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Nhpg Biennial Exhibition 2017

29 April 2017 - 02:13 PM

The New Hampshire Potters Guild Biennial Exhibition 2017 will be at Discover Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH (seacoast) July 7th through October 1st. Opening reception is Thursday, July 6th, 5-7 PM. Open to the public Friday, July 7th 9:30 AM   (Art 'Round Town 7/7, 8/4, & 9/1). 


Open to all dues-current members of the Guild, including folks from Maine & MA. Entry deadline is May 28th. Dues are $30 individual, $15 student & $40 family. Exhibit fee is $25 for up to 2 works, space permitting. The show is not juried.



Web Site Building And Marketing

28 February 2017 - 10:49 PM

Well, it seems I have a new PT job: learning how to put together my own web site, plus the associated links, buttons, tools, text, etc. etc. that goes with "marketing" via certain selected social media portals. I am learning SEO terminology, copyright law, best practices for e-mail, privacy/security measures, table top product photography, color theory, eye tracking in an "F" pattern), recommended point sizes for text, the use of <H> to leverage which crumbs the spiders might pick up while trolling for Google ranking factors, time-intensive review of a comprehensive array of resources...I could go on...and on...and on. It's a lot of freakin' work!  


The good news is I find the process and the control of it exciting and satisfying. It suits my nature and I am good at making detailed trackers so I have truly useful running to do lists, spreadsheets for inventory and finances, and I am not buying any software assists. My store is on my site, so I am not using anything like Etsy or Shopify.


The bad news is I have limited real-life website development experience and rely solely on resources such as community forums, webinars, free small business  advisers, savvy friends, and support techs to progress. 


SO..............since y'all are part of such a large and expert group of artists, many with robust online presence, I have a few questions:


(1) what are a few UNCOMMON (not likely to be readily known from the standard instructions/tips that are out there) things you wish you had known before building your own web site ;


(2) what are a few things you did or learned that really HELPED you when building your site, and;


(3) what are some CRUCIAL tips from your experience with linking your web site to social media outlets? 


Also, if you spent any MONEY that you either really regret or are very happy you did, describe that. (I am happy I bought a camera and a simple table top photo set up and stopped trying to gerryrig the whole process of making decent images.)



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Thinking Outside The Box-Pun Intended

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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Commercial Cone 6 Porcelain & Decoration With Blue Glaze

28 January 2017 - 08:26 PM

A friend has asked me what kind of cone 6 commercial blue glaze would be used on mid-fire porcelain to get a look at least somewhat similar to the Delft and Chinese blue and white pieces one sees in books/museums. He mentioned liking the slightly "blury" effect but I don't know enough to respond. He wants to do it on a slab with bas-relief carving, not a round vessel.


Important to note that the question is from someone with limited experience and who is not looking to try anything too complicated. Me, I'd probably just get an assortment of blue glazes and go for it, but maybe there is a more precise approach to be suggested. And for my own curiosity...is a fine white stoneware without grit of any use for the white and blue effect, or is porcelain the key? Thanks.  

Web Site Design

25 January 2017 - 07:56 PM

I'm interested in some not-too-technical ('less you 'splain it, Lucy) comments focused on studio/business web sites (that are not outsourced) in terms of the decisions you made in designing and setting it upwith easy-to-use site generators like Weebly/WIX/GoDaddy/Wordpress etc.  


Topic of the moment: parallax scrolling. WIX sez: "Parallax scrolling is a term ascribed to the visual effect of your background image moving slower than an image placed in your foreground. Your end result is a background that dramatically reveals itself at a slower pace than the rest of your page."


Me, I get twitchy with too many things moving in too many dimensions and will leave the page. And yet, done well, the effects may be stunning, pleasant, and even a bit seductive---which then begs the marketing question, does that translate into someobody being at all more likely to purchase your stuff? Probably no data on that, but my hunch is probably does not. 


What say you?  Do you like viewng a page with the overlays, the zooms, the fades, etc. and why? Or, do you not like that, and why?