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  1. I am thrilled that I will have a worker bee coming next week to assist me with bringing my backlogged inventory current. I have forced myself stop making anything more until I get this done and all my remaining smalls are coded  for the web & stored in labeled drawers for easy access. Then I can get on with making some samples for a local shop keeper who is interested in a particular line.  

    1. glazenerd


      Good news indeed.

    2. lgusten


      How wonderful is this!!!!!!!  It will be great to be organized!!!

  2. Phooey...I went to pay for my shelf area for the anagama firing in October and it's full!! Next is spring or summer, but I'll probably cave and do the pieces in my L&L. 

    1. Gabby


      Sorry you missed this opportunity, but as you write, there are other firing options now, and you can be first in line for Spring.

  3. I'm into the last round of making pieces for the anagama firing in the fall. (I get in through public access to the Community Education Program, providing space available. This is the gorgeous large kiln that John Baymore built w/ NHIA students..it is such a rush to see it in action! )

  4. I put a few items from my recent fire in the Gallery. Happy happy. 

  5. Kiln is cooling under 300, but I'm going to bed now....so "Christmas " will come tomorrow morning

    1. Gabby


      So, where are the Christmas photos of the pots family?

    2. LeeU


      I took pics and lost the whole bunch. But the presents were pleasing. I'll get a few into the Gallery next week--I hate how long it takes to resize them just for this site so I don't post much there anymore. 


    3. Gabby


      I understand, Lee. I am actually completely inept at something like managing photos and admire those who can. I am so happy your load was pleasing.

  6. Well, it's got nuthin to do with ceramics, but  a big black bear just helped himself to the suet cakes hanging from my car port roof. He made a crushed wire mess of my pricey squirrel proof double cake suet hanger. I've been hanging suet for 8 years w/o being visited by a big fuzzy thief.  Guess I won't be putting that out anymore. Did I mention he was big? (And beautiful-a treat to see, truth be told).

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    2. lgusten


      Up on the porch is too close!!!  We occasionally have bears wander down....but it makes the news.  And the wildlife people are very good about getting the word out to not disturb the bears as they will wander back home.   Hopefully, your bear will wander back on the ridge.  You could put the feed on the ground....most of our birds will eat the seed the deer have spilled from the feeders.  

    3. LeeU


      I'll have to put my bear claws clay stamps to good use so I'm not clogging up the board with off-topic stuff! I'll make more biz card holders. There were 3  last nite--very unusual--mom  & 2 cubs--got in all the trash ready for pick up.  We're a single little street at the base of a small mountain, and near a big lake. The landlord called the fish & game guys--I think they encouraged them to go back home using the scent of dogs.  


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    4. lgusten


      The bear stories are artistic inspiration.  We now have some fodder for our creative sides.  I have been working on a bear shape for my animal figures. 

  7. Yee haw----1843 and climbing--never gets old.

  8. I did get some help w/prep for this weekend's firing, which is about to be programmed. But I am still absolutely sold on getting lighter shelves!! 

    1. Gabby


      So glad you got some help while you save for those light shelves.

    2. Denice


      My husband helped me unload a glaze firing Sunday.   He said you need help with those heavy shelves.  I had loaded and unloaded a bisque and loaded the glaze firing this weekend by myself.  He just won't admit that it is exciting to unload a glaze firing.     Denice

  9. Started in on my first clay toy for a small event later this summer. Not so easy, but feels great to be back in the studio.

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    2. Roberta12


      Lee, I think that carving must be your super power!  Great shape!


    3. Gabby


      Beautiful turtle. Every Wednesday morning I start my day by greeting two very slow and peaceful Asian Brown Tortoises. Isn't the tortoise a good luck symbol?

    4. Denice


      Great turtle, if you decide you want to sell it in your on-line store you could make a press mold.   Use some paper clay to keep the weight down.    Denice

  10. I've been largly out of commission due to having my work table break and having to save up and wait for a new one to arrive. I got it today and it is great--5' instead of 4, and much stronger.  Yee haw! 

  11. Psyched...the NH Potters Guild (of which I am a member) is invited to participate in an August event at the Gallery at Well Sweep. They  want clay art specifically in the form of toys and musical instruments. I'm planning on 2 toys and a rattle. 

  12. I have made a section on my Pinterest Clay board on Kilns & Firing, specific to the anagama kiln that John Baymore "made happen" for the New Hampshire Intute of Art. Check it out https://www.pinterest.com/LeeUstinich/clay-kilns-and-firing/fushigigama-nhia-wonder-kiln-at-sharon-art-center-/

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks for the link.

  13. P.S. You can link to my Pinterest from my website and I have many nice Clay boards. 

  14. Phooey--table top slab roller is "stuttering"--all bodies, all thicknesses.  Might be a broken sprocket. I hate having to take things apart and not being able to use something until I figure out what is wrong, how to fix it, and then do it, if I can.  

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    2. LeeU


      It's a Bailey...if I can't locate the problem I'll give them a call! 

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I have had 2 Baileys, dual rollers. Is yours dual rollers?


    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      they have good tech support.


  15. May 1st is the "soft" launch of my online shop at Lee U Ceramics website. My store collections have enough items to "go live".  More to come, of course!  

    1. yappystudent


      More power to you LeeU. 

    2. Roberta12


      YOu have put a lot of work into that Lee!  Best of luck!


  16. I am befuddled. So, I am seeking input on the best ways to market and display items that are multi-purpose. Please go to Business, Marketing etc. to see my question in Web Site Bldg. etc. pg. 5. Thanks

  17. It is snowing hard for 2 days in the US NE and more tomorrow.  NH people trying to get to NCECA are facing cancelled and sold out flights--bummer. I'm not going-my good news is I got my computer back.


    1. oldlady


      stay warm, try to convince NCECA organizers to make its meeting later in the year.

    2. Pres


      Oh the weather is frightful, and some are saying that 2020, Richmond Virginia will be so delightful, but I can remember driving to Ashville, NC for the Randolph conference  in March with an inch of pebbly ice on the ground. The cold or the snow is easy to deal with compared to ice. I would love to have an early Spring that year!




  18. I am temporarily without my computer. Using the extra time to make a dent in my studio & office chores "to do" list. Not that it is of any interest or relevance to the Forums...I am just whining about cyber withdrawal. 

  19. Feeling good--encouragement is good---I made a comment, with some pics of a greenware vase, on my FB page, that I am going to do "before and after" shots of some pieces and got a bunch of positive feedback in PMs (these are people who know nothing about clay and know me or just like my posts). Made for a nice day.

  20. Hi--just curious about the traffic for your website--is it generating sales? Do you have any idea "why" or "how" you are getting so much traffic (i.e  well known reputation, strong base of existing customers & interested others, targeted SEO skills, links to you placed on other sites???)  I enjoyed your videos and text & photos of your gorgeous work, by the way.  Lee U

    1. Up in Smoke Pottery

      Up in Smoke Pottery

      Lee U, sorry for the delay , at the current time, I do not sell from the website, I really don't think the photos do the pieces justice and do not show the depth of the coloring and patterns.   I did set a store up for the workshop, but decided to invoice them instead.  It would not be hard to activate it for the pottery pieces if I decide to go that route.

      I am not a huge techie, just got lucky with the use of meta keywords which helped me show up in searches.  Now as I understand it, the more clicks I get, the higher ranking I receive from internet searches, which helps keep me there.  I do a little social media, mainly on FB that links back to the site and vice versa.  Everything I did was done by following help files and reading a couple books on website building/design.

      Thanks for your kind words about our site and work.  Ha...the videos are cheesy, but get watched and shared  a lot.  I do need to do an updated Obvara one, got to talk one of my boys into being the camera guy again.




    2. Up in Smoke Pottery

      Up in Smoke Pottery

      Lee U, also it doesn't hurt to have @Marcia Selsor mention you and your website in the latest article she is featured in. :D  We do get several hits from Europe.  Thanks Marcia!

  21. Just sent out my first "web site is live" notice. Maybe should not have, since the store is not active yet, but everything else is done and I figured I best begin to get it "out there". Feels good! Lot of work, but i did it all myself.


    1. Roberta12


      I am going right there now......I also want to know what you are doing about shipping.....that's my next hurdle.


    2. LeeU


      I am shipping at cost (pre-added into the prices) through the USPO, as I mostly have small pieces. I use repurposed materials to pack and send, not the pricey flat rate boxes. 


  22. Finally, I got 8 items up in my website Shop. That means I now know how to do the next 100--all the behind-the-scenes integrated detail work involved, since no, you don't "just" upload a picture and slap a price on it!  

    1. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      I always hated trying to do that bit... Nice work :D

    2. terrim8


      Way to go! It's all so much to learn.


  23. I am missing the moderators and key resource/info people who are (recently) not here anymore---the place just ain't the same. 


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    2. S. Dean

      S. Dean

      LeeU - I think if "mass migration" is a concern, then it is up to each of us to promote and maintain an active, vibrant and respectful community (as has, been our culture).  People come and go for a variety of reasons, and yes there are losses to lament.  However, it is the culture that  holds thing together over time.  There's an incredible amount of talent and knowledge on this forum today, and I'm thankful for the efforts of  the existing and new moderators that help make this a community where that knowledge and ideas can be shared.  

    3. Benzine


      Wow, where have I been?  I had no idea that John was no longer participating here. 

      That is unfortunate, especially if it was because of conflict/ disagreement with other posters.

      I have seen too many posters leave, for such reasons. 

      I have never taken anything, people have said here, personal.  If my views are questioned, I either further explain myself, or rethink my stance.   I am not the authority, that some former and current members are, so I have less to lose in a debate, but I am still always open to a health discussion.  If it turns negative, I just walk away...  That's exactly what I preach to my students, so I have to lead by example right?

    4. glazenerd


      Lee: many changes have happened in the last few months. It is more than just John and Bruce leaving us: the whole forum format has changed. Lots of us are still struggling trying to get use to the new layout: myself included. I much preferred the old version, most miss the "at a glance"  ease of use. 

      It will take Min and Neil awhile to get use to their new roles: so they are dealing with newness as well. This forum is no different than life, people move in and out of it all the time. We are approaching 30,000 members and perhaps 100 post on any regular basis. Give it some time to adjust from the changes and the disruptions: and it will level out. John and Bruce will certainly be missed.

  24. The way I approach creating now is so radically different from how I approached it in the past. To a much appreciated extent, I am discovering the continuation of Self, which s a good thing, however slowly I get on with it.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      never ending 


  25. I am thrilled to be turning down my first commission request! I am not going to do orders to specifications, but I will accommodate the person  by offering a few "close to/very similar" objects based on the desired attributes. 



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    2. Roberta12


      Lee, can you tell me how you turned down the commission work?  For instance, what words did you say?  I just got a request from a customer today saying that she wants 3 more mugs like the one she bought from me in December only she wants red hearts and she wants things written on them and ......  I have to be able to nicely turn down some custom work.......


    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I tell them I do not write words or do special orders.

    4. Roberta12


      I knew it, I knew it, I knew you would say that, Mark!!!   My husband said, no,  Just tell them no.  


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