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#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. 



#99767 The Death Of The Artist...

Posted by Roberta12 on 15 January 2016 - 12:28 PM



interesting article.  It was interesting to see the progression from artist to creative to whatever we have going now. 



#98628 Qotw: Did You Do What You Wanted To Do In 2015?

Posted by Roberta12 on 02 January 2016 - 07:46 PM

I feel like I accomplished a lot in 2015. 

  • continued a wholesale relationship with a local business
  • made new work
  • spent 2 weeks at clay camp and learned so very much (and made new friends!)
  • changed up my work schedule
  • explored new techniques/tightened up old ones
  • gave myself permission to make what I want
  • learned to use a planner!!  :)

Things I did NOT complete

  • website
  • branding
  • new shows for a summer venue (I was too busy playing!)

So.....on to 2016........



#94397 Glaze Test City

Posted by Roberta12 on 18 October 2015 - 02:52 PM

Great work Joel!!!   Thank you for sharing!

#93532 Different Frits ... How Important Is It To Have The Right One?

Posted by Roberta12 on 30 September 2015 - 03:33 PM

It helps to slake wollastonite in hot water for a bit too.

 Thanks Callie...I have not run into this before.  Now I know.



#92763 Glaze Spray Gun And Compressor

Posted by Roberta12 on 17 September 2015 - 12:40 PM

Lee, can you put a different spray gun on that all in one?  Apparently they wear out after a time.  I use an inexpensive compressor and an inexpensive spray gun from Harbor Freight and have one for back up.  But I have not had to retire the original spray gun.....and that is pretty much all I do.  Spray. 



#92762 Using Oxide On An Impressed Design

Posted by Roberta12 on 17 September 2015 - 12:32 PM

I still prefer Jill's Brown Patina

2 tablespoons red iron ox

1 tablespoon yellow ochre

1 tablespoon rutile

1 tsp cobalt carb

4 1/3 tablespoons gerstley

mix to skim milk consistency

sponge off excess.   Works on white or speckly brown clay.  Holds the color under clear/transparent glazes

cone 5/6.  I use it on bisqueware.  Sometimes put wax over it and then glaze the rest of the pot.  I use a small paintbrush, but I am going to try the eyedropper method next time!

It looks like a soft black after firing.