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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. Callie Beller Diesel

    applying slip for stencil decoration

    I did see one guy cut out a stencil he used extensively out of a 2” stack of tightly clamped newspaper with a coping saw... Cricuts come in varying levels of capabilities. They’re used by scrapbookers pretty extensively.
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    Just so you know, Skyler promptly appropriated this as his own.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    It's the destination country that levies import taxes, not the country of origin. You as a small scale seller in a foreign country actually have no say at all in the matter. The best you can do as a seller is advise your customer that their government may levy additional taxes that they will be responsible for paying. Give them the information and let them make their own choices as purchasers.
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    applying slip for stencil decoration

    Mmm, kind of. Kim does it in a more painterly style, I’m after raised pattern. Here’s a test tile I was mucking around with last soda fire. The stencil I used on the paper is next to the pot. The slip was a flashing slip I applied to the bare clay body.
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    @liambesaw which clay are you trying to put it over?
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    applying slip for stencil decoration

    If you want to use something like a stiffer plastic stencil that you can get at big box stores for craft painting, you can lay the stencil over a piece of newsprint and lay the slip down over it. After you lift the stencil, let the slip set up for a few minutes until the shine is off it, and then apply it to the pot. It makes the image a bit more crisp. I would work with a leather hard pot, not a bone dry one. You'll have shrinkage and chipping issues later.
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    Rubber stamp for bottom of bisque

    There are lots of people that use a rubber stamp on the bottom of their pots, but they stamp them while wet to make an impression. It's a good idea to dip the stamp in cornstarch or plain flour first, as a release. It makes a nice clean mark. I know Mea (GEP) uses one on all her work. If you've got a logo that would be a nuisance to carve into plaster or model yourself, it's definitely a lot easier to send the job to a print shop that makes rubber stamps.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Juuuust to play devil's advocate: I'll argue that a trip to Shipper's Supply to get packing materials, a day spent wrapping orders after a successful online sale and a messageto the postal service for pickup is less physical effort than hauling pots and a display unit to a venue of some kind and sitting in a 10X10 space for 3 days. Packing orders in one's jammies is considered socially acceptable, while fuzzy slippers and a questionable t-shirt might be frowned upon while attempting to sell in public. Both business models are valid, I think it's just a matter of chosing the work that suits you as a person, and people should play to their strengths. If you're going online, you need to be more adept at a different style of marketing. I too, prefer to deal with people in person, but there are customers that want things in between sales, and I don't have a lot of retail outlets at the moment. I've been experimenting with leaving a handful of popular items listed in my Etsy shop, and pointing people there if they have inquiries. It's lead to a few sales I might not have gotten otherwise with minimal effort. I keep a half a dozen 8"x8" boxes and enough packing peanuts for 3-4 shipments on hand all the time, and have some packing items stored conveniently next to my stock area. What I find interesting is that most international customers that shop online regularly are familiar with and accepting of paying import tax. They consider it part of the deal. They know they're getting from you what they're not able to get anywhere else: your particular creative stamp on whatever it is that you make. Most of the rest of the world is also used to a higher rate of shipping than US customers. USPS offers extremely reasonable rates compared to a lot of other national post services. I've actually taken to burying some of my shipping costs in the online posted price of an item so as to not scare off some customers.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Often, it doesn't matter what it is: if it's a purchased item of any kind, it'll get taxed by the destination country. The thresholds and rules vary by country. Shipping ceramics is usually pretty easy, compared to shipping things like wood or animal products. If the item is marked as a mug, that's the best thing you can do to keep things simple for border agents of any kind. Etsy might be a good resource to look at for some articles about shipping from the US to Europe. They're usually pretty good about keeping their sellers appraised of things they need to know to keep things legal.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    The one good thing that came out of the NAFTA debacle is that Canadians can now take $150 worth of goods across the border with them duty free. (It used to be something stupid like $50.) According to my husband, who works in shipping logistics and used to ship pump jacks, electronic equipment and various chemical samples pertaining to the oilfield for a living: Any time you put a declared value on a package, the end customer will be taxed on it by their government at whatever rate is dictated by the trade agreements between the originating and destination countries. That’s not something you have any say over, or for the most part have any responsibility to collect. (VAT to Europe may be different, so don’t quote me on shipping across the pond.) If you declare the value of the item to be $0, as in the case of a gift, the recipient shouldn’t be taxed on it. But, full disclaimer, if you do that and they have in fact paid for it, it’s fraud, and the US government in particular is taking a very dim view of such things right now. Also, if you put a $0 value on it, you can’t insure it.
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    Can Anyone Tell Me How This Is Done?

    Dick's method works for sure, but I think what happened in the original image is the artist simply flicked black glaze drops over a white glaze. The two are fluxing each other out a bit, hence the drippy look, You can see some splatter on the inside of the piece that's lying on its side.
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    peachwbluebubblessmcopy 2

    These are really nice Marcia!
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    india ink or what else ?

    A quick Google search for India ink MSDS reveals that most brands are certified non-toxic. As Min says, it's just lampblack. Will it kill you? No. Is it foodstuff? No. Check for a MSDS for the brand you use just to be sure: the binders that different manufacturers use might affect things.
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    Terri’s Earthy Rusty Yarn bowl

    More results from the first raku firing n
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    Blue Yarn Jar by Terri

    Raku results!

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