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  1. Foodsafe Glaze Over Non-Foodsafe Glaze?

    I agree with Pres. When I first started mixing my own glazes, I was very taken with a couple of recipes that used barium. My clay supplier wouldn't even sell it to me.....he told me to do some research first. That was good advice. I was just wondering what Stone Spiral was basing the "not food safe" on. On a label? hearsay? It is so important to do some research....and figure out your level of risk (sounds like a financial advisor, huh?) and the level of risk for whomever may be using that pot in the future! Roberta
  2. I hope you all have a moment to check out Chris's article in Pottery Making Illustrated on throwing with colored clay. I really liked the detailed diagrams. Thanks Chris for sharing! I was wondering if the pots on page 40 had a clear glaze on them? If not, is that something you would do? Roberta
  3. Foodsafe Glaze Over Non-Foodsafe Glaze?

    How do you know it is not food safe? Roberta
  4. Yes, thanks NancyLee for getting this thread going again. I made a presentation to two third grade classes this week about Supply and Demand and Consumer and Producer. I am a retired school employee who started a business after retirement. My friend the third grade teacher said the students thought all businesses were BIG businesses (Walmart, large ranches, etc.) I was impressed with what had already been taught. The students' questions were thoughtful. "what happens when you don't sell everything, do you mark it down?" (Blue light special) "how much inventory do you have for a show?" "do you make seasonal items?" It was a good conversation and it made me think about what I am doing and the changes I have made in the last 4 years. There is a new shop opening here in my small town. A kitchen shop. The new owner approached me about carrying some of my work. I was there the day she got a HUGE order of melamine dinnerware. We did not discuss terms, wholesale, commission, or anything else, it was merely a passing conversation. But that HUGE order of melamine stuck in my brain. I cannot compete, nor do I want to compete, with melamine. So, I think that is some of what I have learned, I have a better idea of where my venues will be, the places that I will be able to sell my work and actually make money. Oh, and did I mention have fun doing it??? Roberta
  5. just earrings. I cannot STAND to have clay under my ring. Drives me nuts! To say nothing of the damage I could inflict upon a piece!! Roberta
  6. What Is Nceca?

    Ditto to what John and Marcia said. Since last year was my first time, I felt like I was a part of something much bigger than myself and my small group of ceramic buds....definitely broadened my definition of the words "potter" and "ceramics" and gave me such an appreciation of how hard people work in this field and how grateful most of them are to be doing what they do. There was so much passion for clay......for art.....for each other. Roberta
  7. I do use a vent, L&L downward draft coming out of the bottom. Because we built the shop and then put the kiln/vent in, we were able to put the vent where we wanted it. So, a hole was cut through the side of the shop and the vent mounted and everything around was sealed up. Like Neil said, the heat is welcome part of the year. And in the warmer months, I open windows, doors, and run a fan. I have always used a vent, so I really don't have a comparison. Looking at dhPotter's pictures though, that tells me that there would be a difference! Roberta
  8. It really depends on your farmers Market. I live close to a major ski area/summer destination. That farmer's Market is AMAZING! New crowd every Saturday. So there is always a new opportunity for sales. In my town, the farmer's market is small. My town is small. The crowds are there for food and consumables mostly. I don't do this one, I am concerned about oversaturation in my small burg. But it could be a great event where you are! Roberta
  9. Is Anyone Going To Nceca?

    I am going! I will wear my respirator Sheryl Leigh, so you can recognize me! I went last year to Kansas City and it was such a wonderful experience! Roberta
  10. I have used Continental clay and loved both the clay (for throwing and handbuilding) and the supplier. However because of the wide firing range, I was having problems with my clear glaze and a couple of other translucent glazes fitting that clay. I realize now, that clear can be an issue for some clays, I used Super white at a clay camp and it was so nice to work with, however once glazed, all my pieces crazed. A lot. I used the mid fire white stoneware and I had crazing with it. I have used a box of the buff stoneware and did not have any crazing with clear. And it was a pleasure to throw! I glaze fire to cone 6 and bisque to 04. I guess my test is "how does this clay work with my clear?" I don't use clear exclusively but I do use it quite a bit. So if you have a clear that might fit the clay or if you don't use a lot of clear, Continental could be a great clay for handbuilding and throwing. After having read a number of threads about the wide range of firing temps for some clays, I have tried to use clays with a more "dialed in" firing temp. Roberta
  11. Table Top Slab Roller

    I have read on this forum before that North Stars are not as popular as some, however, that is what I have. Very easy to pack up and take with me. Has been very sturdy at least to this point and I have had it 3 years. I use my slab roller A LOT. It is an 18 inch wide roller. If I had to do it again, I would go up the next size. I didn't realize where a slab roller would take me. And yes, it is a double roller. Roberta
  12. You Break It You Buy It Rule?

    There was this one time, I was in a gift shop in Minnesota, looking at pottery, when my offending purse knocked a mug off the shelf! I took the mug with the now broken handle to the shop owner and said "no problem I will pay for this!" She told me she would give it to me at her cost. So apparently she was willing to eat her profit in order to keep a customer happy. Roberta
  13. Ceramic Wall Panel Heaters

    My glazes etc, in my insulated shop do not freeze. And like Montana, we can get weeks of below zero weather. I use a small electric shop heater to warm things up if I am going to work out there or if we have extended periods of cold and no sunshine. However, if I were throwing out in the shop, I would probably rethink my heating situation. The lowest temp I have noted in the shop is 35. Roberta
  14. Do You Have Seasonal Lines?

    Oh yeah, I forgot about berry bowls. Although I did get some orders for those at Christmas...... r.
  15. septic. So I wash in town at the laundry. In the summer, I rinse outside in a bucket, then wash in the machine. r.
  16. Do You Have Seasonal Lines?

    I think the closest I come to seasonal is simply finding a new glaze. In the house I tend to decorate with warmer colors in the fall and winter, cooler in the spring/summer. I prefer a white wine in the summer and red in the winter. So I sort of do the same with pots, I might have some warmer colors in the fall/winter and slightly cooler in the spring/summer. I agree that if I were making birdhouses, that would be spring/summer and during the holiday season, I will make ornaments and smaller things for gifts, but that is about as seasonal as I get. Like has been said, I don't want seasonal specific items sitting around in the off season. Roberta
  17. I guess I will have to echo what everyone else has said. Nature is a big influence for me. But travel of any sort seems to really get ideas flowing. A trip to the mountains, a trip to the city, a trip to another state or another country. When I travel my favorite past time is a museum visit......lest I forget there were many many people before me creating and marveling over wonderful artistic ideas! And of course, conversations with other people!! That is an amazing influence!! I love the flow of ideas! Great question!! Roberta
  18. Ceramic In progress works 004 (2)

    It will be a great wall piece once the fins decide to stay on!
  19. Cherry Blossoms

    Very Nice! I can tell you LOVE to draw/paint!
  20. New ginko mold 003

    That is brilliant Alice!! I love the idea and may borrow your thinking with some of our local leaves. When we get some! Roberta
  21. Cheap Wax And Methane Musings

    Joel, congrats on your gas fired pots.....they are really nice! I was introduced to the Forbes wax last year. It dries quickly, and is easy to use. Here in the states you can get it from Highwater clay. Not sure about a UK source. Do you have a foot on your platters or are they flat on the bottom? Roberta https://www.highwaterclays.com/index.cfm/category/129/waxes.cfm
  22. I really like your graphic! Maybe make it bigger?? The red really kicks. Lee, what is the box? I like the red flower in it as well. Is it a sculpture piece? Roberta
  23. Firing Porcelain Plates

    Andrea, I put mine directly on the shelf, on their bottoms. Maybe I should put them on their rims, but I am always concerned about the warping with porcelain. The dinner plates are 11 inches and I have a platter that is about 22 inches. And that is what I do for bisque. Roberta
  24. Evelyne! So glad you are back! I hope your recovery is a smooth one! After I had shoulder surgery, I read a lot. and did some work on the computer. One handed. But since you have the use of your hands, you could make stamps for clay, read, sketch, make beads, invite friends over for tea.....keep posting on CAD forum! Roberta
  25. To Blog Or Not To Blog ....

    Good questions Chris. I have been giving this some thought as well. I do have a few potters that I follow. Some overpost. WAaaay more than I am interested in. I think our own Mea Rhee does an EXCELLENT job with her blog/page. Her blog is interesting, informative, fun, and gives the reader good insight into the day in a life of a potter. One with a great deal of ENERGY and focus. So I guess that is what I look for in a blog. Not so much sales, but more about how does this or that person feel about their craft, how do they find inspiration, what do they like to do besides make pots, who do they hang with?? I think Mea does one or two posts per month. That seems perfect to me! Roberta

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