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Finishing Cutting Board

17 July 2016 - 04:42 PM

Any ideas onhow to finish the part where a tile is glued to a trivit frame
or embedded in cutting board. Just not sure how to fill seam around tile. Had thought og sawdust glue mixture?

3" Brick Versus 2.5"

10 May 2016 - 12:21 PM

I'm adding a 2nd kiln primarily for bisque, although it will pull some glaze duty occasionally, Cone 04 bisque and cone 6 glaze. I am getting the Skutt KM1027 and trying to decide on the brick size. This is the largest kiln I can work into the spot we have for it. I have no doubt the 3" inch brick has plenty of pros as more efficient but it also removes 1/2 a cf kiln space. Since I really need space over saving a little on energy and element life I was going to go with the 2.5" brick. My salesman is pushing 3" brick if I fire to cone 6.

Is it really worth giving up the space to get the 3" brick? How much does it really save?

Whats In A Name

24 March 2016 - 12:49 PM

I just finished reading a thread from a few months ago and it came up again why folks like me do not use their full names.


Just a word why I'm just Stephen. First off I am not doing this to not have accountability for what I say. I truly do try with every single of the few hundred post I've made to be respectful, kind and hopefully helpful in some way.


I also do my very best to not post about things I don't know about, or at least I think I know about. Since I'm just a struggling novice five year potter that means its usually about business (since I ran a smallish non-pottery business for a decade) and equipment which I have spent waaay to much $$ on and did research on and have some studio time with.


I am a 55 year old computer programmer and Stephen is my real name. I am married to the most wonderful and talented artist who has been making beautiful work for going on twenty years and five years ago now we embarked on making pottery not just her serious hobby but our livelihoods. Actually earning a living making and selling pottery. She quit a dozen year graphic design gig three years ago and I left my 10 year programming job last July. Its been a daunting task that we are committed too.


This is an industry forum where thousands and thousands of both amateurs AND world renown professional potters interact daily, either directly or by reading. The lurkers probably include many, many serious heavy hitters and many of the ones that do give their names are department heads at prestigious educational institutions, pros with 30, 40 year artist careers, teachers with decades of helping students realize their talent and everything in between.


I have struggled often with putting the rest of my info here. Once I do that that it is no longer is just Stephen tossing in his two cents on a subject or asking for help with freely given background.


...but Stephen Doe with ABC Pottery, married to artist Jane Doe.


I know it may seem like an easy thing to do but WOW. Now anytime someone surfs on our little pottery or one of us up come my post. Did I say it right? Did I come off as a moron, arrogant, obnoxious, smug etc?


I mean really, me even talking in the conversation with this group on the surface is silly and humbling. I seriously don't even know if I could really participate if I had to justify my right to with my identity because in reality If I was in a room with most of you I would simply be humbled, respectful and most of all quiet.

New Tent/canopy

18 March 2016 - 04:18 PM

I would appreciate some input on tents/canopy's.


We took good advice early on and started out with a good ez-up canopy and its been fine but have decided we want to upgrade to a sturdier one that can also be a pipe and drape system for indoor shows. We are in the NW and the wind kind of kicked us around at more than one show.


We have kind of zeroed in on the light dome because it's light weight. They seem to get great reviews, kind of taken back by the website as it really is so dated, has very little information, no store and I guess we have to call to order. Not sure what's worth it and what's not and hate to get on the phone and try and figure it out with a salesman.


We want to have a back 3 feet curtain to make a storage area for stock and one of us from time to time, at least 2 awnings, middle zippers on the sides and the curtain system for indoor shows.  


I've seen the inside curtain with logo imprinted, does anyone know where you can have this done?



Any advice or other considerations or canopies anyone might suggest?

Source For Wine Glass Tops

30 July 2015 - 03:27 PM

we carry hand thrown wine stems with clear glass tops added. Our supplier, National Artcraft, has discontinued and said their supplier dropped the item. I have looked everywhere and only see the small 5oz sniffer out there.