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In Topic: Liability Shift On Cc Coming Oct 1, 2015

17 August 2015 - 06:46 PM

nope, never had a fake card. i tried ordering one but not available in Canada yet.


Fake cards can be purchased on the Dark Net. ;)





In Topic: How To Tint Slip

14 August 2015 - 07:37 AM

Hi Quay....welcome to the forum.


One of the various ceramic colorant raw materials can be added to the slip formula.  It is usually best to do this in the DRY state when you are weighing out the initial batch of dry materials.


The most typical colorants  are iron oxide, cobalt carbonate or oxide, copper carbonate or oxide, and rutile.  Stuff like titanium dioxide, zircopax, superpax, ultrapax, and tin oxide are all also used to make slips fire more opaque and whiter.  You can also add commercial ceramic colorant body / glaze stains the same way.  The exact color rendition will be based on the slip formula, the overlying glaze formula, and the firing cone and atmosphere.





In Topic: Pie Dish Dilemna - Rough, Porous Clay

13 August 2015 - 05:35 PM

........sat on silica sand in the kiln, some happened to migrate into the pores?


That concept was my guess at reading this.





In Topic: Going Price Of Mugs

10 August 2015 - 05:33 PM

 No worthwhile retail outlet is going to keep a line where the maker is selling to the public at the "wholesale" price.


A mistake too many people make.


The sort of "standard" way to look at this is that when you are MAKING pots.... you are a potter.


When you are SELLING pots... you are a retailer.


The Retailer BUYS the pots from the Potter at wholesale.  The potter should be happy with the price that he/she got paid for the work and well cover the costs, labor, overhead, and a profit factor. 


Then the Retailer adds the appropriate markup to the wholesale price they paid for the work they are now selling to cover the costs, labor, overhead, and profit involved in RETAILING them (and craft fairs and such ARE closely akin to retailing and DO have similar expenses to cover).





In Topic: Going Price Of Mugs

10 August 2015 - 02:20 PM

There is a lot to be thought about as one looks at potential target market and also what is known as price positioning.  And about assessing the available market or the target market.


It you do not have the ability to even reach higher end buyers... then making $1000 cups is going to an exercise in utter futility no matter HOW wonderful they are.  Conversely... higher end buyers likely will not be seriously looking at BUYING $10 mugs.  Simply because the artist does not think enough of their own work to price it appropriately.  So they will assume it is 'junk' from their point of view.


And if they even bothered to stop and look at them... and found them being something they would consider owning...... they likely would tell you right up front that you are absurdly underpricing........ and encourage you to raise the prices (thereby also raising the value of the $10 investment they just made ;) .) 


Matching the work to the venue and the market is key.  And pricing consistency.