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  1. I fell in love with clay when I was four years old, in kindergarten. Thank you, Mrs. Owen . We had a three day rotation in which one third of the class worked in clay, one third in paint, and one third built with blocks. What appeals to my now in clay is not that different from what appealed to me then. It was how the clay felt in my hands, that it was plastic, that the form was three dimensional rather than two dimensional, and that the potential forms were limitless. The act of shaping drew me much more than decorating.
  2. It's a very cute piece, Susan. I have a large, funky-looking bisqued piece in my basement, also hand-built and which I call "the tote bag." Mine has a maybe half inch vertical crack at the top, on a seam. It is not intended as an eating vessel or vase or anything for which a crack would present a hazard. So my plan is to glaze and fire it and see what happens. I will measure before and after this experiment. If you measure yours before and after we can compare notes. My plan beyond experiment is to patch it up at the end if I can.
  3. Listening to Min and others talk about the plate design for someone with a physical impairment brought to mind this question: How does your process involve object design before the fact, whether planning a new design simply for the novelty of it or creating innovative designs that provide solutions to practical issues or uncommonly met needs?
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    Purchased Glazes For Dipping

    In the first ceramics course I took at a community center, the instructor suggested a glaze could be dipped or brushed on. I brushed a few times and concluded that brushing always looked terrible. When I then set up my own modest studio in the basement, intending only to hand-build, I went to my local supplier and could see right away that it would make no sense for me to get glazes intended to be used by the bucketful. I simply do not generate the volume or have the space to be thinking in buckets. So I bought a few Amaco brushing glazes with low expectations and found they looked gorgeous. This is my long way of saying what Neil has said. Do not believe a glaze that says it can be used every different way. In terms of clear, I use the Amaco Sahara to brush on. No problems at cone 5.
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    Pricing my work?

    I think you could experiment with a volume discount if your work is stacking up at the price you now charge, but I don't think I would want to haggle with people over prices. If customers find out you are willing to haggle over a price and convey that to other customers, you may find yourself haggling about every item in your booth. I know I wouldn't want to do that.
  6. My studio is in the basement, which isn't well insulated, but it isn't likely to get below freezing down there. It just feels like it is below freezing down there.
  7. Yes, I was speaking to Shawnar. I know you have your whole throwing act very well in order. My husband is your same age and went to the doctor maybe a month ago with backpain that a physicians assistant had hypothesized as a herniated disk. The real doctor on seeing him said, "You are too old for it to be a herniated disk!" Age has some benefits.
  8. My only comment, as I do not throw nearly as well as you do, is that I hope as you start doing lots of volume at the wheel, you consider some kind of complementary stretching program so you do not develop back problems from so much leaning into throwing position. Maybe you are young enough not to worry about this, but still...
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    I totally get it, Mark. I think it is pretty inconsiderate for a shopper to take your time if she isn't serious about a purchase. And I think it is okay for an indecisive person to have to wait until next year! I have a couple of times seen something very pricey, and appropriately so for the item, and not been able to do it at the time of the show. But I have taken a card and then acquired something very much like it from that vendor even years later.
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    It is possible that the person at your booth who asks if it can be bought online has the same aversion to shipping items that you do. The person may be shopping for a wedding gift, say, for a distant niece and would rather try to get you to ship to said niece than to bring the bowl home and wrap it and ship it herself for the niece. Amazon and other online distributors probably get a lot of sales from people who hate shipping things themselves. Another possibility is that the person hasn't quite decided on whether to buy an item, takes your business card, and wants to know if by not buying something at this event, she totally loses her chance until next year.
  11. I have used Amaco Velvet underglaze with their Sahara clear over it, and while it isn't matte it isn't shiny either. Somewhere between. I have done this when I am painting an image in color on the plate or bowl. If the coat of clear is applied too thickly, it is milky, so I would try a few times before rejecting that sort of option. Another thing you might like, again not matte but somewhere in between, are some of the Laguna glazes. There are strong colors that are not glossy. I love my Forest Green. Another thing I have done is used one of the Amaco "shino" glazes on the outside of a bowl, completely matte- coarse even- and claims to be food-safe, with something less matte on the eating surface. The Amaco "shino" glazes say they are food-safe, though when I have used them on an eating surface, I have not been confident, so now I use them only on the outsides. I don't know whether you would consider these vibrant, though. I have used the Matcha, the Hibiscus, and the Acai.
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    I want to be clear that I am not in any way judging the use of Instagram or other social media. I just don't understand, for example, Instagram as a storefront. I understand Etsy as a storefront, each shop acting as an online store. In contrast, when I look on Instagram, I don't understand how "100s of thousands of people buy things directly from an Instagram post." I will look now at Callie's Instagram and see whether I can guess how that works.
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    I don't get why one has to do it. I have bought lots of pots or other crafts over time, and I have only once bought something I saw only online and then because I had seen the person's work in person first. Who is it that is making purchasing decisions by browsing Instagram? There is something I am not understanding here, probably because I am not on social media at all. I will now look up "fusion marketing."
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    It is always better to see things in real life. It wouldn't have occurred to me that displaying only ones best pieces would be pretending everything one does is nice.

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