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Mudslayer last won the day on September 28 2012

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    clay, dachshunds, Mustangs, car shows, gardening
  1. Amaco "Potter's choice" glazes

    I LOVEPC glazes...my only suggestion is to fast fire at cone 5...I usually layer my gazes and ancient Harper is one of my favorites...here r a few pics if someone an tell me how to upload from kindle...if not I can attach a URL....
  2. hi, I got to wondering about the ingredients in the 266 and saw that there was a post that said it had mangenese in it, and that would react to some of the glazes. Standard website doesn't say what the percentage is, so I emailed them and Julie was very accomodating for us and said that there was only about 1 1/2 percent of manganese in the 266, it had a LOT of iron in it. The small amount of the mang should not affect any glaze we use, but the iron definitely will. She didn't say what the percentage of iron was, but from my experience some of the glazes used on this clay come out so absolutely georgeous it is mind boggling, especially when layering Potters Choice Iron Stone or Iron Lustre. But then again, some of those glazes are, well, a disaster....Gun metal green runs so badly, and it is def not any color of green I have ever seen, I had to take a side grinder to grind off the drips, even using Kiln Wash, and the Key Lime from Coyote turned out dangerous, with craters that cracked inside, and shivering outside. So I may try them one more time in a different application, but I am not going to be to hopeful that those glazes will work with the 266. Of all the clays I have ever used, the 266 is the messiest, but it is by far the most beautiful when glazed with the right colors. Will send a few pics of it with PC Seaweed, Indigo Float, Layering of Deep Sienna Speckle under Ancient Jasper (awesome!) and am now doing Blue Rutile under Vert Lustre today. Havent tried the layering of the 2 different manufacturers yet, that is next on my list. Time to go finish this last glaze, and start in on some more cannisters, mugs and yarn bowls! Margaret
  3. My Key Lime on Standard 266 was a disaster....I have no idea what went wrong, but the glaze practically melted down the mug, and in the bottom it looked like craters on the moon. All the other pieces in the load were great. So, will just keep using the Sedona and the Really Red and the Blue Shino, but will find out what happened and why so I may try it again. The Potters Choice Glazes are fabulous on any type of clay I have used them on, but the darker the clay, the more dramatic the outcome.. the manganese in the standard 266 does react with some glazes, but not very often. I used Potters Choice Iron Lustre on the 266 and the color was stunning. Fired to cone 5, no hold, oxidation kiln, slow fire. I have to go now and get the Key Lime off of the bottom shelf of the kiln. bye for now.
  4. Hi,,,,I use Coyote Clay Glazes a lot, I just now for the first time, (they are in the kiln) used the Key Lime, but all others I use are stunning...I too use Standard Clay, but I use 266, a dark chocolate clay when fired to cone 6. Here are a few pics, colors are Sedona Sunset, Really Red, I will take more of Leopard Shino, Blue Shino, and Key Lime, when they come out of kiln today.. Glazed a mug with the Gun Metal but it wont be fired till later in week.
  5. Decorating My New Shop

    Wow, 98 percent of Gallery/Working Studio is complete. Most of what is left is just touch up like countersinking nailheads, putting in a little caulk where trim meets in back corner, and putting up oodles of shelves on the walls. I don't want the Gallery part to be so full your eye doesnt know where to land, but I don't want there to be much wasted, nothing in it space. I went with a color scheme that may sound a little odd and to some a little bold, and to be totally honest, I had never thought about it until I took pottery pieces that have the colors I use the most and set them up in different layouts and put a board behind and beside the pottery. Of all the colors, this one I just went, "Ohhh". You see the walls, but the way the building is laid out the windows, lights and doorway add dimension and change the color of the walls according to natural, flourescent and incandescent . The white vault ceiling leaves a crisp clean aura over everything while the wall color just comes alive. The window trim is a color called Sweet Annie,, a green that has both cool and warm properties in it, and the walls are called Golden Glow. Yep, they are a yelow/gold, that I NEVER would have tried, even just flipped by it in color swatch booklet, but when my friend suggested to just try it, everyone went at the same time, YES... My pottery color choices are sapphires, golden reds, sunset colors, greens, anything that is regal in appearance, bold, dramatic, and this wall color just makes everything POP. I do have a question that I am having trouble deciding. There is a 8 foot wall tha separates the 2 areas, with a 7 foot doorway in it. I want to put something up, but not a door, I want people to see into my work area, and see pieces in progress, but not TOTALLY see. Was looking at some curtains that are the long fringe type new ones, they have them in about 20 colors, and all throughout the strands are crystals in whatever color complements the curtain. So with the lights shining, everything just sparkles. However, i don't know if this is the correct thing to use. Shears with a funky pattern maybe? cafe doors? but somethinghas to be put up there to separate the 2 areas. No doors, need the openess for A/C to come thru too. Any ideas?
  6. ok, interesting research. Talked to a sign company in the town next to ours and was told that they have done several signs like mine for the town I live in. There was no zoning ordinance, no permiting, no nothing. The only thing she said was that the sign could not be any larger than a real estate sign, and it could not be concreted in the ground. Also, sent an email to the Mayor of our town respectfully asking for some guidance and some information on this issue. I told him my opening day was next weekend and I needed time to get sign ordered and invitations sent out, basically the same thing I have told our Town Manager. Again, no response. So, I have made my decision. I am no longer waiting to do what I need to do in order for my small shop to open. Sign will be ordered in the morning, I will hang it from my mailbox when it arrives, I will be sending out invitations and announcements tomorrow as well, placing ad in our local paper letting everyone know that I will be open September 8th. Was going to open Sept 1, but that is Labor Day Weekend, so not sure if that would be a good idea. I have done all I can do, I am extremely dissapointed that our Elected Officials treat the citizens this way, basically ignoring them even when the issue is a "small" one such as mine. There is really no excuse for not getting some type of communication from them, so let them find fault with what I have done. I am not going to keep waiting and hoping for an answer. It is just plain sad that we have only ONE person who can tell me anything. What happens if that person is out for any length of time? Does the town just roll up the sidewalks and wait for his return. Nope, not going to do that. I have been as professional and as above board as I can, contacting every person who works at Town Hall, as well as the Mayor. But I have worked too hard and too long to be put on a back burner with no intentions of being contacted over something as petty as a sign in their opinion. Wish me luck I will probably need it, but I will do whatever it takes to make sure my sign stays up.
  7. ok, let me address some of the points you guys have graciously given me, not necessarily in the order given, just in the order I am thinking about them. As far as losing the sign and sending out emails, yes to one, no to the other. Yes to I will send out emails, as well as post to Facebook page. But like most of us, our FB friends don't live in our neck of the woods, so them visiting isn't very likely. Most of my work, probably 75% of it is internet sales, going all over the place. I do shows every now and then, but after having Total Knee Replacement in 2010, and all the complications that are still going on, shows are so very difficult and I really pay for the time I stand and kneel, and all the other stuff that goes with show sales. So I did the Etsy thing for awhile, then got contacted by another on-line pottery place, and have put a few things on there. So I really have not had a "actual studio" to bring people to that live here to show my pieces to, don't want people in my home and that was where all of my pottery is, packed away in boxes with pics on the top of boxes and details on back of the pics. My husband was the one who suggested the studio/retail area, and had a building built for me, and we are now in the process of decorating, painting, etc, the retail side, my side is completed, and I am in there most of the time either glazing, or organizing, or whatever i decide to do. Just being in a new area, one that is all mine, built for me, is one of the most wonderful things he has ever done for me. And I want to let the whole neighborhood know about it, and that I am back in business here, with my pieces displayed and lights shining, etc. SO, with that being said, I truly am p-o'd that our Town does not have the courtesy of returning any of my calls, visits, etc, or have someone let me know something. I have done my due diligence, over and over. I am not going to go out of my way and get a letter, take it up there, have some secretary sign for it, and wait for a answer that may or may not come. That just should not need to even be considered. It isn't as if we have 4000 people who live here. We don't..Maybe 2800. Town Manager has the time to answer calls, return calls, etc.. Or have someone on his staff do it. That is what they get paid for. I have better things to do than chase after him. I really don't mean to sound like a you know what, but dang, what part of "CALL ME BACK PLEASE" being left on your voice mail, thru your staff does he not understand????? The ball is in his court, and if he wants to challenge the sign, then so be it. I have more than enough spit and fire if need be, honey and sugar if need be, to get my point across. Like I said, there are signs all over town in peoples yards, "African Violets For Sale", So and So Artwork, Piano Lessons,......A sign is a sign is a sign. It is that simple. If my sign HAS to come down, than by golly every sign in this town will have to come down. I do good work, in process of getting all my licenses, etc., and to be honest, with this stupid knee, I am unable to work outside my home, so this is where my income, (what little there is of it that doesnt go back into glazes, etc), comes from. I will be MORE than happy to go to Monthly Meeting and present my case if anything is said to me. I do plan tho, on talking to neighbors and maybe taking a coffee mug, or a bowl, or something to "play nice" with them. Here is a draft of the sign that is going to go under mailbox, it is 21 wide by 15 tall....I may go smaller, havent decided yet, waiting on a new phone number just for business purposes, and am also thinking about putting a pic of one of my pieces somewhere on the sign. The business was named after one of my dachshunds I lost 4 years ago, and I do wonder when people see a dog on a sign if they automatically think there are dogs for sale. So, I may put pottery there instead, any imput on that part? Hope I am not stepping on toes, but this is really important to me, and I want things to go splendidly for a change, and not have any small town drama. Suggestions are always welcome, but not always used, so suggest away!!
  8. I simply cannot help myself....so here goes EMAIL!!!! THEY DON'T HAVE IT!! The Reason???? THIS!!!!! Too many residents call to find out this and that, only ONE person knows the answer....... Can you even IMAGINE the number of emails that person would receive????? He ain't gonna (sorry, but again, can't help myself) want to even look at an email account much less ANSWER it....going to upload a pic of 2 different signs and see what you think in a few minutes.
  9. already talked to insurance co. that part will be taken care of once shop is open. good idea about asking salon owner what she had to do. have called our town manager REPEATEDLY over the last few weeks, trying to find out any info, left voice messages, talked to staff, no one knows anything about this part of the situation, and I cannot get him to return calls. I go up there, he is not there, this is one of those places where only ONE person knows all the stuff, and all others only know what they do there. very frustrating to say the least. while i may sound childish, my thoughts are, after leaving detailed voice mails explaining when opening day is, over and over, talking to staff about this over and over, if they were concerned about a sign going under my mailbox, they would have made an effort to contact me. We are all on a first name basis in this town, so it isn't as if they don't know who we are. I will make one more effort to contact him, and if no reply, then sign goes up. If they have a problem, I will take it to our Board Meeting and nicely say that I have been trying for over 3 weeks to get an answer from our Town Manager, have gotten all of my other documents, and since no one could tell me anything, including website, I felt that since I had not recieved ANY contact, answers, NOTHING, that meant it was fine. If I need to ask for a rezoning permit for a sign, then so be it. If i sound irritated, then that is because I am. Small towns can be great, and then they can be handled on a "sometimes" basis. "sometimes we answer you, help you, work with you, and then sometimes we just don't." Husband grew up here, we have lived here almost 20 years, and it has always been this way. But I will try one more time, that is all. also, all over town you see handmade signs with this and that for sale, big signs, little signs, nice looking ones, not so nice looking. You think they got a permit??? Or got an answer when and if they called? Doubt it very seriously. Doubt VERY seriously they even called. I took the good girl approach and called, and called and called. If he is unavailable, and he does know what I want, he could simply tell someone in that office what to tell me. Frustrated, panicky, irritated, overworked, no sleep, Mudslayer
  10. There is a house that had a garage that was turned into a beauty salon down the street from me, there are cars in her driveway and on the street most days, and a sign above the door to the salon. She is about 7 houses down from me. While there is no sign on the mailbox that I can remember, there is a pretty nice size one above her door. Does that make things better for me?
  11. Chris, Since I am the only person in the business, I can use Social Security number instead of getting a EIN. I dont have any employees nor payroll. I had thought about LLC, but until I get things going in the right direction, SP will work for me. I may be able to use SS number instead of getting a sales tax number, have to find out for sure. that is my next step. Mudslayer
  12. The showroom and studio where I work are in a separate building in my backyard, not inside my home. I will have a small sign that will hang under my mailbox (15 X 18) that will have my business name, etc, anc call for hours, with phone number. THere is a privacy gate around back yard, so unless people call, they won't be able to get in the shop. I won't have any set hours for now, until I can get an idea of the traffic that the sign gets me. That sign may mean the difference in getting a business license vs not getting one. Nosy neighbors which are definitely not potential customers will go straight to town hall and question the sign. But, I have to have one, otherwise people will be knocking on my door all the time, and the sign will say that store is in backyard, not in home, lol. I will go ahead and get a sales tax license number and will file a schedule C. We here in NC have to file sales tax forms quarterly.
  13. Hmmm, let's see, big question, one I don't want to ask, but am afraid not to, so here goes. Selling pottery + sales tax = HAVING A BUSINESS! OK, I sell pottery, so far, to be honest it has been what I consider a hobby, because I am one of those potters who is continually buying supplies, glazes, clay, etc, so in my mind, all of the money I do make selling goes right back into buying new stuff. I have not thought about collecting sales tax, because again, to me, it is a hobby. Yes, I know, the IRS considers hobbies that produce money are considered a "business". woo hoo. Not to diss the IRS, but come on, until I actually start making more money than I am putting back into buying stuff I have to wonder if it is worth doing all the paperwork to get a SALES TAX ID, A BUSINESS ID, A FED TAX ID, (No one works for me except my husband and he gets perks instead of cash ), so that being said, how many out there do have sales tax ID's along with Tax ID numbers to purchase your supplies at wholesale? And should I get one? Now that my shop is only 2 weeks away from opening, I know I have to have a business license, at least I think I do, here in North Carolina you would be surprised how many home businesses don't. Filing taxes: If I do a Schedule C, I know that I can use my social if I am the only person working for me. The only good thing about doing this is that I can take off my "losses" on my taxes. I want to know basically about business license, as you know my studio/gallery is in my backyard, and I still do some of my work in my house, so that is another issue. But for simplicity sake, the work inside house is just while I am watching tv or something, not actually "working". Do any of you have licenses and do you have your booklets to send in quarterly with your sales tax checks? Or do you just wing it, and hope that no one decides to get in your "business" and turn you in for not doing what we are according to IRS supposed to be doing, and that is give IRS a cut of the sale. Do not want to be nosy at all, just want to make up my mind about what I should do, (morally I already know the answer), but dang, a hobby is a hobby is a hobby......if i were making a living off of doing this I could understand IRS point, but to have to go thru tons of paperwork to prove I AIN'T MAKING A LIVING, I AM JUST HAVING FUN SPENDING MONEY AND SELLING A LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN... Make sense??? any info appreciated!
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