeated my wedging "x" number of times. c) There is scientific proof that one must wedge! d) Nope, don't wedge, waste of time and my pots turn out beautifully! e) Other...please enlighten us.
  9. Genius! Thank you for sharing. Betty
  10. I am not a very experienced potter, but have been learning on mid range, cone 6, so that's what I buy. I have stayed away from low fire because I've read repeatedly that low fire isn't as durable as mid range. I imagine it might be durable enough because a lot of well known potters use it. Betty
  11. Thank you for the link to the interesting article Min. I chose to try out the standing wheel at the studio. I am taking a class there and there are only two more. I have my own wheel at home, I just need to find the Goldilocks position for myself. dhPotter, thank you for sharing a picture of your setup. Betty
  12. Min, I like your hand control. dhPotter, can you please share a picture of your set up? I have been throwing standing up recently and find it throws my back off balance and is uncomfortable. It's not my wheel, it's at a studio where I am taking a class, so I don't have any options for changing the set up. But, as someone who has a very long history of back problems, I find that this set up without accommodations for my uneven posture just doesn't work for me. Is anyone else willing to share picture of their set up?
  13. Oldlady, if you are trying to do what I think you are trying to do, then this is an ingenious solution. I hope that you will keep us posted and show us what you come up with. Betty
  14. Rick, that quite often happens to me, but it's not always the result of high hopes, but instead I just envisioned the results to be different. Betty
  15. I'm enjoying reading everyone's responses. When I thought of this question, I wasn't necessarily looking for personal advice, but rather hoped that it would be thought provoking while at the same time provide insight to hobby potters and it has. Sorce, I agree with your response. Betty
  16. Thank you for the scoop suggestion Mark. Hulk, I get you.....wink, wink. When looking at Glazy, I was specifically looking at recipes that had reviews. Callie, thank you for the suggestion on base glazes. I have visited Digitalfire and will revisit for more info. I took a glaze workshop and helped to mix glazes at a studio, but that was just one time. Thought it was now time to try it on my own, but realize that there is still so much to be learned. I knew that if I posted my question I would get a some great advice. Thank you again!
  17. Love her entrepreneurial spirit! Maybe she'll be on Shark Tank. Betty
  18. Sorce, do you have some favorite recipes from Glazy.com? Are you suggesting I can become the Cobalt Queen? Betty
  19. Thank you everyone for chiming in. I knew that I would receive some sage advice. Part of my reason for asking if I should have a basic inventory so to speak, is to avoid having to take time off from my job and drive an hour to pick up one or two items. I think I will find a few glazes that I like and then buy the items that I need. Betty
  20. Thank you Callie and Mea. I was trying to approach this as I would a baker or cook, find the recipe, and then buy the ingredients, but didn't know if I there were basic ingredients that I should purchase. Betty
  21. Hi All, I'd like to start making my own glazes and wondering if you can suggest what raw materials to have on hand, sort of a basic inventory so that I can make a few glazes. Or do you recommend that I find a couple of glazes that I like and then purchase the raw materials that I need for those specific glazes? Ceramic Monthly provides this list. https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Glaze-Ingredients.pdf And I found this much shorter inventory on a site and I recognize that this list might be based on many of the glaze recipes on her site. Silica, EPK, Frit 3124, Gerstley Borate, Nepheline Syenite, Custer Feldspar, Whiting, Talc, Dolomite, Zinc Oxide, Bentonite, Copper Carbonate, Red Iron Oxide. Thanks! Betty
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