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In Topic: Resist Over Glaze?

Yesterday, 09:05 AM

This is SO great I have been having just this problem. I decorate the clear glaze the image, wax, then glaze the rest of the piece. Leave to dry and EEEKKKKKK!

All my lovely work is ruined because the clear glaze peels up leaving awfulness behind.

I've also had it happen with my white glaze.

I'm off to order the Mobilizer-A.


In Topic: Qotw: Are You Throwing Wearing Bling Bling?

23 February 2017 - 05:24 AM

I wear a simple gold wedding band and it never comes off... not even sure if it CAN at this point. It doesn't cause trouble most of the time, every once in a while I will be forming a piece that I have 3 fingers inside of and 2 out and the band presses against and makes a little mark.

I do wear a Fitbit unless I am throwing or handbuilding tall enclosed forms where the thing would drag along the side and cause havoc.

I wear several silver hoops at all times in my ears but so far have not stuck my head inside any pieces so they've not been a problem.

I design and wear necklaces and chunkier bracelets but not in the studio, those I only put on as I leave the house. I'm a walking billboard for those and have had people buy the piece I am wearing right off me. Weird but true.... ooo how pretty, thank you I make them... really? Can I buy? Sure go to bla bla site I have a bunch there.... no can I by THIS ONE.... umm sure? I've been wearing it and all... oh I don't care I have to have it..... ummmm okay.... Sale! The strangest things that happen.

Oh and I wear a silver ankle bracelet with a Pug on it, put it on when my first Pug died, have only taken it off for medical procedures since then. She was always at my ankle and she still is.


In Topic: Pottery Booth Help! What Do You Display Your Pottery On? Shelves Or Tables?

23 February 2017 - 05:07 AM

I have a similar set up to Neil's except I added a footplate to the bottom that I drop bolts down through the plate and the table and then wing nut it tight on the underside of the table, makes the racks super stable in all conditions. For windy days I put a piece of tape on the underside of each pot and stick them to the shelf. If it's a piece in a plate rack I tape the the rack to the shelf then I add a small piece of tape to the back of the plate going over the wire of the plate rack. People can still pick up the pieces with a slight tug but the wind doesn't knock them off the shelf.

Tent walls banging into anything is an issue, maybe just roll up the sides on windy days? Yeah like you never thought of that.


In Topic: Firing An Electric Kiln

21 February 2017 - 08:05 AM

My kilns have downdraft vents so for the larger during Bisque I leave the top peep open but keep them all closed for glaze firing. The small kiln I keep the peep closed at all times.


In Topic: 2 Questions?

15 February 2017 - 05:21 PM

My current festival range is $50-$150 for a 10x10 space, with a majority falling at $75.

Most of my festivals are 1 day events, all are local. For me at this point in my life traveling long distances and being away from home overnight just isn't possible. I have found I really like the 1 day events, if it's nice not too hot no chance of rain I don't even put up a canopy. I use an ez-up when I do use one and I weigh it down really well.

I kind of have a formula that I use to decide whether I return to a festival after the first time. My examples are all for 1 day local festivals which means no hotels, bring a bag lunch from home, only a couple gallons of gas at most, free parking, can walk there from home, etc. My only expenses are fees, materials and what I pay myself. If I make less than $250 I won't do it again. If I make $250-$350 I will give it another shot, this is especially true if there are other factors like weather that I think contributed to the low amount. When I reach $350 it goes into the lets try this again and see if my sales increase as people learn to look for me there. Anything over $500 is a definite do again. When I reach the $1000 mark it's skipping home clapping my hands in glee hugging the festival promoting on the way out. I have had a few $1000+ one day shows but around here with the average attendance of less than 3000 people I usually do between $500 and $750. I have had a couple that even though the sales were low, under $300, but I did get a large custom order from, that was delivered and paid for later, that I will do again since the custom order shows that there IS money to be had at the venue.

You have to kind of decide for yourself what your comfort level is and what amount makes it worth it for you to do it.