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  1. Hello. I have a question regarding import taxes and how they work. I have sold several pots to international customers and they have all been forced to pay import duties and taxes. Is there some way I can mail packages that avoid this type of charge? Or is this a normal thing? I really hate that they have had to pay these taxes and it makes the price of my work to international people more than I want to sell it for. They end up paying another 25-30 dollars to pick up their package. Does anyone have any solutions to this problem? It seems like there has to be a better way? I am not trying to cheat their countries, but if this is the case then I am just going to have to completely stop selling to international people. The tax seems outlandish! I can understand a few dollars or even 10%, but nearly 100% of the price of my work. It is something I need to figure out because it opens about a few billion more people to sell to.
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    From the album: Yunomi

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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    After a good nights rest, and a few hours of calming down (my school workload is intense). I still plan to sell work overseas. I will just make sure they are aware that they will probably face additional fees when picking up their package if their local government has duties or taxes. I just have to figure out if Etsy has a way to make that prominent for overseas customers. I don't think they do, but I will figure out something. I appreciate everyone's opinions and stuff, and I am sorry if I started a political sidetrack here. Just was mindboggling, but that's my own ignorance for living in my little pond here in the USA. Cheers!
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    Haha. Makes me happy.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    For me, it was more for the joy of selling my best pieces to people who wanted them and had been asking for them through direct messages and such. I am not trying to make any kind of living selling pottery online, it was just a way to pay for materials and get some pottery out into the world for people to enjoy. I really liked getting back the pictures of people using their pots with food and drink in them. It was nice to sell my work... I am a hobby potter and not a professional one, so I didn't mind the 10 minutes here and there to sell a $35-45 yunomi or mug. I wouldn't want to make mugs and pack them for a living online by any means. My long-term plan for pottery is to slowly build my work, aesthetic and following over my lifetime of enjoyment, fulfillment, and relaxation. I am not sure what I am going to do with my pots now. I think my hammer is going to get used even more. On the bright side, winter is almost here and I don't pot much during the winter so I will probably just let this absurdly overpriced tax thing fade from my mind.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yes. That is exactly right. Which they did not expect to pay or I assume they didn't by their response when I followed up on delivery of the item tracking USPS. None of them were upset with me by any means, but it still seems bleh for the customer. They already paying a lot for international shipping for a single cup.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    White Mug
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Protectionism is useful for some situations, but for pottery? It seems a bit redundant, although I guess if it's a large portion of their economy. Anyways. I appreciate all the comments. I was just curious if I was doing something badly wrong in my shipping labels.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yea I am not going to commit any crimes. I don't want to skirt the borders of what is legal, I just don't understand the rate at which items are being taxed. It makes no sense that it is nearly 50% of the value marked on the box. How can any government be okay with that rate? I don't want to get into a political discussion here. I have taken down my items to avoid selling anything else overseas. Bleh.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    I declared it as the worth that I sold it for on the package slip. It seems a bit insane. My last customer paid 25 euro. The one before that 20 euro.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yea it is a really sad moment, I had no idea, nor did my customers apparently. I guess I am done shipping internationally. It is a real shame. Blahhhh.
  13. I just do this. Go to sink in house. Get piping hot water. Fill up bucket. Throw pots. When bucket of water gets cold. I toss it outside. Go to get piping hot bucket of hot water in the kitchen. Usually a few hours of warm water. I feel that getting up and tossing it outside and walking around is good for my back anyway. I don't think I would ever use a thing with my hands in it. Sure warm up the water then take it out, but leaving it in there with your hands. No thanks.
  14. Is this safe to use with your hands in the water? I feel like it might be a danger?
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    180 days along, run of 40 mugs

    Looks pretty darn good for 180 days in. What weight of clay ball are you starting with and what is the final size of the wet mug from that clay ball. That will tell us a lot about the pot as well. Pictures can be hard to see the thickness and height of a mug. When I first started I felt like 1# of clay was not enough for a good mug. Now I feel like 1# of clay makes a gigantic mug.
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    yarn bowl dilemma

    I have never made these, but I would assume it has to do with the clay not having enough grog in it to support the gap. I would get a sculptural clay that has more rigidity. Something with a lot of fine grog in it maybe? I was testing out some ideas and I found that when I wedged sand and grog into my clay it was a lot more rigid in the firing.
  17. Going to run some line blends today. I want to matte down my standard white glaze slightly. I want it to be more of a sheen satin and not a solid glossy glaze. Taking a much needed day break from my studies.

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      Think about using this glaze to do your line blend - https://digitalfire.com/4sight/recipes/cone_6_dolomite_matte_base_glaze_121.html

      I used this and a clear in a line blend to get an excellent satin white liner glaze. Came out to use 40% clear and 60% dolomite matte. Had 3 good candidates to choose from. I was looking for a white liner that was not to shiny but not scratchy. 

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      Joseph Fireborn

      Cool. I will try if what I did doesn't work. Yarr! 

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    are there any green food safe glazes

    What do you mean you have no idea where to start? 1. Decide what cone you're firing. 2. Find a base glaze recipe that takes colorants and stains well at that cone. 3. Test this base on your clay body for durability and satisfaction. 4. Start doing color blends with various colorants and stains for the color you need. 5. Scale up the test results to the pots you are wanting to use those glazes on. 6. Fire multiple tests and increase batch glaze size along with the test sizes. 7. Glaze all your pots in the final version of the glaze that you decided on and tested thoroughly. 8. Profit.
  19. I wouldn't think there is any difference in a handle being extruded or pulled. The difference in strength would be due to the design of the handle. Extruded handles are usually the same size throughout so I would assume that would make it stronger than a pulled handle which usually gets thinner at some point. However, the real question you should be asking if you're concerned about the strength of a handle is the attachments. I don't think a handle is going to all of the sudden break in the middle unless it's dropped, and then, either way, it isn't going to matter much. On the other topic of pulled vs extruded. I have done both, extruded handles and pulled them off the cup after attaching. I have also just pulled the handles from a lump of clay. I don't think any method is superior it just depends on the amount of production you want to do and the design of the handles you want to make. If I was making tons of mugs every day, then I would definitely extrude them and probably pull the handle off the cup after I attached the extruded handle, it is probably the fastest way to make a handle that tapers in design.
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    Another pottery pricing thread

    It's hard, isn't it? I wish you luck figuring it all out. I will say if your financially set and you don't want to sell more than you need to sell, then don't sell. Life is short and full of questions and turmoil. If everything is saying no, and you can say no, then say no. If it turns out to be wrong and you later regret it, add it to the pile of regrets and forget about it.
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    Another pottery pricing thread

    Is this because they are bad or because you're attached? I don't know a lot about this, but I will tell you something that I heard from a really good potter who also gets thousands for his bigger works and chawans. Someone in the class asked him if he keeps any of his best work for himself, and he said, "No. In this business, if someone wants to buy your most expensive stuff, you sell it. It is the nature of the job." I was also at another gallery and the pieces were thousands of dollars and there was this one amazing chunky vase that was fired multiple times in the fire box and somehow survived. It was one of the best pieces I had ever seen. It said, "not for sale" on the tag. It was one of the only pieces in the gallery with this tag. I was admiring it and this lady beside me was admiring it too. The potter came in who made the piece and he walked over to us to tell us about it. I could tell the lady wanted to talk to him so I walked away to look at nearby pieces. I heard the lady ask him, if he would sell the piece, and he said, "yes." Just some thoughts from the pnut gallery.
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    Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    Curt, tile 23 there is remarkable. I would love to see that on a bottle or something. I wonder if the same coloration would happen though. Also tile 13 is really nice.
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    How to make a "swirl" chip & dip

    They are stunning. I don't know much about your market, but it's beautiful. I haven't seen that type of thing anywhere in stores, that is why I assumed the high price. Usually, things you can't find deem higher prices. Thanks for the process shots. very nice.

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