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#87763 Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

Posted by Pugaboo on 25 June 2015 - 09:28 PM

I too received the advice, Never Give Up.

You can never lose if you never give up.


#87336 What Happened To These >-<

Posted by Pugaboo on 17 June 2015 - 09:08 PM

What does the glaze look like along the crack? Knowing this can help us know whether it cracked in the heating or in the cooling stage.


#87223 Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

Posted by Pugaboo on 15 June 2015 - 10:01 PM


I might not be the best person to chime in on this but that's never stopped me before so here goes... As everyone that's ever read one of my posts here already knows, I am working towards supporting myself 100% with my art and that currently I have a lot of things and people counting on me which limits my choices on how to go about doing this.

That said I have seen your work and you are very talented. Having this talent I think is also why you are questioning where your work is heading and how to get where you SEE your work getting to. You have a vision in your head and you want to create it, it's what drives everyone of us as artists and creative people. Learning patience will help you get there. I have had to learn patience... Okay in all honesty I am still learning patience.... The patience to practice my craft, the patience to know I can't always do what I want when I want, the patience to wait for the income to grow, the patience to study and fine tune the vision in my head so I am ready for the future when it arrives.

An example: At the moment I am working on an order of 12 mugs, 12 spoonrests and 18 ornaments, small potato order for some but a nice one for me. The only problem is... I have never had to make 12 matching mugs before, 4 yes no problem but 12 mugs all the same thrown on the wheel. My wheel skills are my weakest area and getting all the shapes, curves and heights to be exactly the same is an issue. I have 3 dozen mugs done at this point with about a dozen more I tossed. From this 3 dozen I hope to get 1 dozen that will look good together. Maybe. There is that brick wall we all know so well.

I am tired of making mugs and would really rather be hand painting on a box that I have been slowly working in for almost 3 months now but I am going to get 12 matching mugs no matter what. I don't know why they couldn't have ordered a dozen identical boxes now THAT I can do in my sleep every day of the week. I tell myself this is a good learning experience since I have never before sat and thrown mug after mug after mug. I am getting better and faster at mugs but I still prefer my boxes and what I would really like to be doing is making one of a kind Pug sculptures but between orders, shops, galleries, festivals and my online venues I find myself making spoon rests, mugs, small boxes and jewelry pieces since those are what sells and if I don't sell I can't afford to create.

So it's back to the wheel to make some more mugs but in my head I will be planning my next hand painted one of a kind box... tessellation patterns have been poking at my brain for months now and I am working out how to use triangle boxes to create a tessellated pattern with an image spread across numerous small boxes, preferably one that if the boxes are rotated it makes another recognizable image. This has kept me awake for more than one night and eventually I will get it worked out in my head, then I will sketch it, then try and create it in clay. But for now it's back to making more mugs.

Keep up the great work and speaking as a mother of a now 33 year old daughter if you survive the teenage years anything else you decide to do from then on will seem so much easier to achieve. Oh and around 25 you will get the daughter back that the wicked witch replaced with a teenager and it will all seem worth it.


#86769 Should I Start Pottery Or Not? Advice Please.....

Posted by Pugaboo on 08 June 2015 - 05:31 PM

I agree with the suggestions. I would also find out, after you take your class and decide you do want to pursue, a community or group that offers memberships to a group studio. Many local art centers, art shops, community centers offer this type of thing. They provide the equipment and you pay a monthy or yearly fee to join. Some require you to buy their clay, and such but it would be a way of exploring your passion without having to come up with a large sum of money. It would also give you a place to go for some ME time away from other distractions.

At worst you could just buy yourself some clay and hand build and find a local pottery that rents shelves in their kiln, it wouldn't be wheel work but you could still have your hands in clay while you decide how much further you want to go.


#86648 "would You Be Willing To Accept Less For It?"

Posted by Pugaboo on 07 June 2015 - 04:05 AM

I will offer a discount in these situations:

1) the piece has been hanging around for over a year. I figure the luck of the draw is the more it is shuffled around the more likely it will be to eventually get damaged. So will do a small discount if asked.

2) they buy 4 or more of the same item. If they buy 4 or more DIFFERENT items and are really nice and appreciative of me and my work and don't ask for a discount of me I will find an additional piece that compliments the ones they are buying and add it to their bag.

3) they are a charity or nonprofit and buying a dozen or more pieces to sell at their next fund raiser, or give to their volunteers during the holidays. This is usually a Pug Rescue group and they will usually put in a wholesale order of at least 3 dozen pieces which I give to them at my standard rate then I include a selection of small items of my choice like ornaments or something as a donation which discounts their overall price per item. I will also sometimes offer to print their groups logo on certain pieces free of charge rather than charging for this service. Doing all these different things depending on the situation has gotten me several longtime customers.

Oh and I should note I have enough padding built in to my prices that I am not losing money when I do any of these things. Giving a discount is a personal choice and I don't advertise that I do so so and often tell people No when asked. Most of the time it's becasue of their attitude of, if you want me to buy this you better give me a discount. Well I DONT WANT TO SELL TO YOU WITH THAT ATTITUDE so NO.

I HATE it when a local paper or news outlet does a story just before a festival and basically tells everyone to always ask artists for a discount that basically the artists will always do so if asked. It makes for some very uncomfortable encounters at the festival. What do you mean you don't do discounts! The artist over there is doing such and such. I have had people get pretty irritated when I say no to a discount, which I do most of the time especially on one of a kind items. It's funny though to see them quietly come back in to the booth at the end of the show and fork over full price for it. I just pretend I have never seen them before in my life and thank them kindly for their business.


#86615 Shipping

Posted by Pugaboo on 06 June 2015 - 09:07 AM

Oldlady- ha ha ha. Very funny

But True so true.

We had an avalanche this week and had to send in the rescue pugs. Realized they are very bad at rescues and just want to play in the pile and make it even harder to clean up and restack the bags. I had the fun of cleaning up peanuts throughout the studio as they chased each other merrily around, it's a good thing they are so cute even with peanuts clinging to their fur. <grin>


#86570 Making Very Fine Lines!

Posted by Pugaboo on 05 June 2015 - 08:39 AM

Michael- Sorry for the delay in answering
I haven't had any drastic changes in the RIO when covered by the zinc free clear.

I a,so second the painting a layer of wax into leatherhard clay then inscribing the lines with a sharp tool like a needle tool. Then you take your underglaze or other liquid medium and brush over the finished area. The lines will grab the color and the waxed parts will bead up. Simply dab any beads of color you don't want. Bisque fire as usual. You can then add additional layers of color and such after bisqued.
Technique gives very nice fine lines.


#82549 Shimpo Slabroller Chain Slipping And Binding

Posted by Pugaboo on 26 May 2015 - 10:11 PM

Just to kind of close this topic off in case anyone searches in the future with the same issue.

I went up today with a can of motorcycle chain grease took the Slabroller apart once more, cleaned the chains then sprayed it, the sprocket and the spindle with the grease let it sit for a few then spent some some rotating everything to get the grease worked in really well. It's working pretty good, the chain is still a tad touchy but am hoping as the grease does its job it will not be too much of an issue. The knob that wouldn't go on was solved by examining the spindle and finding 2 grooves with small ridges in the exact spot it was catching. We could only assume that a wrench or something was used to get it off and it marred the surface. Judicious use of a file smoothed this out and the handle slid on easily. We tried it out at varying heights and are hoping it will continue to do the job it was made for.

So anyone reading this because their Slabroller is skipping, binding and acting cruddy.... Go grease that poor thing! I in fact am going to check my own out tomorrow to make sure it doesn't need some preventative greasing to keep it happy.

That's all folks!


#82447 Large Flat Pieces Cracking During Glaze Firing

Posted by Pugaboo on 25 May 2015 - 10:27 PM

I have stacks of bisqued disks in varying sizes that I place under my plates and platters. I reuse them again and again and in different combinations depending on what is needed to give support. I have not had an issue with stuff cracking so I guess they are working. Oh and some of them I kiln washed but most of them not. I use them on just about everything because I like to glaze allllll the way down and placing a slightly smaller disk than the base of a piece under it lets me do this with no risk of drips on the shelf.


#81841 Mug Sizes

Posted by Pugaboo on 17 May 2015 - 09:19 PM

Chantal - next time you visit "borrow" his current selection of ordinary mugs and leave your mugs behind in their place. If he wants his coffee he will have to use your mug after a few days of griping he will never want to drink out of another commercial mug again.


#81795 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by Pugaboo on 16 May 2015 - 10:12 PM

Archeologist definitely.

When I was in Egyot our guide kept trying to take us to places to shop and buy gold jewelry. I finally said show me the pots, I would like to see ruins and crumbling walls, old painted walls peeling and cruddy. So he did, he got us permission to go into a newly opened room with the original unrestored door to the afterlife painted on the end, there were bits and pieces of mysterious magical stuff poking out from the corners of the room. I was very good and did not touch anything as instructed... Mostly because they stationed a guard at the door and not because I was a good girl. LOL By the time we left he said we had been to every ruin in upper Egypt, even our tour company had to look up the names of some of the places I asked to go to. I had read and researched extensively and basically handed them a list of places I wanted to go and asked them to make it happen and they did. It did take some getting used to to have my own private military escort at times but those sites were sure worth it, oh and this was almost 10 years ago now so things were a bit different over there. At one location they asked us not to speak and told everyone we were from Denmark. Kind of hard to disguise a 6'4 man and a pale blonde woman in a sea of Egyptians.

I adore the history channel and national geographic and like the shows where they spend the whole time mapping out some lost building or show how they restore pottery bits found in a 2000 year old pit. Don't care for the shows where they go on and on about gold we found gold here and here and here. I wanna say shut up and tell me about the pile of textiles in the corner, or just what is in the pot over there. I could happily spend a lifetime reassembling bits of pottery into cohesive pots but I could spend 2 lifetimes creating my own.


#81366 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by Pugaboo on 11 May 2015 - 10:18 PM

My husband claims he would start a pottery and call it the Wonky Pot. He likes primitive, uneven, rough hewn, warped looking stuff. He even asked me if I could make him a bowl that wouldn't sit even but slanted to one side when you used it. After refraining from smacking him on the head I took my nice round, evenly balanced bowl and went back to my studio.

Wonky Pot snort more like a wonky MAN.


#81362 Ok, This Is It, Opening The Kiln

Posted by Pugaboo on 11 May 2015 - 09:42 PM

Giselle - I've done that! I've been working on a design and color scheme for my own dishes so have been testing glazes to see which I personaly like best and want in my own kitchen.

Isn't it wonderful to be able to do that?


#81183 Any Way To Get An Off Topic Forum?

Posted by Pugaboo on 09 May 2015 - 11:00 PM


#80879 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by Pugaboo on 05 May 2015 - 09:49 PM


I get discouraged when I don't get enough sales in a week, when I don't make it into a show, when a new gallery contact doesn't call me back right away, when a wholesale order takes five months to close, when my husband is having a bad week and I feel helpless, when I can't work as long at the wheel as I want because of my back.

But then...

I create something amazing and think wow did I just do that?

The secret is to not give into the discouragement but to spit in its gnarly face and keep on creating any way.