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Scholarships To Attend Nc Potters Conference

10 November 2015 - 04:59 PM

Fantastic opportunity! Are you enrolled as student for undergraduate or graduate studies?

Or do you know someone that is?

Read Below and Please share…


Dwight M. Holland Scholarship – Deadline December 31, 2015

For this year's 29th North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro, NC on March 6-8, 2016

In 2012 a scholarship fund was started to honor Dwight Holland, his vision, and his years of leadership for the NC Potters Conference. A limited number of scholarships will be available for students to attend the conference.

To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate studies program with a focus on ceramics.

To apply, send an email to DwightHollandScholarship@gmail.com with the following:
3 – 5 images of your work
Essay 500 words or less about why attending conference would be of benefit to your education and career.

Deadline December 31, 2015.


‪#‎NCPottersConf‬ 2016-

Demonstrating Potters are Tony Clennell, Steven Godfrey, and Sunshine Cobb.

The NC Potters Conference Speakers are Chris Staley, Ulysses Dietz, Garth Johnson and Art Markman.


"i Covered Expenses ....."

06 November 2015 - 11:57 AM

I found this blog that might interest anyone considering or doing Craft Shows.


Great Shape For Glaze Tests

10 October 2015 - 11:38 AM

I hope this link works for you ... If not, friend me on Facebook and look at this post by Alisa Lisken Clausen showing her stackable shapes for glaze testing.


What makes this shape so great is the combination is stackability, texture, no glaze run accidents and the ability to use the wares later.

Rain, Rain, Rain

03 October 2015 - 11:34 AM

We have had two soggy, rainy weekends here and many potters have seen their income hopes disappear.
I just saw a post from a potter friend lamenting a totally rained out, low sales show and could not help but think of all the potters here who do the grand haul of work to and from shows.
We are kind of like farmers, counting on the weather. Too hot, too cold, too wet ... people stay home from even the best run shows.
Coping with this is truly what separates the doers from the wannabes.
How do you pull yourself up and get back in the groove after a disaster show?

Production Schedules 101

14 September 2015 - 10:26 AM

I noticed in the sidebar section that Joseph and Marko were saying they were in the process of trying to figure out their production schedules ... so I thought a thread on the topic might help.


Production Schedules ... as always,"it depends".... 


What are you making? ... obviously some forms and clay bodies need a longer interval. You need to take real time to sit down with pencil and paper and do the math ...  how long does it take to complete the objects from start to finish?


How many can you reasonably throw/build in one day?

How long does it need to dry?

How long to glaze? (This number needs to include making the glazes too)

How long to fire it?

What is your realistic loss %?

How long to get it ready to ship out the door?


Which brings up the core issue of production ... How many times do you touch it?

In order to make the work efficiently, you need to cut down the times you touch the piece. So this part will always be a learning and improving process ... find ways to do the job with the least amount of picking up and putting down.

Find your optimal production number for the day ... more is not always better. When you start making mistakes and cutting corners due to fatigue you lose money.


TIME ... this is a crucial part ... how many days can you expect to be able to work at it? How many hours a day? You cannot just multiply one week's output by 52 and hope it works out. Life steps in to gum things up. Appointments, sickness, family issues, service breakdowns, disaster kiln loads ... etc, etc, etc ... give yourself wiggle room so you can keep rule #1 ... 'under promise/over deliver'.


Then ... you leave time for marketing the work, billing and accounting, packing and shipping or just packing/unpacking shows.


Everybody else, please hop in to mention all the stuff I am forgetting ....


( as a side note, one of our A/C units, the water heater and the refrigerator broke down yesterday ... an appliance trifecta ... guess how much pottery I will be making for the next couple days )