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Kiln considerations

Kiln considerations

My head is swimming with information about voltage, amps, phases, elements, and cubic feet. For the past couple months I have been researching kilns and trying to determine the best size for an upgrade. Since 2016, I've been running my work through a 3.3 cubic feet kiln. The kiln at its widest point is just under 18". While it is limiting, it has served me well and is fairly easy to load. I am about to run my 400th firing this week. As I've gotten busier, a larger kiln seems like a worthwhile and needed investment. And an investment it...

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From start to finish

From start to finish

A question I get asked a lot is how long does it take to make a mug and my response is usually to ask if they mean active time or from start to finished mug. Active time for a single mug might be 15min, but from start to finish is closer to 3-4 weeks. So I thought I'd take a moment to explain what goes into making a mug, vase, or any other piece of my pottery. I'll start after I have the clay and glaze on hand, but just to let you know, due to where I live, I...

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Flipping Jealousy to Inspiration

Flipping Jealousy to Inspiration

Listen...I'm human and occasionally get jealous. Jealousy is a natural emotion, though in my opinion not a particularly productive one. For me, I've noticed it surfaces when I feel as if I'm not doing enough or living up to my full potential. It can be triggered by seeing what other artists are doing on social media, reading an article of featured makers, or attending an event I may have not gotten accepted into myself. Seeing the successes of others can somehow get flipped to feeling inadequate. No matter how much you tell yourself the feelings are ridiculous, they are there,...

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Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling Overwhelmed

I don't think I'm out of line to say with the current political climate, COVID, inflation, extreme weather patterns, and lots of other local and global issues, life is a bit heavy and overwhelming right now. Then add on personal responsibilities and what may be a mundane task, suddenly feels like too much. There are many expressions aiming to help. One day at a time. Put first things first. You can only do what you can do. And they are true, and sometimes can trigger a more optimistic view. I certainly find myself telling myself to focus on one thing...

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The Inner Saboteur

The Inner Saboteur

I recently binge watched Midnight Mass on Netflix and there was a line that has stuck with me. Riley Flynn is in his first AA meeting with Father Paul and during the conversation says "There is a saboteur inside of me, and I always thought, you know, we'd work it out. We'd learn to live with each other, because he wouldn't really hurt me. Not me. I fed him, so he wouldn't hurt me." But that is what the inner saboteur will do if it gains control, it will work against your hopes and dreams and take you down. I...

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