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In Topic: Photogaphic Records Of Your Work Burying You Alive, Too?

Yesterday, 07:16 PM

My system goes like this:

I usually do a photo shoot every month, or every two months.

I make a folder for each photo shoot, whose name begins with "year-month" so all the folders are sorted chronologically.

I sometimes take multiple shots of one pot, but I am ruthless about keeping only one, the best one. I don't see any reason to clutter up my files with photos that are lesser than the best one.

Photo editing also involves cropping and sharpening. Then I will save the file with a fairly descriptive filename, like "threenestingbowls.jpg"

I immediately trash the source photos, again because I don't want the clutter of those extra files. Besides, the source photos are still on the memory card from the camera, if I ever need them again.

So most of my saved photos are at the camera's max pixel size, about 4000 pixels wide. When I need a smaller version of a photo (1920 pixels for Zapplication, 1200 pixels for blog or facebook, 560 pixels for MailChimp), then I will save another copy with the pixel size added to the filename, like this:


The only shortcoming of my system is, when looking for an old photo, I need to remember the month/year that the photo was taken. This sometimes trips me up, but eventually I will find what I'm looking for.

In Topic: Old Kiln Help

16 December 2014 - 11:02 AM

My first kiln was a manual kiln, it was an L+L K18, which is an older and smaller version of OP's kiln. It had no problem reaching cone 5 and 6. Although possibly it cooled down faster than was ideal, though in my early years my work was not refined enough for that to matter much.


Agreeing with others here, I would repair or replace the kiln sitter, rather than spending $650 to upgrade it to an automatic. Using cones will be more accurate that the thermometer/pyrometer you are currently. Though the pyrometer will be helpful if you decide to slow-cool. 


My firing schedules were pretty much the same as dhPotter's.

In Topic: Old Kiln Help

16 December 2014 - 10:39 AM

Hi everyone,


I am moving this thread to the "In The Studio" section of the forum, which is better suited for this topic, and where it will get more views.

In Topic: What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

16 December 2014 - 10:33 AM

My biggest leap forward this year was the result of leaving my teaching job at the end of 2013. I do miss the classroom environment and seeing my students/friends every week. But having all of my time devoted to studio work resulted in giant leaps forward in productivity, design of new pieces, more shows, and a whopping 40% increase in sales (not exaggerating ... I'm still trying to wrap my head around this number). I also never felt strung-out exhausted this fall, which had been the norm in previous years. Somewhere along the way this year, my work crossed over another threshold. After several years of applying, I was juried into the 2015 Smithsonian Craft Show, so next year is already looking bright.

In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

12 December 2014 - 12:25 PM



Well, so far I just learned why I decided not to post here and haven't for more than a year... I'm thinking this was a bad idea...

Because the Internet always wants to give answers to questions you didn't ask?


Yes Virginia, there is wisdom on the internet.... EXACTLY!



Years ago, when Clayart was the only clay forum around, I posted a glaze recipe and asked "can anyone suggest how to tweak this recipe so it melts at a half-cone lower?" One of the responses I got was "why don't you adjust the recipe so it melts at a lower temperature?" Seriously. Clayart was/is so unstructured and disorganized that the original questions get lost quickly and nobody thinks it's important anyways.


I'm glad this forum is organized into threads, so when an OP remarks that the answers are not on point, everyone can easily refer to the original question.