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What pottery related gift are you hoping for this Holiday Season? | Nov. 28, 2011

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T'is the Season to give and receive gifts desired all year long.

So, what are you hoping to receive for your pottery studio? Books? Tools? Equipment? Supplies?

A weekend Potters Council Conference? A workshop with your favorite potter?

A truckload of clay? A piece of pottery?

 

C'mon, you can tell us .....

 

What pottery related gift are you hoping for this Holiday Season?

 

 

As ever hit the reply button at the top or bottom of the page to prevent a quote of the whole question.

 

To learn more about Potters Council, visit: http://www.potterscouncil.org

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For the most part I just ask for gift certificates at my pottery supply outlet, then I can get what I want when I want it. I'm at an age where I don't need more "stuff" (you know, the Christmas sweater or slippers), and have finally convinced my family and most of my friends to honor my request. I keep telling them it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars.

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I agree with Idaho, I don't really need more stuff, but I AM hoping someone gives me a "pottery difference reducer."

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I'm like everyone else don't need anymore stuff, we have always try to be non-materialistic we replaced our 30 year old TV last Christmas and even keep cars that long. But I always want a gift certificate from our local ceramic supplier and I always end up using them for new shelves. Denice

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I agree with Idaho, I don't really need more stuff, but I AM hoping someone gives me a "pottery difference reducer."

 

 

 

Hi. How are you? Not to sound dumb (sometimes it seems it can't be helped) but what is a "pottery difference reducer"? Heck, I might need one too. Who knows.Thanks Kabe

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Hi Kabe! I don't think you sound dumb, even if you did, we all sound dumb sometimes. Thanks for asking.

A "pottery difference reducer" is a device which somehow reduces the difference between the pot you see in your head, and the one that actually comes out of your kiln.

They are also sold under the name "expectation reducer," or "reality checks."

From what I understand, they also sell similar devices for painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, writers, or anyone involved in a creative activity.

The only problem is, I don't know who makes them, or where you can buy one.

I know if they were sold at "Road Runner Supply" they would be called "The ACME Pottery Difference Reducer."

Does anyone know who makes them, or where I can get one?smile.gif

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Hi Kabe! I don't think you sound dumb, even if you did, we all sound dumb sometimes. Thanks for asking.

A "pottery difference reducer" is a device which somehow reduces the difference between the pot you see in your head, and the one that actually comes out of your kiln.

They are also sold under the name "expectation reducer," or "reality checks."

From what I understand, they also sell similar devices for painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, writers, or anyone involved in a creative activity.

The only problem is, I don't know who makes them, or where you can buy one.

I know if they were sold at "Road Runner Supply" they would be called "The ACME Pottery Difference Reducer."

Does anyone know who makes them, or where I can get one?smile.gif

 

 

 

I dont have a clue who sells them but thanks for the laugh!!!

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Thanks, smokin pots ( and buckeye)! I really COULD use one of those, sometimes I get myself into trouble by having too high expectations, so I would like something to help me go a little easier on myself.

Although if I did get the ACME one, I would probably end up at the bottom of a cliff, flat as a pancake.

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Hi Kabe! I don't think you sound dumb, even if you did, we all sound dumb sometimes. Thanks for asking.

A "pottery difference reducer" is a device which somehow reduces the difference between the pot you see in your head, and the one that actually comes out of your kiln.

They are also sold under the name "expectation reducer," or "reality checks."

From what I understand, they also sell similar devices for painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, writers, or anyone involved in a creative activity.

The only problem is, I don't know who makes them, or where you can buy one.

I know if they were sold at "Road Runner Supply" they would be called "The ACME Pottery Difference Reducer."

Does anyone know who makes them, or where I can get one?smile.gif

 

 

 

I feel like the new carpender that was sent to find the board stretcher. Scoobydoozie sent a a picture of a shrink rule. I thought that it was something like that too. A handy way to make a shrink rule is: add your % shrinkage to the inlargement scale on a copy machine say 12% and make a copy of a 12 inch ruler. Cut it out and glue it to a paint stickand you have a 12% larger size ruler. It's kind of handy and close to free. Most potters like that. ain't clay fun! Kabe

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"I feel like the new carpender that was sent to find the board stretcher."

 

Or the new mechanic sent to find the metric Crescent wrench.

 

Seriously, I would like one of those little tabletop pug mills, I am so tired of reclaiming manually. That would do fine for me, I don't use more clay than one of those could handle.

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"I feel like the new carpender that was sent to find the board stretcher."

 

Or the new mechanic sent to find the metric Crescent wrench.

 

Seriously, I would like one of those little tabletop pug mills, I am so tired of reclaiming manually. That would do fine for me, I don't use more clay than one of those could handle.

 

 

I do not know how much clay you use. For me after while, there was a bucket monster waiting in about every corner. For I too would like a pugmill under the tree. I started putting all my throwing scraps into a plastic coffee container while I'm throwing. When it's full I drain it, slop it onto a bat. Let it dry a bit and wedge it back up. The smaller amounts are simpler to deal with and less bucket monsters in the corners, except for the growing number of coffee cans. no not really, It does seem less work this way. Have a great holiday. ain't clay fun! kabe

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Ok ... I also need the ACME kiln load insurance.

Every firing perfect or your money and time back in return for lesson learned.

 

Oh yes, and a perfect cone 6 clear. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

another good one we all need!rolleyes.gif

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Ok ... I also need the ACME kiln load insurance.

Every firing perfect or your money and time back in return for lesson learned.

 

Oh yes, and a perfect cone 6 clear. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

another good one we all need!rolleyes.gif

 

 

Some one will figure out how to sell the pottery expectation reducer thing, and make a mint. I hope others get what they wish for, as this season is about receiving as much as giving-as in receiving you give pleasure to the one who gives-if you are enthusiastic about the gift. I too have come to the point where more stuff is just not the ticket. However, a Pug mill would be nice, but then again I don't know where I would put it. I guess I'll continue to wedge/recycle by hand. I have always told folks when asked what I wanted-more time! It seems like the one thing that there isn't enough of. In the end, I usually get a few new brushes, some paints for when I watercolor, and book cards for buying more ceramics books for my library. Now a DVD or techniques for in the shop would be cool for when I am throwing-as I do have a tv on at times to keep me company.

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Ok ... I also need the ACME kiln load insurance.

Every firing perfect or your money and time back in return for lesson learned.

 

Oh yes, and a perfect cone 6 clear. :D

 

 

Chris,

 

Here's my favorite clear:

 

Clear Bright Gloss

Cone 6

(Mining Company Web site)

 

Gerstley Borate 51

Silica 31

Kaolin 16

Custer Feldspar 3

(adds up to 101)

Add Bentonite 1

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