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  1. Hello Saltedfire, thank you very much for your comment. Storage for me is kinda tricky, as my studio space is tight, but as my pieces are little, I'm gonna find place for them. Your experience is really inspiring! I hope I can live from ceramics one day. Regards,
  2. Hello Callie, thank you very much for your kind words. Yes to everything you said. Currently I have my online store and a IG page. I'm planning to build a solid web presence via SEO and my blog, but it is a long path. It is OK, I was no expecting a blast in sales when I launched my website the last week, but it did pretty well for me being a total amateur. Also the people who bought was very satisfied with the product, so it is an indicator of doing things right. Slowly, but steady and constant. And got comissions, so I'm happy that people is seeing some value in my work. I need t
  3. Hi Mea, I'm a big lurker of your blog. It is like a bible to me in terms of the monetary aspects of the pottery business, and I'm really grateful for your effort into sharing your valuable knowledge. I'm also a graphic designer like you, but I prefer the studio life, so it is very handy to me. Thank you very much for your reply. I'm gonna make the best I can while having my dayjob. Pottery life is kinda tricky. Today was not my best day throwing, but tomorrow is going to be another day.
  4. Hi. This is my first December ever in my ceramics business, and even though there won't be any art shows, I'm confident in online sales (a man can hope). Any advice on this? I don't know how many of my pieces should I make. I intend to work hard this low months to stock the most popular pieces, and also on my web presence and social media. But since I started this year, I lack the practical experience that art shows give. Statiscally speaking, hopefully there would be a boost in sales, but what do you experienced people think? Thanks in advance.
  5. Thank you very much for your insights, Neil. I have my own kiln. I bisque fire at cone 010 and glaze fire at low temperatures, and it seems to work fine. But I want to mix my own glazes and make functional ware, so I bought this book from John Britt called "The complete guide to mid-range glazes: glazing and firing at cones 4-7", and I was thinking of just trying the recipes as they currently are. It seems it won't be as easy as I thought it would be. I guess there are certain ways to reduce the temperature of the glazes of the book using a software, but I guess it doesn't hurt to
  6. Hello. I live in Costa Rica, and in the college where I took some pottery classes, they bisque firing at cone 010. Almost every book I read says that bisque firing should be done at cone 04-06. Any reason our clay is bisqued fired at lower temperature? It is a red clay, with a high content of iron. Our teacher says that iron acts as a flux, so I wonder if that is the reason they decide to fire it at cone 010. I want to make functional pottery and glaze fire at mid range (cone 4-6), because of all the sanitary needs. Stoneware clay is commonly used for these purposes, but it see
  7. Thank you very much for the link, i'll read it later. I mean about stone that they are not in powder form, they solidified. Maybe a more appropriate word is "rock"? I have a lot of it, like 30 kg of feldspar, and 20 kg of the white powders.
  8. Hello. I did a test tile with some materials I don't know their name. They came as a bonus with my old kiln, so I did a test tile in cone 2. I would be grateful on insights about this. I know one is a feldspar (because the box says so), but it doesn't specify what kind of feldspar it is. I also wrote how the material look in raw state. Thank you very much in advance. Edit: The one that says yellow crystal actually dissappeared. I wonder if it volatized, or fell off the tile.
  9. Just out of curiosity, how do I recognize lead in a particular scenario? I bought a lot of old stuff from a potter with my kiln, and while I think it is highly unlikely she used lead, I would like to know what it looks like. Actually, there are some materials I don't know what they are, so I'm not using them. PS: The lady is dead. And her nephew (the guy who sold me the stuff) doesn't know much about it.
  10. Thank you very much for your very helpful insights.
  11. Has anyone ever heard of this brand of old glazes? The box says "Reward Ceramic Color", and the products name is "Kristalific", or something like that (the picture is blurry, so I'm not sure) Someone is selling me a lot of sealed boxes of this glaze at a bargain price (inherited by his deceased aunt), but I can't find anything on the web about it. The manufacturer seemed to be based in Maryland. Thanks in advance.
  12. Thank you very much. I'm from Costa Rica. It is fired on cone 04. I'm not sure if it is terracotta, there's attached a picture of a bisque as reference. Regarding suppliers, I know that this red clay is widely available. The white one we use is imported from Mexico, but I've tried it and it's like using polymeric clay. I'm thinking on mixing kaolin with the red clay, but I'm unsure if it is safe to use.
  13. Found this recipe: Fish Sauce ^04-^10Minspar 23.50Grolleg Kaolin 43.60Pyrophyllite 7.80Bentonite 9.50 (or substitute 6.3 macaloid if your bentonite has specks)Silica 15.60100.00 What proportion of zircopax do you propose?
  14. Hi. I'm relatively new on ceramics. Currently doing pieces using red clay. The problem I have is trying to achieve a uniform glaze colour. Since the red clay is the base, it passes through the color of the commercial glazes (I'm using Duncan cone 06). My teacher told me to add a caolin layer before applying the glaze, but the results are far from satisfactory. Some parts exploded, other parts have a depressing yellowish tone, really dreary to see. You may think that why not using white clay. It is kinda expensive and it's not as moldable as the red one. Also it is difficult to find in m
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