I'm just a hobby thrower and use my local xmas craft fare to clear my shelves so I can make more pieces. I usually sell around $400 and only take a table full of stuff. I live in a very small town so I imagine in a more populous area you could probably move a lot more.
My giant ring holders worked great for holding up my flutes during glaze firing. Setting my sites on throwing some vessels for Raku. Are there classic or traditional shapes for Raku? I've been using Potter's choice copper, are there better glazes?
I use Illustrator to do my designs then print them out, laminate them in clear packing tape strips, then cut them with an x-acto knife or scissors. The patterns stick just enough to the clay and are flexible but do not get wet. If I need to replace, I just print another out. Drawing in Illustrator allows me to to scale, match pieces of slab to each other, take measurements while throwing, compensate for shrinkage etc. I highly recommend for some applications.
I made a chuck for my griffin grip out of plumbing parts, PVC pipe, flange, rubber seal and foam seat ring. It works really well for my chalice stems, and would do the same for bottles. And not griffins are not evil, and every tool has a place, as the griffin does for me.
Hey Pres, could I bug you for a photo of that PVC chuck for griffin grip?