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  1. In addition to what Mea said, make sure you aren’t pulling your clay out of center when you open it. I had that problem when I was first learning and it resulted in uncentered clay and then wobbly walls. Also, as your cylinder gets taller, slow your wheel down - the centrifugal force can swing it off center. You’ll get the hang of it!
  2. My Skutt KM818-30A has about 150 firings (1/3 to Cone 04 and 2/3 to Cone 6) and while it is still firing perfectly, I know I'll need to replace the elements at some point. I am going to be an adult and actually prepare ahead of time. I have a spare thermocouple, but in addition to having elements at the ready, what else should I have on hand for that fateful day? Is it a good idea to replace the relays when I replace the elements?
  3. You do not need to bisque fire it again. I've used it with mixed results. My glossy white glaze turned out rough and matte on bisque fix, but my matte grey glazed covered it perfectly. It definitely repairs cracks though!
  4. Hi Creole, lots of great information above. I make bud vases and sell them in my Etsy shop. The going rate for my vases is $35-$75 on average, with wholesale buyers receiving a 40% discount. I don't mean for this to be a sales pitch, just an example of real world pricing. There is a shop called Honeycomb Studio that you might want to check out. She makes slipcast vases from molds, which are at a lower price point - retail is about $16 each, but I'm not sure if they can hold 3 stems. I guess it depends on the size of the stem. She does offer wholesale pricing. 50 pieces would be a nice
  5. @Callie, your responses are always spot on! @Tumbleweed, I sell mainly online, via my Etsy shop, and direct people there through my Instagram account. It has worked spectacularly for me, but I've seen a lot of people struggle with that model too - it is a lot of work. I also have a website, which I don't sell from. but people can sign up for my newsletter there. After a year of collecting addresses for my newsletter, I have about 500 people on my email list - all voluntarily signed up for it. I think Etsy is *almost* required for a new business. From what I have observed, new Etsy
  6. Agree with the others who recommend Standard 266. It's a dream to work with. I fire to cone 5 with a 10 or 15 minute hold and it is perfect every time.
  7. Well said, Mea! I was 44 when I threw my first pot, and have always collected pottery, have a business in the art world and have dabbled in a lot of hobbies and activities that require working with my hands, including being a pastry chef in a past life. So, I brought a lot to ceramics based on my interests and experiences... and age.
  8. I started selling my pottery after 4 months of working on it 1 day a week. I have (hopefully!) improved since then, but I started selling it when I felt it was good enough for a stranger to buy it and like it. Worked out fine. Plenty of pieces ended up in the trash though and I was very selective about what I would offer up for sale.
  9. Music via Alexa. I can tell her to play whatever I'm in the mood for without having to touch anything. Very helpful during throwing.
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