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  1. I'm a potter and a picture framer. You might have solved this already, but if not, framers use something called Framer's points that secure the contents of the frame. They are installed using a gun, or driver, like this one. They are about $20. Most framers would be more than happy to do this for you for a few dollars though, and it only takes a few minutes. They can also put the paper on the back and add hanging hardware.
  2. 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!
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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