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Member Since 08 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Dec 04 2016 08:33 AM
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Are You Using Desert Buff From Highwater?

30 October 2016 - 07:00 PM

Looks like I've got some clay with black boogers in it. This is the first-time I've used Desert Buff and the first time in many years of glazing that I've had anything like these pots coming out of a glaze firing, The pieces have black globs on the surface sometimes with glaze over them, sometimes standing above the surface of the piece. Sometimes I can grind the blobs off and reglaze successfully .
Have any of you gad issues with this clay?
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Any Thoughts On How To Improve My % In A Good Gallery?

26 October 2016 - 12:20 PM

     I have been in a well run profitable gallery in a lake resort, retirement community near me for 2 years . The shop takes is a large amount monthly.  Most of the sales go to out of state visitors to the retirees and in the summer, lake rentals.  My problem is that my % of the overall profits are not what I would like.  I sell smaller pieces steadily, but of the 35 various artist, the majority of sales BY FAR go to the 5 jewelers  .  I pay a small commission and work the shop one day a month to keep it low. The commission goes to support the local Arts Guild, which is the governing body of the shop.

     There are 3 other potters in this shop, 2 others make work of similar style and quality to mine, and I have better sales that they do because, I think, I have a wider variety and restock more often than they do.  My display space is large and well lit.  I decide what pieces I bring in and what the prices are. Most work in the shop is very nice. 

      There are 2 town wide festivals and I sit my wheel on the front porch and throw pots to a big crown of watchers on those day.  That has increased traffic coming into the shop, but does not translate into ANY sales of my work those days ! :-( .

     The jewelry is up front near the entrance and desk because it is the most easily pocketed item .  The jewelry is nice quality, silver, semi precious stones, I have bought several pieces myself!  They sell $50- $90 pieces regularly, I rarely sell something for more that $25, no matter what it is.  Only item I sell there at a higher price point is woven clay baskets, none of the other potters make them.  

     How do I get my higher priced items to sell to women that come in and happily spend $100 on a whim on jewelry?  I can sell higher priced items other places, and higher priced items sell in this shop, they just aren't mine!


Standard 266

20 October 2016 - 10:24 PM

Have any of you used this clay? I'm looking for a dark ^6 clay. There are rumors about bloating if it is pushed ,since it is rated only to ^5

Kiln Vent Question How Much Draft Is Ok?

01 March 2016 - 09:45 AM

Asking for a teacher friend who just had the vent on the Skutt 1027 installed.  With all the plugs in and the lid closed, should you be able to feel an air flow if you pull out a plug and put your hand at the opening?  She wants to be sure it is working before firing.  The motor seems to be working fine, but I don't sense any air flow at the open peep. Installation looks correct.