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#124116 Qotw: Do You Have A Question For Us?

Posted by LeeU on 21 March 2017 - 05:05 PM

I like the idea of more a interactive question-gathering process, via including selected QOTW from members of the forums. 

#124042 How Do You Mark/sign Your Work?

Posted by LeeU on 19 March 2017 - 05:10 PM

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I use a little stamp made by Socwell's 4 Clay  It says Lee U.  I Love it. Pic attached--It's visible under the tape w/ID on the back. 

#123654 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by LeeU on 12 March 2017 - 10:08 PM

WIX gave me a deal at $25 for 12 months for lee@leeuceramics.com, (same features as Google, which is what it's through anyway). So I did it. I'll lose a bit on the cards I got for the gmail acct., but at least I did not put any out there yet!  


Thx Chilly--the "angle type" is a great tip. I have a friend who is going to tweak my Excel to maximize it for my needs. What a blessing--so many people helping me and cheering me on! Lady...I am using the Excel for an inventory tracker, so I need to log those details. Ron-thx-I  will add the cone#. Plus I will have reference photos of each piece.


This is actually fun (doing the web stuff and inching closer to launching a hobby business. It is taking much longer than I had hoped, as far as taking pics (1-3 views, no less) of every piece and then the whole "store" has to be set up & the photos uploaded...another friend is going to do the initial batch for me. I have to bring 3 huge bags of "stuff" to my favorite charity in order to make the (former!) dining room functual to have the photo set up on a table in there. .

#123201 Qotw: Are You Afraid Of The White Gold?

Posted by LeeU on 03 March 2017 - 10:48 PM

I ain't scared. I rarely throw and am not exploring translucency yet, so my comments are specific to how I work. I use Cool Ice (^6) and love-love-love to bend it and crack it and carve on it and put holes in it and cut it and rip it and stamp it and leave it either raw or with just clear glaze, though it takes the commercial glazes I use (Coyote/Laguna/Amaco) just beautifully. Lately, I am fixated on simple white pieces, stamped, for things like business card/letter holders, pendants, and of course incense cone holders. Attached is one of my favorites. Attached File  0425161103a.jpg   77.91KB   0 downloadsAttached File  0124171556b.jpg   37.53KB   0 downloads 

#123199 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by LeeU on 03 March 2017 - 10:27 PM

Gotta disagree about gmail...I use it because it is simple, familiar, recognizable, has decent settngs, is free, and is associated with google/chrome, which is a plus, in my view. I don't think that a paid e-address is somehow more "professional". At base, all any of them do is send/receive mail.


I also hold the value that the more free resources there are on the Internet the better off we all are; I support what bit of equity and fair access open source and free products provide for individuals, communities, and the general culture. 


I got my new cards today-love 'em. And appreciate Vista Print-very affordable. Yep, got my gmail address right on them LOL


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#122940 Business Advice Aka How Not To Eat Cat Food For Dinner

Posted by LeeU on 26 February 2017 - 05:15 PM

Well, I just checked out the link to the NH Times geo-economic strata analyzer (it's in John B.'s post 1/16/16 in this thread) and apparently I must either move to Flint, MI to really stretch my dollars and crawl a bit higher up from the bottom (ain't happenin'), or I must become williing to get my protein from Kitty Krunch (would not exempt that from consideration), if I want to keep this clay adventure going. :rolleyes:   

#122835 Kiln Setup - L&l Easy Fire

Posted by LeeU on 23 February 2017 - 09:19 PM

You will love this kiln, and the ease of programmng...I have a larger one and it just floats my boat to happy places. (and thanks Neil for your help along the way)

#122714 New Studio Set Up In Montana

Posted by LeeU on 22 February 2017 - 01:12 PM

Marcia, you must be having such a nice feeling from all the good endorphins this pleasurable hard work judst has to be provoking daily. So many in these forums have such truly blessed situations, I get some vicarious pleasure, and inspiration and of course knowledge, from their posts and pictures, such as yours-this wonderful studio in such an awesome location, and this incredible turn-of-life you and yours are building. (My "likes" hit the quota so instead of the simple single-click version of "like this", you got the whole inner dialogue LOL.)

#122521 Looking For Suggestions

Posted by LeeU on 19 February 2017 - 07:20 PM

In NH we have the Govenor's Office on DIsabilty. Look for a similar agency in your state. As a state oversight agency, the staff should be extremely well-versed in resources and rights, and can point you in a direction to learn more about the factors involved with individuals with such needs in an educational environment.


Unfortunately, complaints in the area of disability law/rights can become serious and may involve entities other than the school. If you might have other such students in the future, now is a good time to learn more about how to deal with the mix of challenges (sugg. document your efforts/contacts). 

#122489 Raku Proposal For School

Posted by LeeU on 18 February 2017 - 03:42 PM

I had kiln gloves once. Several lovely sets of welder's, heavy leather, kevlar, & other materials for different environments and conditions. Cost a small fortune (onmy budget). Then I went out of state for a week's vacation. When I came back, the big fat rat (& maybe some buddies) that invaded my happy home had destroyed-thoroughly destroyed--all of my gloves (to say nothing of the foam core, the boots, and the etc. etc.) I rakued him and he will not be chewing up my stuff anymore.

#122364 Qotw: What Kind Of Kiln Vent Do You Use?

Posted by LeeU on 15 February 2017 - 04:48 PM

Well, I went out to the added-on back porch where my kiln is to look at the vent.


It is the one made for my wonderful L&L and it vents through the floor to the outside of the porch structure.


What you see is in the pic on the left is my cardboard box-covered kiln on the left and my outer trailer wall on the right.


You will also note, next to the vent housing, and obviously coming down the wall, the ice that has formed from a new roof leak!!!


Glad I went out there so I can remove it before it melts and get the landlord over here to fix it tomorrow!


It's not melting anytime today though--the pic on the right is my current snow status.  


PS. Everything is now unplugged and covered with heavy vinyl to avoid that pesky water-electricity mix. 


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#122363 How Much Do You Charge For A Mug?

Posted by LeeU on 15 February 2017 - 04:22 PM

:P As a diligent coffee drinker, I think "expresso" and "mugs" do not belong in the same sentence.

I also think expresso cups deserve a decent price, to honor their esteemed purpose, their special role in life, the art of the form, and the lucious contents they are designed for.  

#121608 Thinking Outside The Box-Pun Intended

Posted by LeeU on 02 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

Thanks for the feedback. The first view, above, is looking at the porcelain box from its underside. There is a hole in the bottom and the flower bead is on the underside of the box lid. The image below is the box from the top and sides. It was fired in my first (and so far only) anagama kiln experience. The triangles on the graphic represent the red micro-glitter in the bead, and the black triangles represent the black ash speckles. I tried variations with more of the black, and the shadow or outline of the hole but it diluted the impact too much. The sizing looks good on the web header. And yes, it is also reflective of several qualities and meanings for me, such as motion/falling/sprinkling/good cheer/simplicity/secrets (secret: no one would guess the graphic is derivitive of a mixed material wood fired ceramic box with a hole in the bottom ! )



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#121561 Thinking Outside The Box-Pun Intended

Posted by LeeU on 01 February 2017 - 10:57 PM

Looking for reactions and responses. I designed the flat art icon-style graphic based on the photo of my box with the hole. I am thinking of using the stylized image as a logo. Yes, not the traditional pic of a ceramic piece. What say you? 


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#121485 Lake Superior Agate, To Provide The Silica For Jun Glaze

Posted by LeeU on 30 January 2017 - 07:58 PM

envy envy   Your are very fortunate to be able to get this stuff and do as you wish with it ! Hope you will post some post-fire pieces here or in the Gallery.