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    Are there any other clay artists (potters, ceramic artists, sculptors, polymer clay artists) on board?

    I have been working with clay for a few years now and I find that us sisters are a depressing minority in the field. I absolutely love the fact that you can take a lump of clay (earth) and mold it into a work of beauty...it fascinates me to this day! I primarily work on the wheel but have been taking handbuilding classes in the Native American pottery tradition.

    I am in the process of taking pictures so I can develop a hair and craft album...any of you have anything to share about your experience in clay (pictures, why you love the medium, etc.)? Or, is anyone interested in pottery and thinking of taking a class?

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    I fall into the "interested in taking a class category." When I was little, I used to go to ceramic classes fairly frequently, but the ceramics shop burned down. Took a class once a few years ago, while I was living in Japan, but, between my limited Japanese and my instructor's limited English, things didn't go that well. I did get a sense of how relaxing creating things on the wheel could be. I am definintely looking to take a class!

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    I've done some work with polymer clay. I don't mold it, just wrap it onto glass objects (vases, candle holders, etc...). My favorite project was when I decorated a couple of highball glasses for my sister. I put her sorority's letters on them and surrounded that with flowers. Even I was surprised by how well they came out. This thread has me wanting go find my clay and start some more projects.

    Miranda

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    this is an art that i've admired from a distance. cant wait to see some pics!

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    ditto above! i'd love to take a class; i yearn to work on the wheel.

    my mom is a ceramics & fiber artist and has made some really beautiful things i'd love to photograph and post... but she lives across the country.

    add me to the list anxiously awaiting earthtones' pics!

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    I love the arts of clay/sculpture. I just haven't pursued it much. I tried making some type of mold out of clay..but that turned into a DISASTER. I couldn't begin to tell you what it was or what it resembled. It was a HOT mess . I would love to own a spinning wheel. Does anyone know how much they typically cost$$?

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    I love the arts of clay/sculpture. I just haven't...

    The fun apart about clay is that the more you work with it, the better you get at it. The real fun is during that stage where everything you make is a hot mess!

    Potters wheels can be expensive, but will last a long time if taken care of properly. Brand new basic models (which work perfectly fine IMHO, no need to get the deluxe model) will start anywhere from $500-900. I know many clay artists who have bought their wheels off eBay. So try there!
    I haven't bought a wheel of my own, and really don't plan on buying one anytime soon...I love going to the studio and seeing/working with other artists. It keeeps me motivated and inspired, especially when i am there with the veterans. But there isn't always a studio in close proximity, so in that case it would be wise for one to get a wheel.

    Just keep working with the clay...you will eventually come up with something to your liking...and don't be so hard on yourself...the pieces I like the least are the ones others love the most!

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    I've done some work with polymer clay. I don't...

    Wow that sounds cool!

    I saw some polymer clay-wrapped pens in a gift store the other day, they were so cute!

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    Thank you soooo much for your advice Earth Tones. I will definately check out Ebay and also look around elsewhere for affordable spinning wheels! I am excited about art but just don't know quite how to tap into it. I guess it's a mind of matter thing. Thanks again!!!

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