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  1. @DirtRoads The link doesn't work for me either. I get the same error message that Chilly sees. Maybe there is a typo in the link?
  2. (Moving this topic to the Clay and Glaze section)
  3. jury slide measurements

    Yes you should include handles and knobs and spouts. If my piece has a different width and depth, I give the larger number to width, and the smaller one to depth. So for a teapot with an overhead handle, I'll say 8"h x 6.5"w x 5"d. Which is the opposite of what you're doing with width and depth, but I honestly don't think it matters. The second one is correct. For a tea set with four cups, I'll give the dimensions for the teapot only. Then, in the space that Zapp gives you for a description, after I describe the photo I say "Dimensions given are for teapot only. Price is for entire set." I used to try hard to be precise but lately I realize you only have to provide a general sense of size, so that something tiny isn't mistaken for giant or vice versa.
  4. 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: http://www.goodelephant.com/blog/the-real-nitty-gritty 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.
  5. Those look like thermal shock cracks to me. Your bisque fire program might be heating up too fast. Can you post your firing program here?
  6. Custom titles are back!

    You are free to keep the Advanced Member title! And you are a valuable contributor no matter what you choose.
  7. Controlling Drippy Glaze

    To my eye, the “sheet flow” sample has a lot more rhubarb glaze than the “drippy” sample. Enough glaze to fill in all the spaces in between the drips, and still look more opaque overall. I know you said you are trying to keep your conditions consistent. Can you be more specific? The things I would think about are: Make sure the white glaze is completely dry first. If it’s damp to any degree, it will absorb less rhubarb. Make sure the rhubarb is mixed to the same specific gravity each time. Make sure dips are timed consistently. Are those one-second dips? Five-second dips? Whatever they are, for some glazes an extra second or two makes a big difference.
  8. Pricing Your Pottery A lecture/discussion with Mea Rhee from the Good Elephant Pottery Friday, April 13th, 6:30-8:30 pm, $10 per person Presented by The District Clay Center 2414 Douglas St NE, Washington DC 20018 http://districtclaycenter.com Pricing is a confusing and stressful subject for potters. Many potters do it incorrectly, sometimes overpricing one piece while underpricing another. In this two hour lecture/discussion, Mea Rhee will explain her objective and metrics-based approach to pricing, how to find that sweet spot where sales just go! and hopefully demystify the subject for everyone. Her talk includes looking at price versus the amount of labor, and pricing and display for area craft shows. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Bring your questions about pricing, and about pottery businesses in general.
  9. This is a feature we used to have before the big software update of last summer. And now it’s back! If you are an “Advanced Member,” which means you have made 30 or more posts to the forum, you can change your title from “Advanced Member” to anything you want. Go to your Profile, then click Edit Profile. You’ll see the field which is now editable. You may have noticed that some members have custom titles, while not being able to change your own. Those with custom titles changed them before last summer. But now the feature is available to all Advanced Members again. If your rank is still “Newbie” or “Member,” you will gain this feature when you reach 30 posts.
  10. Best Tent For Craft Show?

    When I had the Trimline, I opted for the bottom sta-bars and these made the tent very rigid in the wind. When I bought the Light Dome, I did not buy the bottom sta-bars, in an effort to streamline my gear. The Light Dome without sta-bars does sway in the wind. I solved that problem by adding crossbracing straps (you can see them in the attached photo). Now it is very rigid in the wind. I prefer the straps, because they pack small, but either is a good solution. I have seen Trimlines swaying in the wind too, I’m assuming they did not have sta-bars. Compared to accordian-style tents, the advantage of the Trimlines and Light Domes is not for wind resistance, except that they are reliably well-built, and accordian-style tents come in a wide range of quality from strong to crappy. Every tent becomes a kite in the wind. The real advantage of the Trimline and Light Dome is that the roofs are designed not to pool water. Pooling water is more likely to leak through the roof, plus it’s very heavy and can collapse a cheap tent with its weight. Or accidently spill off and soak you or a customer. The other advantage of Trimline and Light Dome is aesthetic. The vaulted ceilings make a more professional impression.
  11. Best Tent For Craft Show?

    IMO Trimlines are the best tents in terms of weather-hardiness. I used to own one but it was too heavy for me to hoist by myself. It took me 45 minutes and my arms would be very tired when I was done. So I sold it and bought a Light Dome, which is also a very hardy tent. It’s made of aluminum so it’s not quite as sturdy as the steel framed Trimline. But I can set it up in 20 minutes without breaking a sweat. I am an average sized female. I have seen others setup a Trimline in 15 minutes as if it was nothing. So jealous! Trimline and Light Dome cost about the same ($1000 ish), so if you think you can lift the steel parts, get the Trimline.
  12. Thanks for the details, @PotterPutter. This is very useful data. And kudos for running a nice operation!
  13. $20. Seriously. I’ve met exactly one customer (that I know of) who only knew about me because she discovered my IG feed. She was a college student and wanted to spend about $10, and ended up spending $20. I’m not trying to demean her, I was a broke college student once too. But this is what IG delivered. I’ve had a few customers arrange reservations with me, to be picked up at my next show, via Instagram. And I made one nice online sale to an IG follower this past December. In all of these cases, these customers have been following me in person or by email for a long time already. For them IG is just another avenue of communication. I do very little online selling in general, so my experience is probably not the most relevant.

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