Several persons have expressed an interest in tutoring under my headline, Anyone can be a Ceramic Artist.
Allow me to help you prepare for your first lesson where I can guarantee you will be able to produce a set earning target from the first lesson, without any prior experience or training.
1. Set your income target and begin with a modest figure of between $250.00 and $500.00. Remember this lesson will only cost you $25.00, with personal online tutoring from start to finish.
2. Look around your neighborhood, determine what are the main features, what do people identify with most. Is it a particular bird, plant, favorite fish, make a list in order of preference.
3. What drives the economy of your particular environment.
4. Seek out the nearest ceramic production workshops. Who are their customers and what are the top sellers?
5. If you do not have the funds to finance a set of start up tools, materials, and equipment, find out if there are any clay deposits in your area, or within a reasonable distance. Ask the construction companies, the agriculture department, or the ceramic workers if there are any. Don’t be afraid to research if you are the first to ask questions. You might be discovering something new.
6. Check with the schools and community centers in your area, or within a reasonable distance from your home.
7. Look for the nearest ceramic supply company or research a few, and check out their prices, just Google -ceramic supplies and equipment- and pay attention to shipping.
8. Put together a budget. If you do not have the necessary funds, look for some. There may be grants available somewhere. Ask questions, there might be a possible Fairy God Mother.
9. Learn about ceramic glaze materials. If you intend to be a serious full time producer, it will be cheaper to purchase the raw materials and mix your own glazes. However, several companies offer ready mixed glazes in all colors, and earthen ware, stoneware, porcelain and raku. Learn about underglazes and transparent glazes. Everything is on the internet. Just Google or check the local library or purchase a book for beginners.
If you have access to a local clay, start preparing a stockpile. The clay may have some impurities, or it may need some additional enhancing materials. Learn how to recognize a clay deposit, again, ask anyone in the field of construction or digging wells. Look for areas that are slippery after a heavy rain fall or surface cracks in the soil when it is hot and dry. I am repeating myself, but ask questions in Google, it seldom fails.
All you need is a small garage or basement, or a spare room in the house, depending the nature of the building. When you have decided on your kiln, ask an electrician to check the suitability of your wiring. If you will be using gas, consult the gas company. The slab roller will be your biggest piece of equipment, make sure you have the space. Some studios rent space and use of equipment.
Start your preparation and have fun.