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In Topic: Qotw: Are You A Thrower Or A Hand Builder?

26 May 2015 - 09:25 AM

Most people think of me as a thrower........... but my overall work is about 50%/50%.  At most, that might be 60% thrown.


As to music.......... love just about EVERYTHING (former musician).  Never was an "either / or" situation with the Beatles and the Stones for me.





In Topic: Books About Nerikomi

25 May 2015 - 11:53 AM

Polymer Clay


Am I the only one that finds this often used term slightly annoying and a bit misleading?


I can see "moldable plastic", or "formable polymer", or "heat-set plastic" or "heat set polymer", or something like that. But adding the word "clay" on there is stretching the idea a lot, I think.


Clay, by definition, (Merriam - Webster) is "an earthy material that is plastic when moist but hard when fired, that is composed mainly of fine particles of hydrous aluminum silicates and other minerals, and that is used for brick, tile, and pottery; specifically : soil composed chiefly of this material having particles less than a specified size."


The moldable plastic stuff is not composed of any alumino-silicate, does not have an "earthy" origin, and is not used to the making of brick, tile, or pottery.


While the work can sometimes be beautiful, it is "polymer"... it is not "clay".





In Topic: Instructions For Uploading Images To The Gallery

24 May 2015 - 09:39 AM

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In Topic: General Liability Insurance

23 May 2015 - 03:04 PM

You can usually get something like $2,000,000 of combined product liability, show liability, studio premises liability, and studio equipment and tools loss coverage for less than $900 a year with places like the Potters Council, ACC, and CERF+. Makes the $300,000 for $300 not look so good. 


$300 a year for $300,000 is $1 for $1000 of coverage.  $900 a year for $2,000,000 is $1 for $2222 of coverage.


If for example (god forbid), a large heavy display of pots at a fair falls on a toddler.......... and the child is severely injured and in the hospital for any amount of time........ $300,000 is not going to go all that far.  Add in a suit for any "pain and suffering", loss of future abilities or whatever, and other such stuff.... and the total can likely go up pretty fast (plus the 'take' for the lawyer's part).  There are lots of other such "accident" scenarios you can come up with. 


In this regard... also think about your CAR insurance these days for another place that likely a lot of folks are 'under-insured'.  The typical car insurance policy an awful lot of people take is a coverage of $20,000 / $50,000.  These days....... with many cars costing huge bucks and medical costs astronomical...... that kind of coverage does not go far.  Even $100,000 / $300,000 is not all that much.  (Now if you are driving from or to a craft fair with that car in an accident,...... and the car is not listed for some fraction of business use........ I'm thinking that the insurance company is going to want to 'walk away' from that if they can.)


Morality issues aside here... some of this also depends on what exactly you are protecting.  For some potters who have lots of assets from a working spouse, a different job, family money, or an incredibly successful pottery business...... the more you have... the more you are a "target".  And the more you stand to immediately lose.  If you have a big home, lots of cash in the bank, and so on....... unless you are doing business as an LLC... all of that is potentially "at risk" from your pottery business should something BAD happen.


Some people argue that having lots of insurance is ALSO making yourself a "target".  But in that case ..... if the arrow happens to hit the bulls-eye........ you do HAVE insurance.


If you 'have nothing' then you can say well....... they can't take anything from me because I don't have anything.  But they CAN take stuff.  Your future earnings.  You can be working the rest of your life to pay off that "oops".  So that is not really a valid argument on this subject.  


Decent insurance is just a "cost of doing business" these days.  And is deductible on your taxes.





In Topic: Instructions For Uploading Images To The Gallery

23 May 2015 - 10:14 AM

Judy.... THANKS for the kind contribution to the CAD forums.