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  1. Hi All, My husband is gathering ideas to build me my dream studio for our retirement property. I'd love any input you have on what works/ doesnt work in your studios. He's thinking a different bay for each phase 1. wheel and wet work (roll up door maybe to be able to pressure wash out. i really hate the clean up part of party) 2. kiln & bisque shelving 3. painting / finished piece storage we weren't sure about making glazes , havent done that yet, and if you need isolated area as to not have dust from the chemicals around. i have animals that we dont want to have walking through that stuff. thanks!
  2. great ideas, thank you! i hadn't thought of trying to sell to home builders.
  3. the other costs are the taxes, paint (I use commercial.. haven't learned to make my own yet) and they are all hand painted then a clear glaze, firing costs, etc. As for the price and reaction, most people haven't even cared about the price, they just see a tile they want and buy it. i may just do one market where i raise it up a few and see if they react the same. i will also look at making my own tiles. thanks!
  4. I buy the tiles. they are .50 each
  5. Hello everyone, I hand paint tiles to sell at market. I did a cost analysis and i'm trying to figure out if I can charge more (i'm in the seattle area). currently i'm charging $15 for the 4x4 tiles, $20 for 6x6. I back them with cork also. With costs I've determined its about $4.55 per tile not including my time. some are pretty simple and I can do several at once so I figure about 1/2 hour per tile of time (then of course time sitting at the market selling). the more intricate ones can take an hour or more. they do sell well at these prices. last few seasons I've been selling around 10 tiles or so per market day. i'm wondering what other people who do similar art are charging? or ways to improve costs & efficiency. samples attached.
  6. bought some paper clay to try... I LOVE IT!! thank you for the suggestion. this may be a whole new thing for me.
  7. i'll check out paperclay. I've heard that's fun to work with. thank you!
  8. I just prefer cone six for durability after firing. doesn't do me much good though if I cant get it past that stage. thanks!
  9. I've thought about doing molds. might be time to go for it. the head actually breaks and falls off ruining the glaze. I haven't tried the separate parts with the cone shape fitting into a hole in head, just tried it flat, i'll try that. thank you!
  10. I've been playing with making these Cats in various positions and I'm new to hand building. I really like the thin neck to add character, however the head falls off during the firing process. its hollow but still heavy compared to the neck. I've tried firing the head separate from the body and gluing later but with shrinkage etc, it isn't a good fit. any ideas? I don't have a vent on my kiln so armatures are difficult. I tried a wire the first time ,now realizing that was a bad move and it melted of course. and I'm using clay with grog if that matters firing to cone 6 any advice appreciated, thank you
  11. I was wondering how others are handling pottery expenses as a business. this is our second year buying material and selling. are most of you running as a cash based business and expensing all material purchases as they are purchased. and just claiming the income as its sold. depreciating equipment, etc. or do you maintain material inventory and record cost of goods sold estimating the costs of clay, glaze, electricity etc etc on each piece. last year I recorded all cash purchases as material expense but I wasn't sure if that was correct since we are technically manufacturing. anyone have advice?? I'm going to try to find a cpa but I didn't have any luck last year finding a competent one at the last minute. thanks
  12. cbarnes

    Base Cracking On Firing

    thank you! I've been using the kiln controller fast glaze setting. I guess its time to learn to set the ramp up/down times myself.
  13. cbarnes

    Base Cracking On Firing

    great! thank you I appreciate the tip. i'll try it this weekend! I love making these large pieces, and painting the detail, but boy is that a lot of time put in for a failure. such is the life of a potter.
  14. larger pieces are cracking around the base on cone 6 refire. I'm using a porcelain clay, throwing on the wheel, drying on a wood bat after pulling off with wire and covering with thin plastic (I use drycleaner bags). in a garage so ambient temperature varies. when throwing I'm using a lot of water but clear it up with sponge and compress the bottom. definitely dry before firing to cone 04 bisque. Seems to crack mainly around where I trimmed but not always any ideas why this is happening? should I turn the piece once its leather upside down for more even drying? maybe trimming to thin? at a loss. about a third of my larger items are having this occur. platters & bowls - 12 - 17" bases.

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