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Callie Beller Diesel

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  • Birthday 11/14/1976

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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Soda fire, all things reduction, and a little bit of glass.

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  1. I would suggest that if the .com extension is taken, .net would be a better one to try than using an extension from another country. Using another country’s extension will affect how you show up in search, which matters if you’re trying to reach a local market base, or even just one where you don’t have to ship internationally.
  2. I've attempted to hurry up drying mugs in the oven before a bisque, but it never goes well. I wind up with cracking every time. If you're heating a glazed and fired pot in the oven in order to add more glaze (in a seperate area) to fix a flaw, I don't see that as being different than baking in a finished piece. I would not put raw glaze materials where I put food, and I don't have food where there are raw glaze materials: it's bad studio hygiene. I do rinse bisque in the kitchen sink, but that's because I don't have a better option. In terms of drying rinsed bisque, I just leave it overnight for the most part. Due to a glazing error, I had to wash off a large number of mugs once: to dry them out I put my kiln on the lowest setting and let them warm up slowly and dry out in there. You can program your kiln for lower temperatures than your oven if you have a controller.
  3. @OEY3 I’m moving your post over to the buy and sell section, as people are more likely to look for this kind of post over here Callie
  4. If you’re using the casting slip over slipcast items, I don’t see an issue. But I second Oldlady’s idea about the simplest solution being to use your white clay body as a base.
  5. Yeah, most potters I know can’t use the finger print reader on their iPhones. It’s not just the groggy clay that does it.
  6. Hmmm. I have a simplified kit for outdoor shows, and a few more added items for indoor ones. (You'd think it'd be the other way around!) Mostly my outdoor work is a weekly farmer's markets, and the odd night market. Indoor shows here are more the norm. The outdoor stuff is mostly street festivals here. The simplified kit has: business cards, an assortment of writing implements including chalk for some display signs, price stickers (mugs mostly), Square chip reader, backup swiper, credit card payment signs, note paper, email sign up forms, duct tape, packing tape, dressmaker's T pins for tablecloths, scissors, utility knife, multi tool, string, wire, sandpaper and a Kemper stone, business card holder, tissues, lip balm, gum, pocket container of Advil, 2-3 band aids, hand warmers and 2 vitamin c powder envelopes, 3-4 cough candies and a cash apron with float. All this fits in a train case that I found at a thrift store. I have another box for table risers and sandbags to prop bowls on so people can see inside, 2 sizes of paper bags and tissue, my main table cloth and a sign. For indoor shows, there's more boxes of booth accoutrements, like my lighting setup including extension cords, power bars and Velcro ties (moving away from zip ties because I only need them for cord control), additional risers and sandbags, additional table cloths, curtains, s hooks to hang curtains from pipe and drape.... I think that's it.
  7. This ^^^. Add a teaspoon at a time and stir thoroughly in between!
  8. 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.
  9. What Neil said. Personally, I’m fond of M390 which is a smooth red stoneware from Plainsman, but I doubt that does you any good unless you make trips north.
  10. Just as a business model example that might be of specific interest to you, Plant is a business that went from one guy making terrariums for a Christmas sale at Market Collective (the previously mentioned leaky roofed show which is now in its 10th year and is a delight to work with) to a super swanky retail location in the trendiest area of town. They're doing really well. It should be noted took them several years to travel between those two points. https://plantshop.ca edited to add: they carry a lot of pottery vessels made by some of the potters they met at MC. Supporting each other is important.
  11. I don't get a whole lot of glaze drips, and I hate post glaze cleanup so I put more effort into prevention. Most feet get a light polish with a little red rib in the leather hard stage, which is all my clay needs for the most part. My issues tend to involve the clay picking up a tiny bit of kiln wash, or lids sticking. I wet sand any galleries in the bisque stage because I find it's less elbow grease. For the odd thing that slips by, I use 220 wet/dry sandpaper (always used wet), or a Kemper stone. I have a large throwing stick that was poorly made that makes an excellent mallet to gently tap apart any lids that stick. Packing items for shows are just newspaper and Rubbermaid bins. For mailing things out, I opt for small bubble wrap, the cornstarch packing peanuts and I purchase boxes from a company called Shipper's Supply. Online orders are packed with a business card with some care instructions on it, and for larger or special orders, a quick thank you note.
  12. I'm not an expert on this one, but the few times I used sig it gave a light coating that needed to be built up a bit if you wanted opaque coverage.
  13. I live in an area where when the name of my city and the word "culture" get used together in a sentence, the politest jokes made involve cows, oil, or some sort of swab test from the doctor. About 8-9 years ago, a handful artists who were sick of the whole "no good craft fairs" situation got together with, rented some space, got a liquor licence and held a 3 day indoor show. The first ones were plagued with all kinds of things going wrong, up to and including roofs leaking onto the sound equipment while the bands were playing. Now, that same show is a local fixture, gets regular press, has been instrumental in launching a number of businesses from a 6' table to well loved local brick and mortars. It's a popular show to shop at, and it's a community incubator for the vendors. If you're feeling a lack, perhaps it's time to build some community.
  14. I think that the idea that it's then stores' or the galleries' job to add value to your work isn't the tack that anyone owning those businesses takes. Retail businesses don't serve their suppliers: they serve their customers. As both a retailer and a wholesaler, you're the supplier. As a retailer (craft shows or other direct sales avenues), you're doing all the marketing, finding your audience, and providing those people with what they want or need. As a wholesaler, you're assisting the gallery owner or the retail shop serve their customers by providing whatever it is that you do best, and by providing the things the end retailer thinks their clients will want. Gallery owners aren't interesting in raising your value any more than you are interested in raising Laguna Clay's value (or whatever you use). There are probably some exceptions to this in more high end fine art situations, but that's because the dealer is assisting in creating the value of the work in the first place, and if they boost the value, they get a better payday themselves. I think the choice between wholesale and retail comes down to how you want to structure your business, and what you're good at doing, or enjoy enough to get good at doing. If you don't love doing in person or online sales and are in it for the designing and the making, then it makes more sense to farm out that particular task to someone else via wholesaling the end product. If you don't mind the in person or online selling, then taking the years to build up a following is going to pay off in a more satisfying way for you.
  15. It should be noted that Tony had to import his own New Zeland kaolin. Hallocyte isn't mined in Canada, that I'm aware of. ( @terrim8can you confirm?) He had the resources to do that because he works for a clay company.
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