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Packing Methods For Show

25 October 2015 - 02:45 PM

Hi all,

So with a few shows behind me I'm looking for packing advice. Do you pack by product? Ie: all mugs together, all bowls together, etc... or for those who have more than one color scheme, all blues together, all white, all green, etc....

I do all functional ware. Planning to narrow down to three color schemes. I packed by color. Then when I sold a green mug, I had to dig through the green boxes to find another. Thinking there must be an easier way.

I have a new glaze. Almost every person who came in my booth picked it up and commented on how beautiful it was. They would hold it and fondle it. Only one mug sold. It was only $16. I plan to make more of this glaze. But wondering if it is going to sell.

Developing Glazes As A Body Of Work

25 October 2015 - 12:40 PM

Hi all,

I have been able to consistently mix and use several glazes that I'm very happy with. Now I am trying to find a group of glazes that can be used with each other. Even if it is only two colors on an item. All my work is functional. I feel overwhelmed by the number of choices and am looking for a method to narrow down my search.

My glaze chemistry knowledge is limited as I am mostly self taught. I like glazes that run and can be over lapped. I fire cone 6 electric on white stone ware.

Thanks for any help offered.


22 September 2015 - 02:39 PM

It only took 18 months (part-time) for me to learn about glazes and how to manipulate them to get results I want.  I have read so much about glaze chemistry I feel like my head is going to exploded.  For beginners I can't say enough about how helpful John Britts book, The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes was.


I want to thank everyone here at CAD for all your help also.  So many great things have come out of this last firing even having over fired.


I am posting just one of the glazes I have come up with.


I replaced pic with a smaller one.




New Smell With Firing

20 September 2015 - 03:58 PM

Hi all,

Looking for some help. Firing my kiln today, doing something new. Doing a programmed ramp and cool down. After 250 degrees I am ramping at 500 degrees an hour to 1978 degrees (farenhieght). My kiln vent is on and appears to be working properly. The only other difference is the kiln is loaded with three new glazes. I have thoroughly tested the glazes, just never done a load of just the new glazes. Firing to a top temp of 2225. Using a cone 6 red clay, same as usual.

The problem, the studio smells, really strongly. It is a normal firing smell as in my previous place I fired in an open garage. I pulled out my respirator and am wearing it to check the kiln. Luckily the smell isn't penetrating to the rest of the house. Any ideas? My only thought is I am using glazes made with Alberta Slip. Could it be possible it has a lot of organics in it?

Thanks for any help.


Throwing Thickness

30 July 2015 - 01:23 AM

Had a friend over to pick up some mugs I'd made her. I always have other stuff setting out to entice the buyer and a friend that came with her.. One of the items was a yunomi type cup. It was white stone ware and made very thinly. I am very proud of them. I went to another room to get packing material, I could hear the friend of the buyer commenting that the cups were of pour quality because they were so thin. She stated that if I new anything about real wares that people used I would know they needed to be thick to be durable. I was really shocked. If she had said my work was ugly or just poorly made it wouldn't of bothered me. So I question myself and my knowledge. After a couple of hours of pouting I thought, I know what I know. I have worked hard to learn everything I can about properly made wares. In hindsight I wish I had spoke up and compared my cup to one of the nicest in my own collection. So is this a widely held belief among buyers? That wall thickness is relative to quality?