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In Topic: A Big Decision...

13 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

I think you have to rethink this from a different perspective. You are looking at it as you have always approached your work, which is natural. This would be a different kind of focus, as you said, toward art not craft. You just have to align your thinking to match. It is a different market than what you are used to.  Shift your thinking from craftsman to artist.


BTW, I don't think you ever outgrow Etsy, you just evolve. I see a lot of art in the ceramic side of things on Etsy.

In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

13 December 2014 - 08:24 PM

Ok, so you pinpointed your money drain - finishing and handles. Where can you save time (and therefore money) here?

Would extruded handles to save time? Would it help to have an apprentice on hand to set up handles to be pulled? Would it help to have an apprentice to move ware boards or prepare stations?


I realize that I answered your query with questions, but you know your process best. My questions are designed to (hopefully) get you thinking about solutions.

In Topic: Trimming.

08 December 2014 - 07:36 PM

Have you tried chattering? Maybe that will bring some fun into it for you.


As to your posture - that can make such a difference! Have you tried using a banding wheel on top of your wheel for finishing things? It brings them closer to eye level. Also, what is your wheel height? That should be addressed if you are having pain. 

In Topic: Throwing Straight Out Of The Pugger-Yes

07 December 2014 - 07:59 AM

I saw a very clever handmade tool for doing this. It was a wood frame with wires stretched across at intervals. When you press it down over a pugged "sausage" it would cut a pre-measured set of weights, all ready to throw. You can have a bunch made up into various sizes for fast ball making.

In Topic: Help: Air Bubbles!

07 December 2014 - 07:55 AM

When you have your ball of clay in your hand, give the bottom a quick "roll" around on the bat before you throw it down. It will smooth out the bottom, trapping no air on the bottom rim.


Another tip is to align your ball of clay on the wheel so that its spins in the same direction as you wedged it. You already have the molecules aligned from wedging into a spiral so keeping them facing the same direction you will make stronger pot with less issues later.