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trina    20

Chalk one up for the noobs!

 

The folks running the local market liked my pitchers and I was accepted into the fold this week after submitting my photos. 115 vendors each week. We reserved 3 weekends over the Summer (2 of which bookend the 4th of July holiday when town is packed) and can add more weekends if there's space and we so desire to do so. I am sharing space on the 2 4th of July markets with a friend from AZ who is a woodworker/turner who will have bowls and hand-carved walking sticks for sale as well. Any/all of the other markets we partake in we will be solo.

 

The market itself has the tax gig figured out with the State so all we had to do was get a 2 year long Special Events license from the State (also arrived in the last few days) and we are off. I sold my market canopy years ago when I SWORE OFF doing markets ever again (LOL) but I have one lined up to borrow so we are golden there as well. Never say never, I suppose...

 

It will be interesting to see if there are other potter's there and what they may have to offer/how we are accepted/etc. (the stories I've heard are all over the board as to >how< other potter's will react to our wares/pricing/etc)

 

should be an eye-opener!

 

teardrop

 

 

Hi teardrop, not sure why I tried to have a look at your pitchers but the images are gone? Did you take them away or is it a glitch somewhere on my end...T

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teardrop    2

hi trina

 

I read there was a crash of the server and it my guess is that it may have wiped the first images clean. I reloaded them to see what would happen and it appears they are again embedded in the post....at least on my end. :rolleyes:

 

hope that helps!

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WUVIE    1

Good to see you posting again!

 

Since you were on last, I finally acquired a pottery wheel, and have been practicing, practicing, practicing!

 

I've always wanted to make tiny bowls, and by golly, I'm putting them out quickly! I realize I have a long

way to go, but just being able to make something small, and feel relatively confident about it gives me

the oomph to carry on, learning as I go. Sure, they may only be big enough to hold little gadgets, but

with practice...who knows?

 

It didn't take long to remember to take the bat pins off when not using a bat (duh), keep my hands together,

don't try to recover a lost cause (at least while I'm new) and some other tidbits.

 

Glad you're back!

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Love the pitchers Teardrop!

I am still recovering from our annual Designer Week that was held the first weekend of March. Lots of orders, and some orders is still coming in. glad, as I need to pay rent, etc. But at the same time I made some new stuff to be submitted for a high-end shop chain. they want to roll out sushi restaurants in their shops, first shop opens in mid-end April! Hopefully I get this account as it will sustain me through the winter months (I live in the Southern Hemi)

 

On Saturday we are supposed to have a bi-annual potter's market in my city, but it sounds as if it will rain out :-( More than a 100 potters take part in this event, and it is a lovely time catching up with other potters.

 

I was without a pc for almost a month, as my pc got the dreaded blue-screen disease ... Am on a loan now, hopefully it will be repairable, as I cannot afford a new pc right now.

 

Well, that is me :-)

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~janie    8

I am just wondering if Minspargal knows there is a very varied and robust ceramic art community in and around Austin? I hope you enjoy your year in Austin.

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Nightshade    0

Hello everyone. I just joined the site and am very happy with all of the information that I can get here. I'm excited to start a hand building class in late April. I took a wheel class a while back, and, well, lets just say the wheel and I aren't the best of friends. I'm a disaster at centering. I'm also very critical of my work. After 6 weeks of classes, I never did have a finished piece lol. I'm much better at sculpting and hand building. Since having my son in '09, and due to being a single mom, my love of ceramics has been on a back burner. Now that he's a little older, I'm ready to get back in the game. I'm looking forward to being around adults in my class and having some time to myself. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to get two gently used kilns at a good price, so once I feel more confident in my knowledge and skills, I'll be able to fire my work and sell it. I can't wait!

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teardrop    2

I love the handbuilding as well, nightshade! Not that the wheel wasn't fun....but round is round...:lol:

 

And jeeez...what a mess. Folks talk about putting their kiln outside but I'd have my wheel out there over a kiln.

 

For those who care.... I made 12 people VERY happy Wed. night with my klunkery pitchers!

 

Every person said "How much are you selling them for...I want one".

 

It was then great to see all of the smiles when I told them I brought them as gifts and I wanted everyone to pick one out and take it home. The feedback I got was worth it all. My handles are AOK....they raved about the glazes/colors...and I got consensus that the weight/size was solidly in the ballpark.

 

No..these people aren't artists...nor do they know of pottery "standards".....they just know WHAT THEY LIKE and are a good representation of my customer base. (women with a bit of cash to spend on klunkery)

 

My roller and the remaining glazes are in transit....so look out "artists" of the valley....the noobs are about to attack...

:lol:

 

be well, all!

 

teardrop

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Nightshade    0

Yeah, I bought an old handmade heavy duty kick wheel at an auction for $5 when I first peaked an interest in ceramics. Little did I know I would be using it as a turntable for my large pieces! :lol:

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Jeri    0

I love the handbuilding as well, nightshade! Not that the wheel wasn't fun....but round is round...:lol:

 

And jeeez...what a mess. Folks talk about putting their kiln outside but I'd have my wheel out there over a kiln.

 

For those who care.... I made 12 people VERY happy Wed. night with my klunkery pitchers!

 

Every person said "How much are you selling them for...I want one".

 

It was then great to see all of the smiles when I told them I brought them as gifts and I wanted everyone to pick one out and take it home. The feedback I got was worth it all. My handles are AOK....they raved about the glazes/colors...and I got consensus that the weight/size was solidly in the ballpark.

 

No..these people aren't artists...nor do they know of pottery "standards".....they just know WHAT THEY LIKE and are a good representation of my customer base. (women with a bit of cash to spend on klunkery)

 

My roller and the remaining glazes are in transit....so look out "artists" of the valley....the noobs are about to attack...

:lol:

 

be well, all!

 

teardrop

 

 

That's wonderful news!

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Just returned from a very good Potter's market. Our local potters association have 2 of these events every year, with the March one normally very quiet. This year we (more than 120 potter stalls) were inundated by buyers from 8 am :-) I sold all my old shapes and stuff that I still had a lot of stock of, and it was flying. So now I have a wad of cash to buy more raw materials, and energized to get to the studio bright and early tomorrow morning.

 

It really seems as if our economy is making a turn for the better.

 

Oh, and I found a local potter who is a whizz at glazes and she's offered to sell me some of her glaze. she used the same clay as I did and got an amazing colour on it. My customer, who has been dying to get a light blue on the black clay will be doing a happy dance! I really love it when people are willing to share.

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teardrop    2

:) Super news, diana! I hope potter's worldwide feel the same increase in sales/interest this year! :)

 

Sharing is caring!

 

teardrop

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Kleipots    0

I bought a kick wheel recently. What a pleasure listening to my own breathing in the absence of the constant humming of the electric wheel!

 

 

But it took a while to get used to again, especially centering the clay. I miss the speed while centering before relaxing into pulling the clay up. Maybe I must install an electric motor to it just for centering.

 

Thank you for the feedback on today's Potters Market, Diana. I could not be there, but hope to join you in November.

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SShirley    9

Yesterday I finally finished my spray booth. My husband came up and cut the hole in the wall for the exhaust. I immediately had to try spraying a glaze and it worked great! I'm so excited! I used to spray outside if the weather was nice (no rain, no wind) so I didn't spray very often. Now every day can be a good "spray day".post-725-133268059326_thumb.jpg

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