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  1. elaine clapper

    Re - glazing a fired peice.

    I have had some success with brushing on one coat of underglaze, let that dry ( takes a long time to dry) and then redipping the glaze. It is still 50/50 chance but if the piece is unusable...
  2. Just watched an excellent Adam Field video on throwing a tall cylinder. It is always good to go back and be reminded of the basics. I used to do the same demo when i was teaching (but he does a much better job). I really like the sponge he used when throwing. It was thin and long enough to cover four fingers. I still use the little round sponge that comes with Kemper's beginner's tools. His sponge is much more effective. I am curious to know what other people use and where they were purchased.
  3. When submitting jury slides, what is the correct way to note the dimensions? ZAPP always asks for width, height, depth.. never positive...... if I should include the handles, spouts or knobs. For example, on a teapot : do you measure height from the top of the knob to the base? the width from the tip of the spout to the widest point of the handle? depth is obvious the widest point of the the piece. What I refer to as my 6" teapot refers to the main body which is 6" x 6" x 6", should it 10" w x 6.5" h x 6" d ? When I have a slide with a teapot set ( teapot and 4 small japanese style teacups) how do you note dimensions? just zero for NA ........ or am I just thinking to hard about this?
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    Dipping 10" plus plates

    I dip my plates vertical, using a split bucket meant for mops. Then you have a deep narrow bucket that can be filled with less glaze. You can also consider doing something different on the edges. You can apply glaze with a brush just on the rims, then wax over the brushed rim. The waxed rim gives you have a place to hold the plate.
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    Taxes.. Yep, I Said The Evil Word

    I have always been unsure about the whole "tax" thing. Since retiring from art education in 2012 I started selling my pottery at a few art festivals and and a local gallery. I am very small potatoes just taking in $6,000-$7,000 a year. I have just used TurboTax and claimed my clay income and expenses as a "hobby". Since clay does not keep a roof over my head I assummed it was a hobby rather than a part time business.... but can not find info that specifically supports this. What to other part timers do?
  6. I just received an email from the small gallery that sells my functional pottery. My price points range from $20 to $90. The gallery owner wanted to let me know a customer reached for something on the top shelf, it dropped on the glass shelf which broke and cascaded down breaking several of my pieces. The customer said they will pay. The gallery owner wants me to come in, look at the damage and set a price. What is the norm? full price for all pieces that I can sell? discount percentage if it is a large number of items? if only the lid is broken on a canister just charge for the lid??? I have worked with this gallery owner since 2012 and she has always been great. I do not want to damage my relationship with the gallery. The gallery charges me $35 a month plus 20% of my sales which I think is great. I live in north central Ohio and there are not that many venues available to sell my work. I have never had this issue before, just looking for some advice....
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    Hydrometer

    I started using a hydrometer when I was teaching ceramics at the high school level. With so many students using the glaze it was a good way to teach them the importance of consistancy. I still use the hydrometer at my home studio (force of habit). I use Amaco Potter's Choice glazes that are shipped in powdered form so I do not measure the raw materials. I have learned through trial and error my favorite cone 6 glaze works best when the hydrometer is always at the same reading. I just use the hydrometer in the 5 gallon bucket of glaze that I use for dipping. If the glaze is not deep enough in the bucket, I use a narrow plastic pitcher. My glazes often sit for 4-6 weeks in between glazing sessions so I test with the hydrometer each time I start a new glazing session. Works for me.
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    Which Model Brent Wheel For School Use?

    I taught ceramics at the high school level for 20 plus years. My first wheel at the high school in 1989 was an old brent kick wheel someone found at an auction. I then I bought two Brent CXC wheels. I retired in 2012 but all three wheels are still there and going strong.
  9. it is the bluetooth wireless Square Chip Reader. i ordered it when they first came out. Received it on 12/31/15 but did not use it until just recently. I only do two art festivals one in Sept and one in Dec. The rest of the year I take my work to a gallery in Columbus, OH and let them deal with point of sale. Mea, I am sure your volume of transactions per day is higher that probably takes a toll on how long the charge lasts.
  10. Used my Square Chip Reader for the first time at the Art & Apples Art Festival, Rochester Michigan last weekend. After reading a lot a unsatisfactory comments about chip readers I was pleasantly surprised. Other than needing a few minutes to connect on the first sale it was just fine. It is slower than the swipe reader but that is the same in any of the established retail stores as Macy's.... This festival is in small town city park. There is very good cell phone reception through out the park. In a more remote area it may be different. On Saturday, the second day of the show, we had to close down abruptly because of weather. In the rush I left my chip reader in the tent over night. I had planned to recharge all my digital devices each evening. On Sunday I was relieved to find the chip reader was still charged and held the charge all day. I have been using Square with my IPad for three years and been happy with the point of sale and the report data available to me.
  11. Next week I will be trying out my square chip reader for the first time. Last year at this show no problems with cell phone reception and the swipe Square reader worked great. Some of your comments have me nervous about using the chip reader. I will let you know after the show .........?
  12. I just glazed fired a very nice lidded casserole pot. Love the shape, love the glaze, lid fits nicely.... but a small hairline crack on unglazed underside of the lid. Tried to grind it out.... the hairline crack is now a nice little round divot. about 1/8" wide and 1/8" deep. Too deep to grind smooth. I can not think of any material that I could fill in the divot that would be food safe. Any Ideas? Unfortunately I am sure the best answer is to just make a new lid. But just thought I would throw it out there.
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    Admire The Teachers

    When i was whining about my poor golf game for lack of better eye hand coordination, my husband asked "How can you throw pots on the wheel and have poor eye hand coordination?" I explained to him that I did not really use my eyes much when throwing, it is all body and hands with me. Maybe I will try golf with my eyes closed ??
  14. I use a rubbermaid dishwashing tub inside my utility sink. It is just about the right size to fill the bottom of the sink with enough space for the overflow water to go down the drain.
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    temp for opening kiln?

    I fire cone 5 with and electric kiln, leave all the plugs in and wait until the kiln is room temperature. i put too much time into my pieces to ruin the glaze just because of my impatience. When I was teaching, the kids who procrastinated and did not get their work in on schedule where up against grade deadlines. I would warn them if I opened the kiln early they risked fine cracks in the glaze. The times that I gave in and unloaded at 120 degrees almost ended with the "pings" of cracking glaze.
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    Paper Clay - I'm New To This...

    I have had great success with paper clay slip to repair small cracks in greenware.
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    How Do You Find A New Gallery?

    thanks for some good ideas
  18. I live in North Central Ohio between Columbus and Cleveland. After 32 years in art education I started selling my work in 2013. In 2014 I did three art festivals and four in 2015. Going forward I would like to find more galleries and stick with just a few art festivals. Our area is more small town and rural and does not have much traffic in any local venues. Both Cleveland and Columbus are within a 1 1/2 hour drive. I have my work in a Columbus gallery that does very well. I would like to find something in the Cleveland area too. Can anyone recommend a good strategy for identifying and contacting a new gallery? I have a website and facebook page listed below. Is there a directory of galleries or a optimum time of year to contact galleries? Thanks for any advice. http://www.elaineclapperceramics.com https://www.facebook.com/Elaine-Clapper-Ceramics-590741237624185/
  19. I have a question on "holding" time with an electric kiln. One of the glazes I use fires matte at cone 5 and glossy at cone 6. I would like something just slightly more cone 5. If I set the kiln for cone 5 and set it hold for an hour at the peak temperature, will I get a slight temperature increase? hold it for more? less?
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    Removing Unwanted Wax Resist

    Thanks for the ideas. I ended up firing at cone 022 ( I think that is close to 1000 degrees). Since I had 10 pieces it was the fastest and cleanest solution. worked fine
  21. I am working with Laguna B mix stoneware, bisque firing at cone 04 and glaze firing at cone 5. I use Columbus Clay wax resist on the bottoms of each piece and often in resist design between layers of glaze. Sometimes I will get wax resist on an unintended area of bisque ware and want to remove it. I ususally just put that piece back in the kiln with my next bisque firing at cone 04 and the wax burns off. Any other suggestions to remove the unwanted wax? At what temperature does the wax burn off? If I had several pieces could I fire them at cone 022? or even lower? I ask because, (in a brainless moment) I waxed the bottoms of several pieces before signing them with underglaze as a usually do.
  22. elaine clapper

    Put Your Lips On...

    Number 3 works for my lips and my customers too! I think the outward curve is even more important than the thickness.
  23. Throwing has always seemed like magic to me. Start with a lump of mud and end up with a beautiful vase. Hand building and I have never got along.... maybe not enough patience? I have done handing building when needed but do not enjoy the process. Throwing is more physical and seems to use mind body and soul. My husband and I are going to see the Stones on Saturday in Columbus Ohio. ((my Dad would not let me go in 1968 ! )
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    Refiring Glaze - Food Safe?

    I have a nice size bowl ( 12" wide, 5 inches in height). Bisque fired to cone 04, glazed fired to cone 5, commercial glazes ( amaco potter's choice) I liked the shape, the glaze turned out great.... but after the glaze firing there was a noticeable crack on the bottom, inside the foot. The crack did not go through to the glaze on the inside of the bowl. I have repaired bisque ware before with paper clay.... so I thought I would try it. I refired at cone 04. My thinking was i just wanted to get the paper clay to the bisque stage but not risk defects on the surface of the glaze. The paper clay worked great. The glaze color was much subdued but still beautiful. A little bit of a gold sheen in the glaze. The glaze surface was fine. The commercial glaze is food safe when fired to cone 5. Should I worry about a difference in the food safe quality of the glaze because of the retiring to a lower temp.? The bowl is certainly large enough that no one is going to eat cereal out of it... but I am hesitant to sell it with my other functional work? what do you think?
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