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JLowes

Member Since 01 Jun 2010
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In Topic: Farmers Markets Vs Seasonal Venues

30 July 2014 - 03:08 PM

Having been at a given show for more than once can produce new sales from previous customers, but Mea is right that it does not keep from making sales of your product meets the buyers needs or interests.  I have several art fair repeaters that look for me when they go to shows, but I also have plenty of first time buyers too.

 

John


In Topic: Metal Grid Shelves Vs Wood Shelves

30 July 2014 - 02:26 PM

Yeah, what John Baymore said...but, I still value quick set up and breakdown for outside venues.  I can change what is on the horizontal part to complement the venue and attendance.

 

One thing I did notice when I had my #2 set of shelves was people asking if I made them.  Don't know if that was good or bad though.

 

John


In Topic: Metal Grid Shelves Vs Wood Shelves

30 July 2014 - 02:14 PM

Hey there pottersc555,

 

I have made a couple of sets of wood shelves in my time of selling at art fair type venues.  The first, ladder style, I used about three or four times before I abandoned them and made a new design.  The design was simple My second set up as an "L" shape and used three folding ladders (like a "V", as end and angle towers) and wood shelves, and the towers were connected by the shelves and had wood x-bracing for rigidity, and held together by many quick fit fasteners.  My day job is engineering related and I like working with wood.   After many shows packing out last, I decided to take another approach.

 

I now have Origami brand shelves (http://www.origamira.../product_R5.asp); they come in several sizes, but I have three of the R5 and one R4 so I can display taller items.  I set them up in my 10 x 10 tent in a separated vee with an opening  in the center so I can have some room behind them for the backroom.

 

These shelves regularly go "on sale" at Amazon, HSN, Northern Tool, and elsewhere, so a good eye can get them at less than the retail price.  They fold up pretty thin, and everything (except the liner) is self contained in a shelf unit.

 

John


In Topic: Critique My Work - Anyone? - I Want To Send You A Bowl.

29 July 2014 - 04:47 PM

I guess I am looking in late, but a couple of things I would recommend changing are the thickness of the bottom so you can trim the inside of the foot.  The reason I recommend this is that with extra thickness you can start to parallel the inside curvature a bit better.  To me the trimming of the inside of the foot looked a little flat from the pictures.  Since you like a narrow foot, leaving a lot more clay can allow you to get a more narrow shape in the foot, whilst increasing the apparent height (Google Lucie Rie and you will see what I mean.)  In your comment about one more pull to narrow in the bottom wall near the foot, I usually leave it to support the wall while throwing and trim it to my liking at leatherhard.  An alternate is to leave for a while to let the clay firm up before you continue, or use a heat gun to speed that up.

 

As Pres suggested, leave the rim thicker, even during the rest of the pulling, because you can thin it out if needed. You don't want a taper in the wall starting at the foot going all the way up the wall to the rim.  Nice and even is what you are looking for.

 

Compliments I wish to add are that your lines are very pleasing, and I do not see the "potter's hump" transition inside where you go from supported bottom to unsupported.  That is a common problem when learning to throw bowls.  Keep up the good work!

 

John


In Topic: Help Me Decide What To Do About A Cracked Kiln Lid

29 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

If you look at Olympic's website http://www.greatkiln..._PRICE_LIST.pdf , you can see what they charge for a lid in the replacement parts page.  That would give you an idea about the $100 credit offer, which sounds low to me, especially when you consider shipping from Georgia to South Carolina.  But, that's just for your information.  I also recommend getting the lid replacement.

 

John