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  1. Hey all, Long time lurker, first time poster. I have a fairly large studio that I am very bad at keeping clean. I recently received a sum of grant money for my business and was looking into quicker and more efficient ways of cleaning my studio. I am just curious if anyone has bought this product or a similar vacuum unit marketed towards potters and what they think. Thanks! https://www.baileypottery.com/Bailey-Pottery/Product-Details/ProductID/10244
  2. So Babs very recently asked: If you wanted to and had the means, which part of the process would you assign to an apprentice/assistant? For me it would be preliminary glazing and base clean up. Most of what I do, lately, starts with a base glaze with spray on over top from different angles to bring out the textures. Years ago when my wife and I were doing the Penn State festival, she would help by base glazing with a friend and do clean up before I sprayed on glazes and did brush work over that. As we don't have the big rushes anymore, I do everything. best, Pres
  3. Definitely a late-night ramble here, in keeping with the subject. I'm curious about other potters here with more experience and perhaps better systems for staying organized in their heads and workshops, and recording your ideas and processes, assuming you do that. You can skip the rest, it's mostly fluff . Just saying, I have no shortage of ideas and the issue is sorting out which ones are worth anything, but, when I get an idea if I don't write it down it may or may not be lost forever. As a result, a couple cheap paper notebooks are kicking around my digs within easy reach at all times. If the computer is on then I'll usually have the discipline to jot it down on a wordpad document quickly, and transfer it later to a more organized openoffice document. I've got a tv tray next to my computer desk with a 2" high pile of pages torn out of these paper notebooks. Every so often I grab about twenty of these off the bottom of the stack and enter the scribbled ideas into openoffice documents as mentioned, with titles that attempt, with varying success, to tackle the subject of the ideas. So far I have docs like "Ceramic Jewelry Ideas 1, 2, and 3, because I collect images off the net which I paste into them (after reducing in pixel and 'physical' size in paint and making them all JPEG files), and regardless the file soon gets so large it takes about 30 seconds to save, whence I start yet another file. There are at least a half-dozen other files of this type with titles like "Sculpture_free standing_wall mounted", "Vessels, 1 and 2" and "Ceramic Utilitarian_Misc" -etc. Also I photo my own work of course and upload it into my pc, what there is of it at this point. Bit of a measly file by comparison, as yet. As far as the images, just so you know, I save them for inspiration, never to steal. Under the photos I type in notes about whatever ideas it spins off for my own stuff. These image/text files have given me a better idea of artistic styles that I really love (Mid-century modernism, Brutalist, Minimalist, "Boho", Post-atomic, among others) and have often helped me get a better idea of what does and doesn't work visually on a ceramic subject as far as form and decoration. Seeing what other artists are up to makes me wonder how they did this or that thing I didn't know was possible and sparks questions in my brain as to how this or that glaze technique was achieved, and the like. Cruising sites like Etsy and Pinterest gives me some general idea of what I could realistically make in my limited home studio and put up for sale with some potential for it selling, for reasonable fees or otherwise. Although this is partly guesswork, and fads in home decor and wearable art come and go, at least I'm not blindly poking around and wasting effort making things that will end up having no audience. I'm not always the best judge of whether my work is appealing to others. If it pays off down the road, only time will tell I suppose.
  4. January 2017, snowed in

    From the album WIPs

    Stuff piling up on my studio shelves while I wait for the snow to go away. Bleh.

    © Ann Nielsen

  5. I have been thinking about making my own kiln stilts on a large scale for low fired ware. Roselli uses molds and slip casts their stilts, I am fairly sure. Is there a benefit to this method? I was thinking about extruding mine and cutting them down to size. I cant see a downside; faster turnaround time, less initial time spent in preparation, no need to keep large quantities of slip or molds laying around, etc.. Am I missing something though? I've never made my own stilts or even used them, though I understand the premise. Any insight is much appreciated.
  6. Evelyne could not post the Qotw. . . so I am helping her out. After all of our discussions on so many of the forums, many have talked about safety in the studio. These discussions will include keeping a clean studio, washing up instead of sweeping or brushing, using respirators when working with dust, using goggles to view the cone packs in the kiln, how to lift and move materials safely, and so many other things. So what in the anonymity of the forum. . . what don't you do for your self safety wise that you should do? Reason I am bringing it up right now is that I have been trying to get some orders finished up, along with some wedding presents and a wedding jar. However, I am kicking around in a studio that has not been cleaned after the Winter with dust everywhere, trimming craps still on the floor, and overall chaos as I have to step over things to get to the wheel. Pretty bad right now, but hope to get the time to clean as these pieces start to dry. best, Pres
  7. Standing in for Evelyne this week, So what is your favorite tool that came from some other place other than a pottery supply store. Something that you have recycled, or redesigned in some way to use in your pottery studio. Some of my favorites are bamboo kitchen utensils that I cut the handles off of to make all sorts of ribs. Another that I find quite useful is a potato peeler to facet the stems of chalices or to facet mugs before shaping. Give some examples of yours, pictures if you can. best, Pres
  8. Retirement Plan?

    Now, I have bigger goal than making money. I am working to create a community that is interested in pottery. So far my approach has worked for me: more people are joining classes and the retention rate has been high. In a year, I expect to have a very nice studio space for myself (and others) which pays for itself and provides an income for me (teaching classes, selling pots). When all I have to do is mop the floor at the end of the day, I will call this retirement. MatthewV Reading another topic I saw this quote. I am getting to an age where the physicality of production pottery is starting to bug me.......old injuries from years ago are protesting miserably, volume sales are not the 'professional' markers they used to feel like, income diversity is becoming more important than volume, a functional pot for someone else is holding less interest than a sculptural one made for my own creative passion.... ...... so some post production pottery planning (say that fast 5 times!) is now in the early stages. I do teach a couple of classes a week and hire out my wheels and equipment occaisionally but I want to wind down my production studio over the next couple of years yet keep my yearly exhibition work going. My mind has recently been following MatthewV's train of thought....... This week I have been offered a community arts space and a local council grant to lay the foundations for this venture.........my question here is that I would like to see this idea brainstormed in the forum by teachers, students and administrators alike...........so please lend me your thoughts, experiences, initiatives and original insights! ta, Irene
  9. Hi All, So we need to fumigate in the studio. I am wondering how much I should move out regarding equipment, molds, clays, etc? I use commercial glazes and prepared clays. My gut says anything porous and probably the clay and glazes. Termite guy says its safe for everything.... me not so sure. Any thoughts on this would be helpful! Thanks so much.
  10. Hi! I've been lurking around here for about a year, but this is my first post. I'm a fairly new potter, been doing my work at a local studio for about a year, and have just acquired my own wheel (an old but wonderful cone-driven Oscar Paul). I love it I am renting a 2nd floor apartment with lovely hardwood floors. I'm using my 2nd bedroom as a studio (no kiln obviously) and I'm struggling with how to protect the floor. I'm not really concerned with keeping on top of the dry mess, but I am worried about keeping water off the floor when throwing. I need a surface that 1) is not permanent and won't damage the floor 2) protects the hardwood 3) can be swept when dealing with trimming and mopped or wiped when dealing with water. Right now I have the wheel itself on an industrial mat to protect the wood from the feet, and help with noise and vibration for the tenants below me. I've tried a canvas sheet over that which does keep the water off the floor, but it bunches up and is a pain in the butt. Tried a plastic tarp - same thing. The wheel is heavy, so having something that I need to move from under it to shake out outside every time I trim is getting old too. I've considered these options, and I'd really appreciate any insight, experience etc. any of you have to share: -Carpet tiles. Easy to replace but would they hold moisture instead of being easy to remove moisture? Looks like they can't be swept, would I have to vacuum? http://www.homedepot.ca/product/studio-carpet-tile-iron-gate-50cm-x-50cm-54-sqfeet-case/867524 -foam tiles. Cheaper, provide padding which might be a plus for both comfort and sound insulation. But would water get in between the tiles and down onto the floor? The description says they are waterproof, which makes me think they could be mopped. http://www.homedepot.ca/product/step-floor-assorted-24-inch-x-24-inch/941763 -craziest idea: get a big plastic wading pool, put the wheel in there and never have to worry about how much water is splashing around. http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/decorated-pool-11-x-59-x-11-in-0810064p.html#.VfrU-d9VhBc Thanks in advance for any insights!
  11. Hello hello, I am moving to Tokyo (North East of the city) next October for at least a year, and I'm looking for places to make ceramics. I was thinking I could try to find an apprenticeship there but I've heard that usually the apprentice doesn't make anything for a while, but rather helps doing small things such as cleaning. Is it true? Even though it is also interesting, I need to have my hands in the clay. So then I looked for studios where I could practice or take lessons but all the places I found semmed to have only courses for once a week. But I'm looking for a place where I could go at least 3 or 4 times a week. So I was wondering if any of you have any idea of where to look, or just advices? Thank you!
  12. Does any one know of a ceramic studio in Long Island preferably near Southold, Riverhead or South Hampton that does high fire reduction, and has temporary studio space for rent? Thanks so much for your help!
  13. Slip Trailing Session

    From the album Work in Progress

    Having a mad and intense slip trailing session. I'm making these mugs specially as gifts for my husband's coworkers.

    © Copyright Giselle Massey 2015

  14. Hi Guys, I looked into several insurance options this far, including that offered by the Potters Council. I found it interesting that insurance companies put higher $$$ on porcelain than other pottery. Is there anyone else that experience the same? Also because part of my work is operated online, I find that insurance companies want to load that part too. all my transactions goes through Paypal, so I do not end up with credit cards that need to be secured. Is there anyone that covered this that is willing to provide some tips. Thanks. Antoinette.
  15. We have a walk out basement and I'm about to create a work space down there. The Sheetrock is up on the walls but we're still discussing/arguing on the ceiling and lighting. I would prefer normal Sheetrock ceilings but hubby wants the drop ceilings which I hate. My real question for the group is on lighting. The space runs the whole depth of the house. The front has a sliding glass door and a window however we live in the woods with just enough space cleared for the house so there isn't a ton of natural light. The rear of the space has no windows. Can I get recommendations on lighting from those of you working in basement studios? Number/spacing and type. Thanks!
  16. 8 years ago a purchased a "Paint your own Pottery" studio with the intention of expanding it into both painting pottery, and a clay studio with pottery wheels, demos, classes, etc. I thought it would be great to be able to make my own pieces, display and sell them in the studio, as well as have the usual clientelle who just came in to paint. But over the years I have been too busy working to get work done! haha. Payroll, bookkeeping, taxes, scheduling employees, working extra shifts, teaching classes, customer service, ordering supplies, etc... plus getting all of our customer's pottery fired and out on time has left me very little time for what I really wanted to do from the begining, which is my own work. Paying off student loans, business loans and rent and utilities for both my home and studio space has me working for almost nothing. Each month I pay my bills and that's about it. And it's become increasingly stressful and less enjoyable over time. So I have decided to sell the paint your own pottery business. I already have someone interested and we are awaiting the landlord's approval at the moment before moving further. I'm selling the business for how much I owe on it and am really happy to just be walking away debt free. Fresh start. I'd love to start up a little home studio. Work a "real" job part time, and make my own pieces part time. I have a small etsy shop currently and I have my first big art sale this September, and would love to start doing both regularly when I am able to produce more work. My question is this: Is having a home studio easier to opperate than a rented studio space? I know by downsizing I'll save on rent and utilities, and not having employees. But, otherwise, is the business basically the same? Insurance, licences and fees, taxes, bookkeeping... How much time do you spend on those vs making work? There is a little negative voice in the back of my mind saying all the things I stress about now are still going to be there. Maybe I have the pottery skills, but not the business skills. I just want pottery to be fun again! And to grow and get better. And maybe, just maybe, actually make a profit.
  17. Hello! I am a high school student who is interested in creating a studio at home. I would like to try and build a kiln outside for raku pottery, but am also interested in buying a kiln for regular ceramic use. I would really appreciate any help i can get in order to find the supplies i need (kiln, potters wheel, glazes, tools, etc.) I've taken a few ceramic classes at school so i am not totally clueless, but would really appreciate knowledge from those who are more experienced.
  18. Here's the thing: limited money, limited space, rental trailer environment. I need to end up with a place for my electric wheel and a medium sized kiln, preferably, but not necessarily, in the same space. I have several possibilities: pay to winterize a 12 x 14 screened in porch (that I don't really want to give up to a working space); build a winterized "room" out of the open 12 x 10 back deck, or; buy a small wood or metal shed and simply put it on the back deck. My landlord has approved putting in the electric and water and some sort of heat source, but money is an issue. Winter temps run to below zero and snow up to 3' (New Hampshire) but the porch/deck are well elevated. I need to get estimates, of course, but would like some feedback from ceramists before I even approach the landlord with my ideas. Thanks in advance for any comments.
  19. Building A Basement Studio

    Love this forum. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to provide your insight. I would very much appreciate your professional opinions on the following for my basement studio which is located in my home: 1. What type of utility sink will be sufficient-will "plastic" hold up? 2. Should I put my cone 10 kiln into a separate room in the studio? 3. About how much room should I leave around the kiln in a separate room for stacking, maintenance, etc. 4. I'm building a 4x8 studio table. Any suggestion as to a material for the top? I am considering hardboard. But would a Formica-like product be better. I am concerned about moisture and warping. 5. Cleaning floors: I know damp mopping is best but should I vacuum up the dust first with a shop vac? If not, wouldn't I just be pushing around mud even if I rinse frequently? 6. I plan on painting the concrete floor with appropriate paint. Should I leave the kiln area unpainted? 7. Which is more desirable as far as venting-downdraft or updraft?
  20. Years ago, I was looking for a stable platform to do some sawing with my circular saw. In a rush, and not really thinking I used the my CXC to support the lumber, started sawing, not realizing that I cut a notch into the wheel head! I beat myself up for months about it. Then realized one day when throwing my patens(plates) on a wooden bat that the notch allowed perfect leverage to remove the bat. . . gently. I used to use an old trim jim, and get it wedged between the bat and the head, but feeling the notch and lifting on the wooden edge of the bat worked better. Would never try it again, but that one time the accident turned out right. Have any of you had something similar happen?
  21. Has anyone found a good solution for warming the water in a Cink? Over the winter, my studio gets cold, and the water in the Cink gets painfully cold. I don't need it to be hot or even warm, just not really cold. I have to believe someone's already worked this out. Any suggestions?
  22. Basement studio

    From the album What I am up to

    Another view of my workspace. From this angle you can see the workbench that I built for my wife.
  23. The basement studio

    From the album What I am up to

    One angle of my basement studio. It's not perfect but it works well.
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