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#67125 What Is The Best Book In Your Pottery Library?

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 02 October 2014 - 02:08 PM

The Ceramic Spectrum is my most "gone to" book in the library.

#67030 Cataloguing Glazes

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 01 October 2014 - 03:24 PM

I created my own Hypercard system (like HyperGlaze) years ago and used that.  Now I use a FileMaker system that I wrote. It is a relational data base of recipes, batches, materials, inventory, expenditures, sales.  I can search by recipe, dates, materials, and a myriad of other fields. I photograph my test tiles and imbed the pics in the recipe file.  If I want to know what recipes I have mixed in the past 2 years that use Wollastonite, I can.  My inventory info extracts data from the expenditure file and depletes amounts according to the recipe batches. There are low limits on materials so a "shopping list" is automatically created. 


The only tedious part is entering the expenditures; even though this is mostly via categories, the purchased materials must be entered one by one. 

#64977 Single Fire A Sculpture

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 23 August 2014 - 09:44 PM

Any reason you cannot preheat in your oven? I have done that when my kiln is firing other work. 



I wrote that before I saw your finished product. Very beautiful piece!

#44441 Firing Recycled Commercial Ware

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 19 October 2013 - 07:53 PM

Thank you everyone. I made the choice to say no because of the unknowns. If, in the future, I do fire ware I am more comfortable with, I will def only do so via contract that protects me.

#23479 What's the best potters wheel on a budget?

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 12 October 2012 - 01:51 AM

If you are thinking about buying a used one, I just came across this guide to checking out used wheels
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#23435 paper clay

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 10 October 2012 - 03:58 PM

Magic water

1 Gal Water
3 Tbsp Sodium Silicate
1Tsp Soda Ash

I mix my paper clay with this for mending.
Good luck

#23414 need help on glaze problem

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 10 October 2012 - 03:05 AM

Another caution: After you glaze the inside, let it dry before glazing the outside. If the pot is too wet from the inside glazing, it cannot absorb the glaze you apply on the outside.

#23070 Transporting from vehicle to setup

Posted by SmartsyArtsy on 03 October 2012 - 07:38 PM

It seems we chose wares that are not very easy to transport! I am disabled and have to find a better way.

i am 3 weeks into recovery from hurting myself carrying too much to do a market show. I knew going into it I would have several down days afterward, but on top of the obvious, I really injured my upper back, shoulders and neck.

So for those of you who sell at markets, what do you use to transport everything from car to setup space & back again? I have shown this year at locations with a mix of sidewalk curbs, soil, gravel. I need a tool which will work/roll on those combinations.

Does anyone here use a Rock N Roller cart?