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elaine clapper

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About elaine clapper

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  • Birthday 02/22/1954

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    http://elaineclapperceramics.com

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    richland county ohio
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    clay
  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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....
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 .........?
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ??
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Paper Clay - I'm New To This...

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

    thanks for some good ideas
  14. 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/
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