I'm not going. I went once when it was in Phoenix and hated it. It felt too much like high school. All the cool kids gathered together and some of us were on our own. But seriously, it costs too much. I'd rather spend that money on buying books, tools, videos or going to workshops. I did like all the exhibits though, and some of the presentations were nice. It was frustrating though, that some good things were going on at the very same time so you had to choose one or the other, so I felt like I missed out on a lot.
I most certainly did NOT ask the Potters Council to do it. I just suggested MAYBE and that it would be a good benefit for the membership.
Do you read these things before you fly off?
It would have been so nice if you had simply suggested checking out Artful Home or Big Cartel and not come across as a condescending, preachy you-know-what. I have to admit that your initial response hurt my feelings, as I was not asking for you (or anyone else) to build my business for me. I was not asking for an easy way, and I don't understand why you would assume that I was. I had just seen that British site and wished we could have something like that here. That's all. I think you blew it way out of proportion, and especially after what you said to Jim. Nobody was suggesting that you personally jump right in and build a site. I do hope you were just having a bad day (we all have them) and that this is not typical of your personality.
Thanks, SShirley, for the link. It would indeed be great to have such a site on this side of the Atlantic. What makes it great is that it is highly juried. Any thing less than that and it would be like Etsy where you search for "ceramic mug" and the first 30 results are stuff that should embarrass a kindergartener.
Have you visitied Artfulhome.com ? This type of thing already exists. It's pretty tough to get past their jurying, and it isn't cheap either. If you want to benefit from their marketing know-how, you have to pay for it.
Sorry to be such a downer about this idea, it just sounds like some of you think there is supposed to be an easy way. I live in a busy metropolitan area with a good economy, and there are plenty of potters around here who are waiting for "someone" to make it easy. It drives me nuts. And before anyone conludes that I don't want to help other potters, I have a class of 10 advanced potters who I am working very hard to teach about the business side of pottery. I am certainly not telling them there are any easy answers. I'm also not teaching them that good venues don't exist.
You did ask for the Potters Council to build the site for you.
My goal was to add some realism to an idea that didn't sound very realistic. I apologize that I did so in a way that sounded condescending.
Posted by SShirley
on 25 September 2012 - 11:57 AM
Yes, throwing feels great. I hate taking orders because I never know if I will feel like making them or not. I have a lady here who wanted 10 plates, all different. Surprise me, she said. Now that is an order I could love, but so far I have managed to finish 5 of them. She keeps asking for the other 5 and I haven't gotten around to glazing them.
I love you tube videos. I'll look for the ones you mentioned to add them to my subscription list.
Sylvia why don't you take a drive to Wichita and we'll get together and I'll show you some new glaze layering combinations I have come up with. I haven't used them yet on any of my work but I am willing to share with you just to get you out of your funk. Denice
Sylvia; I was in a major slump this year as well. I moved studios after 26 years in the same space, and didn't feel like unpacking the boxes in my new space. I started building tables and shelves. Then I built a deck and a fence for my mother-in law. Now that the weather is cooler, I will be spending more time in doors. People keep bugging me for orders."Where are my plates?", or "Remember those mugs I ordered, not the white ones, those orangey ones?" [Shino] I don't have any Shino mugs left, and Christmas is coming. I hopped on my wheel yesterday and made a dozen mugs. It felt great. Sometimes you just have to get right out of there. But not for too long. It also helps me to watch other potters on youtube.I like Doug Fitch,Tony Clennel, Rogue potters of Minneapolis. Don't worry, it'll come back. Tom[TJR]
I used to make a dish for baking chicken. It was a low bowl with pouring spout and handle, and a neuclear reactor shaped thing in the center that the chicken fit over. (Like a beer can chicken.) I decorated it with chicken footprints in sort of a dancing pattern and called the thing my "Dancing Chicken" pot. You could fill the center with broth and spices and the flavor went up into the meat. I sold quite a few of those before I got bored with them.
And then there are chip and dip sets. And dog bowls.
And a dish shaped like a fish with a fish carved into the bottom. Guess what that one was for?
Have you ever made a utilitarian piece to serve one particular food?
Occasionally I have made a pot that turned out to be just perfect for one particular vegetable, fruit, or other food. It was just the right size, shape, and color. Usually it happened by accident, but I thought it would be good if I could do it by design!! Have you ever made something that turned out to enhance the serving of one certain food??? By accident or design??? What size, shape, color??
Well, it all worked out pretty well. The waterfall did pinhole just a little but otherwise is good. The underglazes bleached out a little on the peanut bowl, but it's still recognizable as a peanut so I think she will be happy.
I tried to think of a cheap way to mimic this system, since I can't afford to buy it. So I got a pizza pan at Wal-mart for 97 cents, and four welding magnets at harbor freight for $5. I partially wrapped the magnets with scraps of foam held on by carpet tape. The pizza pan is held to a bat with an old bat grabber. It works GREAT on pots that aren't real tall. I haven't tried it on anything tall yet, but I have my doubts. If anybody is interested, I can post a photo.
I have used nichrome wire on pots, as have some of my friends. I'm attaching a photo of one of my beaded cups. U-Shaped pieces of nichrome are pushed into the clay when wet and fired in place. I have another friend who used upholstery tacks as an accent on a pot and they survived a cone 10 firing.
The whole reputation rating seems silly to me. I don't know why we need to rate/criticize each other on these forums. I didn't know there were ratings either, and checked mine and found out it is a 2-Neutral. I have no idea why yours is a negative two. I did a search and found something from a board administrator saying "And Chris is correct in the Reputation/Rating... if you feel a particular person posts good answer you can rate the post or you can go into their personal profile and give them rating using the "Stars". I went into all the posts I could find of yours and didn't see any negative ratings. But just now I posted lots of stars to yours anyway, just to try to pull you up out of the doldrums. I can't see that it helped though.
Do you have Excel? I have an Excel spreadsheet that you plug in the formula and it figures out the correct amounts for larger batches. I can send it to you but I can't seem to attach it here.
I am new to mixing up my own glazes and would like to mix up a five gallon bucket of glaze but don't quite understand how to do that via the percentages in recipes. if someone could point me in the right direction that would be deeply appreciated.