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Rebekah Krieger

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#65111 Do You Have Any Big Goals For This Fall's Production?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 26 August 2014 - 11:24 AM

well, all of my kids will be going to school full time.  I have to either get a part time job somewhere, or sell enough pots to make a part time income.  I am going to be pumping up the production and hopefully get a schedule set for myself.  I would like to establish a few coffee shops in the area to keep a mug tree for consignment so I can have a few base sales.  

#64253 The One Minute Teapot.

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 10 August 2014 - 01:24 PM

 I think we found a good use for Blatz and Milwaukee's best. ;) 

#64247 Reduction Kiln- Too Early?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 10 August 2014 - 11:39 AM

I will have to ask him about the kiln photos. It is on another property about an hour or two north.  He isn't really in a rush to sell it, so I anticipate it will be there in 3 years if I wanted it.  (it sat there for at least a decade unfired)  My neighborhood should be fine with it since i live on a country road and we each have 6-20 acres.  my neighbor burns his garbage (it pisses me off when he does but I say nothing because he lived there before I moved into the neighborhood)  and there is a gun club at the end of the road that everyone has grown accustomed to dealing with.  


The guy selling it is the guy who taught the throwing classes at the museum. (where I learned)  Apparently he was a classmate of steven hill. He also built his own anagama kiln.  I am almost tempted to offer him money to help me build one of those. (a small one) Waiting for some local wood fire potters to reply to my messages about participating in a firing.  I did get to observe a raku firing which was fantastic!  I would also love to see a salt firing because i LOVE salt fired items! 

#63575 Granite For Wedging Tabletop/element Wire For Fixed Cut Wire ?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 30 July 2014 - 01:05 PM

i tried using a marble wedging table and it did not work! the clay sticks.   as for potters playing guitar- i can play 3 songs.  iron man by ozzy, smoke on the water, and zombie from the cranberries.  someday i would love to play jim croce's time in a bottle on a 12 sting like him but i don't foresee prioritizing that ;)

#63502 What Are You Working On?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 29 July 2014 - 02:19 PM

Grinding shelves today .....



and planning to make more of these salt hogs (these are my first ever, they are nice and easy to make) 



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#63032 Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 22 July 2014 - 04:29 PM

After a 5 week wheel throwing class at the local museum I went on craigslist and got a wheel. I got a kick wheel because that was all I could afford at the time. It was a great way to learn, especially having to control the speed of the wheel with the kicking etc. The kiln came later. But I just needed the sensation of making pots...

#61009 Craft Shows... Tips For Success

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 17 June 2014 - 10:41 AM


LONG GONE are the days when customers expect festival artists to look like hippies. I repeat, LONG GONE. These days customers expect us to look like someone who can give them good advice about home decor


EXCELLENT and very important point Mea.


So in the forums I often mention Japan and selling there.  And most folks here reading this are already aware that in general the valuation of ceramic work by the public in Japan is generally far higher than in the USA (or likely any other country in the world). 


When working (I chose that word deliberately) a show opening when I am in Japan, here is how I am typically dressed:




(Japanese press interviewing me in that shot)


In Japan ceramics is serious business.  Serious business deserves serious attention TO business.  In a business setting...... appropriate dress is required to be taken seriously.  So.... nice suit and tie.  With just the right "flair".


The USA is certainly not Japan.... but how might our approach TO business and our approach to professionalism here tend to affect not only our own succeess, but also the success of the field in general.  (Back to my pet peeve of the curse of,  "I play with clay!") 


Food for thought.






Looking sharp my friend! 

#60693 What Is It You Are Really After In Your Work?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 12 June 2014 - 02:49 PM

When working- I want to feel completely connected to the clay and process, the minute my energy disconnects is when things start to go wonky and don't look the way I want them to.

After working- I want to be able to see that I make beautiful things. I want my pieces to say something or pass on a feeling that hasn't been seen or felt that way before.  Something that most people can identify with, but maybe never saw anybody point it out.  I want my functional ware to give people a deep feeling of humanness, and the act of consuming to be fully experienced.  I want my sculptural work to give someone a moment of feeling the emotion that is being portrayed.  

Eventually- It would certainly be nice to be identified undoubtedly as an artist who makes significant work. Someday… perhaps after I am dead…. 

#60692 Changing Member Profile Page

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 12 June 2014 - 02:26 PM

Here is the link to update your member directory information: http://ceramicartsda...-my-membership/


Here is the link to your presonal artist portfolio: http://ceramicartsda...rieger-rebekah/


If you would like to make changes, here is the link to do that: http://ceramicartsda...equest-listing/


This should answer your question from above. If you need additional help please let me know!


Have a great day!

Thank you so much!!! 

#60685 Craft Shows... Tips For Success

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 12 June 2014 - 12:19 PM

I used to be in sales and I always did the local county fair booth.  It was amazing how many people just sit back in their chair and read. I would stand in the isle and invite people to enter my drawing and had hundreds of people visit my booth. The people who sat still had maybe a dozen.  I was offered 2 jobs one day, I usually ended the county fair with at least 1 job offer in sales.    


One thing I see people do when they try to "be a salesperson" is they immediately put on a fake high pitched enthusiastic voice. This is the fastest way to be perceived as fake and aggressive. Its important to be sincere and real too.  Asking questions that lead their mind the direction you want it to go is key.  I like the question Chris asks "What pieces do you like?" (it requires their brain to decide what they actually like, the mind likes to be consistent and do things that go along with their idea of liking something)  "What stands out to you the most?" (it encourages them to identify with a piece)  "Do you have a favorite morning mug yet?" (gets them to think about the lack of a favorite mug or reminds them of the connection they have with pieces in their home, maybe adding to that)  Are you shopping for anyone specific today?  (gets them to rack their brain and think of upcoming reasons to purchase a gift)  It's also a good practice to ask a question that seems somewhat an obvious "yes" answer. "Are you having a good time at the fair?" or "Enjoying this beautiful weather?" People get in the habit of YES or NO… it's best to get their brain in the Yes mode.   It's ok to be funny or unique, they want artists to be that way.. not stiff.


Example: Q: Oh is this your only job?

A: When I break free from my 500 kids yes!

vs A: Yes, I am also a stay at home parent. 

People would identify with the feeling and humor in the first reply, thus seeing you as a real person and deciding wether they like you or not. People are more likely to buy if they like you. The second reply is not bad, it's just vanilla.

#59971 Super Amateur Needs Help With Porosity

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 04 June 2014 - 01:10 PM

I hope they are clay pipes.

Those were smashed by the art teacher… remember? ;)

#59660 Super Amateur Needs Help With Porosity

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 31 May 2014 - 10:17 AM

All i know is that i keep reading the word wine…. so to stay on topic lets get back to talking about wine. ;)

#59388 What Is Your Favorite Glaze For Texture?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 28 May 2014 - 10:38 AM

I find tons of inspiration on Pinterest. You are welcome to follow my pottery board. I pinned various ideas and recipes.  I have so much inspiration that I don't have enough years in this lifetime to use it.  

#59328 Super Amateur Needs Help With Porosity

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 27 May 2014 - 04:27 PM

LMAO!!!! :D 

#59318 Super Amateur Needs Help With Porosity

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 27 May 2014 - 02:18 PM


Just curious, if it's buried in the soil, who would see the glazing?  



that's off topic


sorry but I don't understand how that's off topic?


Don't mind me- I am sleep deprived because I waited until 2am for my kiln to shut off…. but i can't help but constantly re read this and LOL!!!!!  I have never seen anyone say that something was off topic on this forum, we are distracted ADD artists and tend to welcome misdirection in the posts! AHAHAHA