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Brian Reed

Member Since 14 Aug 2012
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In Topic: Craft Shows... Tips For Success

22 July 2014 - 06:24 PM

I just started tracking each show I attend with what I have sold.  last year I did not keep an inventory and did not really track what sold, it was always what I could remember.  For the most part my recollection was close enough, but now I have it all on paper.  Square has helped me do this by using their cash register function where I add each price for each items, and punch it like they do at a restaurant.  Now I know what I sold each day in great detail and I have a report that I can pull up for next year.

In Topic: Anybody Ever Make A Sink?

22 July 2014 - 06:11 PM

I have made a few sinks and was taught by a local guy who has made thousands of sinks in his time.  He makes then out of porcelain and stoneware and all is fired cone 10 reduction, and this is how I have made mine as well.  If it is an in cabinet sink make sure you make a very beefy flange rim with a smooth flange underside.


The only real gotcha is getting the drain hole the right size.  Find your clay shrinkage and then measure with an existing drain size to make sure you size it right.

In Topic: Current Opinions On Best Mobile Credit Card Options

20 July 2014 - 05:18 PM

Thanks Mark and others. I will always accept cash at this point. It is always a good idea to consider things to see if there is a better way. See you in Anacortes.

In Topic: Ready Made Celadon Glaze For High Fire- Gas ...like Coleman

17 July 2014 - 12:50 PM

I have seen posts about premixed glazes quite a bit lately.  Perhaps there were always questions, but I am noticing them more.  Linda my suggestion is to go and get Tom's book and then buy the dry materials and then mix your own.  It is really pretty easy once you get the steps down, and there are many videos on how people mix their own glazes.  If you are going to buy premixed dry glaze you will need to buy buckets, a respirator and a sieve.  To mix your own the only other tool you need is a scale, and many already have that. 


The cost will be about 10% what you would pay for dry mixed glazes.  I say give it a try and test.  Then after a few glaze batches you can experiment with a base glaze of your own and then the real fun begins.


Trust me!

In Topic: Current Opinions On Best Mobile Credit Card Options

16 July 2014 - 11:37 PM

I have been contemplating taking credit cards exclusively.  Cash is such a problem, you need to make sure you have change and keep a wad of money with you.  I have never had an issue with losing money, but it is just a matter of time.  Credit cards are so easy and the vast majority of my sales are with a card anyway.  I am not sure I would lose any sales if I stated credit cards only.  have any of you contemplated this.


I know it flies in the face of making it as easy as possible to people to pay you and accept the way they want to pay, but with so many credit cards and if someone wanted to pay with cash and I stated that I only accepted credit cards I am not sure that it would be an issue.   


Just something I was thinking about a couple of weeks ago when I was having a good day at a sale in a more urban setting and walking around with well over $1000 in cash made me nervous.  There were so many people around many people had to see the cash exchanging hands that day.  I was an easy target.