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#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!!



#120419 New Piece, Super Early Progress

Posted by Roberta12 on 11 January 2017 - 06:21 PM

I can see his personality already popping out!!! 



#118561 Get Your Customers Addicted To Your Pottery

Posted by Roberta12 on 16 December 2016 - 05:02 PM

I have been in my own studio, selling for 4 years now.  I think this was the first year I had a cohesive group of pots.  Not matching per se, but coordinating to the point of being able to mix/match.  Some bowls and mugs with designs on them, some with glazes that were complimentary to the design work. Plates/trays with designs...... It seems to have worked for me.  I am all but sold out. 


In order to be able to replicate patterns, I have been careful to photograph everything, and sketch things out and make notes of underglaze colors. This is  the first time I have done that!  Usually I am moving on to the next thing.  So I am not too interested in repeating work. 


It has taken me awhile to get to this point.  My brain was in so many other places.  And.....I know that I have just begun.  There is so much more to learn.  I really do value the advice and experience of all you all!  It has made it seem less scary. 



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#118249 Taken All Your Advice...6 Months On

Posted by Roberta12 on 11 December 2016 - 10:36 AM

Fabulous!!   Keep making!!


#117780 I'm Trying Not To Be Angry But

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 December 2016 - 10:41 PM

This was really crummy Stephen.   If you want the satisfaction of letting them know in person that their actions are inappropriate, then yep, give them a call.  But I have to agree with Diesel and GEP, you would be much better off without them.  I have  participated in a few shows ONCE.  My work did not fit in the venue, or they didn't line up good advertising, or the event simply did not bring in good crowds, ready to shop.  I also have helped organize events.  Much smaller than what you were planning on participating in, but still, as an organizer, I do listen to comments on how to improve.  But your event planners sound rather fly by night!!  I hope you sell well at the next venue!!  Best of luck to you!!



#117013 Achieving Blue Stripes With Cobalt Oxide

Posted by Roberta12 on 23 November 2016 - 07:59 PM

Brit, I do the same thing that MatthewV does.  Underglaze or colored slip on white bisque then clear over it.  You can draw your lines on your bisque with pencil or mark it off with floral or masking tape......or freehand.  Then apply whatever color you want, then clear over that.



#116944 Instagram

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 November 2016 - 09:45 PM

I agree Mea.  My goal is different with IG.  Mainly it is to connect with other potters.  Potters from all over the world.  Very fun!