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#48384 How Many Hours A Day Do You Work?

Posted by oldlady on 21 December 2013 - 02:23 PM

from sept to thanksgiving i am always running.  that is when the four big shows happen and i am always trying to get enough pots out to have stock for each. was interrupted daily by things that did not matter so there was not much made this year. my usual day runs from before breakfast to midnight.  


it was a shock to set up for the most profitable sale on the friday after thanksgiving and find that i did not have enough things to fill the three tables i always reserve. i had several stands that hold multiple things that were not even used.  the space between items was HUGE looking.  i had three baskets of low priced things, $9, $12 and some tiny teabag holders at $5.  most of what was available were butterdishes and the trays i priced at $35 per Mea's advice. the sale would start on saturday and i was worried all night.  i scoured the studio to find anything to take to the sale.  there was one large open bowl that i had made at another potter's studio.  he fires in a gas kiln and let me pay for the pot and do it myself.  i stuck a ticket on it saying $110 thinking i could take it off when i brought it home on sunday.


the trays at $35 were the lifesavers, those were sold so fast that there were only 2 left at 2pm saturday when i left for the day.  the big one was sold before noon.  do not know what was going on but everyone had great sales that weekend.  packed up all three basket leftovers in one small one.  took home only 4 boxes, lightly packed.  was the moon in some strange phase that weekend?


thanks to Mea i made $50 more than last year with many fewer pots!  LESSON LEARNED............lock the studio door, make more pots and raise prices.

#47157 How Have You Included Pottery In Your Holiday Or Vacation?|December 3, 2013

Posted by oldlady on 05 December 2013 - 12:48 AM

in 2003 virgin atlantic offered a buy it right now price one way ticket to london for $100.  had to go between january and the first of april.  i called a friend in LA and she and i met at Heathrow.  we rented a car and took off for John Leach's studio.  we hit many places that were not potteries, Wells Cathedral and York Minster, but they were few. got to see the david leach retrospective and meet him in his studio as well.  got to St Ives and Penzance, stayed in hostels all over cornwall.  bought pots, shopped at Oxfam, watched potters, ate in many pubs.  had a great time and only spent $1000 for the 10 days we were gone.  incredible trip.  i repeated it the next year when the same offer came up.  took a different person, stayed at seth cardew's  B&B, a place that makes chimney pots, and more hostels. got to the Ashmolean but missed staying at an ancient castle because it did not open until april 1 and that was when i turned into a pumpkin and had to go home.  sigh......................

#46917 What Do You Like Making Vs. What Sells

Posted by oldlady on 02 December 2013 - 07:40 AM

big sale last weekend showed that somehow i got  it right this year!  made lots of long butterdishes, lots of 4 inch squares, many, many "outside the lines" trays and a million teabag holders.  nearly everything walked out the door by 2 pm on saturday and i reset the display on sunday by removing the empty racks and baskets.  someone told me that a buyer was bragging about one of my trays and had put it on facebook to show her friends.  no numbers available yet but i only took home 4 boxes with things in them and a lot of empty ones.  the contents of all three of the baskets of small things fit into just one on the way home.  maybe now i can fix the roof!


update..........the roof might have to wait.  the car needs $700.   sigh...........................

#46836 How Do You "open Up"

Posted by oldlady on 29 November 2013 - 11:01 PM

celia, you may be a Brutish nurse, (your words :rolleyes:) but nobody beats a US Navy nurse for indifference to patient pain.

#46688 Turkey Baster For Glazing

Posted by oldlady on 26 November 2013 - 04:49 PM

some work well for so many purposes.  the one i got at dollar tree last week won't pick up anything much and it dribbles.  sort of like my ex.............not going there.

#46673 New Trend In Education?

Posted by oldlady on 26 November 2013 - 02:12 PM

this isn't going to change since the entire culture seems to be based on admiration and publicity for the least valuable of our citizens.  how many words have been written and minutes of tv been wasted on a group of women from one family whose only contribution to society seems to be that they have been written about and gotten their faces on magazines sold in the supermarkets?  making money, lots of it, by any means is the goal.


admiration for men who can throw, kick, hit with a stick or otherwise move an air filled leather sack and earn an unbelievable amount of money for a few years of their "careers" seems to be the norm.  science and invention are way down the list, teaching isn't even on the page.


nobody seems to care to do things correctly, ethics seem to be unheard of and common good is just a couple of words nobody understands anymore.


my rant for today.

#46666 Poor Instruction And The Cost

Posted by oldlady on 26 November 2013 - 01:34 PM

never having been a teacher but often a student, have you considered just a few things that have not been mentioned?


you mention the age of the teacher being different from yours.  her idea of respect for teachers was formed years ago when students were less distracted and were expected to focus on what is being taught.  she may feel that you students do not respect her so her annoyance turns to what you call hissy fit.  


are the students talking to each other during the class and trying to "help" one another, contradicting what she has said?  is there constant murmuring going on in the background so she cannot even concentrate?  what younger students consider normal sounds in the background are called noise and inattention by those older people who may even have a hearing problem you do not understand.


there is a trend today that seems to be everywhere, ads on tv, written stuff in the papers, movies all seem to show older people as unnecessary and useless.  is that attitude something your teacher feels from the class?


a little empathy might help.

#46430 Can ^6 Oribe Green Be Modified To Lose Shine & Become Matte?

Posted by oldlady on 23 November 2013 - 11:32 AM

recently, i have been making lots of things with leaves as the main focus so most of my glazes have been variations of green.  the one i most often use is Oribe using the recipe Bill van Gilder gives in workshops.  it is a great green, allowing the veining of the leaves to show easily but it is very shiny.  i have other green glazes to spray  randomly as accents but i would love to have a more matte version of Oribe.  i understand adding clay might help but i am not a chemist. (read wizard alchemist) 


some of you chemical gurus will know immediately how to do this.  not a big change, just more matte.  will you please share your advice?


Oribe Green


zinc oxide...................................8

Edgar plastic kaolin...................12



custer feldspar..........................32




add copper carbonate................4%




thank you.

#46154 Raku Mugs

Posted by oldlady on 19 November 2013 - 04:47 PM

funny thing, john.  i said some of this earlier this year and was rak(u)ed over the coals for weeks by people who did not want to hear it.  you say it and it must be true.

#43732 Knitting Bowls

Posted by oldlady on 05 October 2013 - 02:01 PM

pazu, don't be discouraged by my experience, i am asthmatic so incense has never interested me, maybe my judgment is warped.  my neighbor may not have as much money to spend on a holder as your possible customers.  my design was a simple straight run of extruded clay with high rounded edges maybe 1 and a half inches wide and about 9 inches long.  i stamped a dragonfly into the body near the slanted hole i made in the curled up end. simple sprayed glaze and done. these were inspired by a beautiful butter dish made in 1993 by Lee Ann Cory who lived in Virginia at the time and since moved away. (sigh).   your photo shows a much more complex item.


using the same extrusion, i made some only 1and a half by 1 and a half  inches with a hole in the center and slightly domed so the stick would have some support.  i made 10 of these and took them to one fair for $3 since i thought teens might want them.  sold none.  had some admiration from some people.  a friend in florida makes fifty cent piece size discs with a stamp in the center around the hole.  he sells them for $1.  i guess they would fill up the empty spaces in the kiln but i am not interested.


there are some at the Waterford fair which is going on as i type.  will be over tomorrow and i will know if any sold  


i have a friend coming today who is computer literate and maybe she will post a photo for me so you can see the simplicity of the design.  maybe that would pay in your circumstances.

#43500 Ceramic Rings..

Posted by oldlady on 30 September 2013 - 09:27 PM

hello, Mexico, what kind of rings are you making, jewelry for the finger or ear or some other kind of thing?

#43409 Thoughts On Underfired Bisque

Posted by oldlady on 29 September 2013 - 11:40 AM

would dampening the ware before glazing it help?  if you are dipping the pieces in a bucket of glaze this technique may help. quickly dunk each piece into a bucket of water and pull it out.  line up the pieces in order so that when you finish wetting the last one, the first one is ready for glaze.  go down the line in order so they contain approximately the same amount of dampness. this step seems to prevent the heavy sucking of the glaze when you dip the piece.  that is hard to describe but if you have experienced what i am talking about, you will understand.   


did this in the past when i bisqued to 06 and it worked.


if you are applying glaze with a brush, i have no experience except when applying some glazes to very dry bisque, finding the brush stuck to the bisque like a tongue sticks to frozen metal.


are you using regular small cones or mini-bars in your sitter?

#43348 How Are Thermofax Screens Used?

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2013 - 03:24 PM

this is also known as Xerox transfer.  several old posts re technique.

#43158 Advice On Cone 06 Firing, Brand New Olympic Kiln

Posted by oldlady on 23 September 2013 - 10:27 PM

there is another member who has recently worked out her new olympic kiln fears.  check out the profile for pugaboo and read what she has said.

#43154 Wrist Brace When Wedging/throwing?

Posted by oldlady on 23 September 2013 - 09:58 PM

you sound like the perfect candidate for a pugmill.