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GEP

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In Topic: Where Are The Good Stamps?!

25 May 2017 - 09:48 AM

There are metal alphabet stamp sets made for jewelers. Jewelers use these by hammering them into metal sheets. I imagine they are sharp enough to make a crisp impression in clay. Metal might stick to clay, but a dusting of corn starch beforehand should prevent that.

https://www.riogrand...Alphabet Stamps

I also like Mark's suggestion of finding metal typesetter letters. These are considered antiques now, but you can still find them.

In Topic: Pottery Back To A Sideline

23 May 2017 - 09:13 AM

Here's another book you should read if you want to be self-employed:

The Millionaire Next Door
by Thomas J Stanley and William D Danko

Good financial skills and habits elude most people. But the self-employed cannot survive without them. It's easier than you might think, it boils down to common sense and discipline.

In Topic: Qotw: What Movie Best Describes Your Adventures In Clay: And Why?

22 May 2017 - 08:07 PM

Thelma and Louise.

 

I'm Thelma, my wheel is Louise, and my studio is the car. We took a wild trip past a point of no return, so we just kept going.


In Topic: Pottery Back To A Sideline

22 May 2017 - 12:10 PM

Stephen, I hope the word "sideline" means you aren't quitting altogether, just scaling back. You have all the equipment already, so keep going as a part time business.

 

I've described this on the forum before, but it's been a while and it bears repeating. I kept my day job for EIGHT YEARS after I started a pottery business. At first it was full-time designer and part-time potter. It didn't even occur to me that pottery could provide a livable income. Years later when I caught a glimpse of the possibility, I pushed ahead, and for several years I had two full time jobs. It wasn't easy. There are no easy paths to get here. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. I closed the design practice AFTER the pottery was generating enough income to support myself. 

 

In hindsight, I would totally do it again. I had the luxury of developing my pottery work without any financial pressure.

 

Stephen, you still have a chance to do the same thing. 


In Topic: Pottery Display Time

22 May 2017 - 11:47 AM

 

I posted a photo of my new shelves, full of pots at a show, while you were in Cambodia. Not sure if you saw it. One of my goals was to get my stacks of plates off the ground level shelf. They are now one level up from the ground. I've done three shows this year and plate sales are through the roof.

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Mea, do those shelves fold or are they angled like corners and you fill in with tubs etc in the van?

 

Roberta

 

 

They don't fold, but it is two separate brackets that nest together for transporting. When I lay them down on my middle row of van seats, I can stack other parts of my display in the negative space.

 

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