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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from liambesaw in QothW: As a potter/ceramic artist, Do you think you have helped, or been helped by more people in the flesh, by forums, You-Tube, or other printed or digital media?   
    I have to say that people, and then later the forums and other websites were the most helpful things, in that order. I went to every Ceramic workshop from as many people as I could. I had much of my basic technical education before YouTube was a really useful thing for pottery. 
    Edited to add:
    YouTube was there, it was just a lot more about cat videos. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to liambesaw in QothW: As a potter/ceramic artist, Do you think you have helped, or been helped by more people in the flesh, by forums, You-Tube, or other printed or digital media?   
    I'm making YouTube videos now too!   I thought to myself "what is the internet missing?" And guess what, there wasn't a single video of me in my pajamas making mugs, now there is!  Still trying to figure out the whole YouTube thing but I'll get there!
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Ceramic Human in Frequency of sanding a potter's rib   
    When I became self employed, I thought that since I didn't plan on hiring anyone else, I'd never need my HR training again. ha.
    I don't think it's an unreasonable expectation to have an employee re-learn better habits if the old ones are markedly impacting productivity. Economy of motion is important if you're talking about production pottery. If you have other employees who are finding the job expectations reasonable, and everyone is getting adequate stretch breaks, etc., if this person isn't meeting those same expectations because they're working inefficiently, that's a performance issue. If this person is doing it wrong and they decline to relearn on the basis of "I don't want to" or "I don't see why I should do it that way," it's a again a performance issue from an HR standpoint. 
    It's important to note that "I don't want to" or "I can't because this is frustrating" is different than "I physically can't or this will hurt me" or "I have a disorder that obliges me to do it this way." The latter two instances need to be, and should be accomodated however medically necessary. This is up to and including buying a few more ribs and accepting a lower production quota. The former two instances do not need accomodating at all, and are possible sources of staff morale problems that are even harder to deal with. The first two instances need to be stopped and stopped now, or you'll have more HR work to do, which sucks.
    If this person is otherwise unimpaired, if you've offered to provide alternate more durable tools to speed this person up, and support/reduced production expectations during a relarning period, that's being a reasonable employer in my opinion. 
    In my experience, dealing with employees compassionately does involve knowing exactly where all the boundaries and job parameters lie, communicating them clearly, and being willing to gently but firmly enforce them. There's a lot of "If This Then That" scenarios, and you have to know what you're willing and able to accomodate, and when you need to call it. As an employer, you have respnsibilities to fulfill your orders to your customers. If you have done your utmost to train this person but that person isn't able to adequately do the job you hired them for, they either need a different role, or they need to go on to find more suitable employment. It's ok to do this. No one is good at every single  job out there, and sometimes we find things out about ourselves through trial and error. Maybe this person will turn out to be a glazing wizard with his scrupulous attention to detail if they aren't able to speed it up enough on the wheel.
    As noted in the first few comments, this level of rib sharpening is idiosyncratic at best. Because there are so many ways to make pottery, I don't think it's strictly necessary from a making standpoint.
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in 1st "real" show, how did you know when?   
    I am probably alone in this, but I advise against talking to an artist while they’re at a show. 
    1) You have to be “on” and positive while you’re selling, and in that frame of mind, everything can be “great!” If someone is trying to preserve an upbeat sensibility, they may choose to frame things more optimistically. 
    2) This one’s bigger: mostly, while the show is on, you don’t have an accurate view of how the show is actually going. There have been lots of shows where I had a great time and felt really good while things were happening, and when I got home and crunched the numbers, the show wasn’t as successful as previously suspected. Conversely, I’ve been at some shows where vendors get disappointed in the moment, or they’re  in a foul mood for whatever reason and are quite willing to bash the whole thing quite liberally. But again, once you get home and crunch numbers, it turns out it was overall pretty profitable. 
    3) If someone’s busy at a show, talking tips in front of customers is unprofessional, as it takes the vendor’s attention away from their customers. It’s like coming into a shop and hearing the clerks gossiping about the boss. Not cool. 
    If you want the down low from a vendor, if you know them well, ask to meet them after (buy them food if they’re taking time out of their day). If you don’t know them that well or they’re from out of town, ask if they’d be open to a short phone call or email about the subject after the show.
     
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in Would stuff like this sell?   
    The jars you've made look to be about the size of a sugar jar. I don't have any trouble getting rid of about 2 dozen of those a year or so. Maybe not a huge seller, but worth making a few at least. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Pres in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I can’t recommend anyone recreating copyrighted material with the intent to sell. It will eventually lead to legal problems for you should it come to the attention of the copyright holder. Disney takes a very dim view of anyone making unauthorized merch, and actively shuts down a lot of Etsy shops that violate copyright laws.
    If you’re staying within the bounds of the law and creating items that are your own characters, again it’s a matter of putting them in front of people who both like that thing and have the money to buy it. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Min in Would stuff like this sell?   
    Will it sell? Absolutely. 
    Will those exclusively pay the bills? That depends more on your business ability and your production skills than your creative talent. The price you can set will depend on who you put it in front of, and that's a matter of marketing.
    Should you make them anyways? Heck yes.  
    I have the opposite problem. I love to make all the little, everyday things. I lost sales last year because I neglected my stock of high end/precious items. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in Foreign Contaminates in Clay   
    Maybe I haven't bought enough clay yet, but I've never found anything that wasn't supposed to be there in a bag from Plainsman.  I've heard of others having occasional formulation or mix issues, but I've dodged those too.  
    Reclaim in a group environment is much more hazardous. We actually weren't allowed to throw with reclaim in high school: someone found stained glass shards the hard way once.  And if you didn't find someone's gross chamois in the reclaim in college, you just weren't trying. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in Faceting tools   
    So because I follow Lisa hammond's former apprentice Florian Gadsby on Instagram and I watched Lisa do that same demo, I know that she's carving those pieces on the dry side of leather hard using an antique spokeshave. You can scroll about 18 months or so back in his IG feed, and Florian talks about the process he used to make faceted creamers and other small pots like this. Even he mentioned there being a bit of a learning curve. Unfortunately a spokeshave is not a tool we're likely to find readily, but I think if you want to work with that style of faceting, the closest analogy would be to use a utility knife blade held by the dull side. If you're doing a lot of pots, it's probably a good idea to find some kind of duct tape and bailing wire soloution to a handle for that though. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to GEP in Would stuff like this sell?   
    Don’t forget that function is not the only factor that determines whether a pot will sell or not. Style and aesthetics are important too. 
    Having said that, for the show that I am currently planning for, I have 47 mugs and cups, 47 individual-sized bowls, and only 16 various jars and canisters. Among other designs too. I have 235 pots total. These plans are based on the past two years or so of sales. I keep track of everything. I expect to sell across the whole line. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Min in Would stuff like this sell?   
    Around here if you call a large cookie jar a greenwaste bin for kitchen trimmings they sell. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Denice in What’s on your workbench?   
    Gabby my mother in-law is doing great,  she didn't end up with any physical problems and she has her speech back.   She still mixes up or forgets a few words but who doesn't do that.   It gives us a little time to find a assisted living facility for her,  there is always a waiting list.    She had 5 mini strokes and going to need some surgery in the future,  my husband spent the night with her.   I spent most of the day working on the tile,  it weighed 12lbs when I started on it and I have taken 4 lbs off of it but I still have a lot of carving to do.     Denice
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Benzine in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I should note, that while it is good to stay away from copyrighted material, there is a huuuuuuge amount of public domain material.  You mentioned dragons.  No one has the rights to the depiction of a dragon.  Specific dragons, yes, but as a creature on its own, nope.  So feel free to make items, with generic dragons, or those that you made up yourself, and you'd be fine.  There are a lot more mythological creatures, where the same is true.    With all that stuff, go nuts!
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Pres in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I can’t recommend anyone recreating copyrighted material with the intent to sell. It will eventually lead to legal problems for you should it come to the attention of the copyright holder. Disney takes a very dim view of anyone making unauthorized merch, and actively shuts down a lot of Etsy shops that violate copyright laws.
    If you’re staying within the bounds of the law and creating items that are your own characters, again it’s a matter of putting them in front of people who both like that thing and have the money to buy it. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Pres in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I can’t recommend anyone recreating copyrighted material with the intent to sell. It will eventually lead to legal problems for you should it come to the attention of the copyright holder. Disney takes a very dim view of anyone making unauthorized merch, and actively shuts down a lot of Etsy shops that violate copyright laws.
    If you’re staying within the bounds of the law and creating items that are your own characters, again it’s a matter of putting them in front of people who both like that thing and have the money to buy it. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Pres in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I can’t recommend anyone recreating copyrighted material with the intent to sell. It will eventually lead to legal problems for you should it come to the attention of the copyright holder. Disney takes a very dim view of anyone making unauthorized merch, and actively shuts down a lot of Etsy shops that violate copyright laws.
    If you’re staying within the bounds of the law and creating items that are your own characters, again it’s a matter of putting them in front of people who both like that thing and have the money to buy it. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Pres in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I can’t recommend anyone recreating copyrighted material with the intent to sell. It will eventually lead to legal problems for you should it come to the attention of the copyright holder. Disney takes a very dim view of anyone making unauthorized merch, and actively shuts down a lot of Etsy shops that violate copyright laws.
    If you’re staying within the bounds of the law and creating items that are your own characters, again it’s a matter of putting them in front of people who both like that thing and have the money to buy it. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Pres in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I can’t recommend anyone recreating copyrighted material with the intent to sell. It will eventually lead to legal problems for you should it come to the attention of the copyright holder. Disney takes a very dim view of anyone making unauthorized merch, and actively shuts down a lot of Etsy shops that violate copyright laws.
    If you’re staying within the bounds of the law and creating items that are your own characters, again it’s a matter of putting them in front of people who both like that thing and have the money to buy it. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Pres in Would stuff like this sell?   
    I can’t recommend anyone recreating copyrighted material with the intent to sell. It will eventually lead to legal problems for you should it come to the attention of the copyright holder. Disney takes a very dim view of anyone making unauthorized merch, and actively shuts down a lot of Etsy shops that violate copyright laws.
    If you’re staying within the bounds of the law and creating items that are your own characters, again it’s a matter of putting them in front of people who both like that thing and have the money to buy it. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Min in Would stuff like this sell?   
    Will it sell? Absolutely. 
    Will those exclusively pay the bills? That depends more on your business ability and your production skills than your creative talent. The price you can set will depend on who you put it in front of, and that's a matter of marketing.
    Should you make them anyways? Heck yes.  
    I have the opposite problem. I love to make all the little, everyday things. I lost sales last year because I neglected my stock of high end/precious items. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Roberta12 in Sabotage?   
    The spatter seems to have a bit of a direction to it. Is the lid typically cracked at the beginning of the firing for ventilation? I wonder if something (glaze material, some kind of other metallic something) got blown in by accident?
    Thats really weird. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Bill Kielb in Jackeeze Matt Alterations   
    Alright, through sleet,  snow, -27f,  broken kilns, no test tiles and who knows what else. The durable chemistry glaze is ready for Grace so we will see how it performs. No allusions, she may not like it, or it still needs to be color tested and tested for crazing with her claybody but it was fun and a nice project for those working on their glaze skills.
    also provided an opportunity to make a very basic video in a glaze series here: 
    thanks Grace! Hope all is well




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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Min in Sabotage?   
    That  picture of the kin floor looks like spalled bits from a thermocouple, are any of the protection tubes damaged or were they recently replaced? What condition is the metal band in on the lid and the jacket around the spyholes? Any flakey bits come off if you brush the metal? Do you have a fan running by the kiln?
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in How to develop a sense of color?   
    Just to play devil’s advocate...why not just play with black and white? If you have a strong sense of form, maybe value changes will make more sense than colour to your brain. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Welp, had to go get clay again, was down to my last box.  This time I decided to go ahead and bring a half ton home, which is all I trusted myself and my Tahoe to drive safely in crazy downpour.  500lbs of Klamath yellow and 500 lbs of vashon red.  I really like the yellow as a fast, soft clay and the red as a stiffer smoother clay.  Also picked up two new kiln shelves for the kiln I got in December.  The ones it came with were both cracked and covered in lowfire glaze.  Now I can get 3 shelves of mugs in my kiln at once which will be very nice.  
    Speaking of kilns, I'm doing a full bisque right now!  So far I've been able to fill my kiln every week with a bisque, I'm pretty happy with that!  
    This week on my workbench is more spoonrests and mugs.  I spent this last week doing just a bunch of spoonrests.

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