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In Topic: Recommend Me: A Glaze Material Book For Foundation Principles.

Yesterday, 03:37 PM

It's not everything you're looking for, but the book on my shelf that is closest is:

The Ceramic Glaze Handbook
by Mark Burleson
isbn 1-57990-202-2

This book really helped me understand the individual ingredients. The explanations are done with photos, not just words.

In Topic: Community Studio - Classes Vs Membership Structures/business Models

18 April 2017 - 09:37 AM

I've never been in charge of a community studio, but I've been both a student and a teacher in them. The one thing I would advise is that professional potters should not be using a shared studio. They really need to buy/maintain/manage their own equipment. Professionals often need to fire large volumes of work on a deadline. That's really tough to do with shared equipment. Or, if you allow professionals to use the studio, make sure they understand how much they are consuming in terms of resources, compared to a recreational potter, and that they are paying for it.

In Topic: Best Tent For Craft Show?

13 April 2017 - 09:40 AM

Location really matters in this case. Neil is in the midwest where the weather can be unpredictably severe. He needs to be prepared for anything. I'm in the midatlantic where things are more predictable. For a one-day show where the forecast looks reasonable, I feel totally comfortable with my $200 pop-up. For multi-day shows, I will use the sturdier Light Dome, because its dicier to rely on a forecast for more than 8 hours. And unlike Mark C., I don't think I can ever go canopy-free, but his climate is different too.

In Topic: Best Tent For Craft Show?

12 April 2017 - 01:46 PM

The last time I used it there was a downpour for about an hour, and it did not leak at all. I have the lightest-weight model of an Undercover, and I think some of their sturdier models are built more weather-proof than mine. Lucky for us, pottery does not get damaged by water anyways.

In Topic: Best Tent For Craft Show?

12 April 2017 - 12:31 PM

I have two tents, and pop-up for doing one-day shows and a Light Dome for doing multi-day shows.

My pop-up is an Undercover, and I am really pleased with it. I chose it over other pop-up models because the the roof is vented at the peak. I think that makes a big difference in how the wind will affect it. All of its parts work very smoothly, and the carrying case is great too.

All pop-ups in the $200 range are somewhat vulnerable, compared to the $1000 tents, but all tents can be helped a lot by having proper weights on the corners. Any tent can become a kite when not properly weighted. The amount and type of weights you need depends on your region and the types of shows you are planning to do.