I am hoping that you all may be able to help me through my next phase.  I began at a pottery studio 8 months ago.  To say that I've fallen in love with pottery is an understatement.  So I took the next step. . . I have an 8 x 12 shed with a wheel and a wedging table and cabinet.  I'm throwing like a madwoman!  I've even taken my wheel out on our deck overlooking the Maine woods - nirvana!


So I have that down and it's time to fire up the used kiln I bought.  It is a GARE electric with a kiln sitter that can go to cone 10.  I

I am used to working with cone 10 clay and I love the 550 porcelain.  I've worked with 910 (too groggy) 700 (better) BMix, and two white clays (can't remember).  I found that b-mix at the studio seemed to pull out so much gray in the glazes so celadon was AWFUL. 

Working with glazes (cone 5/6) is all new.  I can't afford the dry (25lbs???) and do not want to invest in something until I am sure 

So I am reaching out to kindhearted potters for help. Advice about the first firing, the best glazes (I tend to like pastels), the best clay (I prefer white and porcelain).  My pottery studio also has a supply that is well stocked. 

I look forward to learning and maybe some day being able to know enough to pay it forward.

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