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  1. Oh my goodness, you guys! Thank you so much for the thought you put into your portion of your two cents here. So very helpful! GEP, you nailed my fear of pigeon holing myself and not being fun or artful...and giving myself the freedom to be an artist first. Mark C, your advice was perfect and to the point. I have been told by family and friends that I am too hard on my own pottery. I think that's good to a point-- and I think that's how I was able to sell so many. I too, have looked at others' "garbage" and been enthralled. What I don't sell I will smash with a hammer! ShawnHar, I love the idea of being able to teach, be my own glaze master in my own studio, and sell the stuff I've made; thanks for that vision. Neil- I like how you didn't put a judgement on taking a lot of time on a single piece ( vs volume), because frankly, sometimes that's where the art comes in. Cactus and Hulk, I like the visual of the three- legged stool. That gives me something to think about, "Small batch potter" I like I wasn't looking to define myself as much as to get a grip on thought and Liam, I am working on consistency; I think being able to recreate is the hallmark of a good potter. Thank for your thoughts.
  2. Hello all... This branches over several threads (I think)... I'm at a crossroads of sorts: Of figuring out where I want to go with pottery. I started last year after a 20+ year hiatus and my learning curve is now dropping. I did 4-5 shows last year and sold a decent amount of pieces. I'm looking at the pieces coming out of the kiln and they're just okay (glazes need some work, but forms are good). My questions: What is the difference between production potter and hobby potter? Is there a definition? If you are a production potter do you still get to play around with things that intrigue you? Second question: What do I do with all the pieces that are taking up space/not really all that great/flawed/overall uninspiring? I guess I'm looking for "big picture" advice and direction. TIA -Sheryl
  3. Is there a best glaze for planters? I know at Lowes terra cotta is the go-to for planters, but I just have white mid-fire clay. Should I glaze the inside at all? Advice por favor! Thanks, <sheryl>
  4. Thank you for this well thought out response. It is helpful going forward to know what to look for and be aware of. -Sheryl
  5. Really? I saw they were different on Digitalfire; I guess I didn't investigate more than that. Liambesaw, I thought the higher potassium was a deal breaker, requiring more heat to make it viscous enough...? Thanks, you two!
  6. I would like to make underglaze pencils from THIS website, but I do not have potash feldspar. I have Minsparr 200 and custer feldspar... is there an additive or substitute I could use? TIA
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