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Question About Height Of Wheel To Stand And Throw

16 December 2016 - 10:34 PM

I am getting ready to try raising my wheel so I can throw standing up. Can those of you that throw standing up give me an approximate height according to the body to start with? I am sure it will take some tweaking to get it perfect but am looking for a starting point.

Thank you!


Pricing Private And Semi Private Lesssons

09 December 2016 - 09:57 PM

Okay you all know I was thinking, now that I have insurance, about starting to offer limited private lessons in my own studio. I have taught at the local art center a few times and have found I really enjoy teaching, seeing that light go on in their eyes when they get something is very satisfying. Well anyhow I was still in the thinking stage while working in the studio today when I had one show up on my doorstep. Literally... I looked up and there she was.

I had spoken with her a few times before about some of her projects that she was really struggling with where she currently is and gave her some pointers and such. I told her she could call me and I would help her with the latest as well. When I spoke with her I hadn't really thought about formally teaching but she told me today that she and a friend want to come take semi private lessons with me, just the 2 of them together.

They both know the basics of clay but have moved beyond beginner and are branching out in to design work and such. Design work and hand building is what we would focus on as well as tackling some of the forms like mugs that she really wants to learn how to do.

My question for those of you out there teaching private and semi private lessons... what kind of pricing structure should I use?

I would provide the space, tools, equipment, specialty materials for design work, and knowledge. I am trying to decide if I should include the price of clay in with the lesson, sell that to them separately, or have them buy and bring their own. Then I also have to tackle the issue of firing costs and such.

I would offer once a week classes, open ended... meaning they can take as few or as many as they want. When they get tired of me they can simply stop the lessons. There would be a minimum 2 hour class period to sign up for and I would prefer to offer a standard 3 hour weekly class. Would it be better to offer a set number of classes for a set number of hours each week? I would offer no open studio time only class time.

They are really REALLY interested and want to start next week so kind of need some input from you guys!


Another Milestone

06 December 2016 - 06:07 PM

I have finally achieved another Milestone that I set for myself when I started this ceramic journey.

I FINALLY have business Insurance... YAY!

I went with Zinc Creative Insurance which I found by following a link here on Ceramic Arts Daily under the Potters Councils Resource Page. I am starting with the basic coverage but hope to be able to increase this as time goes by. Having this policy is a great relief off of my mind since now I have Liability, Business Property, Transit and Exhibition Coverage. Whew!

Breaking down the cost means I basically have to sell 1 Mug a month to cover the premium, that's not so bad and an easy way for me to look at it.

It also means I can start looking into offering private one on one lessons in my own studio.


I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

30 November 2016 - 09:16 PM

My new Bailey MSV25T mixer pugmill arrived, has had its electrical needs met and I tested it for the first time this afternoon....

OMP! (Oh My Pug!) I am never never never wedging clay again! No more back pain no more wrist pain no more pain in the rump wedging!

I am attaching a photo, please excuse the mess I had to move stuff all over the place to get it to fit, then had a festival, orders, etc so haven't mopped this week. I still need to add a shelf or 2 underneath and get the studio reset up in it new configuration as well.

Once the studio is back in shape I'll take pictures of the whole place so you all can see and post them in my gallery.


Pugmill, Looking To Purchase

11 November 2016 - 10:03 AM

Yes I know this has all been covered here before and I have read as many old posts as I could.

Thought process on which pugmill to get:
1) single potter studio, so something smaller would be fine
2) physical issues with reclaiming and wedging by hand, pugmill will solve this
3) I currently use Little Loafers clay, if I ever change clays it would be to a porcelain, dark clays do not interested me at all, so think I need a stainless steel model
4) have a set maximum amount I can afford so price is critical
5) live in a small town, have limited travel options of any distance (Atlanta is about 4 hours away one way and not doable), transporting a heavy piece of equipment by myself not really an option, so Craigslist is difficult

The 2 Pugmills currently my list:
Bailey A-400 De-Airing Pugmill
Peter Pugger VPM-7SS

The Bailey A-400 De-Airing Pugmill $3215 with free shipping, and a coupon for $60 off.
When I called to order I was told it's not available for 3 months and I really need to purchase it this calendar year for tax reasons, so waiting will cause problems.

The Peter Pugger VPM-7SS 4098.88 including shipping, and a coupons for $10 off.
This one is is $600 more than the maximum amount I have. Does anyone know a website selling this model for $3500?

Soooo things I a wondering.... is a stainless steel version really important? If I get a non stainless steel model am I going to regret it everyday because it's going to ruin my clay or cost me more to repair? Is the drum easily replaceable if it gets pitted? I'm 50 and can easily see working in clay another 25 years.

If I don't get a stainless steel version it opens up my options some:
Peter Pugger VPM-7
Shimpo PM-071V
Bluebird 440 with the optional vacuum attachment
Axner New Wave De-Airing Pugmill

Input anyone? Options I am not considering, taking my needs into account?

Thanks for reading yet another pugmill post and I appreciate your insights.