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  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.


  5. 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!


  6. 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

  7. 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!




  8. 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. 

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 


  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. 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 


  15. 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.  

  16. Happy New Year! I'm thrilled to now have  someone to help with some of the non-clay tasks needed to set up an online store, which means I can focus more time/energy on making the pieces I need to make. 

    1. glazenerd


      Congrats. Get you're creativity on, and go slay the retail dragon.

    2. Roberta12


      That is a great thing, Lee!


    3. oldlady


      send him/her my way next, please!

  17. Decided to make four "hidden masks" specifically for the next anagama fire (NHIA) in April.   And some stands to display them on a flat surface, in addition to being wall pieces. Psyched!  

    1. glazenerd


      Looking forward to seeing them.

  18. Greetings of the season to everyone. 

    1. glazenerd


      TY Lee. My immediate thought when I read your holiday greeting was: " wonder if a seasonal mask would work in your series"? Happy Holidays

  19. Yeah, a little late in the day, but I am putting together my timeline and priorities for 2018. Would love to get some tips, so I posted a  query in Business, Marketing, and Accounting. 

  20. Happy with my firing of holiday gifts. I see myself getting better results (design & finish) each time I put a kiln load together. 

    1. glazenerd


      I have really enjoyed your "Mask" series. I like the art, but more so the emotions they encapsulate.

  21. Added Hidden Mask No. 6 "Looking Out" to my gallery.  

  22. Added two detail pics of the facial aspect of "Emerging" Hidden Mask. This piece was fired in the anagama kiln that was built by John Baymore's New Hampshire Institute of Art BFA students in 2014. The kiln, and the firing process, is a wonder to behold, and "wonder" is part of it's Japanese name, Fushigigama. 

  23. I put a pic of my most recent "hidden mask" in the gallery.  It was fired in an anagama kiln, and I am thrilled with how it came out. Coincidently--serendipity--it was titled "Emerging" before I submitted it to the fire.   

    1. Pres


      Nice! Must be a good experience to do a wood fire. Hope I get too some day.




  24. My update is more about self-reflective accountability that any news worth sharing. I am (really, really I am) working on my web site, using Old Lady's suggestion to put pics in my inventory spreadsheet (didn't know how--now I know how) and making some gifts for Christmas-porcelain trays, mostly. 

  25. Upset with self--spent funds on low fire clay and glaze and just plain do not like either.  :(  I guess I need to give it a fair chance.  I got them for making pendants. 



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