Let's first ask ourselves why centering clay is important. It's possible to throw a lump on the wheel, push it roughly into a ball in the centre and then start opening up and throwing a pot. The problem is any small differences in the clay at the first stage is amplified once you start pulling the walls thinner.
Living in the 21st century can be a bit hectic. The commute, the kids, the work, the scrolling through endless screens. Sometimes it's nice to just switch off and zone out from the world. Pottery is ideal for this.
There is one job when sat at the wheel - to make something beautiful. This concentration of effort on one task is hard to achieve in many other activities when notifications or other distractions break the calm.
I'm going to assume you are reading this because you either just bought a gas kiln or are interested in getting one. I'd thought about firing with gas long before I made my kiln. It just seemed very scary to actually start messing with big gas bottles and lots of flames.
I've been asked for advice on anything I wish I knew before starting pottery from my home garage studio. It got me thinking, and I couldn't really answer in a quick reply so decided to write this post.
When I checked Google for the term 'stoneware pottery' I noticed a few interesting questions pop up in the related searches box. I thought I'd try and answer some of those questions in one super helpful blog post!
I started making pots around five years ago, mainly just in the evenings and in the last few months I’ve started working one full day a week in my studio. There are many ways to sell pottery offline from craft fairs to galleries and gift shops. I’m just going to talk about online selling here as that’s where I have the most experience.