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  1. How To Determine $ For Used Equipment

    Thanks All, for your input! I found a lot of it very helpful. I did contact the pottery guild and they are going to post a flyer. I'm currently getting ready to post it all on my website, just so many photos and descriptions. I live so far out, I'm sure people will only be serious buyers if they come by. I wish I could have just sold the entire studio with equipment, glazes, clay and tools for $1500 to someone starting out, like take it all kind of thing. I keep finding more and more things to sell as I go through it, such as a $175 thermometer, wondering if I should include that with the kiln or sell it on ebay. After looking at Craigslist, it appears people ask about half of what it was new, if it wasn't used much. I still haven't found a North Star slab roller on the table like mine in the used market. Will probably try the half off thing first. Again thanks, it's hard enough to let it all go, lots of tears, but you guys made it easier. Gwen
  2. How To Determine $ For Used Equipment

    Thank you. That is helpful. I did see a wheel like mine on Craigslist for about $400, mine is hardly used, I think 3x. My kiln does have a sitter and new elements, which I think were about $300. If I could get $1000 for it, that would be fabulous, I may try that. I know when I was looking for a slab roller I had a hard time finding one, and my husband even built a table for it. That one would probably sell quickly if priced right. I'm not trying to make a bunch of money, but don't want to give it away, wish I was in the position to do that. I'm not in a hurry right now, but would like to get it out, since I'll probably be selling the house in the summer. Much appreciated.
  3. Is there a place (website) or good rule of thumb on how much to ask for used equipment? I have to sell my entire studio due to health reasons, and have no clue how much to ask. I've looked on Craigslist locally, but there isn't much to compare and when I do see a wheel like mine, it really doesn't say whether they are asking a lot or did they ever sell it for that price. Ebay is hard because I think the prices are so different regionally. Is half of what it was new sound good? Much is hardly used. Should I just assume what people ask on Craigslist what it should sell for? I googled pottery equipment and used prices, but got nothing helpful. Thanks for any input. Gwen
  4. Just to let everyone know. I tried to return a pair of my husbands LL Bean slippers two years after I bought them. The sole had come loose. They told me that was normal wear and tear and refused to take them back. LOL I did enjoy reading everyone's stories and thoughts. I suppose I would have given a new platter. Unfortunately I have a relative like that, complains about everything until he gets it for free or deeply discounted.
  5. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and advice. I tried to get rid of them two years ago. Most inquiries were not interested after they realized they are all dried up, even though that was clear. I will try again on craigslist and maybe ask at the pottery/clay supply store in Denver if they know anymore. I actually think I have twice as much as I thought. They are in boxes in color categories already. We are planning on moving, cleaning out a lot of stuff and downsizing, so I need to be selective about what I'm keeping and "might" use in the future. Pottery is a hobby for me, and I've been travelling so I haven't been in the studio for a while. Again, Thanks, and good point about some unfired glazes having heavy metals.
  6. Hi, I have about 250 small containers (4oz -5oz) of old hard glaze. They are under glazes, and I believe they are all food safe. I was wondering if anyone knew if I can just throw these in the trash with my household trash, or do I have to dispose of them in a environmentally safe way. I got them about 6 years ago, when a friend's friend closed her paint our own pottery business. Most were hard when I got them, and thought I could do something with them, but never did. I know now I won't use them. I know playing it safe, and finding an environmentally way to dispose of them, would be ideal, but it's not so easy where I live. I have to drive to another county and pay a fortunate. I'm willing to do that if I HAVE TO. Thank you.
  7. Does Mason Stains Stain the Plaster Mold

    Thanks All. Icyone, I do have some old molds to experiment with...Thanks for offer and the heads up on the red stain. At the moment I don't have any red stain, but in the future I will be aware.
  8. I've never used any stains before. I'm getting ready to start experimenting. I've been pouring a tumbler cup mold with just plain white porcelain slip, into a plaster mold I made. If I add mason stain to the slip would it stain the plaster mold? If it does, would it effect or contaminate the next pouring w/o stain? I hope that makes sense. I just want to try and color my slip, but don't want it to ruin my plaster mold. Thanks, Gwen
  9. I would like a specific look for a rabbit on a tile. I'm looking for a white, or off white, cone 5-6 glaze that will have a Raku look with some lines or crackles. Anyone have any suggestions for a premade commercial glaze to be brushed on? Thanks. Gwen
  10. I'm looking for people that use radiant floor panels to dry their tiles. I would like their thoughts. I have read every thread and comment on this board regarding tiles and warping. I understand not to touch the tile or slide it sideways if necessary, how to roll it, what to roll in on, even drying it slowing using plastic, drying on sheetrock, drying on wire shelves, and even read about dropping the board from waist high. I have about 1 out of 10 tiles warp a little, sometimes they flatten after the bisque fire. Plus I usually know what I did to make it warp. I'm more concerned about drying them quicker. They are usually 3/8" and made with little grog, I know, I know, but I'm in love with the clay I have right now. I read someone's comment under a video sent by ceramics daily. This artist said they dry their tiles on a radiant floor heat panel, and they dry perfect in 24hrs. I wish I would have bookmarked it, or contacted the person if possible. I don't even remember the video topic. I've seen these panels, they are expensive and would like to know if they are that great before making such an expensive investment. I understand the electric won't be a plug in situation, but that is ok, my husband can wire it for me. I wonder too, if there are two panels, one on top of the other. I've seen just "netting" at Lowes that one can use under their floors or on concrete, not sure if the person used that or the "panel" that looks like sheetrock that has the heat wires in it. Thanks, Gwen
  11. I'm not sure if I'm doing this wrong or expecting too much. This is my first time using wax resist to cover glaze before glazing over it. I made a tile with a bird, branches and berries, in an appliqué technique. Bisque fired to 06. I then brush the branches with brown glaze, a black bird and wine berries. The background is a blue (georgies blueberry)., all cone 5 glazes. It takes a lot of time to do this, and the background isn't so pretty. So,the next time I made this tile after glazing bird, branches and berries, I decided to use Aftosa wax resist on all except the background. I sprayed the background with the blueberry glaze. The blue sprayed glaze looked good on the background, but also covered the wax quite a bit. I thought it would be easy to remove the blueberry glaze that piled up on the bird, branches and berries. It was not. I used a wet sponge and it was difficult to get any off the wax. When it did come off it took some of the blueberry glaze off and some of the wine colored berries. It looks like a mess. I did let the wax dry for over 24 hrs, actually several days. I used at least two coats of the wax, it looked pretty thick and the coverage looked good. The glaze was given time to dry too. Any suggestions or ideas, because now looking back, it took less time to brush all the detail, but still, I like the sprayed background, looks better than the brush. Thanks.
  12. I listen to a station called Garbage Panda. It's on free Nexus internet radio. It plays Surf, Punk, Rockabilly and the occasional old old blues and some swingin standards, Sinatra and Julie London. I also have Sirius so I listen to similar music and there, but more main stream. The Garage channel on there is a good "go to station". I have to listen to music while I'm in my basement studio. A couple years ago there was a a wolf spider (N. America's biggest spider) in there and I didn't go down there for a year. I'm back at making pottery and I believe if another one gets in, the music will keep it hiding and out of site!
  13. Thanks Bciskepottery, your instructions on making the paper circle under the mold worked and I found the center! Thanks also for the other suggstions, I will try both. Pottery requires so much of this type of measuring, any tips are helpful and always appreciated.
  14. I don't remember my HS geometry. Does anyone have any websites or books they use to make pottery shapes. For instance, right now I'd like to find the center of my dome shaped plaster mold. I googled it without success. I'm also trying to make a roof from slabs, but would love a formula for a pyramid type shape. I use cardboard before I cut the slabs, but still need help with the shape for that. How does everyone figure these things out, do you get any assistance online?
  15. I wonder if this might work for what you are doing. It's like carbon paper, but puts "glaze" on what ever you draw or write on the pottery. I bought some but haven't tried it yet. It's worth looking into. Good luck. http://www.minnesota...y/graffito.html
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