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Brian Reed

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#55396 Opinions On Pre-Mixed Dry Glazes?

Posted by Brian Reed on 25 March 2014 - 12:33 PM

When I started out on my own and left the fold of the classroom/co-op about 2 years ago I had a few rules that I was going to stick with.  They were just what I set out to do and one of them was never to use a pre-mixed glaze.  I wanted the experience of testing and learning.  It was good time spent with some successes and yes some failures, but in the end I have a set of glazes that are my own and I can repeat them easily whenever I want.  Again I am not knocking the pre-mixed glazes, it was just my choice and how I decided I would take my studio journey.

 

I have two small shelves of material (IKEA shelves), and a small 4'X2' table that I have my mixing.  I use 6 gallon buckets for mixing and I store them in 10 gallon covered tubs.  I use a triple beam balance for all weights, even small tests, and I sieve twice, one at 60 and one at 80. I have a glaze slop bucket that all tests go into and when I need an iron saturate glaze I use it (it is a pretty nice medium dark iron rich glaze that fits perfectly).  I test my slop with a test tile at every firing so I know how it is changing.

 

Sure I made a few mistakes in my initial ordering because I did not know the material, like buying 10lbs of chrome oxide.... it will last three lifetimes.  Such is life.




#55393 Icheon Master Video Series

Posted by Brian Reed on 25 March 2014 - 12:15 PM

The American Museum of Ceramic Art published some videos last year that are just stunning.  This one was my favorite, but you should look at the others.

 

https://www.youtube....ChySuqXA/videos

 

This one was my favorite, but you should look at the others.

 

https://www.youtube....bed/dDreqXD4MoI




#53590 Wholesale Crafts Dot Com

Posted by Brian Reed on 27 February 2014 - 08:32 PM

Those are some great tips, I am going to start working on a pricelist with thumbnails right away.  I also will have order sheets ready....and water. 

 

as for my best seller that is easy, small porcelain bowls with copper red interior and geladon exterior.  I sell other colors, but this seems to be the best seller.

 

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#51890 What Kind Of Kiln Shelves To Use?

Posted by Brian Reed on 07 February 2014 - 10:14 AM

back to the original question.  I am sure people here will tell you I am wrong, but I would go to your clay supplier and ask them what they have that is cheap and on sale and get them at low a cost as possible.  I picked up many shelves from him that were odd balls and they are working fine.  then as you learn more spend the money on nicer shelves as they need replacing.  That is what I did and it is working out great.  sure shelves break and warp, but at 20-30  dollars a shelf no big loss.




#51356 Help On Ingredient Substitution Needed!

Posted by Brian Reed on 30 January 2014 - 10:32 AM

Spodumene is a sort of Feldspar at least that is what I have substituted it for in a Shino I was working with.  I wanted to try it with Lithium.

 

It is a good source of Li2O

 

It has Li2O, AlO3, SiO2




#48644 12 Inch Club

Posted by Brian Reed on 26 December 2013 - 02:36 PM

I promised a blooper, and here it is.

 

http://youtu.be/_mBgqva1h80

 

This was attempt 4.  They all ended pretty much the same.  I took different approaches,

 

1.  make cylinder as narrow as possible.

2.  Make wide bottom and narrow top.

3.  No bottom on cylinder.

 

They all ended the same.




#48517 Potter/ceramicist: Pottery/ceramics?

Posted by Brian Reed on 23 December 2013 - 06:43 PM

I asked a similar question last year and got a varity of answers.  Now when I introduce myself I will say Potter.




#47722 So, She Came Into My Booth, And That's When The Trouble Started

Posted by Brian Reed on 12 December 2013 - 03:05 PM

I do not have any "rules" for people who own my work.  It may sound awful, but I will sell to a racist, a bigot, rich, poor, black, white, any nationality as long as they pay.  I am not a social activist, I am a potter who wants to sell. If they are wearing a gun, no problem, if they are loud, no problem, if they are quite and meek...again no problem.   I just want to sell. 

 

I know this has nothing to do with the original message, I have just read a few posts about not selling to a certain type of person.

 

As to the original post, I have never need in that situation, I have held things for a short period of time and every time they came back and purchased.  I suppose I will continue until I get burned.  I try to bring enough stuff that one single piece is not much of a worry.  When I do have this situation I hope I can handle it was well as you did.  Good Job!




#46968 How To Actually Support Yourself

Posted by Brian Reed on 03 December 2013 - 11:06 AM

All the advice is really nice, and I suspect that I am not the only one on these forums that have the same struggles right now.  I hope others have gotten something out of this as much as I have.  Cheaper than a Therapist.

 

Especially a big thanks goes out to Mark who gave me a call and we talked for a good hour, sometimes hard advice and some validation is all we need to hear.

 

I will continue to follow the path I have started on, make as many pots as possible and attend as many shows as I can get to.  I want to open up a wholesale market which I am going to begin starting in 2014 and hope to have something established in 3 years (advice I received with planning from a local potter who has been successful with wholesale).  I believe that patience, hard work, and being as efficient and innovative as possible will get me there.

 

In the end if I cannot quit my day job at some point in the future I will always have Pottery as a "retirement job" which may be exactly what I am looking for.

 

Thanks again.




#46909 New To Ceramics & Need Help With Kiln

Posted by Brian Reed on 01 December 2013 - 10:53 PM

Yes like Marcia said you can refire.  However I would speed up that bisque firing.  It should never take 10 hours on low.  My entire bisque to cone 06 is like 8 hours max.




#45976 Throwing Large Pots

Posted by Brian Reed on 17 November 2013 - 11:44 PM

I recently started throwing some bigger pots.  Not huge, but 20-30" tall.  I know of two methods; making multiple sections and attaching them together.  Then there is the coil method where you put a large coil and pull it up, then stack another coil and work your way up.  I have had the best luck with the first method of stacking multiple parts.  However I hand rolled my coils and think I would have better results with an extruder.

 

 

 

Here is a recent video of me making a large pot

 

 

 

Do you have any advice?




#34830 Small gift ideas for potters

Posted by Brian Reed on 14 May 2013 - 10:20 AM

The tea towel is a great idea, but I went with Denim aprons with each persons name on it. Each person had their name on it so it was easy to start a conversation with participants. They were a big hit, I even made one for the instructor Simon. Thanks for the great ideas for next time.


#30415 Trimming Problem

Posted by Brian Reed on 06 March 2013 - 03:11 PM

I use a variety of methods and am confident with all of them. For bottles I use my giffin grip, because I do not have a bunch of different sized chucks to use. I also use them to trim inset lids. I am a competent tap centerer and do use the wet the rim and wheel, tap center and then give a tap on the boom to set. I have seen some people try to do this on an aluminum wheel head, but struggle with the pot sticking. I think that a Masonite bat works best because the bat tends to absorb some water and helps the clay rim to stick well. I have a video of me doing this that I filmed a couple of days ago when I was going through a load of bowls. I just edited out one bowl trim. This bowl was a little wonky, I suspect that when it was wet it got shifted on the bat when I set it down (bad habit but something I do too often). There for I centered the foot and the rim is a little out. This is not possible with a giffin grip as it centers the rim only.






#28712 What was the last milestone you hit in pottery?|Jan.23,2012

Posted by Brian Reed on 31 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

Like KoreyJ I have a long list of milestones this year.

The biggest thing was to actually take clayseriously. I had been a Hobby Potter fora long time and with much pushing by someone who has been a full time productionpotter for 40 years I finally got serious.

1. I made plans with my throwing schedule andsome discipline around what I was producing.

2. Built my own studio in my garage 500sqft

3. Created all my own glazes (this is a hugeundertaking and months of work.)

4. Sold what I was producing at a few artfairs.

5. Got up the courage to setup a wholesaleaccount with a local gallery/gift shop

6. Fired my own cone 10 reduction kiln, and havinggood results

7. Started a local Clay Club http://nwclayclub.com

8. Being asked to write an article forCeramics Monthly and actually doing it (March 2013 Issue)

It has been a crazy year and hope to continue through2013. Now it is more than a hobby and Ihave an actual business, I cannot believe it.




#27755 Wabi-Sabi

Posted by Brian Reed on 13 January 2013 - 12:04 AM

Thanks for the plug, and the kind words Dinah. I need to take the time to get to that Gallery. I think a session on chewans would be great. Maybe I need to get that setup.