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Posted by bciskepottery on 19 October 2016 - 06:48 PM
I make and sell ikebana vases; my cone 6 vases are made using cone 6 clays (Little Loafers and Red Rock from Highwater; occasionally 266 from Standard) and fired to cone 6 with a 10 minute hold. I chose those because they have low absorbency at Cone 6. My cone 10 vases are made using cone 10 clays (Laguna's Dark Brown, Standard's Troy wood fire stoneware or porcelain, or Highwater's Phoenix) -- clay bodies with absorbency of 1% or less at cone 10. I use a liner glaze -- sometimes clear, sometimes another color glaze. Most of mine are only glazed on the inside. I also randomly pull vases and test them with water. I've had vases sit on my table with water/flowers for two or more weeks with no weeping.
Posted by bciskepottery on 07 October 2016 - 08:09 AM
You might want to drive up I-95 and talk to the folks at Baltimore Clayworks -- a very successful (as you likely know) non-profit. They are likely to be more than willing to share lessons learned. Also, the Art League in Alexandria does successful fund-raising.
I am not sure you are ready to start your campaign . . . seems to be drive more by timing than having a well-thought out plan. Get your plan right, then execute. As noted, your social media presence is not large and, most likely, only encompasses those involved in pottery/ceramics. That is not a strong/deep pocket base from which to raise money. And most potters social media friends tend to be . . . other potters, so forwarding to their friends may not help a lot. A crowd-sourced fundraiser is likely appropriate/good for single need items, e.g., a kiln, but they are not good sources for sustaining recurring costs, such as low/no tuition programs for the underserved, operating a gallery. For those, you need a committed donor base that will give money annually, not one time. Otherwise, your efforts will be a flash in the pan.
Your next hire should be someone with successful experience in fund-raising/donor development for non-profits. No clay experience needed, just good non-profit business and fund-raising acumen.
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Posted by bciskepottery on 02 October 2016 - 06:29 PM
Posted by bciskepottery on 30 September 2016 - 03:28 PM
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Posted by bciskepottery on 20 September 2016 - 08:41 PM
The best/easiest glaze drips to grind are the ones that don't happen. Try to figure out how to reduce the glaze drips from happening by modifying your glaze or adding glaze drip lines to your wares to prevent running.
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Posted by bciskepottery on 15 September 2016 - 09:12 PM
One clay is best -- otherwise you need duplicate sets of tools, etc; also makes clean up easier. Plus, the red will eventually get into the white clay either on purpose, accident, or other intent.
Most schools fire low-fire. Amaco has a teacher's palette of low fire glazes that work well; you can even mix colors to add to the selection.
Have your projects, but also allow students to play . . . most will tend to make some type of sculpture from scraps, etc.
If a student knows how to throw on the wheel, let him/her. But you are not going to have enough time to teach wheel and you don't have enough wheels for a class to use. I would stick with handbuilding. Here is a good project book to consider -- https://www.amazon.c...g/dp/1438001991
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Posted by bciskepottery on 11 September 2016 - 04:28 PM
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