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#124336 Is Anyone Going To Nceca?

Posted by Roberta12 on 26 March 2017 - 09:03 PM

Just got home myself!   Wonderful trip and I loved Portland!!  Introduced myself to John B.  Chatted briefly with Marcia but never made it over to where she was stationed....  I think I might have seen Sheryl Leigh a time or two but she didn't have her respirator on!!



#123863 Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)

Posted by Roberta12 on 16 March 2017 - 03:44 PM

Cavvy, love the coat

LOVE the earring

Love the collar

All the details.

Cap n' is worth the time you have spent and will spend!



#123608 Need A White Matte Commercial Glaze Suggestion.

Posted by Roberta12 on 12 March 2017 - 12:14 AM

Giselle, let me muddy the waters even further.....I was at a Bill Van Gilder workshop last summer and the local studio had a recipe for what they called Porcelain Slip

EPK  50%  3 1/3 cups

Silica 24% 1 cup

Potash Feldspar (custer) 1 1/4 cup


I mixed this up at home and it is super white.  Even whiter than Don Davis Engobe.  So far it has behaved well on Speckled Buff and SB Red. 



#123340 Plates - Slump & Hump

Posted by Roberta12 on 06 March 2017 - 06:48 PM

Ok, now I have to try Min's idea!!!!!




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#123005 Kudos To Chris Campbell

Posted by Roberta12 on 27 February 2017 - 08:58 PM

I hope you all have a moment to check out Chris's article in Pottery Making Illustrated on throwing with colored clay.  I really liked the detailed diagrams.   Thanks Chris for sharing!   I was wondering if the pots on page 40 had a clear glaze on them?  If not, is that something you would do? 



#122896 Business Advice Aka How Not To Eat Cat Food For Dinner

Posted by Roberta12 on 25 February 2017 - 10:17 AM

Yes, thanks NancyLee for getting this thread going again.  I made a presentation to two third grade classes this week about Supply and Demand and Consumer and Producer.  I am a retired school employee who started a business after retirement.  My friend the third grade teacher said the students thought all businesses were BIG businesses (Walmart, large ranches, etc.)  I was impressed with what had already been taught.  The students' questions were thoughtful.  "what happens when you don't sell everything, do you mark it down?" (Blue light special)  "how much inventory do you have for a show?"  "do you make seasonal items?"  It was a good conversation and it made me think about what I am doing and the changes I have made in the last 4 years. 


There is a new shop opening here in my small town.  A kitchen shop.  The new owner approached me about carrying some of my work.  I was there the day she got a HUGE order of melamine dinnerware.  We did not discuss terms, wholesale, commission, or anything else, it was merely a passing conversation.   But that HUGE order of melamine stuck in my brain.  I cannot compete, nor do I want to compete, with melamine.  So, I think that is some of what I have learned, I have a better idea of where my venues will be, the places that I will be able to sell my work and actually make money.  Oh, and did I mention have fun doing it???  :rolleyes:



#122775 Qotw: Are You Throwing Wearing Bling Bling?

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 February 2017 - 08:34 PM

just earrings.  I cannot STAND to have clay under my ring.  Drives me nuts!  To say nothing of the damage I could inflict upon a piece!! 



#122774 What Is Nceca?

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 February 2017 - 08:22 PM

Ditto to what John and Marcia said.  Since last year was my first time,  I felt like I was a part of something much bigger than myself and my small group of ceramic buds....definitely broadened my definition of the words "potter" and "ceramics" and gave me such an appreciation of how hard people work in this field and how grateful most of them are to be doing what they do.  There was so much passion for clay......for art.....for each other. 



#122692 Qotw: What Kind Of Kiln Vent Do You Use?

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 February 2017 - 09:45 AM

I do use a vent, L&L downward draft coming out of the bottom.   Because we built the shop and then put the kiln/vent in, we were able to put the vent where we wanted it.  So, a hole was cut through the side of the shop and the vent mounted and everything around was sealed up.  Like Neil said, the heat is welcome part of the year.  And in the warmer months, I open windows, doors, and run a fan.  I have always used a vent, so I really don't have a comparison.  Looking at dhPotter's pictures though, that tells me that there would be a difference!



#122580 Is Anyone Going To Nceca?

Posted by Roberta12 on 20 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

I am going!  I will wear my respirator Sheryl Leigh, so you can recognize me! :rolleyes:   I went last year to Kansas City and it was such a wonderful experience! 



#122359 Table Top Slab Roller

Posted by Roberta12 on 15 February 2017 - 03:20 PM

I have read on this forum before that North Stars are not as popular as some, however, that is what I have.  Very easy to pack up and take with me.  Has been very sturdy at least to this point and I have had it 3 years.  I use my slab roller A LOT.  It is an 18 inch wide roller.  If I had to do it again, I would go up the next size.  I didn't realize where a slab roller would take me.  And yes, it is a double roller.



#122160 Ceramic Wall Panel Heaters

Posted by Roberta12 on 12 February 2017 - 09:54 AM

My glazes etc, in my insulated shop do not freeze.  And like Montana, we can get weeks of below zero weather. I use a small electric shop heater to warm things up if I am going to work out there or if we have extended periods of cold and no sunshine.  However, if I were throwing out in the shop, I would probably rethink my heating situation.  The lowest temp I have noted in the shop is 35. 



#122082 Do You Have Seasonal Lines?

Posted by Roberta12 on 10 February 2017 - 08:18 PM

Oh yeah, I forgot about berry bowls.  Although I did get some orders for those at Christmas......



#122016 Do You Have Seasonal Lines?

Posted by Roberta12 on 09 February 2017 - 10:48 PM

I think the closest I come to seasonal is simply finding a new glaze.  In the house I tend to decorate with warmer colors in the fall and winter, cooler in the spring/summer.  I prefer a white wine in the summer and red in the winter.   So I sort of do the same with pots, I might have some warmer colors in the fall/winter and slightly cooler in the spring/summer.  I agree that if I were making birdhouses, that would be spring/summer and during the holiday season, I will make ornaments and smaller things for gifts, but that is about as seasonal as I get.  Like has been said, I don't want seasonal specific items sitting around in the off season.



#121743 Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

Posted by Roberta12 on 04 February 2017 - 04:01 PM

I guess I will have to echo what everyone else has said.   Nature is a big influence for me.  But travel of any sort seems to really get ideas flowing.  A trip to the mountains, a trip to the city, a trip to another state or another country.  When I travel my favorite past time is a museum visit......lest I forget there were many many people before me creating and marveling over wonderful artistic ideas!  And of course, conversations with other people!!   That is an amazing influence!!  I love the flow of ideas!


Great question!!