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    LeeU got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    What's on my workbench? My sister!! She drove up from Virginia. She has been taking some pottery classes in Roanoke. So she loaded her car with greenware (!!) and we bisqued them over the last few days. Now she is glazing her work for the glaze fire. The 05 fire was very lightly loaded with just her items but I have pieces to add for the cone 5 fire, so the kiln will be more balanced and full. She doesn't know I took these pics--I was sneaking around outside the studio (she doesn't like being photographed--opps, too bad!) It has been great fun doing this somewhat "together". 


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    LeeU got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    A rat took up residence in my studio (a converted bedroom in my old-ish mobil home)  while I was out of town for a couple of weeks.  He ate--completely destroyed--the good welder's gloves with the extended cuffs for stoking the big anagama kiln.  He ate my leather studeo shoes. He ate all things cardboard. He ate my foam core and one dry wall shelf board. He ate a plasaic  texture roller. He ate through the old semi-crumbling cement foundation (!) to get in and out. He did not eat any food. I did not have a cat. I highly recommend that you add a second cat. 
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    LeeU got a reaction from Babs in What’s on your workbench?   
    What's on my workbench? My sister!! She drove up from Virginia. She has been taking some pottery classes in Roanoke. So she loaded her car with greenware (!!) and we bisqued them over the last few days. Now she is glazing her work for the glaze fire. The 05 fire was very lightly loaded with just her items but I have pieces to add for the cone 5 fire, so the kiln will be more balanced and full. She doesn't know I took these pics--I was sneaking around outside the studio (she doesn't like being photographed--opps, too bad!) It has been great fun doing this somewhat "together". 


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    LeeU got a reaction from oldlady in What’s on your workbench?   
    What's on my workbench? My sister!! She drove up from Virginia. She has been taking some pottery classes in Roanoke. So she loaded her car with greenware (!!) and we bisqued them over the last few days. Now she is glazing her work for the glaze fire. The 05 fire was very lightly loaded with just her items but I have pieces to add for the cone 5 fire, so the kiln will be more balanced and full. She doesn't know I took these pics--I was sneaking around outside the studio (she doesn't like being photographed--opps, too bad!) It has been great fun doing this somewhat "together". 


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    LeeU got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    What's on my workbench? My sister!! She drove up from Virginia. She has been taking some pottery classes in Roanoke. So she loaded her car with greenware (!!) and we bisqued them over the last few days. Now she is glazing her work for the glaze fire. The 05 fire was very lightly loaded with just her items but I have pieces to add for the cone 5 fire, so the kiln will be more balanced and full. She doesn't know I took these pics--I was sneaking around outside the studio (she doesn't like being photographed--opps, too bad!) It has been great fun doing this somewhat "together". 


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    LeeU reacted to Denice in What’s on your workbench?   
    I am going to finish cleaning my studio  today and start throwing molds for my antique glass bottle bottoms tomorrow.  The mural they go in is still drying,  I am hoping to have them fired and ready for glass before my husband has colon surgery.   He has to take it easy for a month so I hope I can fire the glass while he is down.     Denice
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    LeeU got a reaction from liambesaw in Slow Bisque and cooling   
    Thanks! So, it sounds like there is nothing "wrong" with the length of time and all is well with the cool down! Thanks. 
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    LeeU got a reaction from terrim8 in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    A rat took up residence in my studio (a converted bedroom in my old-ish mobil home)  while I was out of town for a couple of weeks.  He ate--completely destroyed--the good welder's gloves with the extended cuffs for stoking the big anagama kiln.  He ate my leather studeo shoes. He ate all things cardboard. He ate my foam core and one dry wall shelf board. He ate a plasaic  texture roller. He ate through the old semi-crumbling cement foundation (!) to get in and out. He did not eat any food. I did not have a cat. I highly recommend that you add a second cat. 
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    LeeU reacted to Hulk in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    … reflections on 61+ years in this life, local Public Radio, KPIG (also radio), mp3 library - all through 6.1 surround sound, the local birds (when door is open), passing neighbors, an' good ol' Jack the Nanday conure.
     


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    LeeU got a reaction from Rae Reich in Anagama Surprise   
    I was just was given a piece that I had in the recent anagama fire, that had  been found afterthe unloading and cleaning of the kiln.  I did not even realize it was missing from my  fired ware, though it was one of my favorites going in. It is nicely crusty on the interior, which I was going for-I'd made the inside very rough hoping it would catch ash. The external effects make me happy-happy! The piece is roughly 5.5" h x 2"sq.  and about 1 lb. 8 oz., which is how I like it. Body is Sheffield Z, glaze was just small splashes of tennmoku and white on some areas and thetexture is paddled or hand treated. John said the firing reached  cones 11-13 overall.   Update--I put more photos in the album Lee U Anagama Fire in the Gallery.




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    LeeU got a reaction from Rae Reich in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Which may be what needs to be addressed more than the fear of silicosis. (i.e anxiety becoming an impairment, not just a passing bit of worry.)
     
    And thus, you have identified and defined the work you need to do at this point in time!!  Willingness is the key. 
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    LeeU reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Busy guy! I thought you were retired 
    I just went through 150 lbs of porcelain trying to find one that I can throw with.  I found one that I think I like, but need to see how it does firing.  I made a bunch of bowls, bottles and flower pots with it.
    I need to make a lamp for my mom, and I need to get back to bowls, plates and mugs soon.  This week I am going to do a lot of work, hopefully get a bisque and 3 glaze firings in this weekend.  
    I contacted a new farmers market in my town and I have a list of things I need to borrow or buy in order to do the market.  A square reader, a canopy, business cards and a sign at the very minimum for this one, and hopefully will start to be able to build up enough show things to sign up for a few holiday shows.  Fingers crossed anyway.
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    LeeU reacted to MFP in Clay Poll--people's favorite cone 6 and 10 bodies   
    Unfortunately,  the FBI likes me too much for that. I had a Federal Prison after me for months to work there because the FBI gave me the highest security clearance of anyone who had ever applied.....then working for my agency, we were all finger printed and they were sent to the FBI database.  My TSA  precheck approval  was supposed to take a month.....I got my approval in three days.  Also...way too many criminal attorneys and judges know who I am.  The perils of forensic psychology. Glad not to be doing it any more.  So crime is not an option....I used to spend so much time at the jail, I told them the least they could do was give me a cell where I could take a nap! 
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    LeeU reacted to liambesaw in Clay Poll--people's favorite cone 6 and 10 bodies   
    I always figured it was from dry skin, I use gypsum, plaster and silica at work and my hands are always too dry.  Coming home and banging out pots doesn't help I'm sure. 
    Good news is, go ahead and start your life of crime, you're absolutely untraceable 
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    LeeU reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Clay Poll--people's favorite cone 6 and 10 bodies   
    Border control will have surprisingly little to say about it. My friend Ciro works for Plainsman, and he's been taking $2000 loads of clay into Vermont duty free. That's probably a bit more than you need at a go. 
    If Plainsman IS an option, m370 is a warm white/cream burning midfire body that is plastic, trims nicely and is often used by those who want a clean background for decorating. H570 is its cone 10 counterpart, and I personally really enjoyed using it. I have heard rumours that the Archie Bray gets some in, but I'd give Plainsman in Medicine Hat a call to confirm that. They may have other places you can get it south of the border.
    Plainsman clays in general prefer to go wide rather than tall, and both 570 bodies prefer slipping and scoring for attachments, as opposed to just water. As a plus, the recipes on Digitalfire are all formulated on Plainsman, because Tony Hanson is their chemist.
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    LeeU got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What tool set would you have post glazing?   
    Well golly, Pres.  You didn't leave much room for me (can't speak for anyone else) to add much! Your list pretty much covers it all...and much more than I have in my studio (no grinding base or GG-- if  it won't Dremel off or respond to the various diamond-based assists and other manual processes, then it's just not happening). Then again, I'm not cranking out jars with lids, and  my inherently "rough" style lends itself to very minimal finishing  needing to be done. Packing I've got down to a science and am pretty good at it, but I don't do anything special that anybody else doesn't do, as far as standard practices go. If I use newspaper, I do make an effort to use sheets of interest from our local publications, like The Weirs Times, serving the Winnipesaukee lakes region of NH. Here's a sample of a pic I would use as a wrap. And I often include a small moose hanging ornament along with my biz card. My smalls bags are white, blue, or brown Kraft and I have a sticker with my logo to seal them shut.   

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    LeeU reacted to Benzine in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    LeeU reacted to liambesaw in Wholesale accounts   
    I wouldn't say that less time committed to the sale means they are at a deficit.  You need to take into account the fact that putting your items on their shelves means that there's another product out there that isn't on their shelves.  This is a risk to the business, and not one that you as a producer of goods has to worry about.  To you a pot that doesn't sell is just a pot that doesn't sell, to them a pot that doesn't sell is a pot that doesn't sell, but it's also generating negative income. They are losing potential sales of other goods.
    A lot of wholesale commissions are 50/50 or 40/60 to offset that risk.  And then of course additional costs that a wholesale customer has are things like employee wages, benefits and taxes, lease payment, credit card processing fees, sales tax collection, etc.  All things that you dont need to worry about as a wholesaler.
    It also allows you to still do shows and fairs to make your main wad, SIDE MONEY!
    if you treat your wholesale as the main income generator then you might find yourself at the mercy of the wholesale gods, but as long as it's a side gig, that's passive income and something that works out for everyone involved.
    Maybe?  Not sure what exactly you were asking by the whole added value question, or what you're expecting of a retailer you're selling to, but as far as a time commitment standpoint I think there's a lot more involved than just time.
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    LeeU reacted to Min in ^03 Porcelain   
    You could try contacting the manufacturers and asking them.
    https://www.vanderbiltminerals.com/markets/ls-personal-care/products/personal-care-products-veegum
    https://www.imerys-ceramics.com/halloysite
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    LeeU reacted to liambesaw in ^03 Porcelain   
    Well that just makes too much dang sense, how dare you 
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    LeeU got a reaction from JeffK in Anagama Surprise   
    I was just was given a piece that I had in the recent anagama fire, that had  been found afterthe unloading and cleaning of the kiln.  I did not even realize it was missing from my  fired ware, though it was one of my favorites going in. It is nicely crusty on the interior, which I was going for-I'd made the inside very rough hoping it would catch ash. The external effects make me happy-happy! The piece is roughly 5.5" h x 2"sq.  and about 1 lb. 8 oz., which is how I like it. Body is Sheffield Z, glaze was just small splashes of tennmoku and white on some areas and thetexture is paddled or hand treated. John said the firing reached  cones 11-13 overall.   Update--I put more photos in the album Lee U Anagama Fire in the Gallery.




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    LeeU reacted to Stephen in First Art Fair   
    Factories in china are turning out pots with the same "flaws" on every 6th pot. While no one wants to have bad pots on the rack I think you have to be very careful about tossing pots that just have characteristic blemishes from being hand made.   
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    LeeU got a reaction from JohnnyK in First Art Fair   
    That is an important bit of advice! Everything Neil mentioned is gold and should help assure a good experience at these shows.  I want to address the "flaws" disclosure issue. My perspective is perhaps a bit different from many ceramists, and I am not  a professional.   For me, the role of "flaws" in clay (or paintings, sculpture etc.) is an aesthetic and  philosophical issue that each craftman/artist should explore and come to personal terms with. Over time I have  moved from seeing technical flaws as flaws in the work--and even as flaws in me as the creator-- to seeing technical flaws as just that: technical.  If I am aiming for the best craft, the most sound chemistry/technique etc., that really matters. But if that is not my goal, then said flaws are not necessairly artistically "wrong".  Obviously, there is also the matter of values, and one should be quite clear about what one's values are, and why.  Then your words will reflect your values.
    First question---what flaws do you see? The flaws I see depend not just on my knowledge of ceramics, but also on my approach to the field and the process I use to generate my style. I decide, on a piece-by-piece basis, whether to accept technical flaws or not, as an artist. If I don't accept the flaws (i.e. the glaze crawled, piece has got some burples, there is a warped curve--whatever) the piece meets Mr. Hammer.  On the other hand,  I may choose to embrace those vagaries of forming the clay, glaze & firing as it is expressed in the finished piece, "warts and all".  Not ever to deceive or mislead a customer regarding the integrity of the piece--i.e. if it doesn't hold water one must disclose that the "vase" is only for dried flowers or pencils--but to stand behind my style, to affirm my point of view as the maker.  
    The point I am making is that while that perspective is not for everyone, perceiving flaws as flaws is a conscious process and may extend beyond the technical aspects. So, in that regard, it might be worth some of your time to think about what it is you do see as flaws, and why, and what do you want to do --or not do--about it. None of that involves pointing anything out with a customer! 
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    LeeU got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Anagama Surprise   
    I was just was given a piece that I had in the recent anagama fire, that had  been found afterthe unloading and cleaning of the kiln.  I did not even realize it was missing from my  fired ware, though it was one of my favorites going in. It is nicely crusty on the interior, which I was going for-I'd made the inside very rough hoping it would catch ash. The external effects make me happy-happy! The piece is roughly 5.5" h x 2"sq.  and about 1 lb. 8 oz., which is how I like it. Body is Sheffield Z, glaze was just small splashes of tennmoku and white on some areas and thetexture is paddled or hand treated. John said the firing reached  cones 11-13 overall.   Update--I put more photos in the album Lee U Anagama Fire in the Gallery.




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    LeeU got a reaction from liambesaw in Anagama Surprise   
    I was just was given a piece that I had in the recent anagama fire, that had  been found afterthe unloading and cleaning of the kiln.  I did not even realize it was missing from my  fired ware, though it was one of my favorites going in. It is nicely crusty on the interior, which I was going for-I'd made the inside very rough hoping it would catch ash. The external effects make me happy-happy! The piece is roughly 5.5" h x 2"sq.  and about 1 lb. 8 oz., which is how I like it. Body is Sheffield Z, glaze was just small splashes of tennmoku and white on some areas and thetexture is paddled or hand treated. John said the firing reached  cones 11-13 overall.   Update--I put more photos in the album Lee U Anagama Fire in the Gallery.




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