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GEP

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Lettering Techniques - Which Is Best?

Yesterday, 09:37 AM

Go with method #3. Just allow the glaze to dry and the wax will cover it with no problem. However don't allow the glaze to completely dry out and become powdery. The wax may have trouble adhering to a powdery surface. It takes about a day for the glaze to dry out this much, so as long as you get through these steps in one day, it will work fine.

In Topic: Well Said

23 October 2014 - 09:13 PM

I guess we can all interpret this our own way. When I read this, I did not detect anyone saying "poor me." I detected a person who was dedicated and proud of himself/herself.

In Topic: Well Said

22 October 2014 - 05:37 PM

As I said above, I don't expect my customers in general to live by the above statement. I think I need to impress them with quality and design, not with sentimentalism. But that doesn't mean the above statement is impossible. Sometimes the handmade story makes a big difference for a buyer. I got this note today from a complete stranger:

"I have fallen in love. At [local store] your pottery is displayed right as you walk in and it caught my eye and wouldn't let go. I bought a mug to see if I'd like it as much at home. I do. My new mug and reading about you and your work on your website sparked a change of heart for me. You see, a recent renovation of my house has been a source of some pretty serious bad moods and for the first time in a year, I'm optimistic, hopeful, enthused, and inspired. Funny how that works, but thanks."

In Topic: Well Said

21 October 2014 - 10:01 AM

I think the statement is true, but in a wholly internal way. I don't expect or need my customers to feel this way about things, but every time I sell a pot, I feel like I've earned more time to keep making pots.

In Topic: How Forgiving Is Placement Of Posts Under Shelves?

20 October 2014 - 09:04 AM

I keep a full shelf on the bottoms of my kilns, sitting directly on the kiln floor. My reasoning is the same, I'd rather have a glaze accident on a shelf than on the kiln bricks. As Pres said, you can't do this if you have elements in your floor. And if you have an undermounted vent (I don't) then you need to prop up the bottom shelf on 1 inch posts to allow air flow to the vent.

As for lining up the posts, I always line them up, except when I use a half shelf or two on the top of the stack. I've never felt it necessary to not line them up. But then again I am the type if potter who considers kiln shelf space availability when designing pots. ie, some pots are designed to fit exactly two between each post with no wasted space, and I make plenty of small items to fill empty spots.