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#109578 Qotw: Are We Potters Crazy?

Posted by Roberta12 on Yesterday, 07:49 PM

Oh, I agree with everyone!!  We really are crazy!  One person I took a community ed class with me, quit after one semester because she said "I don't want to work that hard."  Another friend took one semester and said, "I am not going to keep doing something I am not good at."  So even if I have to work hard and even if I am not good at it, I am still working in clay!!  Yes, insanity could be the diagnosis!



#108391 Gargage Sale/ Driveway Sale For Selling Pieces

Posted by Roberta12 on 08 June 2016 - 10:08 AM

Last summer I decided to clear out some of my one of a kind, practice, part of a set pieces.  I invited some artisan friends to bring their things and we did have some deep discounts on items.  For me, it was important to clear things out to make more space.  We had handmade soap, jewelry, paintings, ceramics.....I put it on FB on a Monday, sent out a few emails, and had the sale on Wednesday.  And yes, I put a signboard on the corner.  I was astounded by the number of people who came!  And, I live in the country on a county road.  Yes, they came.  We are planning one again for this year.  But.....I wouldn't do one every week because like Joseph pointed out, you will have people wanting to buy the pitcher which should be priced at $40 for 50 cents.  One friend referred to it as a Yart Sale. So, my intention was to clear things out for space and we did have marked down prices.   But you could call it an Open Studio day, set up a nice display and have regular prices! 



#107540 Texture/embossing Mats/roller

Posted by Roberta12 on 25 May 2016 - 10:48 PM



Giselle, very nice impressions!  What is your favorite tool to use for carving??  Mine often come out rather buggery.  But I might be carving into the clay while it is too wet. 




Roberta, when I'm making stamps I've found it's very important to let them set up a bit, maybe for 30-60 mins, before I decorate them. I use a clay called Moroccan Sand; it's got a fairly fine grit but it does add body. Perfectly smooth clay tends to be mushy and you don't want too much grit or big hunks come out when you're carving. Also most of the designs on the roller stamp in the photo were actually impressed using a stylus tool made by Wilton for cake decorating. The cake decorating section is one of my favorite places to shop for clay tools. I also used a small circular loop tool to make the butterflies' wings and a ball tool for the dots. The heart was made with a polymer clay stamp I made myself with an extruder. Yes, I stamp my stamps with stamps. What of it? ;)


I don't know if you ever go on Periscope but I'm going to do some crazy stamp making on there next week. I also plan to do a series of YouTube videos on stamp making as well, probably focusing on one tool or one kind of tool per video. 

I use a lot of the small round or triangular loop tools, the Wilton fondant modeling kit, random weird tools from around the house like crochet hooks and straws, and wire tools I've made myself in addition to more "normal" clay modeling tools. 


I was using the dreaded Bmix!  hahahaha.  Yes, I will find you on Periscope. That's exciting!!!!  And last night I dug out some borrowed leather stamping tools, which was rather fun! 



#107433 B-Mix And Me - A Contentious Relationship

Posted by Roberta12 on 24 May 2016 - 11:52 AM

Nancy, I do like throwing with Bmix, but have had cracking issues in the past, but not problems with the handles falling off.  However, I have never thrown, trimmed and fired all in one day.  Maybe it's just because my climate is different, but it does seem like you are putting things in the kiln rather quickly.  I had my first explosion ever during a bisque a couple of months ago.  I knew I was taking a risk....the mug was still just a bit cool to the touch.  Lesson learned.   But like Mdobay said, sounds like it isn't the clay, the pot didn't have enough time to dry. 



#107339 Texture/embossing Mats/roller

Posted by Roberta12 on 23 May 2016 - 10:03 AM

Hi, Judy!

I don't know if I'm allowed to link to sites?? I hope so. It's not MY site so I think it's okay. 


So one really good company that makes texture tools of all kinds is MKM, you might look into that a bit.


I searched texture mats real quickly and found this page to a clay supplies site: http://www.clay-king...ery_stamps.html There are some very interesting links including Lisa Pavelka rubber texture mats which are beautiful.  http://www.clay-king.com/pmc_precious_metal_clay/stamps/lisa_pavelka_stamps.html


You can also make your own texture mats. Roll out a slab of clay to about 1/2" thick. When it's cheese hard, carve it with the design you want. Allow to dry, then bisque and use forever. Then it's your design and unique to your work only. Another way to do texture slabs is to press leaves into them. Imagine the possibilities!! :)


Making your own roller stamps is simple too. Roll a 1 ounce ball of clay in the palm of your hand. Then start pinching the center as you roll it on the table. This will start to flatten what will be the rolling edge as you flatten and shape the center. I like to use all the surfaces and have a rolling edge as well as a different design on each flat side, but with your first few, just texture the rolling side. 



Giselle, very nice impressions!  What is your favorite tool to use for carving??  Mine often come out rather buggery.  But I might be carving into the clay while it is too wet. 


#106678 Nature's Inspiration

Posted by Roberta12 on 10 May 2016 - 10:09 PM

Lovely!  Thanks for sharing!


#105983 Etsy Sale Confusion

Posted by Roberta12 on 30 April 2016 - 10:30 AM

There have been a number of threads on this forum about people coming to your booth with a broken pot that they had purchased previously wanting a replacement.  Or something of this nature.  I remember Mark C. and Mea saying a number of times that you do what you can live with. This was a hard lesson learned for you, but you can turn it around to something positive.  So if that means, letting this particular customer get by with this, I truly believe it will come around eventually to your favor.  Mark C. has talked about people not having the money at the time and telling them to send a check when they get home.  I have done this also.  It always works out.  You may have to bite the bullet on this one and chalk it up to lesson learned, no more effort wasted on it.


And BTW Joseph???  Mugs are NOT easy for everyone!! :rolleyes:


#105871 Terracotta Clay Is So Messy ----

Posted by Roberta12 on 28 April 2016 - 04:49 PM

I agree with Giselle.  It really is fun, I use SB Red by Laguna on occasion.  I love how some of my glazes look on that dark clay body.  And it is fun to work with.  But....gotta scrub everything afterward and slowly morph my way back to white clay. But it does stain my hands........



#105436 Mug Bottom Discoloration

Posted by Roberta12 on 20 April 2016 - 07:44 AM

Dave,  Are they mugs you made?  If so, did you fire them?  If so, are you certain of the firing temp?  I ask because this was happening to me years ago.  The kiln in the community studio was not firing either bisque or glaze to the proper temp.  I didn't know enough about it to realize what was going on.  Pretty soon, everything I am making has this dirty look on the bottom.  And I also noticed that if I put water in a piece and let it sit, the water would seep out.  After research, I deduced that it was indeed mold. Because things were not vitrified.    This was my experience, perhaps one of the pros out there might have another response for you.  Maybe there are other reasons for this.



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#104879 I Got Asked If I "wholesale" And If I Wanted To Do A "pop Up"

Posted by Roberta12 on 07 April 2016 - 11:56 PM

I first heard the term "pop up" about 4 years ago.  It was used in reference to the restaurant business......Some of us thought it would be a fun way to bring attention to local art and host a community event.  We had 2 pop ups the first year, one last summer, and we are working on another one for June.  Old Lady is right....these events used to be called something else.  Not sure what it would have been around here......we do not have the history of long lived, long standing art fairs.  But we have "popped up" in a different, empty space each time.  Like many small towns, we have our share of empty buildings, that are for rent or sale.  It is a way to showcase that space and local art, including food, beverages, and music.  Our Pop Up Galleries are short term, Thursday evening, Friday late afternoon/evening, and Saturday daytime.  They are not HUGE sale events like a craft fair, but most everyone sells something and it brings attention art in our area.  Plus it's a fun event!  It has also been a way to bring our small art community together.  We have had to charge a small vendor fee in order to pay for advertising, etc.  I know these events have been gaining popularity in other countries as well as here in the U.S.  I think artists are trying to find a low cost way to market their work and to connect with others.  I have really enjoyed our pop ups here........and I think the community has as well!



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#104466 Duncan Underglaze

Posted by Roberta12 on 30 March 2016 - 07:38 PM

I wonder if it's something with the clear you used over it??  I have to say, I have found both the Amaco people and the Duncan people quite helpful with questions.  Maybe you could call or email Duncan and see what they have to say?


Nice pots, btw.



#104272 Consignment Issues

Posted by Roberta12 on 26 March 2016 - 05:38 PM

once again, Mark.....timely conversation.  Having a n issue here in my burg as well.  Because it is a small burg, the other vendors have started sharing some information as well.  The owners are extremely well intentioned, just struggling with "new business blues"   as are the vendors.  The biggest mistake we have made is no contract.  Therefore no expectations.  Yep.  Hate to even admit to that, but there you are.  Communication and a well thought out contract seem to be key.   What is the quote?  Good fences make good neighbors??  So do good contracts



#102380 Weird Question On Refiring Bisque

Posted by Roberta12 on 21 February 2016 - 12:55 PM

I have been firing my own kiln for almost 5 years now.  I have heard and heeded the warnings about "too wet to fire" however, there was this one mug a couple of weeks ago.....I really wanted to see how the underglaze worked on it, so I put it on the top shelf.....knowing I could be pushing the limits a bit..... But hey! it's stoneware, very porous....it will be fine!!!......even put a preheat on it.....That sucker exploded like none other!!!  I would post a picture but I can't figure out how to get my pics from my phone to this forum.....I had pieces and dust alllllll through the entire kiln.  I agree with Mark....too wet. 



#102046 Are You Brave Enough..

Posted by Roberta12 on 16 February 2016 - 12:24 AM

Hmmmm, like Giselle, I am messy. Old shirts, old pants, old sneakers, Clay everywhere!  Just happy doing what I do!



#101365 Qotw: When Did You Last Use Nature As A Design/mark/whatever…?

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 February 2016 - 10:14 PM

Evelyne, give yourself some time.  The healing will happen.


Last week, I rolled some leaves into clay that I was making into buttons.  I saved leaves/ferns/etc from the summer/fall and froze them in ziploc bags.  I have been mesmerized by the patterns the snow is creating in the branches of trees, how it drifts and the patterns of the animal prints, jackrabbits, cottontails, deer, elk, neighbors cats......it's the first thing I look for each morning.