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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Old Lady!
    Sorry answering so late. I had been MIA, -life, etc.-
    First: Thank You!!!
    Well, one of th biggest challenging things in what I do is to be able to show the work but not being nor too plain nor too "busy" that the work hides, that is haaard!!! I had been making some simple vessels to add as a background for pictures when the pieces are mostly clay made but still I have tons to learn. The more I  think I'm learning, the more I discover how Many Things I still need to learn. Sheshhhhhhhh. 
    (I had been also experimenting with additions in the clay bodies... Rice, cat food -hehehe- natural fibers like yucca -I pounded the yucca and scrapped the fibers myself and preserved them with the crystals to dry flowers, pineapple fibers -it is like a silky fiber- and all sort of different organic things that can burn during the firing leaving their mark in the clay. 
     
    Thanks again for thinking in some different and cool way to show my work!
     
    -Trying to learn!!!-





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    McRocks got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Old Lady!
    Sorry answering so late. I had been MIA, -life, etc.-
    First: Thank You!!!
    Well, one of th biggest challenging things in what I do is to be able to show the work but not being nor too plain nor too "busy" that the work hides, that is haaard!!! I had been making some simple vessels to add as a background for pictures when the pieces are mostly clay made but still I have tons to learn. The more I  think I'm learning, the more I discover how Many Things I still need to learn. Sheshhhhhhhh. 
    (I had been also experimenting with additions in the clay bodies... Rice, cat food -hehehe- natural fibers like yucca -I pounded the yucca and scrapped the fibers myself and preserved them with the crystals to dry flowers, pineapple fibers -it is like a silky fiber- and all sort of different organic things that can burn during the firing leaving their mark in the clay. 
     
    Thanks again for thinking in some different and cool way to show my work!
     
    -Trying to learn!!!-





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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in NEED HELP?   
    Hi!!!
    I had seen jewelry pieces made with broken china, ceramics, etc. Tumble to soften edges and read to drill or set, ohhhhhh, also some people make mosaic arts and use ceramic shards, places like Etsy have shops that sell that kind of materials and ... well... you can make some extra money to buy more clay with things that are otherwise, just trash.  
     
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    McRocks got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Old Lady!
    Sorry answering so late. I had been MIA, -life, etc.-
    First: Thank You!!!
    Well, one of th biggest challenging things in what I do is to be able to show the work but not being nor too plain nor too "busy" that the work hides, that is haaard!!! I had been making some simple vessels to add as a background for pictures when the pieces are mostly clay made but still I have tons to learn. The more I  think I'm learning, the more I discover how Many Things I still need to learn. Sheshhhhhhhh. 
    (I had been also experimenting with additions in the clay bodies... Rice, cat food -hehehe- natural fibers like yucca -I pounded the yucca and scrapped the fibers myself and preserved them with the crystals to dry flowers, pineapple fibers -it is like a silky fiber- and all sort of different organic things that can burn during the firing leaving their mark in the clay. 
     
    Thanks again for thinking in some different and cool way to show my work!
     
    -Trying to learn!!!-





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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi YappyStudent!!! And here some when had been added pigments -instead of glazed and how they can look in colors, my last necklaces! I'm having soooooo much funnnnnnn!!! OMG this is totally addictive, OldLady was right!!!  I can't believeeeeee I'm making my own beads and elements after AGES wasting time surfing and browsing and trying to find the things I was envisioning. 





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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi YappyStudent!!!
    And here is what you asked me, how would be used the beads I wanted to make. This are some simple more classic pieces , I guess overtime when more skilled I can make more complex forms, etc. The colored I used dyes instead of glazes, I have in reds, etc. too.
    I used a raku that fires nicely to an off white in the cone 1 to 2, higher cones make it darker- and porcelain for the one with the big ring pendant. Just received the paper for the paper clay and will be experimenting during the week -If the time and all that helps. Had jury duty and super messed up my agenda-
    Have a fantabulous  week!!!
     





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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Denise!!!
    Ohhhhhh, Paper clay? I Guesssss that must be something I read about while researching about kilns, clay, etc...  is that the cellulose sort of fiber that is added to clay? I will totally check that! It seems that could be an answer to the statement style pieces I want to make, like super bold and with an artistic edge, contemporary and or rustic with textures. Is that "strong"? I make some post apocalyptic style and for reenactment, plays etc and I need the things to be strong enough like to be in motion with. I was thinking in making some bones in ceramics for some wild crazy Mad Max style pieces
    I got a manual kiln to have the chance to be "there" more than with a digital so I sure hope to not to go to a cone 10. UGH and Yessssssss I'm curious and nosy and if the professor doesn't kick me out for asking too much stuff, I will volunteer for that, for reconstituting clay, everything. I want to gt my hands on all the things they will allow me to. I discovered that just from books and videos is like watching a pizza advertisement on TV, hehehehe, you can suspect how it taste, But hey,  is not like eating it!!!
    Thanks for the idea about the paper clay, -running to google and check more about!!!-  
     
    PS. Edited minutes after....
    OHHHH, I found it!!! https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/daily/ceramic-supplies/pottery-clay/make-paper-clay/
    Ohhhhhhh yeah!!!  
    Thanks againnnnnnnnnnn
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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Denise!!!
    Ohhhhhh, Paper clay? I Guesssss that must be something I read about while researching about kilns, clay, etc...  is that the cellulose sort of fiber that is added to clay? I will totally check that! It seems that could be an answer to the statement style pieces I want to make, like super bold and with an artistic edge, contemporary and or rustic with textures. Is that "strong"? I make some post apocalyptic style and for reenactment, plays etc and I need the things to be strong enough like to be in motion with. I was thinking in making some bones in ceramics for some wild crazy Mad Max style pieces
    I got a manual kiln to have the chance to be "there" more than with a digital so I sure hope to not to go to a cone 10. UGH and Yessssssss I'm curious and nosy and if the professor doesn't kick me out for asking too much stuff, I will volunteer for that, for reconstituting clay, everything. I want to gt my hands on all the things they will allow me to. I discovered that just from books and videos is like watching a pizza advertisement on TV, hehehehe, you can suspect how it taste, But hey,  is not like eating it!!!
    Thanks for the idea about the paper clay, -running to google and check more about!!!-  
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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Yappy!!!
    Thanks for the compliments!!!!  My head is like popcorn on the fire right now with images/fantasies/ideas of all the possibilities this kind of element has and I didn't even tried glazes!!! I saw some Magnificent ones -with recipes and all!!! here in the free books... and I'm super once starts the college class I will be just speechless of how many wonders and mystery this "universe" has. I NEVER expected it, this is so underestimated!!! You have no idea how much my eyes changed since the last couple of weeks every time I see pottery and ceramics, even the most humble piece make me think How much Work and info, knowledge, experimentation is there.
    Okie dokie, here they go, my first truly ceramic beads, no glaze, just texture, super rustic -last trends- and It has been SO much funnnnnnnn!!! First time I see  glow Inside beads -ceramics- with my own eyes, the amazingggggg feeling when they were "fired", solid forever, - well, sort of, hehehe.I used a raku clay and a red clay, all fired to cone 02. I made two batches, first the platter ones and after the what now is stranded like a future necklace. I have to think of "weight", I will have to find a lighter weight porcelain/clay.
    OMG, This is better than chocolate!!! I'm sooo happyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!
     



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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Back to college!!! As the more I read -buying every book Mr Zakin published- and videos and everything, I realized it is time to go back to college to really Learn about ceramics. So, summer time will be my college class "ceramics 1" and winter hopefully a semester with "ceramics 2" for starters. I suspect as time passes I will be so hooked into this art that will want to learn more and more!
    While? The "repaired kiln" -had a lose wire and will be back to me today- will be used for small trials and fun... 
    Thank you guys, really!
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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Clay Lover and Gabby!
    When I decided to get into the clay world NEVER imagined how complex, how much of a delicate balance all really has. I guess as all "outsiders" I underestimated this art thinking it was way easier and by sure I have "new eyes" for the value of a humble ceramic bead, how much work, time, learning that simple small object has, so you can imagine my total amazement when digging into the internet world for answers about clay and ceramics I found things like the Breathtaking art of Turo Kurokawa, Anne Goldman, Allan Wallwork... I had not idea suck BEAUTY existed. I came to the forum with a simple question about a kiln and digging, reading, watching, step by step I'm in Awe, no kidding, about how much is behind a vase for example and specially the How that was created. My idea was as boundary-less as a lot of what I do, thinking in merging, mixing, oblivious of this almost parallel world. Somehow, I'm Discovering the clay and from my kindergarten level of knowledge had same level of fantasy and as I'm slowly walking thru I'm like awakening. I spend Hours browsing images I had never seen before.
    I'm starting to understand how much of science is under all of this and how much I need to learn the very very beginning. I need to Learn the clay, textures, how, maybe the mug would not be a bad idea to learn how to respect it as I respect other materials and needed to learn how they are, what they can do. I spent last 4 days Reading,  watching images, passing from a Hum... to a WoW to all the steps of amazement. I'm glad I landed in a place where voices with knowledge and common sense can help me to touch ground a little more and instead of start experimenting the voices tell me to Learn before. And, heck, you all are right... and maybe because of this touching ground a little more I will have to chance to understand the clay and to create beautiful things, that just experimentation would not give me.  
    As Tons of people, I had not idea of how REALLY  that a vase one like " happened". We just think that is pretty.  Now, I'm Starting to understand that is a LOT of work and balance and sheshhhhhhhhh, indeed, Too Much Info to get it "fast and now" 
    I need to sit and think, review what I would like to do and how and then, i any questions, ask.  
     
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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    HolY Moly, I'm not underestimating the knowledge of none of you, guys, it is because I think you already tried it all and probably know more than whatever written thing can put my hands of is why I was thinking in asking "weird" stuff.  
    The "baking dough" was an analogy meaning something like "materials" into the conventional clay, and hey, worry not, I'm trying to read already as much as I can and discovering how complex all is to the point that small details can make a huge difference. It can take me ages to learn enough, But I'm totally willing to.
     
    Sorry if you felt bad with my extra enthusiastic curiosity, It was not my intention.  
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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Ohhhhhh, Old Lady, I will totally call back when I'm back home and ask or Arnold!!! Thank Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu  
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    McRocks got a reaction from Rae Reich in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Oh, I forgot to add, I make this kind of things and is how I would love to work with ceramics, inclusive might be asking -after I learn how to start the process and make my first things- IF I can add maybe metals -other than the nickrome is that is the one used for some ceramics- and what about  gemstones? Or they will totally explode?  Can I mix glass and ceramics in the same element? This is why pottery regular classes and the commercial typical studio would not work, I don't want to make a mug -at least for now, hehehe- This pics are some of what I do I want to create with ceramics... Among the million ideas I have, hehehe. I even started making copper texture/molds for rolling clay on them and make sea urchin looking things, coral looking things, well, hum, everything I can find in my path. the sole obstacles:  How I start the kiln, will smoke when fired first time? Open lid, how hot, all that... 




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    McRocks got a reaction from yappystudent in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi YappyStudent!!! And here some when had been added pigments -instead of glazed and how they can look in colors, my last necklaces! I'm having soooooo much funnnnnnn!!! OMG this is totally addictive, OldLady was right!!!  I can't believeeeeee I'm making my own beads and elements after AGES wasting time surfing and browsing and trying to find the things I was envisioning. 





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    McRocks got a reaction from GEP in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi YappyStudent!!! And here some when had been added pigments -instead of glazed and how they can look in colors, my last necklaces! I'm having soooooo much funnnnnnn!!! OMG this is totally addictive, OldLady was right!!!  I can't believeeeeee I'm making my own beads and elements after AGES wasting time surfing and browsing and trying to find the things I was envisioning. 





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    McRocks reacted to bciskepottery in Paper Armature   
    If you bring it in the house, you'll want to dry it slowly . . . the legs are thinner and will dry out first, which could cause stresss and cracks in the main body of the dog. You could wrap the legs in plastic, allowing the body to start drying and then allow the legs to catch up. Regardless, if brought inside, I'd alternate periods of covered/uncovered so you can control the drying, along with plastic wrap on the legs. Find a place inside that is relatively constant in temperature, not in sunlight. Time is your friend, so enjoy it's company and don't rush it.
     
    You might want to start thinking about how you plan to fire the piece, as the clay will shrink and expand during firing, along with heat retention in the kiln shelf during cooling . . . and that could put stress on the legs and cause cracking. Firing on clay slats, or a bed of grog or silica sand, would help mitigate that problem.
     
    Beautiful sculpture . . . and you say it's your first?!!!
     
     
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    McRocks got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Clay Lover and Gabby!
    When I decided to get into the clay world NEVER imagined how complex, how much of a delicate balance all really has. I guess as all "outsiders" I underestimated this art thinking it was way easier and by sure I have "new eyes" for the value of a humble ceramic bead, how much work, time, learning that simple small object has, so you can imagine my total amazement when digging into the internet world for answers about clay and ceramics I found things like the Breathtaking art of Turo Kurokawa, Anne Goldman, Allan Wallwork... I had not idea suck BEAUTY existed. I came to the forum with a simple question about a kiln and digging, reading, watching, step by step I'm in Awe, no kidding, about how much is behind a vase for example and specially the How that was created. My idea was as boundary-less as a lot of what I do, thinking in merging, mixing, oblivious of this almost parallel world. Somehow, I'm Discovering the clay and from my kindergarten level of knowledge had same level of fantasy and as I'm slowly walking thru I'm like awakening. I spend Hours browsing images I had never seen before.
    I'm starting to understand how much of science is under all of this and how much I need to learn the very very beginning. I need to Learn the clay, textures, how, maybe the mug would not be a bad idea to learn how to respect it as I respect other materials and needed to learn how they are, what they can do. I spent last 4 days Reading,  watching images, passing from a Hum... to a WoW to all the steps of amazement. I'm glad I landed in a place where voices with knowledge and common sense can help me to touch ground a little more and instead of start experimenting the voices tell me to Learn before. And, heck, you all are right... and maybe because of this touching ground a little more I will have to chance to understand the clay and to create beautiful things, that just experimentation would not give me.  
    As Tons of people, I had not idea of how REALLY  that a vase one like " happened". We just think that is pretty.  Now, I'm Starting to understand that is a LOT of work and balance and sheshhhhhhhhh, indeed, Too Much Info to get it "fast and now" 
    I need to sit and think, review what I would like to do and how and then, i any questions, ask.  
     
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    McRocks got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hello, Introduction first. My name is Mara and I have my own Small metalwork studio and make jewelry with unusual things, including ancient beads. I had been In LOVE with the idea of ceramics and pottery since a child and now, for first time I decided that never is too late to start and bought my very first kiln, a firefly Paragon manual seemed less intimidating, and added to the purchase some clay and raku ready to start touching for first time the parcel of heaven that it means to me being able to create things with ceramics. Is so much beauty to create, so many things that can be done!!! SO much to Learn...
    The problem? I had never SEEN a kiln before except in pictures, never used one, I don't know any kiln user,  so... I have Zero idea of what to do and in a binge search after decided to click the "pay here"button at the store where I got the kiln in a sudden moment of courage found this forum where I read simple, understandable, amazing information, the communication is fantastic and far for being the intimidating breed that is always to impress the other members with succulent words I realized in here everybody seems helpful and forgiving with extra beginners like me. 
    I will be probably asking the silliest most obvious questions so, when that happens please remember I had never ever ever seen a kiln working, been in a pottery studio, do more than Play with the air dry clays with the burning desire to make it "real"solid. I would love any help, from what to do after the kiln arrives -My eyes are rectangular for watching way too many youtube videos trying to find a more visual answer-
    How it was the first time You fired a kiln?
    It arrives, -How big it as to be the room? It can be a small room? -
    Then, you set the wondrous new element far from the walls, check if inside all seems ok and connect to the outlet -mine seems to work with a regular household electric outlet- trying to understand what the manual says... But... What would You tell to somebody that will be standing in front of a kiln that has to be done in this very first experience? I found zero info about that, I guess because most people that get into this passion already had at least proximity with the process, seen somebody, something. 
    Second silly question I found still No answer. I don't want to glaze the pieces -that will be small jewelry size-. re they already strong enough or the second firing with the glaze gives the pieces the desired strength? Yeah, I know... I'm in a below zero level, hey, But I want to learn,  and I'm enthusiastic!!!
    Thanks in advance for the Patience and super thanks or the fluid way you all explain the processes. 
    McRocks.
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    McRocks got a reaction from yappystudent in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hi Yappy!!!
    Thanks for the compliments!!!!  My head is like popcorn on the fire right now with images/fantasies/ideas of all the possibilities this kind of element has and I didn't even tried glazes!!! I saw some Magnificent ones -with recipes and all!!! here in the free books... and I'm super once starts the college class I will be just speechless of how many wonders and mystery this "universe" has. I NEVER expected it, this is so underestimated!!! You have no idea how much my eyes changed since the last couple of weeks every time I see pottery and ceramics, even the most humble piece make me think How much Work and info, knowledge, experimentation is there.
    Okie dokie, here they go, my first truly ceramic beads, no glaze, just texture, super rustic -last trends- and It has been SO much funnnnnnnn!!! First time I see  glow Inside beads -ceramics- with my own eyes, the amazingggggg feeling when they were "fired", solid forever, - well, sort of, hehehe.I used a raku clay and a red clay, all fired to cone 02. I made two batches, first the platter ones and after the what now is stranded like a future necklace. I have to think of "weight", I will have to find a lighter weight porcelain/clay.
    OMG, This is better than chocolate!!! I'm sooo happyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!
     



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    McRocks reacted to yappystudent in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Post some pictures when you get your first load back out of your new kiln. Your metalwork jewelry is beautiful and I'm curious how ceramic pieces will incorporate into your designs. 
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    McRocks got a reaction from yappystudent in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Hello, Introduction first. My name is Mara and I have my own Small metalwork studio and make jewelry with unusual things, including ancient beads. I had been In LOVE with the idea of ceramics and pottery since a child and now, for first time I decided that never is too late to start and bought my very first kiln, a firefly Paragon manual seemed less intimidating, and added to the purchase some clay and raku ready to start touching for first time the parcel of heaven that it means to me being able to create things with ceramics. Is so much beauty to create, so many things that can be done!!! SO much to Learn...
    The problem? I had never SEEN a kiln before except in pictures, never used one, I don't know any kiln user,  so... I have Zero idea of what to do and in a binge search after decided to click the "pay here"button at the store where I got the kiln in a sudden moment of courage found this forum where I read simple, understandable, amazing information, the communication is fantastic and far for being the intimidating breed that is always to impress the other members with succulent words I realized in here everybody seems helpful and forgiving with extra beginners like me. 
    I will be probably asking the silliest most obvious questions so, when that happens please remember I had never ever ever seen a kiln working, been in a pottery studio, do more than Play with the air dry clays with the burning desire to make it "real"solid. I would love any help, from what to do after the kiln arrives -My eyes are rectangular for watching way too many youtube videos trying to find a more visual answer-
    How it was the first time You fired a kiln?
    It arrives, -How big it as to be the room? It can be a small room? -
    Then, you set the wondrous new element far from the walls, check if inside all seems ok and connect to the outlet -mine seems to work with a regular household electric outlet- trying to understand what the manual says... But... What would You tell to somebody that will be standing in front of a kiln that has to be done in this very first experience? I found zero info about that, I guess because most people that get into this passion already had at least proximity with the process, seen somebody, something. 
    Second silly question I found still No answer. I don't want to glaze the pieces -that will be small jewelry size-. re they already strong enough or the second firing with the glaze gives the pieces the desired strength? Yeah, I know... I'm in a below zero level, hey, But I want to learn,  and I'm enthusiastic!!!
    Thanks in advance for the Patience and super thanks or the fluid way you all explain the processes. 
    McRocks.
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    McRocks reacted to Stephen in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Yeah they are all controllers but your plan is fine. Being more involved will be a cool side to it. Hey just go for it. Unpack it and run through the steps. Once you finish your 1st empty firing you will get it. Just respect the heat and be safe. I second Neil's advice on classes. I think you have preconceived notions on pottery classes that don't line up with what I've seen. Maybe check out some handbuilding workshops or a class that includes handbuilding.
    I tuned up a couple of ones that do:
     http://www.foelberpottery.com/classes.html
    Don't worry no one is going to force you to make mugs :-)
    ...although I love making them everyone has to find their own passion in clay and I have always found potters to understand this without question.
    Have fun and don't overthink it too much. You will be fine. 
     
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    McRocks reacted to neilestrick in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    None of the the classes are going to say they teach kiln firing. That's something you'll need to talk to the teacher about. If it's a good studio they'll be happy to teach you. It's always nice ot have help loading kilns. Also, don't worry about what you'll be making. It's all about learning about clay, and the skill you learn will transfer to what you really want to make.
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    McRocks reacted to Chilly in Super New and waiting for a kiln   
    Think of attending a class as like having driving lessons.  The lesson teaches you how to drive, but during that lesson you didn't go on a journey or get anywhere other than back home.  Lesson are the opportunity to learn and pick other's brains.  A class where they teach old people to make mugs will still teach you how to handle clay, and what can happen to it.  I'd be happy if I was teaching a group and a new member was asking (appropriate) questions about clay, glazes, firing etc.  
    If you have the opportunity to join a class, do it.  Never mind what you might actually make, absorb everything else that is being said and going on around you.
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