Staying away whenever anyone else is doing carving of leather-hard clay is also helping I think. I also am changing my clothes as soon as I get home, so less clay dust is spread around in my apartment.
|Below a table is a huge slab of plaster on which we recycle clay|
This is not my personal studio, but a community studio. I'm a member of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio, as an independent student and a volunteer. My volunteer job is to open the studio once a week for 3 hours and monitor the other students who come to work on their own projects...during Open Studio time.
|Mathilda is one of our teachers who also makes a lot of pots|
Anyway, I usually create something each day I'm there, and sometimes finish something else. And often I bring home things that I can paint my glaze designs upon. Today was a throwing, trimming and bringing home day. So my 3 hours were well spent, and I can now work on my own time doing some glaze painting at home. I then go back to the community studio to use the glazes which are available to the students, as well as the kilns (loaded and fired by teachers.)
|Pat has a background in chemistry and knows a lot about our studio glazes in these big buckets|
|We have 2 big Skutt electric kilns which fire to cone 6 for glazes|