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Member Since 21 Jun 2013
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In Topic: Highwater's Helios @ Cone 6

07 September 2013 - 08:52 PM

Ah yes. That is a great question.


I already made a bunch of pots with Helios for a quickly approaching deadline. Normally would fire to cone 10, but our gas kiln is out of commission and not sure how quickly it can be fixed. The next best thing is a cone 6 electric firing. So this is definitely not ideal, but it is more or less a back up plan.






In Topic: For those that are studio potters....

25 June 2013 - 01:19 PM

My days are generally designated as throwing days, trimming days, and glazing days. On throwing days I pick two or three forms, and make them all day, until I either run out of batts or run out of table space. Because I am a numbers geek, I also try to produce at least $600 of inventory on throwing days. That's my baseline, some days I can do over $1000. I make a lot of handbuilt things too, but rarely spend an entire day on this. Instead I'll carve out two or three hours handbuilding amoungst the throwing or trimming. I am always working from a to-do list. Sometimes it's a wholesale order. Or when I'm preparing for upcoming shows, I'll write a list of the inventory I'd like to have at the show. Check things off as I go. Loading a bisque kiln does not take much time, when I have enough to bisque I usually do that first thing in the morning, then get on with the day. After no more than two bisque loads, I will schedule a glazing day, because I don't like the bisque to pile up.

The past two weekends, I've done two shows. I've been trying hard to make my show process a lot more efficient and less taxing, my goal is to see these events as "just another day at the office." These two shows we kindof easy. There will be other shows down the road that will be strenuous, like four days in the mid-summer heat and humidity. But generally I no longer view shows as being a big stressful ordeal. I usually take it easy for one day after a show (like today, don't plan to work in the studio at all today). But then it's back to work tomorrow.


Hey thanks Mea, I like that you set your goals for the day by $. That makes sense and I don't think I would have thought of doing it that way.