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    Hulk got a reaction from liambesaw in Soluble metallic salts. Any one using them?   
    I have some dwcoratin' t'do!
    :|
    Aren't the soluble salts more dangerous Babs?
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Narcissistic artists sell more art for more money   
    Th' discussion weren't bad, tho', were it?
    Not goin't'argue that the "essential message" ain' got some truth to't, nome - just brings back m m memories - bad enough that where the results are MEASURED that value/perception can be so influenced by the "presentation of self" ...ain' it? Well?
    I worked in production environments, where the results are countable/measureable - it's   right   there  - an' still, the "personality" wins (up to a point, per your selection of articles). I coached swimming, over 22 years, your results are right there - the event times - an' still, too many "personalities" win (an' too many of them are abusive...).
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    Hulk got a reaction from liambesaw in Soluble metallic salts. Any one using them?   
    I have some dwcoratin' t'do!
    :|
    Aren't the soluble salts more dangerous Babs?
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    Hulk reacted to glazenerd in Short clay   
    Fix It mix for stoneware is: 80% OM4, 10% silica, 10% feldspar. 
    Add 1/2 to 1 cup per gallon of reclaim. ( sounds like you need at least a cup).
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    Hulk reacted to Mark C. in Guocheng Pottery Machine Help   
    Sorry about your luck-I suggest as many have to return it and buy a used wheel that is a brand name we now.You will be so much better off in the long run monet wise.
    Thanks for your service and welcome to the forum.
    Mark
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    Hulk reacted to LeeU in 1st "real" show, how did you know when?   
    I spent over a year taking advantage of free SCORE webinars and SCORE local live presentations and learned a lot about branding and marketing.  All my presentation materials are in three colors-red, black & white, as is my distinctive logo-which references a box I made. I tell the story of the logo on my website (under About: Flower and Ash). I have go-alongs like display cards, a big canvass tote, a couple of nice looking notebooks with my logo.   Everything is presented as leeuceramics and it has really served me well to take the time to plan it out and wait for the elements to come together without gaps in the continuity. I resisted at first.  "C'mon, it's just merch...it's the work that is important", not the business card design.  But after seeing people's subtle reactions (I've had people ask me where I got the notebook/tote & then buy something after that). The booth banner looks great (as much as I hate booth-sitting & only do it rarely, usually at a non-profit fundraiser where I donate my sales). I used the Business forum here to settle on my business name-got lots of great feedback, pros and cons, and my chosen name has been terrific-people tell me they like the simplicity & they can remember my ceramics web address using Lee U as a tickler. Here's some pics for fun. Dirt cheap-Vista Print. 


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    Hulk reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Narcissistic artists sell more art for more money   
    I’ll argue that the first article shows correlation, but doesn’t prove causation. I don’t think it looks deep enough at the whole structure that supports those results, and it seems to be reinforcing a lot of toxic myths about artists.    The big failing I find is that the artists they’re talking about weren’t presenting their work: others (dealers, representatives, auction houses and galleries) were doing it on their behalf or posthumously when the works commanded those outrageous prices.    Value has been created in these instances  by people other than the artist, or the inflated values, anyways. The people creating that artificial value have built it in part by playing up romantic notions about artists needing to be “visionary” and “iconoclastic” and “misunderstood.” No one wants to hear about the artist that put in a solid work day, went home to their happy marriage and family and paid all his or her bills on time. They want to idolize the tortured drama of someone’s disfunctional, womanizing, substance abusing mental breakdown that resulted in a stint in debtor’s prison because it makes a much more interesting story.    If you’re talking about making your own money and setting your own prices and not the Art world doing it for you, confidence or even arrogance plays a part in that. I don’t think that a disregard for the feelings of others or the need to be the center of the universe does, which is the more clinical definition of narcissism. It probably could be argued that it could work, but it’s not a good system if you want to be a healthy human being who makes art (or pottery), and has return customers.   
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Narcissistic artists sell more art for more money   
    Th' discussion weren't bad, tho', were it?
    Not goin't'argue that the "essential message" ain' got some truth to't, nome - just brings back m m memories - bad enough that where the results are MEASURED that value/perception can be so influenced by the "presentation of self" ...ain' it? Well?
    I worked in production environments, where the results are countable/measureable - it's   right   there  - an' still, the "personality" wins (up to a point, per your selection of articles). I coached swimming, over 22 years, your results are right there - the event times - an' still, too many "personalities" win (an' too many of them are abusive...).
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    Hulk reacted to LeeU in Narcissistic artists sell more art for more money   
    And yet, I go out of my way to make small bowls that often weigh well over a pound...and are only 4-7" and do not have pretty feet!  I mean, they are real clunkers! And I submit are not junk!  So there.  LOL  


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    Hulk reacted to Rae Reich in John Mason, pioneer of clay, has died   
    From The New York Times:

    John Mason, Who Expanded Ceramics’ Boundaries, Dies at 91

    His large wall reliefs and other sculptures explored the artistic possibilities of clay.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/obituaries/john-mason-dies.html
     
    I will imagine his grave marked by a big, red X.
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in QotW:  What matters the most to you when throwing?   
    Pop said catawampus (an' a few other things, ahem).
    Nice pot!
    Also cattywampus. Origin of catawampus
    1830–40 for earlier sense “utterly”; cata- diagonally (see cater-cornered) + -wampus, perhaps akin to wampish Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Glaze cracking bottom of pots   
    imo, fully mixed/homogenous and fully coned/centered/swirled are related but not same - both being important.
    Snip is from Tim See's video on centering, where he adds a tootsie roll of dark clay to the side of his light clay. Per experience, notorious un-homogenous bits can hide just above where his index fingertip is, can I get an aye on that?
    Bill, by overworking do you mean too dry (wedging table) or wet (wheel head)?
    Neil does make it look easy! Looking baaack (haha! ...been throwing just over a year now), learning to cone is key step to learning to throw, not just because the clay 'haves* better - we're learning how to apply pressure to and move the clay where we want without tearing/shearing.
    I won' fight the term "compression" (much, ahem); does the clay volume actually change? Pressure is applied, yes; what does the clay actually do, hmm? I believe it moves - away from the pressure and also dragged out (or "swirled").
     
    * 'have == behave  (I love you Mom, I love you Grandma!) - it all got a lil' easier once the notion o' "memory" started to sink in; the clay remembers, which is prob'ly 'bout the same as "aligning platelets"...
    Wedge/pug: preparing the clay to learn (imo, the clay is learning alla time, hence, as clockwise, I turn the lump right side down onna wheelhead, can I get 'nother aye on that?) evenly
    Center - more that just creating a uniform shape to throw, also teaching the clay to be round
     

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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Narcissistic artists sell more art for more money   
    "I think it takes years to actually “see" a pot."
    That strikes a cord! Still warm out the kiln, Ooohh! ...soo beautiful! Sometime later ...what have I done? It's a monsta! Aaarrrgh! 
    It's the meh, time to make more that keeps me comin' back.
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Article out today   
    “I was on the spot seized with the desire to take up this craft.”
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Hello from a new potter & process question   
    Thanks for postin' that vid Shawn!
    Mechanized sgraffito, wow
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Frequency of sanding a potter's rib   
    Things people do that no one else does, hmm ...err, that most people don't do, err, that most people think most people don't do, err, that I'm going to keep right on doing, yeah, that.
      Put my tools down in the same place
      Keep my tools clean
      Keep my wheel and workspace clean-ish - wet and damp clay good, dry clay (dust) baad
      Separate trimming from throwing tools, kept in largish tumblers, points/sharps down 
      Take my foot off the pedal before putting hands near the narrow space between the wheelhead and fixed spash pan (if there's anyone else in the studio, switch off as well)
      Use a large (Hulk size) sponge for everything except where only a purposely cut tiny sponge will do
      File my carving/trimming/chattering tools - sharp is better
      Recycle clay
    Some take time, some give time; meh.
     
    More things I'm going to keep right on doing (road biking):
      Check six (behind) before changing my line (emergency maneuvers excepted)
      Communicate (attempt) before passing other bikers, and peds
      Check six for oncoming drama hundreds of times/ride
      Clean and lube drive train two/three times/week
     
    ...yada yada, ok, me stop now.
    hey Pres! What things you do that most others don't, that you ain' gonna stop doin' neither?
    Ahem, Isaac, get a belt sander for'm.
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    Hulk got a reaction from Rae Reich in Question about reduction firing   
    CO is more deadly than N2, as in a lil' bit of CO is bad, however, enough nitrogen aroun' displaces the O2, net result equally bad.
    "Unconsciousness can occur within one or two breaths..."
    Insert steel mill close call story here, an' power plant tank welding tragedy there.

    Yep:
    "CO and soot both deliver electrons to the surface of your pottery in the kiln. CO reacts with oxygen at the surface and forms CO2, leaving electrons behind. Soot will flow and adhere to the surface of whatever it touches in the kiln as incredibly small, free-radical black carbon particulate. As small carbon particulates build up on pottery surfaces, they begin to aggregate as soot and oxidize, causing a small flow of electrons into the ceramic surfaces. These processes result in the metals in your glazes gaining electrons, which means the net charge or oxidation state is reduced."
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    Hulk reacted to amanda b in Kiln still stalling   
    hi linda, 
    sorry I'm so late to the party. as it happens, I have a slightly larger estrin downdraft that provides me, the Oregon Potter community and everyone who knows me with no end of frustration and funny tales. 
    fun facts about estrin I've discovered on this journey: they're out of business because they made bad kilns. according to the guys at geil who have been incredibly generous for literally no reason whatsoever considering I do not own one of their kilns... they've helped me to understand that estrin basically ripped off their kiln designs,poorly. 
    so while at base what you have looks like it should fire like a normal kiln... it's a box with a damper and there's fire.... you're going to have to start ignoring everything everyone tells you because they have no idea how to deal with an estrin, and you're going to have to ignore all common sense. 
    I've had some of the same problems you have. you are welcome to contact me off the site. amanda@ceremonyclay.com. what I will say is that it's been a great little kiln to really dig in with and there will be a part of me that is sorry to see it go someday. but it will be a very small part. 
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    Hulk reacted to Pres in Hello from a new potter & process question   
    When I trim wet to leather hard, I don't worry. When I trim a completely dry pot.  .. . I'm cowardly and wear a full respirator, not a rubber band mask. Thank fully I don't have to do that often. I even go outside afterwards to dust off still wearing the respirator. Yes I do think about silicosis, but you can't keep it all away, and there are limits, but why be completely stupid!
     
     
    best,
    Pres  
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    Hulk reacted to shawnhar in Hello from a new potter & process question   
    This is the closest thing I've seen to the idea:
     
     
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    Hulk reacted to Mark C. in Frequency of sanding a potter's rib   
    One last note
    It IS really hard to FIND a Production potter anywhere-Maybe a compromise in the middle .Another choice would be use a harder wood for the rib so it keeps its edge longer -like hard maple or even harder woods.Just a thought
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    Hulk reacted to liambesaw in Frequency of sanding a potter's rib   
    I do feel like that.  I feel like someone will use what we say here to justify firing someone eventually and I don't know if that's the best outcome.  I feel that if this person is sat down and has a meeting about the numbers that a lot more good will come of it.  It could be an ego issue or a disability, or just obliviousness.  I don't think an online poll will do much.  My suggestion is to have a meeting after work over a couple of beers and fries, and get to the heart of things.  
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    Hulk reacted to graybeard in Frequency of sanding a potter's rib   
    Am I the only one here that is getting a strong feeling that we may be
    costing someone their job???
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    Hulk reacted to neilestrick in AliExpress.com   
    Every year I buy about 150 oil bottle pourer spouts to get me through the summer. I always buy stainless steel spouts so they don't corrode. Chrome spouts will eventually corrode with oil, and will corrode very quickly if used for vinegar or dish soap. I usually pay around $1.50 per spout or more, and they are always made in China. So this year I decided to go straight to the source and try an order from AliExpress.com, which is an online sales site for Chinese manufacturers. I know there are moral/ethical/political/patriotic issues with buying from China, but that is not my point for posting this. I'm simply letting people know my experience, and you can make your own decisions on whether or not it's for you. Besides, this forum specifically forbids political discussion. I will say I was very paranoid about the whole thing, so I didn't place a huge order.
    I found that there are several suppliers for most products on the web site, and they all have their own pricing and delivery schedules. Most of them say about 2 months for delivery, so it's not quick. I found one that had the spout I wanted with a 3 week delivery, so that's where I placed my order.
    My main concern with the whole process was the safety of my credit card information, and not getting the products I ordered. I did a lot of online research, and found that it wasn't any worse than placing an order anywhere else, like buying from eBay. The key is to make sure you use their payment system, and do not every pay through another method that the seller asks for, because that is probably a scam. And just like eBay, there is a system for resolving disputes, and sellers have ratings. I also used a credit card that I knew would let me dispute charges.
    So I placed my order, which was for 100 spouts for $54.61, which is 1/3 of the price than I usually pay. The order shipped within a couple days, and arrived today, in just under 3 weeks. The spouts look great, just like they did in the photos. I'm very happy with my purchase.
    Again, this isn't an ad for AliExpress, I'm just letting you know how it went for me. You can decide for yourself if it's worth the perceived risk.
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    Hulk reacted to neilestrick in Frequency of sanding a potter's rib   
    There is absolutely no reason to be sanding a rib every 14 mugs. That's ridiculous. If he needs a rib that sharp, then he should use a metal rib. If he's just using the wooden rib for stretching, there's no reason it has to be that sharp. Plus, since the ribs is usually used at a bit of an angle, it's kind of self-sharpening.
    From a business standpoint, if I were to spend 20 minutes a day sanding, that's 10 fewer mugs that I'm producing each day. If he's doing something that the other potters aren't, and his production is lower as a result, then as the employer I would put an end to it. Plus it's costing you money to replace his ribs. I would have him try producing without sanding the ribs for a week and see if it really impacts the quality of his work. Chances are it won't. Ultimately, that decision is yours, since it's your product. If he wants to sand his ribs for making his personal work, then fine. But it's your call for your pieces.
    I've got ribs I've been using for 15 years and have never sanded them.
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