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  1. Handy Techniques

    @ Denice, love using the old silverware racks, I have several. Unfortunately I've killed more than my fair share of dishwashers. @ Min , great idea I have a dead dishwasher in the garage, might have to save the racks. I have cut the tines of and used the lower one as a rolling rack for under shelving. @ Pres, might have to steal that for trimming bottles. To further use old dishwashers, gut it leaving only the plastic tub and legs/casters. set it in a shower base pan with drain hole sealed. I used epoxy and the front cover of the dishwasher. Use a small garden fountain pump with a flexible hose connected to the discharge end, and run it around the interior top of the tub secured with hose clamps. Plug the end. Piece the hose so it will spray on the interior sides and back of the tub. Use another piece of flexible tubing to put on the supply end and have that in the shower base. Fill the base with water and put a banding wheel inside. Once you plug it in you have a water wall spray booth. Worked pretty well, just did have room to move it to the new studio. Not my idea, found it on the internet somewhere, maybe here on an older post.
  2. Creating A Workshop

    Looking for a little guidance on setting up workshop and how to determine how to price it. My clay supplier will host and provide material/supplies, and in exchange take a portion of the registration fees to cover their costs. Planning on a weekend event, sat/sun. Doing Obvara, Pit and saggar firings, throwing demos and applying terra sigg, I know the applying sigg is simple, but it is one of the most common questions I get. I've developed a decent list of potential attendees, probably 3x the number I can realistically fit in the space, and I understand most of those will never sign up, but believe there are several others in the area that i'm fairly certain will sign up, they sign up for everything. My clay supplier says they have gotten several requests for a workshop from us, so they have a list of names as well. Just not sure on the cost and any advice from the seasoned workshop presenters would be appreciated. I have done a couple short workshops on obvara alone that have gone okay, decent attendance, may have been set up a little to long, too many just kept pulling out more and more pieces to be fired. thanks, Chad
  3. Creating A Workshop

    @Marcia Selsor @GEP, Thanks again for your assistance. We have our workshop scheduled and registrants before we put out sent out advertising.
  4. End Rolls

    Been using these for years, anyone traveling through Sioux Falls, a local printer has a room of these, little more the Mea paid, but almost always have a couple inches (2"-6") left on the roll.
  5. Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?

    Thank you for a fascinating topic, It has been interesting to read and think back to the multitude of requests received during my short time selling pottery. Simple rule for me....if I like/agree/support your cause and the 1st request of the month, you get a pot. If not, you don't. I don't donate from the booth, must come from stock. If I don't get a thank you, preferably by mail, but in person will suffice, you are off the list for future donations. I don't bother with paperwork, other than give them 2 business cards, one to stay with the pot, one for their forms. I will deliver locally if convenient, otherwise they have to pickup. I annually donate to the local art center's big gala event. In exchange for the donation of art, can either get 25% of the sales price or a ticket to the event. I've gone a few times, other times just donated the the whole amount. This style of event still working here, every piece I've donated has gone well over my original asking price. I have always been treated great, before, after and during. The really rare part, I mean really RARE part, is I've actually sold additional pieces to the winning bidder when they contacted me after the auction. So it does happen, but only when Halley's comet eclipses the sun on the 5 Tuesday of the month.
  6. Creating A Workshop

    Thanks ladies for the advice. My wife and I have been discussing a schedule and looking at supply costs, trying to decide what to what processes to include, what questions do we get asked the most. etc.. We have one handout already prepared from the Obvara workshops we have done, it would just need to be expanded for the other firings. Did not think of having an observer price point, I have never seen that in any of the workshops I've looked at. We talked about a student rate, and/or possibly co-artist/spouse rate. thanks again, chad
  7. Knife: Flexible Or Rigid (Or Both)?

    A plaster knife? Wow, most of mine are made of steel. Does it cut well? Thanks Chilly, I needed a laugh.
  8. Collaborative Work

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.
  9. Up In Smoke Pottery 901

    From the album Obvara

    Obvara firing from April 2017

    © Up in Smoke Pottery~Chad Dykstra

  10. Up In Smoke Pottery 902

    From the album Obvara

    Obvara firing from April 2017

    © Up in Smoke Pottery~Chad Dykstra

  11. Up In Smoke Pottery 900

    From the album Obvara

    Obvara firing from April 2017

    © Up in Smoke Pottery~Chad Dykstra

  12. Obvara

  13. My Kiln Build

    Just want to say thanks for all the info, if I ever decide to build a kiln, I hope I remember this is here.
  14. Is This Crazing?

    I agree with Mark, could have fallen in from something about it as well, possibly on the bottom of the shelf above it? Speaking from experience on this one, discovered the source after running several gallons through a sieve.
  15. couple artists around hear use buffalo hair, much finer lines, typically looks like steel wool pad stretched out.
  16. High Fire, Then Pit Fire? Food Safe?

    I agree with what has been said. pit fire is not food safe! there are many chemicals that can make it less porous, but those are almost worse in the level of toxicity. The milk firing can effectively seal the vessel, much like Obvara, but both of those can wear through with use requiring the vessel to re-fired.
  17. Had to think about this for a bit....growing up, my parents did not believe in art as a hobby let alone a career. It was foolishness and a waste of time. The house was decorated from home decorating parties (similar to Avon, Tupperware, etc) and the JC Penny catalog. Music was the only acceptable form of art, and only as a hobby. My father was furious when I quit chorus. The school I graduated from did not teach art after the 6th grade, but was able to metal sculptures and woodworking in shop class, which were to parent approved skills. Fast forward several years, met my wife. Her parents and grandparents were artists, main-streaming as pottery and ceramic wholesale and manufacturers. My father-in-law is the one who taught me how to throw, giving 5-10 minute lessons and a bag of clay to go practice. They have encouraged me the whole way and doing the parent bragging as if I was their own. My wife is my partner, she is with me side by side during the firings and assisting in the studio. She prepares the saggars, and does most of the talking at the workshops and shows. She listens as I verbalize my ideas, and challenges me to change them when they don't seem right. I have learned to listen to her, she is usually right. Our kids are happy when we do well, but not as happy having to haul materials around, they are all under 18 and get to be involved regardless of their thoughts on the matter. They each have artistic abilities of their own, musically and visually. I learned latter in life, that my birth mother was a very talented painter, but same with my parents, her parents encouraged her to find more suitable things to do with her time. My parents have come around, My mother gives our pottery at every wedding. Most of my siblings have been supportive, some buy, some just ask really good questions like they are trying to understand.
  18. just keep throwing,just keep throwing...

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Nice to see you back, Chad! I am throwing a lot this week. Very excited about some teapots.

    3. Up in Smoke Pottery

      Up in Smoke Pottery

      Thanks Marcia, been sidetracked for a while. Just loaded a couple obvara in the gallery from out last firing

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      will check them out.

  19. Rolling Kiln Stand

    I do have a steel rolling stand that I had made by a local welder friend, picked up some "drop steel" angle iron from steel supplier for a couple bucks and had my friend recreate my factor stand with locking steel casters. Works great, although seldom move it anymore. good to know about the softbrick and cement board.
  20. $700 Pacifica Wheel?

    I bought a GT 400 used, in 2006ish. it too was described as very little used, bought for a high school student who abandoned pottery the following year in college. Paid $300-$400, I have to dig in my records. Had no problems other than the splash pan, but nothing a little jb weld didn't fix. I know it has the older foot pedal before they started have troubles with updated version. I'd have no qualms about purchasing another Pacifica from the early 2000's, but not sure on the newer ones, haven't needed to research them yet.(fingers crossed)
  21. Frustrated with studio set up....

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I have a lot of tables and glaze shelves on casters. Easy to move. I just built larger wheel top table for my wheel since visiting Antoinette's. Always room for improving. Got a magnetic roll of tape at Hoe depot for some throwing tools.


    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I have a lot of tables and glaze shelves on casters. Easy to move. I just built larger wheel top table for my wheel since visiting Antoinette's. Always room for improving. Got a magnetic roll of tape at Hoe depot for some throwing tools.


    4. GEP


      Start by throwing away everything single thing that you haven't touched in 12 months. You'll be amazed how much space you will find.

  22. AWESOME!!! Thanks for the mention Marcia!!! I'm feel so honored.
  23. How Not To Pit Fire

    Thanks for the mention Alabama!! Graybeard, shoot me an email, I'd be happy to assist if I can.
  24. Dressing Up The Display

    When we used table, we had our skirts hemmed by a local artisan who made clothing, cost me a couple mixing bowls. She added elastic in the upper hem, but I secured them with snaps that i purchased in a kit from a hardware store. Male end screwed into the table, female end was grommet into the fabric. still use them when I need extra display space. It was very easy, if either piece of the snap wears out you can replace it. The elastic was only to keep it snug around the table. If I had to do it over, I would probably go with Mea's design. Chad
  25. Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business

    I know I'm late to the party, but we decided to call our studio "Up in Smoke Pottery". #1 Dykstra Pottery was already taken by a potter on the other side of the state. #2, the smoke(vapor) provides most of the colors/patterns in our work, no glazes, pit and saggar firings. #3. Its a great conversation starter at art festivals. Most people don't remember my name, but they remember our work and studio Chad

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