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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. Some random thoughts: There is a sweet spot with handles where they’re long enough to fit 3-4 fingers in, but they’re not sprung out too far from the body of the mug. For a mug with more fingers in the handle, think about making a more oval shape than round, or more like a D than a C. A mug handle will typically loose 1 finger’s room in between handle attachment and finished product, ie if I can get 3 fingers in while it’s fresh, it’ll be a 2 finger mug when it’s done. Someone will always complain to your face about your handles being too big or too small. Someone else will love it and think it’s perfect. Men and women hold mugs differently. It’s how we’re socialized. Play around with other kinds of mug to find what you like and don’t like.
  2. Ok. My paralegal friend first of all wishes me to clarify that he is not a lawyer, and his suggestions should be considered the suggestions of a lay person not educated in law and dispute resoloution. Also, on a personal note, I am speaking about Canadian law, and everyone should check on your local rules. He suggests that a cease and desist letter would be the first (and likely last needed) step, and it will have more weight if it's on legal letterhead. While his firm charges $200 for such things, one could obtain such a document for about $150 in Calgary. He also said that there are some things to consider. First, if it's a one time occurrence and the value she's selling it for is less than the cost of the C&D order, it likely isn't worth it to litigate, or threaten to. If it's something that she's doing regularly and it's affecting the sales of the artist (or other artists), there's an arguement to be made for legal action. He also mentions that you want to write down the exact date you discovered this person was passing your art as your own, as IN CANADA, you have to start any legal action you might take within 2 years of that day. I'm not sure if you're a CARFAC member or not, but there might also be some resources there, too. Edited to add: my friend says that a C&D order can be done on your own, but it's important to note that it's really only worth doing if there is some evidence that her misrepresentation has unjustly enriched her. Also, you need to be careful about any inquiries you make about her prior habits, because there can be defamation liability concerns. If things are going that far though, a lawyer does need to be consulted.
  3. Wow. Just......wow. If you can, I'd contact the organizer to see what the application rules were for that show, and if it was juried or a buy in. If the show was small, you need to check if there were any resale prohibitions in place. If there were, I'd advise the organizer of the facts of the encounter, and as professionally as possible about this happening. Most organizers I know would have very little tolerance for her passing off vintage items as her own work regardless. I have a paralegal friend I have some inquiries in to, as Canadian law does differ from US, and I'll message you with what I get back. If it's useful to the rest of the forum, I'll post some general information when I hear back.
  4. Glaze will not make this stronger: it does not act like glue. More heat from the kiln may also weaken your gypsum and make it brittle. I agree with Bill about the strong epoxy and the paint. Not sure what you mean about “dump.” Are you worried about the plaster coming out of the break? This can be sanded and smoothed down with sand paper easily.
  5. If you have access to a sandblaster, that can give a soft matte surface as well.
  6. It's possible, yes. They will not have the same warm toasty colours, and there will be no carbon trapping though. As Johnny says, make some test tiles to see what they do.
  7. Thanks @Stephen for checking that for us. Sometimes as beginners, you don’t even know what you don’t know.
  8. That's just it: having done exactly this for the past 3-4 years, I've found a lot of contradictory information, and it can be frustrating weeding through it all. Just like in clay, in the computer world there seems to be more than one approach to any given objective, lots of schools of thought, and a number of common practices that may or may not be based on fact: think Internet versions of the old air-bubbles-cause-explosions "rule" that everyone seems to get taught in the beginning, usually by people who don't know any better themselves. So. If folks with a more intermediate or advanced level of website building knowledge have any helpful resources that they know would help beginners do things in a more streamlined fashion from the start, or any Simon Leaches of website building that they'd recommend, that's what I'm encouraging.
  9. Ok. I don’t think anyone is ill meaning here, and I for one would love to expand my knowledge in this area. I think that having a website that one can securely collect emails for a list and make sales on is becoming increasingly important as more and more things are now easily obtained online, and many product sellers are finding it to be a reality. While shows and in person sales are a primary income source for many, online sales are a preference for others who wish to cultivate that particular income stream. Businesses need to be mindful of market trends, and I think online sales are a tool in the box that should be available to potters. We all structure our businesses to suit ourselves. . @Stephen, @liambesaw @GEP @LeeU do any of you have some favourite resources (free or for a reasonable fee) you can point us at so that those who are beginning, or have little programming background can be better informed? I’ll be the first to admit that the information on website building that I have is from courses aimed at entrepreneurs, so I don’t have the level of deeper technical detail that I’d like, and I’m not in a position to have someone develop something for me. It seems to be like learning glaze chemistry: a little knowledge can be dangerous. Honestly, when I chose Weebly, it was because the user interface is so user friendly and because it was free. After I’d made my choice, there’s a lot of confirmation bias to be found here. There really wasn’t a learning curve, and you can figure that sucker out in an afternoon of just poking at it to see what happens. A solid beginners guide would be welcomed by many.
  10. I can vouch that the back end to my website is an https signature, and I do have an external link for people to sign up to my mailing list embedded in a couple of spots on my website. Etsy is also an https signature, because you process payments through them. One of the tasks I’ve set myself for this year is to get a tidier e-commerce setup on my website, so more research to come.
  11. I’ve used fine grog with success, as that’s what I had to hand. It just needs to be something that the piece can shift on during thermal expansion.
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