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#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.



#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.  



#49440 Books! Two Great Finds This Weekend

Posted by Roberta12 on 05 January 2014 - 03:24 PM

Oh Just Peachy....even though it's not a reference book, I am reading a children's book right now that is called A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.  It's about a young boy in 12th century Korea that is apprenticed to an elderly potter in a village.   I find myself just amazed at how hard potters had to work then to have clay, glaze, firing, etc.   It really is a wonderful book!  great read for potters! 

#47339 Public Studio Vs. Lone Ranger

Posted by Roberta12 on 07 December 2013 - 09:56 PM

Just Peachy, I also started at a Community College studio.  It was a great place to get started.  I learned a lot!   However, just as you are experiencing, not everyone wants to be part of the community, or is respectful of other work.  Contaminated glazes, poor firings, too many people with access to the kiln (opening the kiln at say...oh  800 degrees) broken pieces....all these things contributed to my move to set up a small studio at my home.   I sincerely miss the interaction between potters.  The easy flow of ideas, the collaboration that can occur.  So, I create my own opportunities for that.  Empty Bowl fundraisers, workshops, and I love Clay Lovers idea of working with a friend for a day or two.   It can be done!   I also applaud Norm's efforts  to create a well run studio for many!   But Just Peachy?   You might be happier at a place where you can have time to explore your own path.  Or at least until you can find a facility that better meets your needs.



#47076 How To Actually Support Yourself

Posted by Roberta12 on 04 December 2013 - 11:57 AM

This has been an interesting discussion.  I retired from my job a year ago, and jumped into small business ownership after that.  I wanted to have my own pottery business because I wanted to get better at my craft, and if you are making pots, you have to have someplace to put them!  So I sell them.  I am not a production potter by any means.  I am deliberate (read slow) and enjoy that process.    Here in our county they have a small business incubator that lined me up with a helper from the Small Business Development Center.  One of the first questions he asked me was...."what do you want to do with your business?"   I have thought about that a lot the last year.   And it has changed even in the last year.  Brian, you have all this really great advice from people who have been doing this a lot longer than me!  (6 years as a potter, 1 year as a pottery)  But I will put my little bit in there......just enjoy what you do.  I mean really enjoy it. 


Best of luck to you Brian,



#45909 What Do You Like Making Vs. What Sells

Posted by Roberta12 on 16 November 2013 - 08:43 PM


If people see an obvious use for something, it tends to sell well.



Bingo! Even with something as simple as a bowl, which has a million uses, people seem to need to be told what it's for. I can't count how many times someone has come into m y booth and said 'That's a beautiful bowl, but I just don't know what I'd use it for.' Food, maybe?!? Of course, as soon as you say 'ice cream bowl', they say 'I don't like ice cream'! How about salsa? 'I thought you said it was for ice cream'. AAAAAUUUUUUGH!


hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha   I have met these people tooooo!!!   Sometimes I tell them it's for oatmeal.  sometimes applesauce.  or catfood.  hahahahahaha

#41333 Cone 5 B-Mix

Posted by Roberta12 on 23 August 2013 - 03:12 PM

Laurie, I have not been a fan of  cone 5/6 Laguna b-mix.  I also had problems with cracking, (thrown work).   I was convinced by a person who sells Aardvark clay to try their B-mix.  I have to say that I have not had the problems with that.  No cracking problems.  Just thought I would share that.   I live in Colorado also and there is now an Aardvark dealer on the western slope and I think a couple of places on the eastern slope that sell it.    For handbuilding I have become a fan of Laguna Whitestone and 1/2 and 1/2.  Both are nice to work with, little warping, very strong. 



#38449 Commercial glazes: good experience

Posted by Roberta12 on 08 July 2013 - 01:54 PM

I hope this picture loads correctly.   The glaze on the interior of this piece is Goldenrod shino.  The rim is one I mixed and sprayed over it on the rim.  

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