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#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.


#80012 Cost Or Running A Kiln .

Posted by Pugaboo on 24 April 2015 - 02:20 PM

I have an Olympic 1823 and estimate it costs me $10 a firing to fire to cone 04 bisque and cone 6 glaze. I keep record of every starting meter number and then the finish number.

Your price seems very high, do you know your kWH price? If so do like Marcia suggested and multiply kWH by the hours run to get the Aproximate cost. A kiln doesn't run 100% the entire cycle but doing that will at least get you in the ballpark.


#79603 How Often To Clean Your Kiln?

Posted by Pugaboo on 17 April 2015 - 09:56 PM

Bad mentors every last one of you! Bad bad bad LOL

When I first started I cleaned it before every firing, then every couple, then every few, and as I said it's been about 10 this time and that got me to wondering when was the proper time to do it. I should warn you you are talking to the woman that mops her studio daily and color wheel coordinates her glazes and keeps all her shelves, kiln furniture and stilts stacked and organized by type, height and size. I could probably load my kiln blind folded. Don't even get me started on storage.


#79573 Confess. How Many Of You Colored Outside The Lines As A Child?

Posted by Pugaboo on 17 April 2015 - 04:04 PM

I had an early grade school encounter (1st or 2nd grade?) that affected me for YEARS. We were given a plain very simple bunny printout to color. I cut mine out glued it to colored construction paper, added a cotton ball tail, puffy clouds, flowers, grass. I gave it an environment to live in. Once done the teacher came by to collect them. She was furious with what I had done, I did not do as told and simply color the boring bunny. She made an example of me before the whole class. It was awful! From then on I did EXACTLY what the teachers said to do. For years I hid my "real" drawings. I knew I HAD to create but that fear of being ridiculed kept me hidden. It wasn't until my husband joked that the bed was getting higher on one side than the other because of all the art I kept shoving under there and that maybe I should dig out some and sell it did I even try.

All of this is one of the reasons why my signature almost always includes the quote, "The world is but a canvas to the imagination"

Embrace the world obliterate those lines and create what your soul tells you to.


#79568 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Pugaboo on 17 April 2015 - 03:35 PM

Plan H - Break out a window (every studio needs more light anyway) install a winch on the side of the house put the sculpture in a sling and winch it down.

A bonus for this is a bigger better window improves your home value.


#79017 How Do I Paint The Bottom Of A Piece For Mid Fire (Cone 5)- Help!

Posted by Pugaboo on 10 April 2015 - 05:05 PM

You can try using Red Iron Oxide to give it a wash of color. It won't stick to the shelves like underglaze can. If you kiln wash your shelves and use underglaze and a piece sticks you can usually use a Dremel and just touch the piece with it and have it come off leaving either no Mark or a very tiny one.

Contrary to popular belief you can use stilts with cone 5-6. You just have to buy high fire stilts. Go to Clayking.com and look at their offerings. I fire to cone 6 and stilt just about everything. The stuff I don't stilt I usually put on little bisque wafers.


#78831 Tumble stacking the bisque-electrics

Posted by Pugaboo on 08 April 2015 - 07:07 AM

I've been reading this subject for awhile now and yesterday for the first time partially tumble stacked my bisque load. I used 3 shelves instead of 5 and wow did it hold a lot of pieces! I kept having to go get more pieces cleaned to fill in the spots. I actually could have fit more but I ran out of small filler pieces. I was not brave enough to fire anything sideways but I did stack things face face and foot to foot. With the face to face pieces I filled the inside cavity with smaller pieces. I let things touch and even hang a bit off the sides of the shelves as long as they didn't touch the walls of the kiln. Since I added so much newly cleaned bone dry pieces and I do my final cleaning with water I did add a 1 hour preheat to it just to make sure everything was as dry as possible not sure if this was necessary or not.

The kiln is on its last 40 degrees to reach ^04. I don't think it fired any quicker even with taking into account the 1 hour preheat but I sure did fit a lot of stuff in there. It usually takes about 13 hours to do a slow bisque, add on the 1 hour preheat and I am approaching 14 this time. We shall see if I end up with a load of cracked warped pieces or not. I won't be able to open it until tomorrow morning to know so keep your fingers crossed.

If this works just how far can you push tumble stacking? Does anybody out there do it with 1 shelf or less?


#78608 Spoonrests or Top Ramen

Posted by Pugaboo on 04 April 2015 - 09:30 PM

Mark is Sooooo right. Make spoon rests then make more spoon rests and when you are done make some more. They will sell sell sell. I am small potatoes compared to Mark but every show I do spoon rests are about 1/3 of my income. They are so easy to make I use different texture patterns on mine as well as glazes. I go crazy with the glazes and try all kinds of combinations and the weirdest ones sell first. Go figure

I also make 3 different sizes. A mini dish for next to the morning coffee cup and it fits a teaspoon. I have started pairing these with my mugs and hand made spoons (just started trying spoons). A small spoon rest for the table so the serving spoon doesn't sink to the bottom of the bowl and since its smaller it fits a serving spoon but doesn't take up as much table space then the large which is meant to sit on or near the stove. At one point I was going to stop the small spoon rests but at the end of the year when I added it up they were as popular as the mini and the large so decided to keep offering them for another year.

It's amazing something so simple and easy to make can make such a difference to the bottom line.


#78594 Do You Touch Things In Museums?

Posted by Pugaboo on 04 April 2015 - 03:24 PM

I was doing a festival and a woman came in with her children and said, "Touch with your eyes only" I thought that was a nice way of saying it rather than, don't touch THAT! lol I will admit to using it myself now when unsupervised children come in and begin digging through a basket of spoon rests energetically. During the holidays I have one basket full of paper mâché ornaments that I let the kids touch all they want and I tell the parents it's the only basket of non breakable ornaments in the tent. They generally look relieved as if to say, Finally something the kids can touch and I don't break into a cold sweat over it. I sell quite a few paper mâché ornaments.

Oh and I don't touch in museums but my husband almost got arrested for touching "The Hand of God". I do admit to carrying a camera it keeps my hands busy and I can take home an image of those items I am dying to touch. In stores and galleries I am horrible I have to touch everything and feel it's essence. I have literally bought something because I liked the way it felt in my hands.


#78207 As a potter/ceramic artist, which IRS business code do you use for taxes?

Posted by Pugaboo on 29 March 2015 - 10:27 PM

I have always used the independent artist category because I do a variety of things, painting, photography, pottery, written several books, graphic art services, etc... But I do NOT sing or perform, my dogs howl even when I hum and a dozen broken bones is proof enough I am a clutz and should keep both feet seperate and on the ground at all times. Lol I guess I might actually be the poster child for this government category.