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    Thoughts on Pricing

    The couple of shops I have been in here in Colorado are more in line with Callie's description. Clean, well run, helpful staff. Many people over 50 are looking for some help with sleep issues, pain, anxiety, etc. Shops are aware that is part of their customer base. What Callie said about having a conversation with the owner is what I did with yarn bowls. I met with several knitting groups and asked what they would like in a yarn bowl. I got lots of great feedback and designed my bowls accordingly. It's a strategy that worked for me. Roberta
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    Bailey 22" Mini Might II Table Roller

    I have a table top North Star slab roller. Two rollers. I bought it 4 years ago and I have to say it has more than paid for itself. If I were to purchase again I would get a larger one. I bought the 16 inch because of space considerations. I would get the 24 in if I were to do it again. If you do very much handbuilding at all, you will love having a slab roller. Roberta
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    Firing with glass

    I think that is called annealing? a long slow cool to strengthen the glass. I hadn't really thought about that, but when you glaze fire with the glass in the pot, the temp is much higher than what you would use for glass work. But what if you put the glass pieces in an already glazed piece and just took it up to glass temps and did a slow cool? Glass temp would be around 1400 or so. Hmmm food for thought! And Nancy Lee, I think all potters LOVE a good experiment. Maybe this could be yours, even if you didn't sell them, you could just do it to scratch that curiosity itch!
  4. Liz, it's a facebook chat group devoted to the Mid range glazes, specifically John Britt's book. Definitely a resource. Exploring Mid Range Glazes with John Britt. just ask to be included. r.
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    Firing with glass

    It's a lovely effect, but I stopped doing it because I would occasionally get a shard of glass that would pop loose. I just didn't want to risk harm to a customer. And no matter how many times we give the warning about not being food safe, a pot could always be used for just that purpose.
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    Firing with glass

    Nancylee, you can put the glass inside a bowl or even a shallow piece, and it will melt. Yes, you can do it during the glaze firing. I would glaze the bowl, and then put the frit or pieces of glass inside the bowl. Then fire to cone 5. These bowls will not be food safe because of the cracks in the glass, but they are lovely trinket dishes. Does that help? Roberta
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    Very nice! Are these the pipes you said you are making from a mold??
  8. At a gathering last night, we were having this conversation. One person pointed out that Square will do this for us. Hopefully so. r.
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    terra sig vs. slip

    the only thing I noticed about the cups that had TS on the exterior is that the rims were not pleasant against the skin. If I were to do that, I would dip the rim in clear or something. I am all about the smooth!
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    terra sig vs. slip

    I was at a workshop last week and was introduced to terra sig for the first time. The instructor uses it on bone dry clay, colored with mason stains, to add color to the underside of her work. Her name is Adrienne Eliades and is very approachable. Preeta, if you are interested I can send you her contact info and the TS recipe that we used. She is also on IG and her handle is @bugaboo_eyes. You can check out her feed to see her colors. We were using bright mason stained TS. Some people burnished and some did not. It can add another dimension to your work. She said that she uses red art ts on lowfire clay. Not sure if it has other uses as well. Roberta
  11. Brilliant. Would you consider running for President next election?? Love the flat tax idea!
  12. Thank you so much Mea! I have learned so much from you!
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    Beautiful! Puts me in mind of lichens....
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    No Swiping

    I did a 3 day event. It was exactly 1/2 cash, 1/2 CC. The chip reader would not work the entire time so I used the swipe. But that makes me nervous.... Roberta
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    Clever Pres!
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    I really like the blues, greens, blush of brown! lovely carving as well!
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  18. Helmsalee, Neil will have the absolute best information for you when he sees your post. I bought a smaller L&L 5.5 years ago. Because we were putting it in new construction, because we had to upgrade our electrical and because the electrical inspector didn't really know much about kilns, he insisted we hardwire the kiln. So we did. Pro....when the insurance person came out to inspect the new structure and the kiln he said "Oh, great! It's hardwired. That is much safer!" and I had no problem getting insurance coverage on my business equipment. Con....because it is hardwired, it is a bit more challenging to drop that front panel down to access the internal workings. However, your kiln is a front loader and maybe your control panel is on the side or something?? Anyway, Thought I would share. I really do like my L&L. Great customer service. Roberta
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    I am in love.
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    Unusual Questions

    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. Roberta
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    Copied Images

    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!! Roberta
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    Copied Images

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

    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. Roberta
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    I just love that look! Beautiful arrangement of flowers. r.
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    Choosing a name

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

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