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clay lover

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#56364 I Know This Has Been Asked Before, But Maybe More Specific Answers? - Shows

Posted by clay lover on 09 April 2014 - 06:54 AM

Another thought, you want your booth to look well stocked in the afternoon of the 2nd show, not picked over.   I want to finish a show with it looking good, even if lots of inventory has been sold.  I take double what I think I will sell and usually sell half of whatever is in the booth.  

What John says, don't think in terms of these 2 days, just make inventory as if it was your daily job.  Then you are not only prepared for these 2 shows, but can take advantage of other opportunities before fall.

You don't  want to turn down sales this spring and summer because you are 'saving inventory ' for the fall, that does not make good business sense.

#55483 Pulling A "fancy" Handle

Posted by clay lover on 26 March 2014 - 04:24 PM

never fear, Diane. it will warm up until we can't get around for the RAD studio tour for the heat.  Never fails!

#52936 Test Tiles - How Creative Do You Get?

Posted by clay lover on 20 February 2014 - 07:03 AM

I extrude 1" square , long tubes, out of dark clay, brush 2 sides of it with white slip enough to cover all the brown, cut them in 3" sections, stamp a texture on opposite sides and put a hole in one top edge and a number on it.  That way I get 2 colors with one test.  adding the black stripe is a good idea.  will start doing that..

If I like the glaze, then I put it on a small pot several times before I use it on something important.

#52795 Act Of Vandalism . . . Or Is Turnabout Fair Play?

Posted by clay lover on 18 February 2014 - 08:43 AM

My motto is keep your hands off other people's work no matter what it is.

#52718 Great Video On African Forming And Firing : Wow!

Posted by clay lover on 16 February 2014 - 03:46 PM

Timbo, way cool , and a very realistic banana you have there! 




(can I say that on this board?)

#52318 Glaze Formulas Without A Picture

Posted by clay lover on 12 February 2014 - 04:45 PM

Bad form, Norm.

Cheap shot at a generous, respected professional.  When you have done all the things she has done, then you can critique her, but not in such a snarky way.

#52273 How Much Difference Does A De-Airing Pug Mill Make?

Posted by clay lover on 12 February 2014 - 08:01 AM

Agree with Kathy 100%.  Like having a studio helper with out attitude or opinions!  Don't know about non de airing myself, but students at a near by school use a non DA and hate the whole process.    The only thing the PP does not do really well is a combined wet -bone dry in chunks mix.  That I set up, add water to and mix a bit, leave over night, mix a bit, leave till after lunch, mix a bit, then pug.  On rare ocations, I need to run the pugs back through again, easy and quick.  Even at that, major hand saver.

No mater what the cost, it's cheaper that surgery or stopping throwing at this point.

I think people that don't have one, don't realize all the ways it can change your studio processes for the better.

#51025 Ceramic Certificate Programs

Posted by clay lover on 26 January 2014 - 09:13 AM

Check out the program at Haywood. Asheville is a super , artsy, hippy, town, with MANY really good potters.  The area around there is rich in pottery traditions.  If I was moving, I would be running to Asheville.

#50394 Clay Rolled On A Slab Roller

Posted by clay lover on 16 January 2014 - 08:47 AM

When I'm making a slab, I reduce the clay thickness gradually, turning the slab each pass through the rollers. I then use a rib to smooth off the canvas print, going in different directions with it. Then I put a piece of sheet rock on it and turn it onto that, using the excess canvas folded around the edges of the sheet rock, so as to not put finger marks or stretch a side. I peel away the canvas and again smooth that side with the rib. Then I drop it, like others, and cover it with a sheet rock or plastic, depending on whether it is too wet to work with or not. If wet, I leave it maybe overnight to firm up. From then on , I am very careful to handle it with out pulling or poking at it. Use a spatula to lift the edges gradually for moving. When I have it where it is going to stay to dry, I use a board cut to fit the center of whatever, if flat to remind it that it needs to stay flat. If slumped, I use a large sponge to press it into the form. Dropping, if it won't break the form, is good also.
Clay remembers where it WAS better that it remembers where you want it!

#49927 Kilns For Dummies?

Posted by clay lover on 11 January 2014 - 07:38 AM

Your new kiln does had that . A man told me once, just push 'start' and go to the house". That can be it, really. Use the cone fire mode in slow, all else seems too fast to me. You have the option of a controlled cool. The instruction book makes pretty good sense.

If you want to do 'Ramp Hold method, where you decide and control everything, that is a difference process, I will walk you through it if you want. Once you get the concept of what it's about, it's not hard. I choose that so that I know what is going on in the kiln and where to modify, but many people use the 'Cone fire' mode always with good results. Start there, use massive amounts of witness cones and KEEP GOOD RECORDS. That is how you know what to tweek when you don't like your results.

Steep curve is right, I remember how anxious I was the first time I pushed start.

#49856 Considering Getting My Own Kiln

Posted by clay lover on 10 January 2014 - 08:20 AM

Go to Big Ceramics Store.com and their FAQ's. There is a mountain of free, easy to understand info there on everything.
Also do a search here, many Q's about how to start firing. But do a lot of careful shopping before buying, they are expensive. Ask yourself many Q's about what you want to fire and how often. A kiln too big for your amount of work will make your results take forever to see and learn from.

#49572 What Do You Like Making Vs. What Sells

Posted by clay lover on 06 January 2014 - 09:11 PM

Paul!!! the bottles are superb. and in the grouping with various sizes, just great.

#49568 Books! Two Great Finds This Weekend

Posted by clay lover on 06 January 2014 - 09:04 PM

I agree, I need a book. Sometimes when I had been potting hard, I will take a break, get a cold drink and sit out on the steps to my studio with the Cats and just look at the pictures. My favorite for this is the Lark 500 Bowls. I have marked so many pages as favorites, the marks are all running together.

#48976 Time To Set Your Goals For 2014!

Posted by clay lover on 30 December 2013 - 04:49 PM

Do more pre preparation for the shows I do, making work waaaaay ahead of time, pricing and boxing it, ready to go to show. Get my work load more steady, with fewer rush times through more regular work.

Make some changes to my show set up to increase set up efficiency, lessen weight and set up time.

Do some rearranging of my gallery commitments, find a gallery I want to do business with in 2 other cities.

Add a couple of new forms to my selection, oil bottles and ???

Make more and better mugs.

Make a totally out of my norm type of item and find a market for it.

That should keep me plenty busy!

#48675 Ukrainian Slip Decorating...i Love Youtube!

Posted by clay lover on 27 December 2013 - 08:10 AM

THANKS! I love this, I'm inspired. My students are asking for a slip class, I am going to have them watch this.
Wonder how thin the slip is?