Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
I am always looking for resources that will enable me as a professional potter to make better choices in my business...after 30 years of cone 10 gas and wood firings it is time for change...your site has led me into the area of cone 6 single fire....and i thank you...it is interesting how the internet has integrated into my life...anyway i am in the process of setting up a studio in a warmer climate [fl] and will begin testing at cone 6 [single fire] after the first of the year...as soon as results are out i will be an active member, thank you for the site, maybe it will take be down path that i would have never followed.....
the" bastard child comment" maybe the feelings that you are feeling...environmentally electric fired pottery is the answer.....there are not many choices
I discovered this site last year and signed up, lost my sign in info and re-signed up last summer. I really enjoy it and have gotten a lot of wonderful glaze info, tutorials, inspiration, etc from it. I have commented on photos and asked for more info such as glaze recipes and have gotten enough no's that I generally look and comment but don't ask for more details unless it's George I'm asking : ) I can understand protecting special glaze formulas but I share when asked because I really do want to exchange ideas and grow as a potter. If I post a photo I add comments and would include a note that I wanted to show the piece but the glaze is a secret! One thing I've found really valuable are the videos that Charan Sachar has posted and the tutorials George put up with down-draft and spray booth vents.
I am STILL having kiln problems from a move last summer and am very anxious to get a kiln going so I can test glazes again - something I thoroughly enjoy doing!
It bears repeating that what makes this interactive network worthwhile is you, the members. You can post the content that would make our network an ever greater resource for our members. You can take a bit of time to mentor a struggling member on some detail of a process that you have mastered. If you do something well, write an article with pictures or make a video -- and explain/demonstrate your technique. Post it as a blog, a video, or a discussion topic in the Forum section. Then nurture your topic by adding to it or commenting on it periodically.
Since finding this site last year, I have learned so much about the potting community and Cone 6 firing. I love it. I don't always have as much time as I would like to spend on the site each day so at times I might just have a quick look to see what is happening. There are times when it seems very quiet and other times when its quite active. I am time poor, like everyone else. A two year old toddler, two teenage daughters, a husband, keeping house, working and life prevent me from participating as much as I would like, but I do what I can to contribute something. We all have priorities and with all that is demanded of us these days with social networking, texting, emailing, phone calls and generally hectic lives, it seems that there are never enough hours in a day. I agree with what George has said and there have been some very valid points made by others on this discussion. To me, it does not matter if some members come and go. Its the ones that see value in this site that will stay, contribute when they can and continue to appreciate the contributions made by active members. Thank you George for a great site and thanks to the members for helping me to come to terms with understanding Cone 6 firing. Still learning and always will be. :)