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S. Dean

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#94069 I'll Be Away For A Bit...................

Posted by S. Dean on 11 October 2015 - 09:03 PM

When I was vacationing in China in 2013, I couldn't access CAD at the beginning of my trip.  I think I was able to get in by the end of our stay.  It might now be on the "approved" list if you know what I mean.



#93371 Potters And Pets

Posted by S. Dean on 28 September 2015 - 05:45 PM

Currently we have 1 dog and 1 cat, and both are rescues.  I consider them my "4 legged children"

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#90496 Bisque Blowouts

Posted by S. Dean on 09 August 2015 - 06:31 AM

Seems like the firing is too fast.   


Did your work blow up in a bisque firing or were you trying to raw fire your work in the glaze firing of her bisque ware?  If the latter, that firing schedule is too fast - your pots need to go through a slow bisque firing.   If you continue to fire with her, she will need to adjust her firing schedule to accommodate your clay's requirements.  If she is unwilling to change her schedule, maybe its possible for you to rent the kiln from her and do a full load with only your work.  



#89949 Newbie High-Fire Glaze Question

Posted by S. Dean on 01 August 2015 - 06:37 AM



Assuming that your work is functional, the general rule is that your glaze firing needs to be done to the cone range/heat work at which your clay body matures.  This is done to avoid problems with 1) under firing the clay body (not vitrified, remains porous) as mentioned in other responses, and 2) over firing the clay body (bloating, slumping, melting). As glazes suffer from their own sets of defects when under and over fired, you need to use a glaze that correspondingly works in the firing range at which your clay body matures. 



#89175 " What Makes A Teabowl A Chawan" << John Baymore's N C E...

Posted by S. Dean on 19 July 2015 - 06:04 PM

I like the concept that there is room for creativity within the boundaries of structure.   Very much enjoyed the power point and how actual tea bowls morphed into drawings of the different shapes.  Well done and a well spent half hour.



#89162 Square's Capital Lending Program

Posted by S. Dean on 19 July 2015 - 12:08 PM



Good points/analysis. I was not trying to advocate one way or another, just provide some additional information so people can make a more informed decision/do their own due diligence.  


Like you I can remember when interest rates/cost of capital was not at the record lows we've had the last few years.  I worked for a publicly traded start up company that was in a high growth mode acquiring real estate assets with long term revenue streams.   Back in 2000 our cost of capital was 12~13% and these notes were secured by assets required to be held in bankruptcy remote special purpose entities.  Another company that I worked for from 2010-2012 had venture capital investors that were seeking double digit returns on investment for money loaned in 2008.  


I too suspect that Square's program is at a lower rate than a credit card cash advance on a credit card.  Ultimately, it is another lending option.  If a borrower can qualify for a better deal, then take it.  



#89138 Square's Capital Lending Program

Posted by S. Dean on 19 July 2015 - 05:40 AM

^ It looks absolutely horrible.   If you get an advance of $4500, you pay 13% of card sales, paying back $5152.    Apparently they just automatically deduct 13% of your card sales until you have paid it back.  So I read it wrong.   $652 in interest.    So ... eeeek 14.5% interest.  I'm surprised they are doing this.



Dirt Roads,


The cost for this loan is a fixed fee not an annual interest rate, with the fee being the same whether you pay off the loan on day 1 or in 2 years.  The fee is typically between 10-14% of what you borrow.  Square then deducts a percentage (also 10-14%) from each subsequent credit card transaction until the loan and fee are paid in full. 


While in theory, it could take you 2 or more years to pay this back, per this article the pay back period is typically 10 months. 

http://www.techrepub...square-capital/  In that case, the effective cost of borrowing is at an annualized interest rate that is even higher than what you calculated. 


Square only makes this program available to certain customers - i.e., they run the analytics and know your credit card transaction history/how fast you will likely pay back the $.


Advantages seem to be ease/speed of getting a loan for businesses that cannot otherwise qualify for typical financing.  Capital funding, if you can get it, is always very expensive for higher risk borrowers.  


In my mind, some additional things to ponder for small businesses are:

1. Is your card set up through a business entity with limited liability (LLC, S-corp, C-corp, etc) or is the account in your individual name?

2. Does Square require a personal guarantee for the loan even if the answer to question 1 is that the borrower is a business with limited liability?

3. As the article says, you better know your sales margin.

4. What's in the fine print of the loan agreement?



#86937 Missing Pieces

Posted by S. Dean on 11 June 2015 - 08:10 AM

That bites.  At one of the community studios where I work, everyone is assigned a studio number which must be put on your pots.  Bisque and glaze items are unloaded directly to shelves located in a non-public area of the studio behind a centralized desk. Bisque is stored together in one area and glazed pieces in another area of shelves.  The shelves have number ranges which correspond to the studio numbers, so all your work is put in the same place and it is easy to see when your items are out of the kiln.  


The upside is nobody can walk in and take your stuff.  The downside is that it requires an on-duty attendant and having the studio number on your piece is a bit aggravating/clutters up the bottom of your pots  However, it greatly reduces the opportunities to take things which are not yours.  Perhaps something along these line might work for you.  


Good luck.



#81114 Buying A New Wheel! ^_^ Yes!

Posted by S. Dean on 09 May 2015 - 02:00 AM

I woud literally sell one of my kidneys on the black market for a de-airing pug mill. Santa is taking his time about it. :D

I wish pug mills made real pugs... ;)


Perhaps you could apply for a grant to purchase a mixer pug mill - your work and story are compelling. 

#78430 Dress Code Issues

Posted by S. Dean on 02 April 2015 - 06:05 AM

No problem Mark.  Ties and pipe were mandatory dress at the Issac Button pottery school.  (skip to 1:20 for attire, love the puff of smoke at 2:02) 


#78186 Basic Beginner Advice

Posted by S. Dean on 29 March 2015 - 07:07 PM

I'm not in the area, nor have I used them, but a quick web search turned up Forstall Art Center.  Per their website, they sell Highwter and Standard Clays, both of which make good products.  They also offer firing services, but you have to purchase the clay from them.  




Have fun!

#74360 Does Anyone Else...

Posted by S. Dean on 28 January 2015 - 08:31 PM

I was reading on this topic this morning and thought...glad I don't have that problem.  Then this afternoon in the studio, I rubbed my wrist a bit raw.  The forum jinxed me!!!  Then I noticed I was using type of bat I haven't used in a long time...the amaco black composite ones.  They are a bit on the rough side.


You are so right.  I've actually ground my fingernails down to tender skin when throwing a wide bottomless form on these plastic bats.  The textured side is just like sandpaper.



#72018 More Pit Fire Questions...

Posted by S. Dean on 17 December 2014 - 10:18 AM

Hard on the back to dig in frozen soil, I'm afraid. :'(


Build an "above ground pit" with cinder blocks and bricks.  Cover with a piece of sheet metal.


Here's a sawdust kiln video from Simon Leach


#71912 Food For Thought - E - Course!

Posted by S. Dean on 15 December 2014 - 11:33 AM

<snip> Meanwhile, ceramic Arts Daily has great videos every day....small segments from their DVD series. I learned several techniques like photo transfer and a fast embossed slip applicator from mylar wrapping paper.There are lots of topics presented by some of the top people in the field. If you have any road bumps, do some searching there. They are very informative.


+1  ... And maybe even buy the full video ......

#71286 Lettering On Clay

Posted by S. Dean on 05 December 2014 - 08:35 AM

Here's a timely video from CAD on using underglazes to enhance stamped areas