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In Topic: your galleries

24 May 2013 - 10:56 AM

You are right, one should post more pics in the gallery. Will do so when I'am back home, next week. May I ask you what's baked potatoe raku? Sounds interesting. Thanks


Thanks for your interest Evelyn. Baked Potatoe Raku is a form of Naked Raku (no glaze on the pots). It is similar to Saggar firing, but the saggar is aluminum foil wraped around pottery (hence baked potatoe) that has been painted with a very cautic acid, ferric chloride. (used as an etchant for pc boards). You can add combustibles also (like saggar firing techniques) that leave marks on your pots. For lots more information and many galleries of work by other artists check out the group Naked Raku in Yahoo groups.

In Topic: Non-functional Pottery at shows - how to get the point across?

24 May 2013 - 09:33 AM

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Thank you all - all good suggestions -

Mea and Celia - thank you - I DO need to get better at salesmanship; this is another topic in itself....But, how do you learn sales skills? I am not talking high pressure sales skills, and I have looked online for classes, but there are skills that definitely can be learned that make it better and easier when you know the "tricks of the trade" so to speak. I know one is to not ask open ended questions; but I have searched online for training, and without knowing what I am looking for, one could spend a lot of money in a hurry....

All good suggestions in these replys. Of all the shows (not LOTS) I have been to, they have not allowed printed or presented (videos, displays, handouts, etc) materials. The most I could put out were business cards. I am a very different person when I try to sell my work. I think I am becoming an actress, I normally am not an extrovert, but i do try to have some enthusiam left over from booth set ups and all that pre show stress. I tell people all I know about my craft and don't try to bluff about anything I am aboslutely not sure of.

And speaking of business cards. on the back of mine, I have a discount coupon for the next purchase, and also, acts as a receipt . It says : Thank you for purchasing my pottery in the amount of ____ on ____. This card, when signed by me entitles you to a 15% discount on your next purchase. That way, when they are torn between two pieces, its easy to offer them a better deal on both. It is not an uncommon thing to do. Many of my customers are repeat buyers, and why shouldn't they be rewarded for their faithfulness...... It also gives them something they might want to keep in their wallets. They may decide after the show that "Oh, I wish I had bought that...............I hope she still has it. Good luck to you.

In Topic: your galleries

24 May 2013 - 09:12 AM

I finally have a little time to read the posts in the communities, and I love that there are so many talented people in the group. I notice that when I view profiles it helps to visualize and TRY to solve problems if I can get an idea of what the final products you make look like. Please take advantage of the gallery benefits of your Ceramics Arts Daily accounts. This would be of good use for people that don't have web pages, and at least Ceramics Arts Daily participants can view your work. Never know, might work like free advertising!OH! I FORGOT! Please let me know when your update your gallery!

Nice piece in you profile gallery. I'd like to know more about it.


Thank you Jim for asking, the piece in my gallery is about 9 inches wide and high. The vessel is wheel thrown, terra sig applied to bone dry greenware, burnished, bisqued, ferric chloride on the surface and baked potatoe Raku. The lid is wheel thrown with handbuilt, naked clay attachment, horse hair marks. I have been to several workshops presented by notable Naked Raku and Raku artists. Clay is my therapy and passion.

In Topic: Oldie/Newbie

23 May 2013 - 10:01 AM

If you live in a good sized city, I would look for a "paint your own ceramics shop". They would probably be willing to bisque your pieces for a small fee. Look for information about "NaKed Raku" and "Saggar firing", which you can also do in a pit, or garbage can with holes and loaded with wood/sawdust.

In Topic: Shaker-mixer.

23 May 2013 - 09:52 AM

I have seen empty paint cans you can buy, possibly you could find a used paint mixer and put your glazes in the paint cans just to mix, then add to your big containers?