Ok. I’m back.

October 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm (About my process, Business story) (, , , , , , , )

I just moved to Portland Oregon. Well, Beaverton, which is on the other side of the mountain, but I’ve got a very short light rail train ride to get into Portland. Also, my new studio — http://www.radiusstudio.com/ — is in Portland.

The new studio is a bit interesting. I never see the owners. I’m there alone half the time because they have give the members a studio key right off. The kiln pricing is either an awesome deal or outragiously expensive, depending on how you fire. You can hire out the kiln for $40, or you can fire piece-meal at 2¢ per square inch, but with a minimum of 50¢ a piece. Therefore your piece has to be 9x9x9 inches to get the 2¢ price. Of course, they don’t ask you to measure your own pieces either.

Most people just fire their own kiln loads.

The heater works, but its kept at 65˚ F at most, so its still cold. At least its not freezing like it was in my old studio, where I’d be wearing 3 layers to work.

They don’t have extensive test-tiles though, so I’m having to do that myself. :/ I mean, the test-tiles that are available are very random and not very good. So… yeay. They don’t have an extruder so I’m throwing cups, since I like to see what the glaze is going to do on the interior of a piece.

ANd that’s what’s going on with me now. I’ve been kinda’ treading water artistically since I got here, because I have no clue what the available glazes will do. *sighs* I need to make up some of my old favorite glazes for the studio, but since they already have several blues and greens, I want to make sure I’m not going to be doubling up on anything.

Oh, and faux shino looks like a warm toasty wood fired piece from the back of the kiln that someone blew gobs of snot over. XP Ew.


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