What makes LBCC different?
The studio is set up like my home away from home. When you are here, it is more like you are visiting me in my home. The studio is super casual and fun and has a chill vibe! Nothing is mass produced, or quick!
Why does everything take so darn long to be "finished?"
Welcome to pottery making! Firstly the creation process is not something that can be rushed. We are always doing a delicate dance with air and water not to mention humidity! To achieve desired results, care and time must be taken when working with clay as it is a fragile, finicky medium to create with. Clay must dry SLOWLY, otherwise all manner of nightmares can happen, cracks, splits, warps, and more! After the clay is TOTALLY dry it can finally go into the kiln for the first of two firings. The first firing is the "bisque" state. Clay is fired to about 2000 degrees which takes a total of about 48 hours including the loading of the kiln, at least 2 hours, the firing at least 8 hours and the cooling before opening another 12-16 hours and then there is the unloading so... factor in sleeping and eating... give it about 2 days. After that comes the "glazing" time where I glaze all the pieces. Depending on what I am glazing and how, this might take another 2 days, and then back into the kiln the pieces go for another firing, this time to about 2200 degrees and yes, another 24 to 48 hours turn around time.
Why can't you just fire a few things at a time?
For maximum efficiency, the kiln should always be full when fired.
My pot cracked! What happened?
Well, unfortunately many many things can go awry when working with clay. Sometimes there is a structural issue during creation that doesn't rear its ugly head until firing time. Other times things go haywire inside the kiln that no one can foresee or control. Welcome to the agony of defeat! No matter, just grab a slab or ball of clay and start again. The only way to learn is by making mistakes! Just check out my facebook group "Clay Fail: A Pottery and Ceramics Shit Show" https://www.facebook.com/groups/626606217941800/ and see Clay Fails from potters all over the world!
Can I have a party at the studio?
ABSOLUTELY! Hopefully this Covid nightmare will be over soon, but in the meantime, I am happy to host small parties for your personal germ bubble.
Do you offer wheel throwing lessons?
Right now I can offer private lessons. Wheel throwing is hard, like learning an instrument. One needs time and patience and practice. I mean, you can't play "Eruption" the first time you pick up a guitar can you? Contact me about lessons if it is something you are itching to try!
When will you have pottery for sale?
SOON I PROMISE! Between working a "real" job and teaching lessons, it is hard to find the time to make pots myself, but very soon I will have pots in the studio for sale, mugs and more and also available online!
I am crafty, can I rent your space to teach a class or can I sell my work at your space?
SURE! If you are a local artist or crafts person or make bath and body products, jewelry or anything else, let's meet!
That's all for now! Check back for more updates!!!