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About aspiringpotter

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  • Birthday 05/19/1998

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  • Location
    North Carolina
  • Interests
    pottery (duh), baking, technical theatre
  1. I am in my senior year of high school and I now need to figure out what comes next. I have been taking ceramics classes for the last two years and I have my heart set on becoming a production potter, but I am not sure how to go about doing that. I would like to get an apprenticeship instead of going to college so I could spend all my time learning more about ceramics and running a studio instead of also having to take academic classes, but I am not sure how realistic that is. I would like advice about finding an apprenticeship or what colleges are a good idea or really anything that could help. I have this vague idea that I could get an apprenticeship with a studio and then get an actual job with them and then someday I could have my own studio, is that at all realistic? Would I have a better chance of finding an apprenticeship if I go to college first? I believe I at least have some skills that I would need to be helpful, I am the teacher's assistant in the ceramics class at my school and my teacher is pregnant so I have been doing most of the kiln loading and unloading and moving around heavy stuff along with cleaning and pugging clay and whatnot, I would say that I have good basic throwing skills as in I can make a lot of things fairly quickly and pretty centered and I'm good with larger forms and whatnot but I have a lot to learn with making things a consistent size and different shapes. Is that enough for me to get an apprenticeship?
  2. I will! Also we aren't using anything that would make dangerous fumes because my teacher is pregnant and wants to be careful, and we're burnishing with stones instead of terra sigillata, and I can definitely bring welding gloves
  3. We will definitely have a garden hose, it will be in February or January so probably close or below freezing, I don't know how strong the wind will be, we will have protective clothing, this is a high school ceramics 2, 3, and 4 class, I believe our teacher has done pit fires a few times when she was in college but wants us to be planning it instead of her, we're planning on using raku and white earthenware. Currently we're more just trying to figure out how to make this happen, we haven't started making anything yet.
  4. I think our teacher has had some experience with pit fires, but the rest of us are completely inexperienced. I live in a fairly rural area, there are a lot of farms nearby, we might try to get permission to use someone's farm land, my backyard just would have been more convenient. Thanks for your advice!
  5. We want to have a pit fire but are having a bit of trouble finding a good location. Our school does not want us to do it there because of the whole giant fire thing, so we are trying to find somewhere else to do it. I am considering offering up my backyard, but I am not sure whether it would be a good place. There are about 24 feet between my house and the trees, is this enough space that we wouldn't need to worry about anything catching fire? Our current plan for the size of the pit is 3 feet deep, 6 feet long, and three feet wide. That would leave about ten and a half feet between the fire and anything flammable, I think that's enough room but I'm not sure. We are planning on definitely notifying the fire department ahead of time just in case but I would prefer if there was no reason for that to be necessary. The other concern is smell, we are planning on burning used sawdust from a stable, seaweed, corn husks soaked in salt, and possibly horse hair, along with kindling and wood and whatnot. I live in a neighborhood that would not be happy with us if we filled it with strong bad smells, so I would like to know if this is a really bad idea or not.
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