Although I will respectfully disagree with Neil that borates are the problem with cone 5-6 glazes. I love gerstley borate. I think the problem is Zircopax. Makes such flat colored glazes yuck.
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My name is Mea Rhee, and I am the potter behind Good Elephant Pottery. I make functional pottery for daily use, fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln. My designs are minimal and rustic, and always functional. I consider myself "self-taught" in that I am not formally trained in ceramics, though I have had many wonderful teachers along the way. My degree is in graphic design, and most of my professional life has revolved around a busy design studio. In 2010, I was able to “retire” from design and devote a full-time schedule to the pottery studio. I put “retire” in quotes because I now work harder than ever before. It is a dream come true and I am grateful for this every day.
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I'm going to get a little pretentious here, based on my background in publishing. I've laid out many publications that included ads. I think it's really important to be careful about it, to make sure the sponsor gets the value they paid for, without overshadowing the actual content of the publication. This is hard enough on a printed page. On a website, it's much harder because the designer has much less control over how things appear to the end user. It really irritates me when I see any layout, web or print, where this balance has not been handled well.
I have no plans to put ads on my own website. When I visit other potters' websites, I don't mind when I see ads for ceramics-related products and services. Where the ad makes good sense based on the content of the website. And it looks like both the advertiser and the website made a careful choice. The advertiser is targeting the right viewers, and the website is bringing value to their viewers. And the ad was produced to the websites specifications, and placed in a designated spot, away from the actual content. Such as a sidebar, or a top banner.
I hate it when I see a website, for supposedly a small artisan business, with Google ads placed willy-nilly on the page. Like when a string of ads is placed right in the middle of a blog post. For products that are not ceramics-related. Most likely they are for a website that I visited the day before (which really creeps me out that Google can do that). I feel like the website owner is making a cheesy money grab, while applying no thought or effort.
If I got this offer from Big Ceramics Store, I probably wouldn't do it. But I wouldn't mind if I saw it on other potters' sites.
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Sometimes customers send me photos of my pots in their houses. I wrote a recent blog post about them:
And since I published this, I've received a bunch more. I plan to use these in my show announcement emails next year.
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