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Question On Show Arrangement, By Item, By Color Or By Sets ?

13 November 2014 - 08:00 PM

This is my first time to try matching sets of chili mugs and serving plates, oil bottles and garlic- evoo dishes, etc.

I have a show this Sat.  should I put all the oil bottles together Even though they are different colors,, all the big soup mugs together and all the garlic plates , so forth, or should I pair up the items and colors in sets?  All of the items are in several different glazes. 

I also have a variety of serving pieces done in the same glaze combo, but many different sizes and shapes small to medium. All together by color? What looks the best?  This is a new glazing approach for me.  More planning.  I have had booths with a color theme through out, but not matching items in sets and different color sets.  Also have plenty of thing that don't match anything else, ie not sets.

Fitting Pouring Stoppers, Lots Are Too Small!

11 November 2014 - 08:09 AM

I am trying to get pouring stoppers to fit the necks of oil bottles. The stoppers are from EZ pots, the ones with cork and metal pouring spouts inside , through the corks. The metal is a bit larger that the top of the cork. I love making the long necked bottles, and the one I get right sell quickly at the gallery. I use calipers and have the finished opening the size of the top of the stopper. Problem is, last throwing session, several ended up too tight and I had to shave the cork a bit to fit.  I wanted to improve on that, so next session, I enlarged the opening just a bit.  Oh No, not the best idea. This firing, I have the same amount that don't fit, but the stoppers are too small.   The metal edge rests on the rim of the bottle, or in other words, the metal ring holds the cork part up too high for it to grip the opening.  I don't have a clue how to get them to fit.  Any ideas?

Best Way To Approach This Custom Job?

07 November 2014 - 08:22 AM

I'm considering accepting an offer to do some custom beer steins for a local pub.  They have a logo they want me to put on them and are happy to have many different styles, colors designs.  We agree they would be a wholesale order, 50% up front, Total payment on delivery. And a small batch to start with.


My question is, what is the most efficient way to get the logo on them?  It is round and I can make a stamp, have a stamp made, or stamp each letter in with alphabet stamps I have.  Is the round shape going to make getting a round stamp on them harder?

Then, how to glaze?  RIO in stamped impression, then wax and dip?

This is a new direction for me, I'm tempted, but would be happy to learn from other's experiences.  Thanks.

How Do I Best Use A De-Humidifier In My Studio?

02 November 2014 - 08:28 AM

We have really variable weather here, and I've invested in a small de-humidifier to help with drying ware in high humidity times.  I am wondering how much I can use the unit to hurry drying without having cracking, shrinkage, warping issues.  Do I only run it when it is soggy?  Or can I use it to facilitate forced drying ?   Yesterday in the rain, I pulled a quart of water out of the studio air in 2 hours with the machine turned on high !

I have read here of some people saying they can throw in the morning, trim that afternoon and bisque the next day.  That sounds wonderful .  I don't ever have that, even in our dryer times. 

For those who do this quick turn around, do you wrap things that have lots of joins or handles?   or wrap handles and leave the rest of the pot exposed?  Is the low humidity ever a problem, or is it always a blessing?  

It has occurred to me that I could have a studio in Arizona, while the rest of the property is in the soggy south !   So do I want this, or am I tampering with trouble ? 

  Should add, the machine has a sensor that will make it kick on at whatever range I set it, desert or swamp.

Stuck T.s. Wheel Head!

27 October 2014 - 04:57 PM

Those of you with the Thomas Stuart wheels, have you ever not been able to get the head off to remove the pan?  I've had the wheel a few years and take it off often, but today,   IT AIN'T COMING OFF!

I did call Skutt, they said ,"Try Harder".  

Any thoughts?