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  1. Hi wonderful crafters! I've recently acquired a kiln and am ready to jump into ceramics! Though I've done loads of research, I'm still a bit confused about firing times and this whole cones system! I'm using Stoneware Crank clay, and pretty sure I need to fire on a 6 cone. Silly question, does this just mean the temperature? (2269f?) or does it also mean I need to buy one of those actual cones? (Attached image) I'm quite confused by all this information, especially because I've read conflicting things. Thank you for your help! x
  2. Hi all, Thought came up when reading through another thread about REAL work and the percieved value/under value of what we do. How do you cost your labour/time for what you make?......by the hour?....daily rate?....by the piece? Mathematical equation?...guess?....don't think of it?? What percentage of your product's price reflect your labour cost? In Australia a solicitor is worth $350/hr, a plumber $150 and my mechanic $120......what is a potter's time worth? Irene
  3. Hi all Just read this little article and it made me stop and think of my task management as a sole trader potter...... not good! Happy to spend hours in the studio...or... get lost in the business side hardly making a thing for days.....either way the procrastination can set in. How do you keep your focus clear when you are 'making' or 'managing'? Be good to know. http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/working-smarter/productivity/are-you-a-maker-or-a-manager Irene
  4. Hi everyone! I'm new here, and new to ceramics. I will be hand building miniatures. My main question right now is, how can you tell when the clay pieces are dry? I've searched online, and the only answer I have found is that they are dry when they no longer feel cold when touched against your face/wrist. I have created some pieces to test my clay samples (various types of stoneware and porcelain clay). After 3 weeks, they still feel fairly cold on my face. They are about 1/2" thick, and I realize that drying will take longer with this thickness. But, it seems like they have felt the same (against my face/wrist) for the last 3 days now, and I'm wondering if dry clay still feels slightly cold? Is there another method to check when they are dry enough for the bisque firing? Thanks for any advice! Melissa
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