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    Natania got a reaction from GreyBird in What bisque firing schedule do you use?   
    I have the old fashioned dials (my ipad just wrote "ideals" for me instead of dials, which i also hope i have!).I set the kiln to low for two hours, med. for two and high for two, it usually shuts off in 4-6 hours from setting it on high. I go slow because I've got a very dark brown cone 5 stoneware body that does better with a slow firing. Hope this helps!
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    Natania reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?   
    I went from lurking in the forums at this time last year, to being a full fledged member, and feeling like part of this community.
    I went from not having worked in clay for about two years AT ALL to having an etsy store, a website, my first ongoing commercial client, a couple of successful markets under my belt, and $5000 worth of work about to go to Market Collective in Calgary this weekend. (They are leaders in the local Handmade movement, and competition to get in is kinda fierce.) I have been more prolific this year than I have at any point since I graduated from college.
     
    And I haven't really put it that way to myself even, until you asked that question. Wow. Definitely some growth.
     
    Edit:
    Thank you to everyone here for helping me to remember that I'm actually pretty good at this. And of how much more I want to learn.
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    Natania reacted to Tyler Miller in Production Potter Productivity   
    Dude, we're trying to help.  Casting aspersions isn't going to win you any friends.
     
    I don't think anyone's going to give you the exact answer you want which appears to be something like "your throwers should be throwing 15-20 pieces an hour and your hand builders should be a 10-15."  That's more or less meaningless data.  You already have the data you want--you want 61 pieces every day to make your model work.    
     
    I'll be honest, I detect a bit of contempt for your employees.  That seems to be the crux of the issue--the contemptuous question: "how hard should they be working?"  If they're working as hard as they can, and I have no reason to doubt they're not, you have only a few options.  Hire faster workers, incentivize speed (Colby's suggestion of piece work), streamline production, retool, or charge more.
     
    I apologize for the harshness, but you know the answer you want to hear and I think we all know you know it.  We've been trying to help in addition to that.
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    Natania reacted to TJR in Use Of Plastic In The Studio   
    I let the bags dry out, then beat the clay crumbs out of them. I use them for recycled clay-trimmings etc. that I slake down and then dry on a plaster bat.
    Come to think of it, I do have a lot of bags folded up under my wedging table. I do know that Safeway collects plastic bags, but I don't know about heavy duty clay bags.
    Can anyone come up with a use for them? Maybe Christmas wreaths spay painted green?
    TJR.
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    Natania reacted to ChenowethArts in Does Your Kiln/wheel/other Have A Name?   
    I'll confess to having named only one item in the studio.  The old Creative Industries wheel that I still use is named "The Budget".  It simply sounds better to my non-clay-co-workers at my university gig when I say, "I'm going home to work on The Budget".
    -Paul
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    Natania reacted to neilestrick in Questions About Firing With Peep Out   
    If you're running a downdraft vent, all the peeps should be in whenever the fan is on.
     
    You're probably right about the cooling time affecting the glossiness of the glazes. Slower cooling usually promotes matte surfaces. The vent will help speed cooling little bit, but you could always open a peep at the end of a firing to speed the cooling more. If your vent motor is mounted under the kiln, leave it running even with the peep open to keep the motor cool. If the motor is mounted away from the kiln you can turn it off when you open the peep. There will be a limit to how fast you can cool the kiln simply because it's bigger.
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    Natania reacted to Biglou13 in Course Clay Bodies   
    In oxidation 266. White and black Slip with clear. Mulloca grog (I think) Medium


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    Natania got a reaction from franaldea in Why Is Our Work Better Than Imported Work?   
    I think it is important to provide people with an alternative to mass produced work. Not everyone will take advantage of the opportunity we offer. Have you ever wondered why the target cup is 2.99 when its been made on the other side of the world? Why is it so cheap for a cup to travel, and so expensive for me to do so (lol)? Because the company who makes the cups has externalized the cost by using underpaid laborers and fossil fuels. Who pays the rest of the price for our 2.99 cup? The person in china who earned less than a penny making it. I heard on the radio that the average fast food worker in China has to work 3 hours to afford one fast food meal, as opposed to one in America who can afford one after one hour of work. If you haven't seen the Story of Stuff (www.storyofstuff.org) then you should, it is amazing. The truth is that cheap target cup is part of an unsustainable system that damages us all, destroys the planet and creates more toxins than one would ever guess. Without makers offering the option of handmade, ethically sourced ware (as much as possible) and other goods, the public has no choice but to continue to support this system. We here in the west have a lot of power with every dollar we spend to help or harm. I think makers of handmade goods should try to educate our buying public as well as sell to them... most of us have no idea where all our stuff comes from (it just appears on our doorstep from Amazon). Isn't it our responsibility as consumers to be aware of how/where our stuff is made, when possible?
     
     
    P.S. some states are offering renewable energy options through their electric companies. All my electric will be from renewable sources starting July 1....
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    Natania got a reaction from Evenstar in Consignment, Reasonable Expectations   
    Actually, I thought that 60/40 was a more common consignment split. I was under the impression that since you are "stocking their shelves for free" (good point), you get a slightly higher percentage. That said, I've had arrangements with both 50/50 and 60/40 for consignment. I really much prefer wholesale, but if I really like the shop or location I feel I should be flexible....
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    Natania got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in It's a luxury and curse   
    Many impressionists painted the way they did for many reasons: unusual imagination, defects in the vision, recreational use of ... whatever they were taking. Many had some mental problems. Their art justified their flaws. Their art will be here forever.
     
    Brigg's art will be here forever too! Simply because it is well done mechanically, it is outstanding, unforgettable.
    Whatever caused his imagination to go that sick, I cannot and shouldn't guess. However, what he created does not justify the cause.
     
    Although ... I looked at it again, and you know, I see hate in his art. Yes, hate! So, if he, been a nice man (as Marcia said about him), wants to tell people in a nice manner how disgusting the mankind is, than I can see the justification of ... whatever his problem is.
     
    Brigg even admitted this by himself; he said what influences his art is "an ugly wrinkle, fat neck, a pimple". Not a beauty of the human's body, not a deepness of the human soul, but the ugly inside of it.
     
     
     
     
    Maybe he sees the beautiful in the ugly?
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    Natania got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in It's a luxury and curse   
    Many impressionists painted the way they did for many reasons: unusual imagination, defects in the vision, recreational use of ... whatever they were taking. Many had some mental problems. Their art justified their flaws. Their art will be here forever.
     
    Brigg's art will be here forever too! Simply because it is well done mechanically, it is outstanding, unforgettable.
    Whatever caused his imagination to go that sick, I cannot and shouldn't guess. However, what he created does not justify the cause.
     
    Although ... I looked at it again, and you know, I see hate in his art. Yes, hate! So, if he, been a nice man (as Marcia said about him), wants to tell people in a nice manner how disgusting the mankind is, than I can see the justification of ... whatever his problem is.
     
    Brigg even admitted this by himself; he said what influences his art is "an ugly wrinkle, fat neck, a pimple". Not a beauty of the human's body, not a deepness of the human soul, but the ugly inside of it.
     
     
     
     
    Maybe he sees the beautiful in the ugly?
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    Natania got a reaction from mss in super dark clay body and glazes   
    Here are some pieces I made with standard 266. I use a glaze called "Cream breaking red" and fire to cone 5. I will post the glaze recipe when I find it (I left my glaze notebook at school where I teach)....I apply the glaze quite thinly to get more of the clay color showing through...I would love to find a creamy white that shows up on this clay, but I can't imagine there is one that would work...






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    Natania got a reaction from TypicalGirl in Help with Resume/CV/Portfolio   
    I am not so confident in my artist's statement skills myself, but have learned a lot from looking at the websites of artists and potters whose work I admire online. There are statements on most websites, and you can read though them taking notes about what topics they address, how the statements are structured, etc. of course the content of yours would be different, but researching for inspiration is a good place to start. Often CVs are on websites too. Good luck!
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