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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any cheap alternatives to kilns? on: March 22, 2009 03:59:48 PM
Hi,I just joined this site and saw your post.I am a potter also and read the posts regarding your inquiry. If you are not sure about starting pottery or ceramics,you may think about trying polymer clay for small objects,(pendants,beads,etc).You would need to dedicate a small toaster oven to just making polymer products.DO NOT use the toaster oven for ANYTHING BUT POLYMER CLAY! You can pick up used ovens fairly cheaply at 2nd hand stores,Goodwill,etc.I just started using polymer clay and just loved the fun easy things I can make with it. Polymer clay(it is not clay but a vinyl product that works similar to clay) itself can get a little spendy so shop before you buy,you may also have to buy special jewelry tools if that is what you decide,anyway, when I take time from the real clay I play with the polyclay.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: air dry clay ideas on: March 17, 2009 07:51:48 AM
 Hello,I just joined this group and saw your post. I was wondering if we can sell on this site? I belong to other groups that sell but thought I would check on this group. As for teaching youngsters about makeing things with clay,good idea to use air dry clay.I am a potter who specializes in handbuilt items. Try getting the kids to draw certain items(leaves,flowers or anything simple) and then teach them to transfer that little drawing onto a thin slab of clay and then impressing the drawing.I use reg.kilns to fire my work and am not familiar with air-dried clay but have worked with polymer clay.I also make a lot of jewelry with both kinds of clay.Saw a sale for air-dried clay and may buy some just to experiment with it.I just saw the above post from someone(a narrator?) and this site is ONLY for showing and not selling,OK now I know. Anyway,have fun teaching the kids about clay and if you can get some of them interested enough,try to visit a real pottery and let them learn about the way clay is worked and fired.
3  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Re: Grants Pass Stitch N Bitch on: January 07, 2009 07:00:07 AM
 :)Hello, I just joined the craftster group and would love to meet with some local folks who love to craft.  I am a potter and have worked with the clay for about 15years now. WOW ,doesn't seem that long but anyway I make all kinds of things and love to make jewelry also. I am NOT a jeweler but am a jewelry maker and love making pendants from clay.They really come out interesting and sometimes lousy. I sell my pottery at various places including a local gallery in GP. Love to make art in the garden items and have a bunch of them packed away but ready to get out and sell this spring.  I see by the posts that there are crocheters out there,I used to do crochet projects but haven't in a long while ,may start again.I love the new yarns I see at Wal-Mart and other places. Would love to hear from other crafters in our area. Happy crafting to all of you, Squeeky 01.
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