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  1. Good evening! Thank you LEEU, Stephen, GEP, Marcia, Hulk, Callie, and Liambesaw! A little about what you guys wrote: Going to school - The idea interests me from much of what you’ve mentioned, breaking out of comfort zone.. Trying other mediums and points of view.. Life long friends.. Soaking up tons of info.. And hopefully a cool prof or two. BUT. In my own reality and having spent 5 years doing a business degree specializing in accounting, the idea of school and committing to a long degree scares me a little. It would also need to be on a part time basis. Interesting to know that it is degrees are very ART based and to do in depth homework before picking a school. Youtube / online courses / books - I look forward to further explore books, try online workshops (especially for glaze mixing), and learning new techniques of youtube. This approach has been with me since the home studio took hold. @Marica , I’m following John on instagram and look forward to checking out his courses. @ Callie I look forward to reading more about Rose and Matt Katz! @Marica , or anyone, how do you stay updated on upcoming courses or master classes? @Callie - super informative post. Thank you! To add to my situation, I will not be living in Canada anymore. Seems unfortunate with the door of information you’ve just offered, thanks again. Joining or forming a community is something I’m very excited about! And I will need to think more about specificity is my friend… All things said, I will try to rethink my question: I believe that my next step should be taking an intensive course (specifically in throwing) or still find an internship or apprenticeship (if not so hard to come by). To have someone over my shoulders to correct my mistakes, show me the solution with their hands.. If I can gain the skills of throwing specific designs, I think it could help me take off my training wheels once I set up the new studio. Glazing, mixing, and testing could come with time, patience, and online courses and books. Studio flow - time, experience, and tight deadlines. Molds - online courses or maybe another in person course in the future. Do you think this could be achieved by finding some intensive courses or master classes? Does anybody know of a good course or masterclass going on anywhere around the world? I will be heading to southeast Asia for a few months in February unless I find something ceramic related somewhere else in the world.. It would be super if anyone had information about studios there that can fit any of my needs. Thanks again to everyone!
  2. Alright alright, I’ll get more in depth. Importantly, thank you for your replies. Very charming to see strangers willingness to help. A little bit about me, the ‘operation’, and what I seek. I took a handbuilding class for fun, a couple of years ago, saw people on the wheel and had to give it a try.I later enrolled in an eight week course and caught on decently well. Importantly for me, I found a discipline I wanted to carry on with practicing. I needed more flexibility and time to work.. My lovely teacher gifted me her old kiln, my savings bought a wheel and I’ve been getting crafty with other and equipment needed. Fortunately, I’m able to use the basement in my building as a studio. Unfinished from 1874.. Dark and moist. With boots I can't stand straight.. With sandals, I fit perfectly. I installed good lighting and made it as cozy as could be. Current equipment / situation, in studio: Drywall boards with primer as working surfaces. In some places they pill off, especially if worked with really wet clay. I mostly use it for heavy kitting. Wood board covered in canvas - working surface for wet clay. I use a bucket system due to bad sink.. But thankfully there is a sink. Kiln - electric, manual, shut off kilnsitter. 22 inches deep and using 15 ½ inch kiln shelves. Using 04 sitter cones for shut off to get the best I can to 06 throughout the whole kiln. And 7 sitter cones to shut off during glaze. Has given me the best results. Kiln is located 40 min drive away at my parents house. Moving the bone-dry pots sucks, but has to be done. Glazing done at parents house. I wish too.. Learn how to mix and test glazes. Learn to make and use plaster moulds. Refine my throwing techniques. Understand the flow in an established studio. Smart business. My creative goals and biggest wonders lie in making masks. All sorts of masks.. And Incorporating other materials like wood and feathers.. Rope. That's where I go to daydream.. I love the technical aspect of throwing. I’m also drawn to making functional pieces for day to day use. Ultimately, I would like to combine the two.. I’m sure in some ways it will make sense and I’m in no rush. My first target of skill would be the ability to produce respectable tableware. From my understanding, it could be a strong base for the business, while the masks might be a little more of a niche. I look forward to playing around.. Finding my way.. And changing it all around and trying again. That is probably in a half a years time, when I leave Toronto and move to make my home elsewhere in the world. In this 4-6 month, I am able to travel and plan to do so. I am very interested in gaining experience in ceramics while on the road, even if it means staying in one place for a longer span of time. 2-3month. When I am settled in my new home, I plan to build a studio. I’m sure something modest but functional. I can't see myself relying on any income that comes from ceramics at that point. I will have another source of income to sustain myself which will also require my time. But I ultimately want ceramics to be my main driving point. I want to establish a strong skill set that will help me in my own practice. I have a windowed time frame of freedom to commit to whatever I want and I think it's a great opportunity to spend it with a mentor in an established studio. I believe if such a mentor is looking for a set of hands, I will be quite capable and very hardworking in return. I have done scuba diving apprentices in the past in return for professional certifications. From which I can provide references. I have another option of starting a ceramics degree at one of the local universities in the country I move to. I’m not so inclined to go back to school.. I think understanding the practical aspect is mostly important for me at this point. But I am open to ideas.. Do you think a university degree is suited to what I want to achieve? Would it be better suitting then working in the right studio? Any advice on paths I can take? Am I making sense with my ideas and expectations? Thank you if you got this far
  3. Hello! I'm looking for ways to increase production abilities, experience, and knowledge in the production pottery world. I started producing out of my basement a year ago, jumped many hurdles, and came out with finished products. The operation is very small and quite inefficient.. My goal for the next half a year or so, is to find an established studio needing a hand as a worker or apprentice. My struggle has been finding such places, understanding if they're the right place for me, and reaching out. I'm flexible with travel. Any help or ideas is really appreciated.
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