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nancylee last won the day on April 26 2012

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  1. I just skimmed this thread, so I don't know if anyone suggested festival.net? It has more street fair type shows, less expensive, not the big $500 to $1000 entry shows. I am trying a few this fall. We shall see. Nancy
  2. I think I had too high expectations for my last show, although it was expensive and a 3 day show. My best jewelry friend won't go back to a show unless she makes 5K for 2 days, at least 6K for 3 days. She works in silver, but her jewelry is expensive. So I figured that for 3 days, I should have made at least 3K for my time. Ha!!! Not even remotely close!!
  3. Thanks for sharing your experience. I just did a show a few weeks ago - I love my colorful pottery but no one else did. Sold lots of wind chimes and painted little bud vases but nothing else. I didn't have coherent sets of stuff, since I had been making a lot of jewelry all summer. Lost probably $600. I looked at it as an experiment. I failed. I do sell urns but to make up my salary, I would have to sell 1800 urns a year. I like variety and that would drive me as crazy as my day job does. Needless to say, I'm reevaluating any retirement plans. Best to you. Keep doing it for the love of it. Nancy
  4. When I use the North Star, often the clay seems to get stuck under the main roller, and the canvas and clay start to go down onto the lower roller, and get stuck in there. It is a real pain. I flip my clay every increment, so it isnt stuck to the canvas. I don't know what it is.
  5. Good morning, I want to make a couple of fountains: one for home and one for my classroom. I looked up some tutorials, but was womdering if any of you folks have one you recommend? I want to start easy, and I srill stink at throwing over 4 pounds of clay or so. I have been handbuilding, but am having trouble figuring how to handbuild bowls, an entirely different subject! Edited: wanted to make one like this, maybe thrown. Where do you put the pump? Under the hump? Thanks! Nancy
  6. Hi, do you mean ruler? And thank you!
  7. When extruding or even handbuilding, i often end up with tops or bottoms that are not level. I have tried using the string I use on the wheel to get stuff off, the big string on a handle i have for cutting clay off the block, knives, and nothing gets a clean, level top/bottom. I have tried at all levels of dryness, also. I am looking for details such as: How do you prop the clay, where do you start, pull toward you or away. I am trying to level things that are not put on the banding wheel and spin to cut, like little wall planters, etc. I know, silly question. But thanks for any help anyway
  8. This rings true to me, although I think everyone is influenced by others in some way. I don't think there is really anything new. New combinations, maybe, but not many new ideas anymore. But I do like what it said about pros make a lot of work and filter through to see what they like. I have often wondered, as someone who doesn't make her living with art, how people get to their style. Seven years in, I am finally figuring out what I really love and what I don't like, and still trying to really grab it. I'm not sure I am comfortable, though, having such hierarchical lines between a pro and an amateur. I know lot of amateur potters who make spectacular work and have gone to studios where pros are selling their work and see stuff just thrown together. I know for me, when I felt under pressure to try to sell things, I made stuff I am not proud of, so I have really stepped back and am reevaluating. I want to explore, enjoy, not feel pressure to make any $$ cause I already have a full time job that doesnt' give me much time to create anyway.
  9. Thank you for your advice, Nancy
  10. Thank you. May be that I have been using mid-fire clay a lot. I haven't really paid attention, just grabbed what I had a lot of. Nancy
  11. Hi, When using underglazes and going for the brightest colors, what is the best bisque temp and what is the best glaze temp? I don't think I'm doing it right. I fire to cone 5 normally, but when using underglazes, I often fire to Cone 06. Since I bisque everything together at 05, I wonder if this is not a good way to do this. I have been hearing a lot about firing to cone 04, but I have trouble with some of my colors fading even at cone 06. I like really really bright colors like Michael Kifer's. He does low fire I know, but I'm looking for more specifics. Also, if I use a cone 6 clay cause that is what I have around, does that dull the colors? Thanks! https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+kifer+pottery&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiHy6upwdbTAhUE2oMKHZ02CO8Q_AUICygC&biw=1280&bih=619 Nancy
  12. I hope you know that I was saying that I am "thick." Not you or the wax!! :)N Nancy
  13. I LOVE your colors! I just don't reduction fire. I have started using Amaco Potter's Choice, which has some gorgeous results. Nancy
  14. I think so. I love color, so I love the runny blues with maroons in there. The Amaco Potter's Choice glazes, theynlook somewhat like the Chun at cone 10, but much easier. I also love very bright colors, so I use a lot of underglazes and carving, which is new to me. Ah, color.