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JLowes

Member Since 01 Jun 2010
Offline Last Active Nov 23 2016 10:34 PM
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In Topic: Weight Difference Between Commercial Plates And Handmade Plates

01 June 2016 - 09:53 PM

Greetings preeta,
Basically, handmade plates are thicker, so heavier. Slip cast commercial plates I have read, are bisque fired to the higher temperature, then glazed and fired to the lower temperature, and the industrial controls on even drying, rate of progress through from slip to finished plate are much tighter than most potters can achieve. This reduces losses from warping. Some manufacturing facilities have a continuous process that gets the ware done in hours, not the days we usually take for handmade.
I recently made a couple of four piece sets for my own home use utilizing a 1/4" slab for all pieces. My bread and salad plates didn't warp, but the dinner plates did warp slightly. The larger size just couldn't keep its shape, but the weight was acceptable. Less than my Fiesta Ware. Good luck with yours.

John Lowes
Wynhill Pottery LLC
http:// wynhillpottery.weebly.com

In Topic: Professional Courtesy

30 January 2016 - 10:35 PM

My wife insists that I should offer a discount to other artists at art festivals. I prefer not to, but in the interest of a happy life I will. If I am interested in their art a trade would be nice. Fortunately I have never been asked to trade by someone whose art I don't care for; that could be awkward.

John

In Topic: New Bartlett Controler

18 January 2016 - 09:17 PM

The Evenheat $500 is if you are converting from their earlier model. It sounds as though it might be more costly as a stand alone.

Being able to change things mid-fire sounds good, but probably a rarely used feature. Unless of course you programmed one of the user schedules incorrectly and want to make a change. Been there, Bartlett didn't like the idea

John

In Topic: Creative Wholesale

18 January 2016 - 08:50 PM

Bravo Mark! A well thought out and explained plan and a shop willing to take a risk equaled success.

I retired last February and now am devoting myself to pottery and am looking for ways to market my production. I have just branched out from my art fair, art center and regional invitational sales venues to include a gallery with a 50-50 split. The art fair overhead is pretty close to the gallery split when all costs are figured in (I am not one of those folks with multiple thousands in sales at art fairs.) The art center and regional invitational both get 30% of the sale, and there are few other costs other than getting the work to and fro. So your split is attractive, and it would be nice to find something similar here in Georgia. I wonder if the Krispy Kreme donut shops sell coffee mugs......

Best luck with the growth of your sales.

John

In Topic: How Many Of You Are Using Ceramic Arts Daily As A Resource

08 January 2016 - 08:38 PM

I consistently find inspiration from the CAD feed. Even if a subject may not be of interest at the moment, just knowing that something came through may be a reminder to search when I may need that bit of information. Even the more commercial advertisements of books and videos typically have a teaser that are frequently useful. I love being able to search an archive of the depth CAD provides.

John