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In Topic: Today Is The Gasparilla Craft Show, Outdoors In Tampa

Today, 12:43 AM

got to the show sunday afternoon.  lots of people, lots of sunshine, lots of very  very  very bad  mud.  the tents were set up on a large flat park with grass surrounded by paving.  the people who were lucky enough to get spots on the paving had no problem today.  everyone else had water and mushy mud with no relief in sight.  some potters who use rugs inside their tents were going to toss them after the show.  i have never seen such a mess that was not addressed by the folks in charge of the venue.  even the small fairs i attend have straw to cover the mud if it happens.   


everyone i talked to said yesterday was a disaster, it rained all day and most of the night.   but with so much mess today, customers were looking down rows and deciding not to go that way.  dropped my wallet at a potters desk when i bought a pot and someone picked it up for me. soppy wet and no longer red.


apparently the parking venue next door which has always charged $10 for the day decided to make it up in one day.  at the bottom of the ramp there were cards with a price of $20 on them.  many of us turned around and found parking nearby. first day of warmth and sunshine, lots of sunburn tomorrow.  


as always it was a glorious time seeing so many excellent pots, sculpture, wall pieces, fabulous glazes, incredibly large things and tiny, delicate pots and folks i know from many parts of the country.

In Topic: Rehydrating Old Glazes

Today, 12:28 AM

i always knew about the brittle buckets, so when i was given 16 bucketsful of glaze, i took them home in my little ford escape very carefully, worrying all the 18 miles home.  new buckets were bought the next day at the local donut shop for $1 each.  no disasters.  :unsure:  

In Topic: How Many Sell Ceramics For A Living?

Today, 12:08 AM

making and selling pots is an activity best suited to people who have a self actuating button.  sometimes it needs to be pushed harder.

In Topic: Tempting The Kiln Gods

28 February 2015 - 06:25 PM

cold glazed pots do not want to accept a new, wet layer of glaze.  it will slide down and not stick . amy, any method of warming the pot will work. warming is the important thing. just be sure to apply the glaze immediately.  if you wait until it cools again, it won't stick.  you are overthinking the moisture in a gas oven. i have used my last pm so i am posting here.  

In Topic: Scaling Up Glazing Buckets

28 February 2015 - 05:44 PM

check your local car wash.  they get things in mid-sized barrels.  some do not have a way to open except a small screw on lid.  ask for the other kind.