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  1. Ideal studio setup

    Most of the outlets in my studio are installed at the normal household height, which is near the floor. I have one outlet that was installed more recently, and I asked the electrician to install it at table height. If I was starting from scratch, I would have all of the outlets installed at this height. Or I would first decide where my work tables will be located, and have outlets installed right above them.
  2. Ideal studio setup

    No such thing as too many shelves, or too many outlets. I’ve seen lots of studios with inefficient shelving, like utility shelving with 12 or 18 inches of height between shelves. Very few things in a pottery studio are that tall. Shelves in a pottery studio should be 6 or 8 inches apart, along with a limited number of shelves for taller things. You can really maximize your drying space with this in mind. I also love that my drying shelves are on wheels. I can move this unit around to wherever is the most convenient place as needed.
  3. My college degree is in graphic design. That’s what I did for 20 years, and became a potter on the side along the way. After I launched a part-time pottery business, I did both until the pottery business starting providing a livable income. Lots of crossover skills between design and pottery.
  4. Buying clay for first time

    I was going to recommend a non-hardening oil-based clay like Klean Klay. Only I googled it and learned that Klean Klay is no longer available. But a company called Van Aken is selling alternatives called Protolina and Plastilina. https://www.amazon.com/Van-Aken-Protolina-Klean-Alternative/dp/B007R5QHYO I used Klean Klay for a project about 10 years ago. If I was doing a claymation I think it would work great. Clays that need to be fired would not work for claymation, due to the drying and shrinking.
  5. Another idea to try ... if you want the glaze to be a “deeper blue” you can try adding a smidge of cobalt to the recipe. @oceancity Can you post a photo of the glaze as it currently looks? It will help us make suggestions for achieving turquoise.
  6. I once met a glass artist at an art fair, who said he started out as a potter but could not tolerate opening the kiln to find glazes that looked nothing like what he expected. So he switched to glass, where the color you start with is the color you get. Not a potter.
  7. ( I moved this topic to the Studio Operations section. ) Welcome to the forum, @Bits52!
  8. The Status Updates area (upper right section of the forum’s homepage) is where you can crow when exciting things happen, or vent when frustrating things happen, and where like-minded folks will understand! You can create photo albums in your profile, and when you post photos there they will appear in the Images feed at the bottom of the forum’s homepage. Welcome!
  9. Selling in Galleries

    80/20 is extremely favorable! You won’t find a better split than that. In fact, it’s so favorable tht it does raise a question mark. Are the owners good business people? There is the possibility that they plan to make all their revenue on coffee, and the handmade crafts are just for ambience. So it looks like it’s worth a try. It sounds like you have the right expectations going in. Because it’s a coffee shop, I would focus on mugs. Maybe 7 mugs, plus 2 other pots that are also coffee related, like sugar jars.
  10. pinholes on glazed bowls

    [ I moved this topic to the Clay and Glaze section. ]
  11. Selling in Galleries

    Here’s some good advice from @Mark C.. He can make consignment work because he understands the pitfalls. More good advice from @Chris Campbell
  12. Selling in Galleries

    Do you live close enough to go visit the gallery in person? That’s the best way to get a good idea of what you should include in your 9 items, and how you can expect them to display your work. If you can’t visit in person, hopefully the gallery has a decent website that will give you similar answers. If they are letting you choose the 9 items, it sounds like this is a consignment situation, rather than wholesale? You can search this section of the forum to find lots of warnings about doing consignment. It doesn’t mean you can’t do it, just be aware of the pitfalls and stay on top of everything. Anyhow, congrats on the new opportunity! I hope it works out for you, and leads to even better things.
  13. Guess where I sold the oversized vase? The Penn State show.
  14. About a year ago, I threw a 15 inch tall vase. This is not part of my normal inventory, I threw it just for fun. I told myself I would be happy if I sold it by the end of the year. I sold it in July, but by then I was already tired of transporting that beast around. It was bought by a mom/son duo. He bought it for her 70th birthday present. There is a market but it’s much smaller than the mug market. It takes a special occassion. This type of work is better suited for exhibitions, not art fairs or retail galleries. Keep an eye out for Calls for Entries, and start applying. If your work gets picked by the juror, then you let them sell it on a consignment basis. These are not profitable venues, so don’t expect to make much money. They are for prestige. If your goal is to sell occasionally, not for a living, mostly to build a resume and keep the pots moving out of your studio, then it might work for you.
  15. Moisture in Kiln

    [ I’m moving this thread to the Equipment section. ]

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