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#1 Chris Campbell

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:34 PM

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?


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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:45 PM

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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Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:41 PM

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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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:29 PM

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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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:54 AM

Already received my top Christmas list item early: Giffen Grip. Love it! Now I just would like a Piepenburg trimming disc.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:48 PM

I want clay and lots of it, glaze and I would love to have one of pres's big coffee mugs.



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Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:48 PM

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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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:20 PM

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?Posted Image

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:59 AM

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?Posted Image



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

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:39 AM

Is this the item? It's a Shrink Rule by CI Products sold by Highwater Clays...

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http://www.highwater...Product_ID=4776

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:08 AM

Is this the item? It's a Shrink Rule by CI Products sold by Highwater Clays...

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http://www.highwater...Product_ID=4776

I have one of the shrink rules made by Creative Industries I bought mine at NECCA conference when they were first introduced, not expensive and very handy. Denice

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 02:58 PM

"The ACME Pottery Difference Reducer."
Does anyone know who makes them, or where I can get one?Posted Image

I really need one of those! Too funnyPosted Image
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 05:47 PM

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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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:54 PM

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

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:52 PM

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?Posted Image



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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Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:51 PM

"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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Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:08 PM

"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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Posted 03 December 2011 - 10:39 AM

My gift to myself is the DVD by Stephanie Stephenson
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 10:45 AM

Commercially made ball/jar mill drive rack. My home-made one is tired and shot.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:52 PM

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. Posted Image



another good one we all need!Posted Image




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