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#93807 Mayco Cone 5-6 Glazes Unreliable

Posted by flowerdry on 06 October 2015 - 08:49 AM

OK, I'm going to jump in here and state the obvious.  It is not a good idea to "test" something new on an important final product.  Period.  That goes for commercial products, your own products, everything.  I do hate test tiles but will make a few small inconsequential pieces first to try new things things out whether it be clay, glazes, techniques, etc.

#92562 Black Spots Falling From Lid Into Glaze

Posted by flowerdry on 14 September 2015 - 04:23 PM

I must say,when a company President or any other high ranking company representative chimes in on a customer service issue and doesn't somewhere, somehow in his coresspondance express his regret for the customers negative experience, then I am NOT impressed.  Come on, Mr. Lewicki, you can do better than that.

#92506 It's A Lot More Than Just The Money.

Posted by flowerdry on 13 September 2015 - 09:11 AM

I have sold some pottery through a small gallery through the years, but I just finished a 2 day event where I had my own tables. This was a first for me.   I did really great.  But mostly I want to share how truly gratifying it was to interact directly with the people buying my pots.  I watched them fondle, admire, smile.  I talked to them about my pots.  They told me why they liked them...what they were going to use them for, or if they were going to give them to someone.  I told them a bit about the process if they were interested.  What a rush!


That being said...it was a lot of work!  I'll do it again next year...by then I will have forgotten how painful it was to pull this together.  You know, the anxiety, the hurry. etc.  Gosh, I've only got 12 months left.....


Oh, and I was really glad I read everybody's sage advice on this forum.  It really helped, and I think was one of the reasons why I did so well.


Thanks everyone!

#92343 Newbie Question: Mildew On Kiln Shelves

Posted by flowerdry on 10 September 2015 - 07:17 AM

Nice work Carolyn!  It would be great if you would flesh out your profile a bit so we can get to know you better. 

#91546 Weird Liquefied Slip ....

Posted by flowerdry on 27 August 2015 - 05:27 PM

Oh my gosh, Grype, that is a fabulous story, and a truly wonderful last name.  I am jealous!

#90501 Underglazes Flaking Off

Posted by flowerdry on 09 August 2015 - 09:22 AM

If this had happened around a bunch of young folk, there would no doubt be many videos of this weird event taken with cell phones.

#89980 Am I The Only One Who Has Spent Hours Trying To Log/ Sign In?

Posted by flowerdry on 01 August 2015 - 01:12 PM

On the topic of the forum itself, Clayart has announced the opening of their forum with the bold statement: "this forum will jump us into first place in the world of

clay education and communication."

CAD and the CAD forum have been doing a first rate job at clay education and communication for a long time and I have always especially appreciated the lack of snarky, snide, argumentative, etc. interactions in the forum.  I'm taking a wait and see attitude on Clayart.

#89919 Designation--"Master Potter"

Posted by flowerdry on 31 July 2015 - 04:26 PM

Since we've gone a bit to the humorous side of things (what a surprise....not), let me just say that "World's greatest Potter" gave me a great idea for a business name:  "World's slowest Potter".

#89896 Newbie High-Fire Glaze Question

Posted by flowerdry on 31 July 2015 - 10:48 AM

I have found several cone 10 glazes at my community studio that look great at cone 6.  I don't use them on food or human contact surfaces just in case.

#87710 Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

Posted by flowerdry on 24 June 2015 - 07:41 AM

"You can lie, cheat, and steal to get the pot you want"  and "Step away from that pot"...which is another version of "don't love it to death".


I have to disagree with saying that if you don't like it when you make it  it won't get any better.  When I don't like a pot coming out of the kiln because it doesn't meet my expectations(doesn't look like I wanted it to, I can sometimes wait awhile (months), then look at it again.  Once my expectations are gone,  I can see the pot for who it is, not for who I wanted it to be, and sometimes I find I like it after all!

#86780 Should I Start Pottery Or Not? Advice Please.....

Posted by flowerdry on 08 June 2015 - 07:29 PM

I was thinking along the same lines, John Baymore.  Gee, Brad, you're coming to a bunch of addicted people looking for encouragement.  Well, yeah, GO FOR IT.

Seriously, though, I am of the very firm belief that hobbies and interests CAN be kept to a manageable level if that's what you want to do.  You do not need to invest in a bunch of expensive equipment to make pottery.  In fact, it's better if you don't buy a bunch of stuff right away.  Take classes as you have time and money and give yourself plenty of time to decide which path you want to take.  It's not a quick trip, it's a long journey.

#86463 Selling Imperfect Pots?

Posted by flowerdry on 03 June 2015 - 11:51 AM

That really is a lovely glaze Ray, and yes, I would buy the mug and wouldn't expect it to be discounted as a second.  In fact, I would feel like it's a really special piece because the potter had to put extra time into completion.

#86461 Newb All Over Again...

Posted by flowerdry on 03 June 2015 - 11:48 AM

25 yr break here, and I, too, was pretty good back in the day.  I was only slightly better than your average beginner when I came back to it, a big disappointment at the time,  but it has been a really great journey to slowly get my skills back and go beyond where I was in college.

One thing that was helpful to me, was to realize that I was trying to throw with whatever clay was available.  It worked better if I used clay that was slightly on the soft side, not those hard lumps.  And, as others have said, don't concentrate on producing a product.  Right now, you just need to work on building those skills back up.  So you shouldn't be trying to save everything.

#81893 Searching The Forum

Posted by flowerdry on 18 May 2015 - 08:35 PM

Thank you Rebekah!  What you said was exactly what I was doing wrong!  Once I made sure I was on the forum home page to do a search, it works fine.  Yea!

#81195 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by flowerdry on 10 May 2015 - 08:12 AM

I tend to be a very upbeat person...especially now that I have retired!  I've enjoyed reading this thread.  /but I was having trouble thinking of something that really discourages me until I read Chris's comment about lack of craftmanship.  I see people making very sloppy work with little attention to detail, finishing, craftmanship, call it whatever.  Best example is turning over a pot and seeing a rough, ugly, uneven bottom.   Or thick throwing bumps in a bowl.  And people are buying this stuff.  Arrrggghhhh.  Makes me crazy.