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#71634 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by Roberta12 on 10 December 2014 - 09:49 PM

My goal this year was to really get comfortable with mugs and handles.  As soon as I threw that out to the universe, I got a small wholesale account making mugs for a local business!  So this year, I have made a lot of mugs, negotiated 2 wholesale accounts, have my work in 2 local shops and continue to get more orders for different pieces.  It's been a learning year for certain for me and I look forward to next year to continue growth.  Next year's goal??......LIDDED VESSELS!!!  Yes!!  And this forum has contributed to my growth and success! Thanks!



#68170 What Would You Do In Clay If You Have The Time And Facilities?

Posted by Roberta12 on 19 October 2014 - 12:07 PM

Huge totem poles

#64931 New Kiln Questions

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 August 2014 - 08:54 PM

I love my L&L manual.   Yes, I do.



#64085 Please Help Me Choose Between These 3 Kilns

Posted by Roberta12 on 06 August 2014 - 11:12 PM

love my L&L .....great service, dependable kiln.



#63772 Another Discussion About Consignment/wholesale

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 August 2014 - 07:11 PM

I had to update this thread.   I was out of commission for a time due to shoulder surgery, but started working on mug designs and finally had a small batch to take to the mill.   I drew up a simple agreement that we all signed with an end date.   I think they might have been a bit surprised as to the cost I needed and what they would have to sell the mugs for, but after a week, they only have one mug left.  So, apparently, I am going to be making mugs!  Thank you for your help with this matter.



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#63771 What Are You Working On?

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 August 2014 - 07:04 PM

After seeing Pres's Beautiful wedding jars and Rebel Rockers amazing work, I am NOT going to post pics of the shot glasses I have been working on.  Making, not emptying.  But also I helped put together a Pop Up Art Gallery for our little burg and it was very successful and so much fun.  Yep, should have been throwing pots, but this was just great art exposure for our community!

#62882 Where Is The Line For Intellectual Property Rights Vs. Copying Others

Posted by Roberta12 on 20 July 2014 - 05:28 PM

I woke up the other morning with a project in my head.  I couldn't get it out.  I could see how I was going to glaze it, what size it would be, how I would "package" it, everything!   Then I spent two days wondering if I had seen this "project" somewhere else??  Was it an image I had seen, a plate I had used somewhere???   I finally had to go ahead and try to figure out how to make it.   While I was working on a variety of mold/form possibilities, I realized that even if I had seen it somewhere else,  by the time I was done, it wouldn't look like someone else's work.  (Maybe this goes under the Image Envy thread).....   but while I was trying to get the form the way I "see" it in my head, I knew that every teacher, every potter friend that ever shared tips/skills/information was right there with me!!   So, to alllll of them past and present, I say "Thanks for Sharing!"



#59264 Real-Time Kiln Advice (Kiln Curently Firing)

Posted by Roberta12 on 26 May 2014 - 10:34 AM

Gosh this has been exciting!!!!!!   Makes cone 6 electric look boring!!!  

#57106 What Has Been The Most Significant Pottery Exhibition That Impressed You Fore...

Posted by Roberta12 on 21 April 2014 - 07:47 PM

Marsha, perhaps this isn't what you meant, but I had the opportunity to visit Pompeii and the museum at Naples and I was completely gobstruck!  At Pompeii it was the sheer volume of pots.   I realized how important pottery was at that time in history.  I can still see in my minds eye the row after row after row of pots that had been unearthed.....and they could have still been put into use!   Tall elegant shapes, most without decoration, utilitarian, beautiful!



#55854 An Apology

Posted by Roberta12 on 31 March 2014 - 04:35 PM

This is a great forum.   I appreciate the wealth of knowledge that is available here.  And the depth of character that is evident!

#55851 Stacking Cone 6 Greenware In Bisque Firing

Posted by Roberta12 on 31 March 2014 - 03:52 PM

after seeing a picture on this forum of "tumble" stacking  I have been less worried about really loading up a bisque load.   I use b mix, porcelain, and a brown stoneware.  I was always worried about warping or handles falling off mugs...so far that has not happened.  maybe try stacking with a few pieces just to see how it goes?

#53520 Yearly Ash Burning

Posted by Roberta12 on 26 February 2014 - 09:48 PM

JRG, can I stop by and visit the next time we drive to Vegas??



#52904 Newbie Needs Technical Help To Save Glazed Bowls

Posted by Roberta12 on 19 February 2014 - 04:47 PM

Great idea with the stencils!   Love it!   Bowls with cracks like that are usually in my cupboard until they go all the way.....

#52856 Another Discussion About Consignment/wholesale

Posted by Roberta12 on 18 February 2014 - 10:07 PM

The whole process of getting the stamp made with the logo has slowed....waiting on the web designer to send the logo to the stamp maker.   So, everyone's comments have given me time to think/rethink the wholesale arrangement.   I really do appreciate all who replied to my question and concerns.   What I take away from this topic is to

  • really think through any arrangement with the mill owners and get everything in writing.
  • put an end time on the contractual agreement
  • understand that it will no longer be my work, but belong to another entity
  • make certain that I am making money on the endeavor
  • because this is a small rural community,(everyone knows or is related to everyone)   pricing needs to be of prime consideration (I bought this mug at the mill for $25 and you are selling a mug without the logo for $18 at a craft fair? or vice versa)

As specific as all of you have been, I think you have also been down this path before.....Thanks for the help.



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#49548 Books! Two Great Finds This Weekend

Posted by Roberta12 on 06 January 2014 - 04:38 PM

Thank you for the book referral, John.   I will see if our library has it or can get it.