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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to oldlady in could this happen to you?   
    once  in a while it is good to reflect on what can happen in a ceramic studio.   if you are having a bad day, look at instagram "Ceramic Casualties".     you might feel better   and some of you might understand WHY there are rules in a shared studio.
     
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    I made some new stuff for spring. 



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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in Handle size for mugs ?   
    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. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to C.Banks in Handle size for mugs ?   
    Pete Pinnell discusses cups and how folks handle cups differently at around 22:20.
    It's a bit more than I need to know about cups but definitely worth the time.
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Min in Handle size for mugs ?   
    When you have your finger(s) in the handle, whether it's one or 4 all you need is a small amount of air space between the body of the mug and your fingers. Big loopy handles are awkward, especially if you have small hands, a round cross section of handle can lead to the mug not feeling secure when you hold it, the mug likes to roll. Strap shaped handles are nice if the edges are rounded over, if you put the tip of your index finger against the tip of your thumb and make  an even edged almond shape that shape seems to work well also. I like having the edges of the handles mirror the thinness of the very top of the rim and then having the middle section a bit thicker. Just make a few hundred mugs and it'll get to be second nature, some will just feel more comfortable. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Hulk in Handle size for mugs ?   
    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. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Handle size for mugs ?   
    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. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    As I mentioned in the Events section, I have a big show coming up soon. Lots of good stuff coming out of the kilns now.




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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a finished one of the oil bottles I posted a greenware photo of a few pages back, flashing slips, cone 10 soda. 

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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from dhPotter in What’s on your workbench?   
    I made some new stuff for spring. 



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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Benzine in Misrepresenting Work   
    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.
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Benzine in Misrepresenting Work   
    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. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Babs in What’s on your workbench?   
    Just slip with mason stain. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Just slip with mason stain. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Bill Kielb in What’s on your workbench?   
    Nice work!
    I never post anything here so here is a sampling of the weekend reduction firing. There are many talented artists at the studio (Clayspace ceramic arts center) that now excel at getting their favorite reduction, Carbon trapping, even ice crackle!
    cool stuff and a fun mask almost sans eyeballs. Great group firings, time after time in an old Alpine updraft with some fancy digital stuff hooked to it.




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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    I made some new stuff for spring. 



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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    I made some new stuff for spring. 



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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    I made some new stuff for spring. 



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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Bill Kielb in What’s on your workbench?   
    I made some new stuff for spring. 



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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from oldlady in What’s on your workbench?   
    I made some new stuff for spring. 



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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Min in Misrepresenting Work   
    Thank you everyone for your thoughts! I really appreciate everyone's perspectives.
    I'm going to be careful what I say here in case things go sideways but have taken everything into advisement,  will say that what Bill was told by his father rings loudly.
     
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from liambesaw in Misrepresenting Work   
    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.
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Pawelpksa in Shrinking ratio   
    To close the thread, I can present the final effect of the attempts. I made a razor with a porcelain scales toghether with the whole porcelain set of brush, soap bowl and a shaving bottle.
     
     

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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Denice in Terracotta sculpture   
    You could try a glass etching product to make it a satin mat,  even some cleaning products will etch glass.  I have ruined a shower door or two using the wrong cleaner on it.  Denice
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Babs in Terracotta sculpture   
    If you have access to a sandblaster, that can give a soft matte surface as well. 
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