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  1. Why did my plates split ?

    While I agree the number one issue is likely too fast drying ... the rims fighting the rest of the plate ... I would also be looking at what method you are using to get the leaf impression and at what stage you are applying that pressure to the plate. Looks like one crack is right up the central vein of the leaf.
  2. Table Top Slab Roller

    I am thinking of buying a table top slab roller and wondered which one would suit my needs. I want it heavy enough that it stays put on the table but light enough to take with me when I teach workshops. I need a two roller system, not one roller that the clay gets pushed under. Opinions welcomed and thanks in advance.
  3. Bonsai pots

    Many of you might know Mark Issenberg of Lookout Mountain Pottery. He is a very serious bonsai container maker and grows his own trees as well. Follow the “bonsai” link to see some of his pots. http://lookoutmountainpottery.com/
  4. NCECA

    I will be there ... I missed last year so will have to double up on looking at Pottery and potters!
  5. Great advice in Mea’s blog. Not everyone is good at booth sales but I believe everyone can be taught to do it better. Smile ... it works wonders, makes you feel good and makes browsers feel welcome. Stand ... nothing more off putting than the salesperson jumping up and coming towards you. Speak ... not kidding ... have had lots of potters not even speak to me when I entered their booth space. Just a “Hello””Nice day!””Welcome” works to break the ice. Welcome folks then leave them alone to look but stay aware in case they have a question. Dont ask any questions they can answer with “no” ... or “just looking”.
  6. Best Cone 6 Porcelain?

    There is no such thing as “anti craze”glazes. Sorry, but just as there are no jeans designed to fit all sizes, glazes need to fit the clay they are put on. Put size 2 jeans on a size 10 person and something has to give. Tell people which clay you are using and they might be able to recommend a glaze.
  7. If you do pots for a living, some days are horrible ... uninspired, tired, crabby ... you still have work to produce, so you get your tush into the studio and slog through. You have to push yourself and convince yourself that you are making good work even though it does not feel like it. Sometimes you leave at night thinking you should just heave everything and save yourself a world of grief. Then, the next day dawns and you feel good and you want to work but ... ugh ... what is waiting from yesterday? ... and there it is and it’s fine and every once in a while it is more the fine, it is excellent and you gotta wonder “where did I pull that from ?” ... so that becomes a very good day because sometime yesterday you crossed a bridge and made it to the other side.
  8. So true ... I should I have said, my friends at that time ... not my current contemporaries ... chin deep in Art careers. One person who sticks out from that time was one whose parents actually supported the decision to go to the big Art college and flunked out first year. I was flabbergasted that they could throw that chance away.
  9. Unfortunately my basic decisions were made by a sixteen year old! anyhow ... in thinking about this over time ... my first thoughts were to regret no formal training etc, ... but yesterday it hit me that every contemporary of mine who did get the art classes and/or went to Art College is no longer or never persued an art career. So maybe that sixteen year old who wasn’t so clueless after all ... well, yeah she was, but I will give her a pass anyhow.
  10. Locally Made-get on the bandwagon

    This is a topic that comes under the umbrella of "Great Advice". Mark’s original idea was excellent. The more people stare at machines, the more they need Handmade objects. ... as to Etsy ... I do not sell there but a lot of excellent potters do ... they actually get sales in direct competition with mass production. Bravo to them for doing the work! As for firing my kiln, using clay or imported products ... as far back in written history as you can go, we humans have been creators and traders.
  11. Whether you are selling pizzas or pottery it is crucial to realize that you are running a business and therefore need to act like it. MAKE A PLAN! Yes, I am yelling. You cannot reach Hawaii by wandering west and not knowing there is an ocean in the way. Please don't just wander around making costly mistakes. READ UP ... Research ... just Google the topic and get advice on how to run a crafts based business which is about the same as running any small business. GO TO A CLASS ... many community colleges have classes on running a small business, the Arts Business Institute has regular weekend workshops that will save you from years of mistakes. Many, many websites or blogs offer excellent advice on running a crafts business. This site offers a ton of advice for those willing to understand that the advice is meant for them ... they are not a special exception to the boring work. Read or listen and learn. Right now is a fabulous time to be making a handmade product if you know what you are doing and marketing yourself properly. As more 'connected' people tire of the lack of personal contact in their daily lives home shows and studio shows are gaining popularity. People want the story ... they want the personal connection ... yes, they want a part of the dream that is "a life of creativity" .... they need items of consequence and to share the story with friends. Other Crafts are recognizing this and feeding the need. Even the foodie world is going to extremes to give them an excellent story to go with their meal. So, take yourself seriously. Do the work. Plan your attack for the long run of 5-8 years building a client base. It will pay off. I invite you to start here with my website, then continue on to others ... http://www.ccpottery.com/marketing_your_work_to_gall.html
  12. Christmas Ornaments

    Nancylee ... no need to slink away! ... so sorry if I came across wrong ... did not mean to offend. I think it is important to look at market trends and make the best decisions I can from what is happening. Imports as such were not my problem ... people no longer buying my product because they did not see the value in paying more was the key. Face to face I could still sell them but that was not enough volume to make my efforts worthwhile ... it was extremely labor intensive. I think that the tide is somewhat turning in that people ( with enough income ) are returning to handmade and putting value on a face to face experience.
  13. Christmas Ornaments

    China does not have the corner on cheap labor or mass production .... and the ornaments were not crap. If you needed to buy ten or twelve for co-workers or family, they were a good deal. Most were fairly well made. If a Gallery owner could mark them up 200% and still come in under my wholesale price, that is their bills paid and the shop stays open. Most of my Galleries were 'Mom & Pop' level ... some had even mortgaged their homes to stay open. They did what the customers dictated, what they had to do. I have no problem with that.
  14. Christmas Ornaments

    I agree ... it's a cycle I caught the end of ... I do not blame Galleries for opting into healthier profit margins and I can't blame people for choosing flashier ornaments. I am happy to hear that folks are still buying hand made ones somewhere.
  15. Full disclosure .... I would like to post a piece in the 'Business of Pottery" area of my website offering help on time management. I don't get paid for this at all so hope my asking here is OK. I can write this article from a basic point of view ... I know how to manage my time since I had many years of production work ... but what I am lacking is the current experience of having to balance an active web presence with an active studio presence. I have attended numerous lectures locally and at NCECA in regards to how to use the Internet ... facebook, instagram, tweets, blogs, posts, pinterest, ... and always leave quite baffled on how one can stay this active online and still get any serious production done in the studio. I would opt to choose one or two and do those as well as I could ... but some people claim they can do it all. Also ... how much of this activity results in a consumer's interest that lasts longer than the next click?? Not to sound crass or anything ... but show me the trail to the money$$. How much of this is just noise? Thanks in advance for any input.
  16. Christmas Ornaments

    Lots! I loved being part of so many Holiday and family traditions ... people would start asking in June what the ornament would be this year ... I learned so much about colored clay, pattern making, production, time management, glazes, marketing ... would not trade that experience for anything. This of course was in the olden days before inexpensive imported ornaments. The year before imports I sold over 5,000 ... the year after imports I got orders for about 600 ... the next year under 50.
  17. Christmas Ornaments

    Thanks ... I made over 4,000 ornaments every year for about ten years ... so I did pick up some shortcuts .... eventually.
  18. Christmas Ornaments

    A quick tip when using cookie cutters ... put a sheet of dry cleaner plastic on the clay slab and then cut the shapes through it. This makes sure your clay doesn't stick to the cutter and smoothes the edges of the ornaments so you don't have to clean them.
  19. Throw it back at the students ... challenge them to choose something in their everyday lives then build it with coils. Could be a car, a computer, a chair, a trash can, a television ... you might be amazed at what they will come up with.
  20. How do we call it in English?

    Is it the wrong video? Looks like underglaze painting on bisque. With colored clay slips you can paint on fabric and transfer it to greenware.
  21. Making sugar savers question

    My best guess would be that you could use any unglazed clay body ... I would probably just bisque fire it so the surface would be porous.
  22. Personally, I have no problem with being called talented. Smile and say thank you to the gene pool. I know lots of people more creative than I am ... more talented than I am ... more original than I am ... more educated than I am ... more experienced than I am ... smarter than I am ... better connected than I am ... just all around more artistic than I am . I also know many will not take that next step ... the one that promises total success or abject failure. F A I L U R E on a visible stage. So ... take a deep bow if a hideous kiln load did not stop you ... if a bad glaze just challenged you ... if an ancient technique intrigued you ... if a hideous craft show did not end you .., if a horrible day of throwing did not make you quit ... if a customers whining did not defeat you ... if your student's entitlement did not get the best of you. Our talent might just be brutish persistence.
  23. crazy quiz

    1 - (a) ... but only if I can also talk on my cell phone, eat my meals and maybe look down my nose at the crowd. 2 - (c) ... duh, obviously I am the best qualified person to hog other artists time, chase paying customer from their booths and comment on what a terrible show it is ... as loudly as I can. 3 - None of the above. So obviously a trick question. If I made my entry fee back it was a good show.
  24. colouring large batches of porcelain

    I use a commercial size Hobart dough mixer, but these might be more expensive than a pug mill. One way to make your job easier is to saturate your clay with stain. By that I mean ... if you want 5% mix your batch at 10 or 15% ... it is very easy to knead in the right amount of white clay to bring the % down ... less clay to store and less times you have to make it.

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