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BeckyH

Member Since 18 Apr 2011
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#66042 Co-Op

Posted by BeckyH on 11 September 2014 - 09:05 PM

If you enjoy the company and interaction with other artists you might enjoy being a partner. The community aspects of a co-op are as important as the cost/benefit ratio. There could be ways to maximize the usefulness of being at the store-advertise the the artist on duty and have some work in progress that folks can ask about . Pump up your sales by show adding your work on those days.
And if you get your buy-in payment back, you could try it for six months and see how it works for you.


#62325 Non-Legal Ways To Address Copying Issue

Posted by BeckyH on 13 July 2014 - 06:27 AM

In your situation, I would find private studio space. Unless you want to try to patent your process, you can't really stop someone else from trying to replicate it.
That said, whatever work another person does with your process will stil be different from your work.
Imagine if the inventor of the potters wheel had said "I spent years making this thing work! No-one else can make pottery using this technique!". Or if there was a copyright fight over calculus.
In papermaking, there are different additives you put in your pulp to help it bind together. You use different ones depending on the type of fiber you're using. If you mix them together, you get some neat effects. I did this by mistake. Later I learned that someone tried to patent mixing those two additives together, as a unique process.
Personally, I like to share stuff. I share recipes and ideas all the time. Maybe someone else will do niftier things with my idea than I could.


#52794 Act Of Vandalism . . . Or Is Turnabout Fair Play?

Posted by BeckyH on 18 February 2014 - 08:21 AM

At least a piece by Ai Wei Wei is replaceable, somewhat. Unlike the piece Ai dropped as a statement. Destroying the irreplaceable for political commentary is no more commendable than destroying current work is.


#42232 3D Printing Clay

Posted by BeckyH on 08 September 2013 - 04:37 AM

There are places that 3D print ceramics. Shapeways is one company that will do so. I'm not sure if ceramic printers are available for home use yet, but it won't be long.


#41078 Cracking In Mold

Posted by BeckyH on 19 August 2013 - 10:47 PM

When does it crack? What shape is the object you are casting? Long, narrow stems will crack where they attach to the bowl of a goblet. Plates and bowls tend to crack across the bottom.
A few possible reasons:
The differences in thickness of different parts of the object are great enough that they dry at very different rates.
You are dumping the extra slip before the casting is thick enough.
You are letting your casting get too dry in the mold. You should pull it out when it is leather hard.
Do you use a defloculant? If your slip is sludgy instead of smooth and creamy the differences in viscosity can cause problems.


#31083 Wanted to share this tile technique...

Posted by BeckyH on 16 March 2013 - 09:05 PM

To make different size tiles, just cut the grid to the size you want. You can use an exatco knife, or scissors if the grid is thin enough.


#8068 Any tape that will stick to bone dry clay?

Posted by BeckyH on 13 August 2011 - 09:33 PM

Did you see the recently posted video about this very topic? Damp newsprint is the way to go! Cheap, sticks well, peels off cleanly.