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Member Since 10 Mar 2013
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In Topic: Don Reitz R.i.p

29 March 2014 - 07:04 PM

He came here to Amarillo a few short months ago.  I was happy to hear him speak and to see his work in person.  Truly a loss.  I got to meet Davis, Voulkos and Soldner as well a few years before each one passed.  The world gets a little more dull with every passing of one of my heros.  :-\ 

In Topic: Another Discussion About Consignment/wholesale

18 February 2014 - 10:05 AM

What others have said, first and foremost.  They are effectively hiring you to sell them product that they can sell under their own brand.  This would entirely be wholesale.  Now, the terms of the agreement are important to determine wholesale rate.  Since you are no longer a consignment potter there you would need to make sure it's worth while to you.  Are you going for a 6 month contract? year? etc?  how big are the orders going to be? how frequent? are you going to negotiate rates every contract term? are they going to request different product designs? (because afterall, you're designing their products now ... they might want seasonal ware)  Since what you are doing is entirely custom to them and not returnable or resellable by you ... are they expecting to buy your product for half of what you are selling it for now? a third? because this is wholesale and then they apply their markup to make a profit.  This is important since your work is selling you've established the price, and at wholesale you could lose money on deals where they could profit only to turn around and drop you when they find someone who can do it for less ... it's their brand then.

In Topic: Self Glazing Cone 04 Porcelain

01 February 2014 - 07:10 AM

I always did like experimenting with self glazing clay bodies when I was in college.  really any clay body can become self glazing ... it really just comes down to finding that point of fluxing a clay body to where it still holds it shape with in a cone or two higher than you fire but the surface flux melts at the cone you fire to or a little under.  I had one I called a volcanic clay which I used silicon carbide in with high flux on an iron-ish rich clay body ... it fired to cone 10 and would sort of form a bubbled skin looking like course rock for some of my sculptures.  Mind you, it still had warping and distortion in thin areas because of the self fluxing, so that had to be overcome with thickness. 

In Topic: How Many Ways Can We Think Of To Put Text On Ceramics?

01 February 2014 - 06:41 AM

Anything that is not a glaze would need to be glazed. i.e. underglazes, mason transfers, custom block printing inks, etc  some you fire a second time over a glaze (some laser transfers and decal work for example)  but pretty much if you need it to be food safe, glaze it.

In Topic: Mailing Lists

07 January 2014 - 11:36 AM

I use mailchimp as well.  From being able to create embedded list signups for my website, being able to create and easily change multiple lists of recipients, create multiple campaigns that are fully customizable and can be for specific uses, being able track the campaigns with reports on them.   Plus because it's an opt-in service (they have to agree to get email) ... and you are not sending it through your standard e-mail ... you won't get caught in a lot of server rules about spam.  


Good stuff.

I also keep a list of potential galleries, museums and shops as well as brokers, wholesalers and a few others in a google spreadsheet that I can easily import into mailchimp to update my lists.  


I also take my hard copy of a guest list and put that into my email list in mailchimp as soon as I can after an event ... that way It's not a tedious thing later when I need to send out my e-mails.