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  1. Newbie, I agree with all here.  If you want to be part of the process without taking classes, find a Paint your own Pottery studio.  It would not be porcelain, but you would be able to find white bodied pieces.  It would not be high or mid fire, but you can find many lovely colors in the low fire glazes.  However, with that being said, from the questions you were asking, I think you might enjoy (become addicted) to clay like the rest of us here!!  So a 6 week intro to pottery class might be a consideration!  Good luck.



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  2. Three years ago David Taylor of David Taylor Quilts presented an afternoon workshop on asking or paying for permission to use someone's photo for your work. He also discussed the taking of photos of certain things then selling those photos (photographers) such as photos of objects that have someone's name on them or certain business signs or hot air balloons with advertising on them (list goes on and on)  His advice was if in doubt, ask.  In his case, he uses photos as the basis of his quilts.  He always contacts the photographer and asks to buy it or to give a percentage of the sale of the quilt to the photographer.  Many times they simply give permission to use the photo, but he stressed the importance of always being above board and making contact.  Many of the younger photographers in the group were surprised by that.  I feel that our constantly changing visual world with a camera (phone) in everyone's hand has opened doors none of us expected.  I too, have had people ask permission to take photos of my work.  I will remember to ask if they are a potter!!  


  3. 1 hour ago, clay lover said:

    common practice here . An instructor using a picture off Pinterest of someone else's piece to advertise their own class , sort of cheezy and misleading, but, whatever...The public doesn't know the difference.


    But don't  you think that is an integrity issue??  Or am I just being an ol' fuddy duddy? :huh:

  4. I am rather surprised by this whole thread, although I should not be.  It seems to be a matter of course to find an easy way to look good or make a buck.  I have worked a number of jobs in my adult and pre adult life, but I really don't think any of them were as complicated and layered as being a potter and marketing and selling work.  Rather than promote the artists at the sale, the organizer seemed to be looking for a way to get customers in the door.  So that either speaks to the poor quality of the vendors or the ignorance of the organizer.  Ignorance of quality and appropriate marketing and/or ignorance of the craft that person was supposedly marketing. 

    Min, I am glad  you at least got your photo removed and hopefully that person learned something, something about marketing and promotion.  Like Callie pointed out, if I were a vendor at the sale, I would be MAD to think that the organizer didn't use photos of actual participants.  It speaks to a low quality event.  


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  5. 14 hours ago, terrim8 said:

    I think picking a name for an item to put it on Etsy is difficult.  - eg. white speckled lamp with holes. 

    Anyone else have this problem?


    Terri, I think they look very contemporary.  That  could be a word for your description??


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  6. Great thread!  I can identify with so many voices here.  I started mixing my glazes almost 6 years ago, with little understanding of the chemistry, simply following a recipe.  Further into the journey I started investigating the relationship between clay, glaze, firing....then found and continue to work on finding my "voice" and have enjoyed that!   Like Curt pointed out, then your market (fanbase) starts expecting a certain aesthetic from you.  I had an order for a bowl that a customer had purchased 3 years ago.  I still use those glazes, but I did let her know that the outcome might not exactly match the previous bowl.  And it didn't.  Close, yes, but not a match.   And yes, I am an experimenter.  Whether it is with surface decoration or glaze or form or whatever.  Sometimes I just have to get it out of my system before I can move on!! 

    So I guess my process is to look for colors that I visualize on my pots, mix up a BUNCH of test batches and choose one that suits. Then work on seeing if it will "fit" different clay bodies and how does it layer.  (last year the hunt was on for just the right blue) (This year might be a transparent olive green)  

    I can also identify with Joseph's comment about making and selling more pots and using fewer glazes.  I am there as well.  I did that last year and it made my glazing process more streamlined.  

    Such a timely thread.  I came in the house for a bite of lunch, and yes, I am mixing glazes, and making decisions about what to do with NUMEROUS test batches o glaze that are in NUMEROUS containers and taking up space!!!! 


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  7. I have a homemade spray booth.  I put newspaper on the sides, a filter on the opening in front of the fan, and spray away.  The excess glaze on the newspaper will dry out and turn into globs, fall off the paper and become powder and flakes in the bottom of the booth.  Since I use a lot of clear glaze do you all think it would be ok to take the uncontaminated (as in just the clear) glaze globs and powder and put them back into the bucket of wet glaze??  I have been saving covered pails of it....   And yes, I use a respirator!!!:D


  8. 22 minutes ago, LeeU said:

    I am befuddled. So, I am seeking input on the best ways to market and display items that are multi-purpose. Example: my Shop will have Collections....Tea Light Holders, Catchall, Incense Burners. When I make a piece, it has a primary purpose--let's say as a catchall. But it also holds a tea light beautifully, plus looks great as a base for an incense cone. For now the Shop is not published-it is "hidden" as I am still organizing and filling it. 

    What I have been doing is putting the catchall in the Catchall Collection , with thumbnails that show the multiple uses such as a jewelry dish, with a tea light etc. Then I am  putting the same array in the Tea Light Collection and the Incense Burners Collection. I am wondering if I should add one more Collection---a Multi Purpose or Multi Taskers Collection, and put such items in there as well? 

    One of my selling points is that many of my pieces are attractive for their versatility, so I want to be sure that people can find what they may be looking for, or can come across items in various locations to give them ideas.  If I just put the catchall in the Catchalls Collection, I suspect I would be missing that opportunity, but I don't have any experience with how people "shop' online, or how it works when people know what they are looking for vs. general looking around.  Any feedback regarding the addition of a Multi Taskers addition to my Collections?

    This is just a thought Lee, but I wonder if you should call your catchall's ring dishes.  Or something specific.  Then in the description, you could use the word catchall or give examples of uses for that pot??  It's hard to know what will grab a customer's attention.


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  9. JeneMom, I have gotten excellent customer service from L&L.  Do not hesitate to email or call them.  I am not certain if my case is atypical, but I was assigned a service rep.  We are on a close first name basis now!!  He answers my questions and offers advice.  Because I live in a rural area, all of our contact is phone and email.  But I have been really happy with L&L.


  10. 5 hours ago, GEP said:

    For me, inventory packing and gear packing are two different things. I wrote and long and pedantic blog post about my approach to inventory planning, for anyone interested in reading it:


    As for gear packing, like Mark I try to unpack as little as possible, so that packing is just to replenish consumable things. 

    Things I keep in the minivan: canopy, canopy weights, tables, tabletops, tablecloths, curtain walls, banner, shelving unit, shelves, chair, ladder, wheeled cart, and sometimes the box of track lighting parts 

    I have a “large gear box” and a “small gear box.” These come inside with me after a show so they can be restocked.

    Things I pack in the large gear box: 15 large bags, 80 medium bags, 60 small bags, plate stands, wood blocks for leveling, small bungie cords, extra tie down straps just in case, silk flowers for the display

    Things I pack in the small gear box: receipts, artist cards, artist card holder, calculator, pens, scissors, small logo sign, price markers, small whisk broom, tiny shims for leveling small things, small tape measure, first aid kit, tiny pot of white paint in case my display gets scuffed and needs touching up

    When I put these two boxes back in the van, I add a few more rolls of wrapping paper too.

    Finally, there’s the messenger bag, which I take with me to and from the booth: iPad, Square chip reader, $100 in small bills, holster for iPad and cash, charging cables, notebook with inventory list, email list signup form, small towel, water and food, lip balm, breath mints, tissues, pepper spray. I keep my purse and car keys in this bag too. 

    Wonderful organization!  I have come close to some of this but the thing I am curious about Mea is the "holster for iPad"    What is that?


  11. I highly recommend IG.  As was said, it can be a time suck, but doesn't have to be.  So far, I have found IG to be very friendly.  You can market your work or not market your work.  It's up to you.  My friend told me even if you are not linking to an Esty site, you are still indirectly marketing.  I like what Potter Putter said about it being a personal diary.  It is fun to go through and look at how others work has changed and  morphed over time. (or your own work!)  Even a short time!



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  12. 1 hour ago, terrim8 said:

    I'm not so crazy about my little company name & will likely change it. It is sooooo boring. It's Ceramic Fixtures- because I mostly make light fixtures- but that's changing too.

    That makes this topic interesting- to see what others are doing. I still haven't come up with anything catchy so I may just switch to my name like others have done.





    your work is anything but  BORING!!  It's exquisite!!

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  13. Another thought for larger pieces.....in larger more urban areas there are businesses that stage houses for realtors or for sellers.  I have sold a few things to be used for just that.  Staging.  Vases.  Do you know an interior designer or house stager?  Or Real estate agent.  I really like the vase you posted in the gallery.  It would look stunning with the right flowers or twigs in it.  Just a thought.


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  14. For a red underglaze I use Amaco Radiant Red.  Stays nicely red.  For a glaze, I used to use Coyote's Really Red.  Stayed red to a hot 6.  Cannot help you if you are going to cone 10.  Amaco has a chart that give approximations of their Underglazes at low, mid, high firing.  Perhaps that will help.   Inclusion Mason stains  will stay bright to cone 6.  I have had good results with them.  


  15. Yappy, I had to look at your location....to make sure it was not where I used to be!!  Time to bolt.  Even if you have to take a hiatus until  you can save up enough for a kiln or find a good used one....could be worth it.  My friend likes to tell the story of Ruth Ann Tudball who didn't have a kiln and threw pots for 3 years.....apparently she was reclaiming them.  

    Good luck.  I feel your pain, have walked your path.  


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  16. There are a few potters here in town, but they are not interested in conversation about clay/firing/glaze/element wear/making cone packs or anything at all really.  So I did go searching for community and found YOU ALL!!!!  since then I have connected with a few potters in a town 40 miles east, met some potters at a local workshop (150 miles south) and do stay in touch with people.  It's how I learn, but I work best on my own.  I have a group of makers that I meet with often and we plan joint events and collaborative projects.  That is a great source of support.  But none of them are potters....  

    I belong to NCECA, and ICAN and I have a membership in an art center 150 miles south of me,   I do like community!  


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