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    saggares5:3:18 #saggars,#clay, #lowfire, #contemporaryclay, #marciaselspr, #fuming

    Planning on doing a few "new" test in the next round of firings.... 1st will be on Monday. playing with some new chems. Thanks for the inspiration.
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    Tax Time for potters

    Mark, you just made me feel better about mine, only about 40 pages. But gives me something to "look forward" to as pottery becomes a larger and larger portion of our income.
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    What do you use to mix your glaze

    For small or test batches, I use a blender or shaker. Larger batches bucket and drill power paint mixer. For slip a joint compound mixer on the drill.
  4. Be careful what you wish for....
  5. Smash and bury before family skirts off with them. If it's functional, stock the cupboard until he kids are outgrow the break everything stage.
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    Naked Finishes Workshop

    Thanks, Marcia. Hoping to be able to get to actually go next year to NCECA. One of these days I'll actually be on my home PC where I can add a few more photos to my gallery.
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    Naked Finishes Workshop

    Greetings all, I thought I throw this out there, we have a couple spots left in our Naked Finishes workshop. We will be doing foil saggars, paper saggars, pit fire and obvara over the course of two days. More information and registration is on our website. Hoping for good weather in April.(FYI its the middle of a blizzard currently)
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    Best Tent For Craft Show?

    We are also in the Midwest and also have two canopies, an ancient craft hut that is heavy beast, but is extremely durable. I also have a cheap "Quick Shade" that I picked up on clearance at Home Depot several years ago. I have used it for small one day event where there is little chance of weather. It does have a vented top which helps in the wind. It did okay during a wind storm a couple years ago, but don't think my heart slowed down for a couple days. The only reason I bought it was for an indoor show that required a canopy with lights, and for the $60 I spent it was worth not hauling and setting up the Craft Hut. A word of caution for inexpensive canopies, at a show two summers ago the dumpster was over flowing with the remains of at least a dozen canopies that did not survive the overnight thunderstorm. The two that were near me, one was in a twisted pile, the other the top inverted.one was an EZ up, the other was a caravan. Check around you may find great used ones, my craft hut was $200 from a retiring Potter. I know my FB feed occasionally has used canopies from the various groups I'm in.
  9. Good List, I also make certain I have a: Paper inventory sheet as a backup, and to see if I have additional inventory at home if I run out of a particular style of pottery, or if price sticker goes missing. Ant spray, sunscreen, and bug repellant. Cooler stocked with lots of water and snacks
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    Partial Re-Glazing at Cone 6

    Depending on the glaze, you might need to warm the pot up to get the glaze to adhere to the bald spot depending on the glaze. 200 degrees should be fine, can be done in an oven or your kiln.
  11. Part 1....Take good, legible notes, don't use abbreviations acronyms you have to try to decipher later. Part 2....the hard part, (for me at least) Actually read the notes when you fire/glaze/etc. again.
  12. First off.... @yappystudent , I'm so sorry for hearing this, my heart goes out to you and your family. Everyone, thanks so much for sharing ! I've enjoyed hearing the various jobs held during the pottery journeys. It makes me feel good knowing I'm not the only one with a haphazard path.
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    firing large ( 40"x30" ) sculpture

    I believe there is a brief overview of "in sutu"firing in the following book... https://www.amazon.com/Alternative-Kilns-Firing-Techniques-Ceramics/dp/1579909523/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519370593&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=alternative+[pttey+firing
  14. Thanks Pres for sharing. After spending numerous years as a restaurant manager (14), I decided to a change of pace was needed to see and spend time with my family. I ended up as a 911 operator, which has given me not only job security, but the 40 hour weeks have given me time for family and a little time to throw pots .
  15. For those who don't solely support themselves from pottery, what is your full / part time profession? If you reached the point self supporting in pottery, what jobs did you do along the way to fill the gaps?
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    Mason Stains paired with glaze?

    You can check with your supplier regarding the specific colors, some have been reformulated over the years. I know my supplier has old versions as well as the new ones. Mason stains website will give you current info, read the msds on each color. As Mark C said use the search function on the forum a visual wealth of information from some very knowledgeable and awesome potters!
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    Mason Stains paired with glaze?

    Short answer, yes you would still need a place to seal the clay and make it able to hold water. Food safe is another issue depending on the Mason stain some could leach toxins into the clear glaze. What are you hoping to achieve with the Mason stains? Making colored clay or a wash? At earthenware temps you could do numerous things with a product like Mayco's stroke n coat.
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    Porcelain vs white stoneware coated w/ porcelain

    You could probably achieve the look you are going for using a grolleg based terra sigillata. I've played around with some, the bisque pots were chalk white prior to final firing. the COE is more forgiving since it is a much thinner layer. I didn't use glazes, so I cannot speak to if there was any effect on the glaze. The fumed pieces did have more of a porcelain appearance. The were also much more susceptible to fingerprints in the leather hard state.
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    Selling Large Work vs Small Work

    Joseph, the vast majority of our work that regularly sells is in the 8" - 12" in height, 5-6 in the 12"-18" range, and usually 1 over 18" over the course of a year (5-6 shows) I still carry at least 2 pots larger that 18" to every show, I never know when they will decide to go home with someone else. I make them because I like to push myself, and I find them challenging to survive a pit fire. If I were you I'd go for it, see where your heart will take you, your work will reflect it. You might even find things you can translate into smaller works. Just don't fill your studio with large pieces.
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    Selling in Galleries

    I have had good and some not so good experiences with consignment. I am one that will take a chance if I have a good feeling about it, if something feels off I walk away. As Mea said, if it's close check it out in person, go have a cup of coffee. If it feels like it you could see your mugs there, try to make contact while your there to at least introduce yourself. As Mark stated, its 9 cups. Is that an acceptable risk for you? If not, adjust the initial delivery to a number you feel comfortable with and set a contract specifying minimally the length of the trial period, frequency of pay and the percentage, reorder procedure, and an escape clause. It will protect both of you. Best of luck
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    Web Site Building And Marketing

    Not sure if it correct or not, I change my gallery pics twice a year. The rest haven't changed in 10 years. I've "refreshed" the whole site a couple times during it's existence, but kept the content the same. Feel free to check it out, currently averaging 2500-3000 hits a week, it's no Google, but pleased with the traffic.
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    red underglaze

    From Mayco's website... No Fail Reds Stroke & Coat® reds are the best on the market. Stroke & Coat® reds are the best on the market. SC-73 Candy Apple Red, SC-74 Hot Tamale and SC-87 Ruby Slippers fire true to standard every time and do not require special application or attention during firing. These reds are great for kids and students and perfect for the potter looking for a red accent at cone 10. I've seen it fired to cone 10, cannot remember exactly how it turned out as it wasn't my pot at a community firing. Just a little notation saying " Hot Tamale, A Red Red, needs heavy coat" Good luck,
  23. Soda / salt firing Mocha Diffusion, read up on it, just haven't taken the time to play yet.
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