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  1. The clay itself is a mystery to me. I've never seen it come out of a box. She has a huge plastic bin next to the pug mill, and all the clay comes from there. I don't know much about pug mills, but from my limited POV, it looks like I'm getting recycled clay to work with. I"m not sure if there's an advantage to that. I have had pottery classes at 3 different places, and every time, I got a brand new box of clay. I'm trying to find somewhere else. Other places are at least 1 hour away, but I'm a-trying!
  2. We're at the end of the class sessions. The next session begins in two weeks.
  3. The thing is, I don't think we're allowed to bring anything in from outside. I will have to ask about that, though. I'm all for learning on my own, but I wasn't sure I was quite ready for an open studio yet. Thank goodness there are videos! I will check out those magazines.
  4. Before I go any further, this is me: Newbie needs advice So...I signed up for the small studio/local class, and I started glazing my pieces today. I'm utterly confused by the studio owner's policy on glazing. From the beginning, I had asked about underglazes. No, I never came out and said, I would like to use underglazes. But I think I asked enough questions to indicate my interest. I made a number of small non-functional items, and I wanted to use underglaze on most of them. Today, she said I couldn't--that they were for her children's classes only. When I saw the glazes we are allowed to use, I wanted to cry. There were, like, four shades of brown, two of green, one of blue (if you put it on lightly enough). I thought they were, in a word, ugly. Sorry if I am offending anyone who likes those colors! I'm kind of a blue-green-turquoise gal. Anyway, the bottles all said "wash" on them. I did see a few jugs of Amaco Potter's Choice around. And I know she fires to Cone 6 in an electric kiln, but these glazes are supposed to give the pottery the look of having been fired in a gas kiln. I am so new to this, I have no idea what she is talking about. I don't understand why I can't use the underglazes and have my stuff fired with the kids' stuff. I guess I could have asked, but I didn't. I was pretty upset. I'm not sure I want to go back for another round of classes. But the pickings are slim here (see my original post). Can anybody explain this to me in plain terms? Thank you so much.
  5. UPDATE: I'm joining the handbuilding class midstream, starting tomorrow, and looking forward to it. From there, I'll see how ready I feel for any sort of open studio situation. Thanks to all of you for your help and input! Have a wonderful day!
  6. Thank you very much, Bill. Regarding winter: the community studio (even if it were open in winter) is out in the countryside. I am not sure I would want to drive there in the snow. And thank you for reminding me to be kind to myself. I have a difficult time with that kind of thing.
  7. I'm certainly not insulted. Thank you for explaining about underglazes in a very easy-to-understand manner. I hear you about the math. I don't understand it much myself.
  8. Hi, Pres--That sounds very cool, what you did. Alas, I've been trying on and off for the past two years to find someplace to study. Of course Covid got in the way, but it's mostly because of my work schedule. I have asked just about everybody I know connected with our tiny arts community, including pottery teachers, high schools, college programs, etc. It's as if nobody owns a private kiln or a private studio, nor do they know anybody who does, and no institution is willing to work with me re: studio time. I just don't get it.
  9. You're right--gas can certainly add up! Do you peddle your items in a brick and mortar shop? I used to have an Etsy shop for my mixed media a few years back. I'm a little baffled by the lack of response to my questions. I mean, I asked a really easy question, i.e. are you familiar with a certain Mayco glaze, and a simple yes or no would have helped. Now I admit, I have a sour feeling. I totally get that I'm not going to have formal instruction from this place, but I feel uneasy when I ask simple questions and don't get a reply. I got a reply to one or two of my questions, but not all of them. Maybe the potter thought I was asking too many questions? I ended up staying home instead of going there yesterday. That's how offputting it was. Not good.
  10. There is a public community college nearby, but they do not have any ceramics classes. There are actually four colleges that offer for-credit ceramics classes (one of which I took over 20 years ago). One stopped hosting continuing ed courses before Covid, and the potter does not offer any kiln time, open studio, or anything. Another is the one where I took a class 2 summers ago. They cancelled their fall continuing ed because of the Delta variant. Part of what makes this so challenging for me is that I work 2nd shift, until midnight. You might think it would be easy to find a pottery class on a Saturday, but for some reason, nope. They all seem to be in the evenings, which baffles me. Anyway...I have been to the community studio. I worked alone one Saturday afternoon. I was told that there were going to be interns from a local college around, but since it was a holiday weekend, I imagine they might have had other plans.
  11. Thank you very much! The last class I had was in the summer of 2019, so, yes, I could use a refresher. I might not have been clear in my original post. Option One is the place where I can take clay home and then transport it. I'm not sure Option Two would include that--I'll have to ask the owner. I LOVE Sunshine Cobb's book. I didn't know she had a workshop on Clayshare. Thanks for pointing that out!
  12. Hello all, I'm a beginning potter, though I have had at least three formal classes (spread out over two decades). I would love to be part of another class, but because of the virus and my insane work schedule, I can't take part in one right now. I'm mostly interested in hand building. I have two open studio options. Option One: Open studio at a very reasonable price. It's a community arts center, and I have access to everything in this well equipped place. I am not responsible for firing (which is good 'cause I've never done it and know almost nothing about it). The studio is about a 50 minute drive from my home, and thus studio time would take about half of one of my days off. Option Two: Open studio at $20 an hour. It's a very small privately owned studio. I know this is expensive. The potter will be around and can answer some questions but there's no formal instruction. It's about 15 minutes drive from my house. Supplies are included. I haven't been to any classes there yet. There is a handbuilding class during the week, but it ends right before my work shift starts. I could probably get cleaned up and get to work on time, if all goes well. With Option One, I'm not getting much guidance. Admittedly, I was told that the master potter in charge of the studio would not be giving instruction, but that others might be around and we could work together. So far, I was there totally alone once. I'm OK with that, on a certain level. But I sent a text message with a number of questions, including whether or not a clear glaze needed to go over an underglaze, and what brand were the underglazes, and received a response telling me where the underglazes could be found, and to just play around with them. Some of my questions went unanswered. Maybe I'm expecting too much? When questions go unanswered, I start to feel upset. Part of why I am doing this is b/c my therapist recommended I get out of the house and office and do something I like to do. Like many others, I've had a very hard time emotionally with the pandemic. I feel rather overwhelmed by all there is to learn. In fact, it's mind boggling.I know there are dozens of books, videos, groups, etc. and I've been watching and trying to learn...but I think I need more guidance. I could also work at home, both with air dry and clay from the community place. It's not ideal (whose house is?) and it sort of defeats the purpose of getting out of the house. In case anyone is wondering whose videos I'm watching, I'm a member of Clayshare Prime, I like Jon the Potter, Danielle the Clay Lady, Andrea Akerib. Thank you for listening. I'm open to any and all advice. edit: The community studio is not open year round. The other, I believe, is.
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