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clay lover

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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#75579 How Is Your Local Pottery Community For Social And Professional Interaction?

Posted by clay lover on 16 February 2015 - 06:17 PM

Rakukuku, that's what it is supposed to be, working together for the greater good, like Paul said. If you have that, you are fortunate.

#75153 What Is The Best Workshop Experience,incident Or Moment You Ever Had?

Posted by clay lover on 10 February 2015 - 06:18 PM

Me too, I check his book and there was no mention of that in it as far as I could tell.

Good workshop experiences, Bill Van Gilder, Steven Hill, Leah Lietson, at Arrowmont ,.  Cynthia Bringle  told me something that had a major impact on my work, design wise. For bad experiences, PM me. I've had some I sure would not repeat.

A visit to Otto Heino's studio a few years back impressed on me that tools do not the potter make, he had none. When I asked him where his tools were, since I could only see a sponge and a needle tool, he held up his fingers, grinned, and wiggled them at me.  Memorable visit and I will regret forever not buying that little blue egg shaped vase that was so perfect it seemed alive in my hands.

#73254 What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

Posted by clay lover on 13 January 2015 - 06:52 PM

I think my new title is "Creative entrepreneur". otherwise, just 'potter'. in the South, Ceramic anything means that lady who painted the Christmas trees in her garage.

#73076 Repeat Customers

Posted by clay lover on 08 January 2015 - 11:28 AM

Chris, does this mean that my wine-burgundy, burnt red pieces that I can't move this year, (and it is my new favorite glaze) will sell in a few years since it is the color of NOW and in the South where I am we are 5 years behind?  Restaurants here have just now started using square plates!

#72987 New Skutt Steven Hill - Wheel Head Wobble Problem

Posted by clay lover on 06 January 2015 - 08:17 PM

I have that wheel, and don't have anything like that going on.  Try taking the head off, checking in the hole and on the shaft for anything irregular and put it back on rotated 180.  Call Skutt, I don't think it should be doing that, it is a very solid wheel.

#72611 Reflections And Resolutions?

Posted by clay lover on 30 December 2014 - 06:55 PM

Working now on a new line of work that I want to get in a good gallery in a big tourist vacation city about 3 hours from me .  I've been visiting it and looking at what they sell and what traffic is like.  I have a relative there we visit often so I can keep an eye on things and deliver more work when needed.

 I want to have a couple of wholesale jobs, that provide non seasonal income from easily made pieces, have an eye on a couple of opportunities. things that are easily made and will leave me time and thought energy to develop a more art flavored line .  Time to move away from the totally functional soup bowl work .

Not do so many classes and raise my prices a bit.  I ought to be worth at least minimum wage per hour to my students.

#72569 Stamping A Logo

Posted by clay lover on 29 December 2014 - 02:01 PM

Paul, would you expand on the 'decal' approach?  I'm looking a  commission on logo'd mugs and wanting to understand what is the best approach.  A friend who does mugs with names on them says she stamps the logo on a slab, cuts it out and then slips and applied it to the firm mug.  Seems a laborious approach to me.

How do decals work?  do you get sheets of them or is it something you use over and over?

#72323 potters stool

Posted by clay lover on 23 December 2014 - 10:45 AM

I found a broad adjustable shower stool at the thrift store, the front legs are set MUCH lower that the back, with my butt ending up at bat height.  A little angle did not help much, but a real tilt forward means your lower back doesn't have to curl forward because your hips are already tilted that way. angle of hip , low back to thigh bone doesn't close up, stool does that for you.  You are slanted forward but your back stays straight. I put a 2" memory foam cushion on it.


#72189 Xmas Wish

Posted by clay lover on 20 December 2014 - 08:56 PM

I would love to make Christmas candy with my mother.

#72061 Does Your Exuberance Show In Your Work?

Posted by clay lover on 18 December 2014 - 01:10 AM

Darcy, I get you.  And until recently, it's where I have been. I'm all about what sells and I can feel myself about to jump off that ship.  No, it's not sinking, I know what to make , how to price it for my area and how to sell it. And that has been cool and paid all my studio set up bills and bought some flashy extra equipment to boot. BUT... I have been talking about turning things around for a while now, and I can feel me about to go to the studio in this lovely ,after the Holiday rush, period and make a pot load of " I'm not sure what this is or who will buy it" !

The biggest change I made this year was to not do my biggest Fall show and leave that prep time blank to see what might fill it.  Guess this is what filled it!  Sometimes to do something different, you first have to stop doing what you have been doing and have an empty space.  .

#70372 Pottery Supply Websites

Posted by clay lover on 21 November 2014 - 08:16 AM

I like Big Ceramics Store, for all the information, Clay King, for prices .

#69806 The Double Dip

Posted by clay lover on 12 November 2014 - 06:00 PM

I would have glaze slung in a 4" circle around me!

#69776 What Gets You In The Studio Faster?

Posted by clay lover on 12 November 2014 - 09:42 AM

I totally agree, as I hustle for this Sat. show!

But , more often it is having a workshop in my studio.  My students always inspire me.

#69774 Fitting Pouring Stoppers, Lots Are Too Small!

Posted by clay lover on 12 November 2014 - 09:38 AM

I get it!  once I figure out which template makes the fit, I use that one  to actually expand the already thrown inside neck.  After this weekend show, I will get on this.  As to the larger cork, I'm going to the craft store today to get bigger corks, so I could have them ready for when the purchased stopper was too small, , I cut away the too small cork, drill the center of the bigger cork and insert the metal pouring apparatus.


#69453 For Christmas.

Posted by clay lover on 06 November 2014 - 08:04 PM

The hot wax reference was about getting the bottoms waxed so as to not have glaze when dipped.   These little dudes ,I just set in and then out of the skillet. very QUICK, therefore cheeeeeper to sell.  Little things must be really efficient for me to do. just set in the wax for a second. the hot waxed bottoms shed glaze so well I never touch them again, no clean up of bottoms at all.