The clay studios in their imaginations must be a very clean and calm place. Mine isn't one of those. There is dust, mess, aggravation, frustration and annoyance, tempered with just enough bliss to make it all worthwhile.
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Posted by SShirley on 19 March 2013 - 02:19 PM
Posted by SShirley on 21 December 2012 - 04:02 PM
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 01 October 2012 - 07:41 AM
I shot these today after applying a hand oil refresher finish before putting it up for winter as I already have several of these units in my van.
I have had so many requests about this rack I thought this would clarify its build.
The wood on rack support is silver maple as well as the strong backs glued to the birch plywood.
The rack (not shelves) is pegged on top for top shelve behind mug rack which is also pegged as well on top and bottom full shelves. The middle shelves are universal and fit in any of the three spots. The top shelve is cut up so one has to fit in just right at an angle to fit down. The bottom shelve is a bit narrower.
The rack folds flat and opens like a big W.
My newer racks have a water borne finish that never yellows-this older one has an oil finish that does darken over the years but is easy to add a new coat.
The plywood edges in front have silver maple glued to them for strength so they do not sag with pots on them. They nest flat when you flip the next one to nest.
I travel with 2-3 of these to all shows and have had one at a gallery for years.
The tiered nature really shows off pots well as every shelve you can see the work, as they do not cover each other. These have been to shows now for over 20-25 years and I have yet to see any like them. I also have more straight up and down racks.
This rack has a footprint of 6 feet wide and 30 inch's deep-There is a wood slotted piece that fits the bottom middle for rigidity that not in the photos-it slides over the hingein back.
If you want larger photos PM me thru this site.
Posted by SShirley on 25 September 2012 - 11:57 AM
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
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.
Posted by SShirley on 30 May 2012 - 07:44 AM
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??
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Posted by SShirley on 27 January 2011 - 03:08 PM
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.
thanks in advance.
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