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#1 TJR

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:29 AM

I have a cabin on a lake. Sometimes I go there in the winter to check on it and do some snowshoeing. One year, I came into the cabin and set a plastic basin on top of my electric stove. I then went to turn the main power on.When I got back to the kitchen, the basin had liquified and was dripping into the burners. The stove elements had been on! Power had not been on.Some of the knobs were loose, and were painted with nail polish to tell where the "on" button was. Anyway, the electric stove was wrecked.
I mentioned it to my buddy Albert who lives out there. He said he had a stove that he was not using. He would trade it to me for a large bowl!So we did the deal, and the stove has worked great for at least 10 years.
So, my trade was a stoneware bowl for an electric stove. Have you got a good one?
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:48 AM

My son's babysitter did china painting and made Xmas tree angels with long flowing gowns. I told how much I liked her angels but $100 thirty years ago was a lot of money for a ornament. She told me how much she liked my work so we traded, this is the first year I haven't used the angel because I had a small tree. Denice

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:00 AM

When I was a kid in school many years ago studying pottery, I was in the student center complaining to my girlfriend that my tooth was killing me but I didn't have any money for a dentist and was considering drinking a lot of whiskey and getting a friend to pull it with pliers. She remembered this dentist that often visited the pottery studio and swapped dentistry for pots with the professor who ran the ceramics department plus he had the hots for her. She got the professor and the three of us went to the dentist and he agreed that for one of my big bowls he would pull my tooth and treat all three of us to laughing gas. I got a tooth pulled (that he said really needed a root canal but I didn't have enough pots for that) and we all had a great time. I asked him several times after that to pull another tooth or two but he wouldn't because there was nothing wrong with them.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

When I was a kid in school many years ago studying pottery, I was in the student center complaining to my girlfriend that my tooth was killing me but I didn't have any money for a dentist and was considering drinking a lot of whiskey and getting a friend to pull it with pliers. She remembered this dentist that often visited the pottery studio and swapped dentistry for pots with the professor who ran the ceramics department plus he had the hots for her. She got the professor and the three of us went to the dentist and he agreed that for one of my big bowls he would pull my tooth and treat all three of us to laughing gas. I got a tooth pulled (that he said really needed a root canal but I didn't have enough pots for that) and we all had a great time. I asked him several times after that to pull another tooth or two but he wouldn't because there was nothing wrong with them.

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Jim;
That is very funny! I don't know how else you could get laughing gas without pulling teeth.You might have topped my stove story. Let's wait and see.
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Is there an emoticon with a tooth missing?
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

I had just finished mapping my schools kiln with about 180 shino tea bowls. To celebrate this, I went for sushi and wanted green tea in one of my cups. Turned out were looking for something unique (place was in a renovated bank and 6 minutes from my college) ... ended up trading them 100 tea bowls for never having to pay for lunch 3 times a week. (still brought a tip for the sushi guy and server) but man ... 3 years worth of sushi lunches ... well worth my time.

Another time my mothers bathroom sink broke (I don't ask questions on that) and I ended up trading a newish cabinet, sink, and faucet for 2 vases about 2 feet tall. My mother still has it in her house and that was 8 years ago.

This one isn't ceramics, but some equipment .. but I just finished fixing, repainting and restoring a shimpo wheel. I bought it from a nice couple who just lost their mother, and it was in the back of their mothers house rusted to heck, motor shot and all around not working, wheel head and bearings still weren't locked and rusted so I bought it for about $50 and proceeded to get new 2 hp motor, strip the rust, make the peddle work again, repaint it (metallic blue with silver ghost flames) and polish the wheel head of the corrosion building up on it (I miss living near the ocean) ... and it was really nice ... ended up trading that to a buddy for 4 easels, 10 6'x10' canvases and a kiln.

I miss that wheel.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

I have been fortunate enough to be able to trade pottery for veterinary services for about 30 years with my friend the vet. Shots/ surgery/illness whatever. My vet now is retiring so its back to money for service but its been a long run.
I've traded a teapot for a use of a diamond wet saw for several months in the 80's.
Pottery for massage a few years worth.
More trades with other artists than I can recall.
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#7 Chris Campbell

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:26 PM

I wonder how many of us have bought off our neighbors with a pot or two so we could raku or pit fire without hassle?

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#8 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:14 PM

Dinner set for a Divorce.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

Dinner set for a Divorce.

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That's the best one yet. More info please.

Jim
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

Dinner set for a Divorce.

Marcia


Marcia;
You are teasing us. We need the full story without the names. Please.
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:09 PM


Dinner set for a Divorce.

Marcia


Marcia;
You are teasing us. We need the full story without the names. Please.
TJR.


Really. Not the astrophysicist. But true. This is about 20 years ago.oops, 30+ years ago.
Nice lawyer. I also fixed the plumbing on his toilet at his cabin when he let several teachers use it for a fishing weekend. On the Stillwater River in Montana.

#12 Mark C.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:00 PM

Dinner set for a Divorce.

Marcia


It will be hard to top this one- Marcia
maybe a lobotomy for a teapot?
Never gotten a divorce but maybe I should get a set ready just in case?
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#13 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:24 PM

a coffee mug for my kiln. (i told him I would make him an entire set) I gave him one to pacify him until I get good enough to make him a worthy set. :)
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:38 AM

Pottery for massage, so worth it!!:Dsrc="http://ceramicartsda...t/biggrin.gif">

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:05 PM

Four table settings of plate, bowl and mug for 7 cords of wood split and stacked. Best winter my back ever had.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:57 AM

My first trade: four matching mugs and cereal bowls for custom blinds for a 4ft x 4ft window, included installation.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:23 AM

I was just a simple fisher and student just 3 years ago. Now I have a personal small business with the lot of help from my sweet DAD. My father doing a work for multinational company since 1975 according to my father. Now I have all the dealing with same scales company in which my father doing work.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:27 AM


Dinner set for a Divorce.

Marcia


It will be hard to top this one- Marcia
maybe a lobotomy for a teapot?
Never gotten a divorce but maybe I should get a set ready just in case?
Mark


My friend got a root canal for a tile. She does beautiful tiles.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:55 PM

Hey, gang;
I had to resurrect this old post. My neighbour across the back lane ordered top soil for his yard. He made the classic mistake of not remembering that soil is measured by the CUBIC yard. [length times width times height]. I thought he ordered 10 yards. He actually ordered 12 yards of soil, which is enough to cover the floor of a single car garage to a depth of two feet. I said I would buy some from him this spring. I moved about 4 yards in my trusty wheel barrow.My boys said, "Dad, are you going to pay for that?" They are bright boys. My neighbour wasn't around when I moved the dirt.When I saw him, I asked how much a yard? It worked out to $25.00 a yard. I would have owed him $100.00.
He said, make me some planters. So the trade is dirt for planters. A good deal for both of us.
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#20 Chris Throws Pots

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:22 PM

A teapot traded to a friend perusing an MFA in a 2D concentration for her Soldner S100 wheel... I tried to give her more.

A set of 4 cereal bowls and an olive oil cruet traded for logo and business card design.

For a while I was trading pots for chiropractic care and massage therapy.

I like the barter system.

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