You didn't include any pictures on the inside of your shop. I visited your website and I was particularly impressed with the displays inside. You experience in retail really shows in all aspects of your operation.
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Posted by LawPots on 22 July 2015 - 12:53 PM
I'd like to echo Mea in a way. I am a student of hers, but I also fit the demographic that Mea sells to - craft fair enthusiasts with upper middle income. I happen to go to the types of shows she participates in. I went to many of them before she started doing them, like the Smithsonian show. I've paid up to $60 for a mug. I bought a mug from Sang Joon Park for over $40 at ACC Baltimore, broke it a week later, and bought a second mug from him at the Smithsonian show. The reason I'm estimating his price? I can't remember it. I didn't really care how much it was.
So, were there cheaper mugs at both shows? Yes. Did it matter? No.
I think you do have to find a mug that you can make for a rational price for both you, and your target market. I figure making, glazing and firing a plain mug takes about 12 minutes each mug. Provided that you are a quick thrower, don't trim, and don't do much decoration. A modest decoration, some marketing overhead, and a retail mug at $25 is my guess for a minimum price for a mug if the maker lives in the greater metro area of Washington DC.
Likewise, $35? Totally an affordable price for a handmade mug. In 1980, that was about $12.00, and in 1972, that was $6. Which happens to be right in line with a previous post. Check this out: http://www.bls.gov/d..._calculator.htm, if you want to want to compare a historic price to a current going price.
Posted by LawPots on 09 July 2015 - 01:28 PM
Ok, if your sculpture is a whole body with a hollow space filled with air in the middle of it, it will blow up like popcorn. Just make a hole in the underside of it's base; 1cm in diameter is more than enough.
Please do this, it's just a hole in an invisible place.
This is a really great analogy, and explains why everyone is right in this post, as a practical matter, because even if you know don't know why you're putting a hole in your pot, it works!
Popcorn feels 'dry' when you hold it. But it isn't! Popcorn blows up because the moisture in the popcorn flashes to steam. (See Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popcorn) If it was just air in the popcorn, popcorn wouldn't pop. Its the water in the popcorn that makes it pop. The water is trapped inside because the popcorn kernel has a hard, impervious skin that won't let the inside of the kernel dry completely. If the popcorn's skin is damaged, the kernels won't pop, because the moisture content falls too low.
So, when we dry our clay art, we're trying to keep it from acting like popcorn. The moisture in the clay, and the moisture in the air inside hollow clay, needs to escape before we fire it above the boiling point of water. If we don't, the steam will blow up our pots. The clay needs to be "dry" for this to happen. Unlike the shell of a popcorn kernel, unfired clay is generally porous enough that the moisture escapes through the surface. Candling your kiln (at near boiling point of water) can help get the moisture out of the clay and any air inside voids in the clay. Holes help dry hollow parts, because they allow the dry air outside the hollow parts to exchange with the wet air inside the hollow parts. The clay dries more efficiently, and there isn't any moisture trapped (like in popcorn) to blow up your pot. If your clay is very thick and heavy, the moisture doesn't escape well through the surface, and there can still be enough water in it to pop.
So, if you poke holes in your popcorn kernels, you'd better pop it fast, because the inside will dry out and then you'll just have dry corn. And that's lame. But if you poke holes in the voids of your pots, the inside will dry, and your pots won't pop. And that's awesome!
Posted by LawPots on 22 May 2013 - 11:18 PM
Posted by LawPots on 18 April 2013 - 04:04 PM
Don't delete the phone message. Check with your small claims court. File the claim to cover the work (labor and materials) that you had into them. Use the recording as evidence.... the person KNEW that they were being recorded...so it is admissibnle evidence. Clearly there is an admission there that there WAS an order........ verbakl agreement. Not as strong as a written one.... but you might get lucky.
At the least, annoy the crap out of them.
Posted by LawPots on 14 October 2012 - 06:22 PM
i remember a cartoon showing an older man in a really fancy corner office in a high rise. he was talking to a young man and said " son, i am really glad that you have found yourself, but couldn't you have decided to be a potter before you finished law school?'
Posted by LawPots on 28 August 2012 - 04:34 PM
Posted by LawPots on 06 April 2012 - 06:59 AM
I'm too young to have these kinds of issues!
Since I got my wheel at home, I'm noticing that my right shoulder has an ache.... kinda right inside the joint and sometimes the dull pain goes down to my elbow.
I'm 100% certain it's related to more time on the wheel. I asked my friend, an orthopedist's assistant, about it, she said it was probably tendonitis/bursitis of that shoulder tendon/bursa.... But there's not a lot that can be done, short of surgery, which I'm not anywhere close to needing.... that, and NSAID pain relievers (Advil does help).
. . .
Posted by LawPots on 01 February 2012 - 10:14 PM
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