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#93896 Professional Courtesy

Posted by Min on 07 October 2015 - 02:03 PM

  "I asked him about this and he said he was offering his work wholesale to his fellow potters since he didn't have to pay his distributor, gallery fee, whatever." 


Hmmm, wonder what the other presenters there thought of this, or what his galleries would think if they heard?

#93454 Good Rubber Stamps

Posted by Min on 29 September 2015 - 07:17 PM

devolution of potters


#93450 Re Constituting Spectrum Glaze

Posted by Min on 29 September 2015 - 05:53 PM

Harry Potter, this looks a lot like what happened to another forum member a while back with Spectrum glaze. Check this thread: http://community.cer...king#entry72022


Post #20 has a reply from a fellow named Joseph @ Spectrum that might work.

#93361 Good Rubber Stamps

Posted by Min on 28 September 2015 - 03:01 PM

oops, I forgot to link where I got the decal from. if anybody wants one it is from here: https://www.etsy.com...cone-pack-decal  (it's a university graphics and ceramics student who makes them, think i might have to get one of her t-shirts too)

#93342 Good Rubber Stamps

Posted by Min on 28 September 2015 - 10:54 AM

It's not a rubber stamp but on Clayart a couple weeks ago someone posted a sort of secret handshake for potters. I ordered one but haven't put it on my car yet.


This is it on someone else's vehicle.




#93309 Maiden Bisque Witness Cone 05 06 07 Melted To Washed Shelf

Posted by Min on 27 September 2015 - 09:45 PM

If you were bisqueing to cone 06 and had 07,06 and 05 in the cone pack and they were all flat then you might have only reached 03 or thereabouts so you could still be okay.


If you touch the tip of your tongue to a bisqued pot your tongue should stick a little to the pot, a bit like when you lick a not too frozen popsicle. Not very scientific but it works. If your tongue doesn't stick then the clay is too tight to take a glaze without a lot of fussing and usually lands up with unsatisfactory results.  


YouTube video from Paragon on replacing kiln sitter tube: https://www.youtube....h?v=q0jxC-ZT7fs


Good luck and welcome to the forum.

#93244 Lead Glaze Recipes (No Safety Lectures Please)

Posted by Min on 25 September 2015 - 09:28 PM


 I'll retreat back to the woods, now. ;)



Wish you wouldn’t.


I for one would most welcome more of your posts on these forums. It’s a joy to read your intelligent comments.  

#92988 Uneven Bottoms! Help Me Out

Posted by Min on 21 September 2015 - 06:31 PM

When pots dry they have a tendency to cup upwards at the base. If you give the middle of the pot a very slight press in the middle (on the underside) when it’s soft leather hard it counteracts this. I compress the base, either on the wheel or by hand with a rib, press the edge with my thumb or gently roll the edge on the table top to create an undercut then use the heel of my hand to slightly indent the bottom, just in the middle. doesn’t show from the inside of the pot.


For wobbly pots already fired I think the best option would be to sand / grind them flat. A diamond lap disc attached to your wheel head with clay would work or a grinder with a silicone carbide wheel. If it’s just a little bit wobbly you could probably just use a coarse stilt stone or diamond sanding pad.

#92881 Best Food Safe Cone 6 Black Satin Matte

Posted by Min on 19 September 2015 - 08:12 AM

I've been testing a ^6 dolomite matte blended with a clear glaze to fine tune the amount of matteness I can get away with and still have a glaze that doesn't cutlery mark. For different colours the amount of clear needed really varies as the stains, opacifiers and colouring oxides make a difference to the melt. For black I have had success with a 50/50 blend of dolomite matte with my low coe clear plus 6% Mason 6600. 


It has survived vinegar testing but I haven't had it lab tested.


^6 Dolomite Matte G2934


3124                   17.4

EPK                    18.3

Dolomite             23.5

Silica                   26.9

Calcined Kaolin  13.9





#92463 Plate Stand For Glazeing

Posted by Min on 12 September 2015 - 11:12 AM

Ron, I seem to remember you are using Plainsman 340? It will warp all to hell if you fire a platter like that.


Plate cranks work: http://www.greenbarn...ELVES 23_27.pdf

#92423 Inexpensive Label Source

Posted by Min on 11 September 2015 - 12:58 PM

This topic has me thinking ... I only shop in malls about once a year at Christmas time and one big thing I notice is the retailer always wants to put your 'already purchased elsewhere ' stuff in their bag ... Even if you have three smaller bags they will pull out their largest so they can get top billing ( so to speak ). They want other shoppers to see their walking advertisement and head for their store.
So ... Opinions please ...
Wouldn't this same psychology work at Craft Fairs? Wouldn't you want your name big and bold on your bags? Granted, if you are already selling like crazy this won't make a difference, but I tend to think a distinctive bag would pay back the investment.

Is it this alone or also to create a subliminal message of "care" about their purchase. If you go to the time and expense of packaging their purchase in a more upscale method than say newsprint and a recycled grocery bag then I'm guessing they might hold a greater perceived value to their purchase.

I have my husband help at most of my markets, he wraps pots like he folds laundry, just kinda balls it all up and done. Drives me nuts.

#92273 Glaze Spray Gun And Compressor

Posted by Min on 08 September 2015 - 07:40 PM

 (so Bailey's looks good) and a small 1.5 hp (psi 25-90?) compressor from a local hardware store should do the trick. (don't want loud-will pay extra for less noise!) 

If you are considering the Bailey's sprayer maybe have a look at the Critter. 68.50 for the Bailey one versus 43.87 for the Critter from Amazon, might be cheaper other places, I just googled it on Amazon. Looks like the same gun but Bailey's has replaced the glass jar with a plastic bottle and added a piece of foam on the handle.


I buy empty plastic glaze jars, remove the gun from the metal lid that the Critter comes on and drill out the holes in the plastic lid and replace the tiny set screws that hold it together. I wear out the tips after about a year of spraying but those are replaceable. (1.75 for jars at Bailey's, any empty glaze jar will work as long as the siphon tube fits the jar)



If it's possible to put the compressor in another room and run the air hose to where you are spraying it helps cut down on the noise.

#91988 Drip- Free Pitcher Spouts

Posted by Min on 04 September 2015 - 09:35 PM

A Potter's Workbook by Clary Illian has a good chapter on pitchers also. She looks at the part of the pitcher that holds the liquid and the part that delivers, handle placement in relation to pitcher volume, rims, spouts and aesthetics.

#91809 Liability Shift On Cc Coming Oct 1, 2015

Posted by Min on 01 September 2015 - 12:48 PM

I still think that getting a customer to enter their 4 digit pin on a card reader attached to a phone or tablet is going to raise some eyebrows. Perhaps there is a certain amount of naivety with the current system of card readers like Square, customer just swipes and signs. Asking them to enter their PIN is also asking for a far greater level of trust. We have had years of hearing "protect your PIN" so I think people are careful about where they use them.


When chip cards first came out in Canada the common problem was people forgetting their PIN, especially if they have more than one credit card plus debit cards. Enter it wrong 3 times and you are locked out of your account until you phone in and verify your identity and reset it.


We had one of our (chip) cards hacked last month. 1500 of purchases we didn’t make appeared on our statement. When we called the cc company they said that hackers just run numbers through until they hit on one that works. New cards sent out and one of them had a screwy chip that didn’t work so had another one sent out. They didn’t need our PIN as the cards will work with just the info on the magnetic strip also. For phone or online purchases you use them just as you would use the older cards with no chip.


There are tap and go cards here also, for purchases under 100 you just tap your card to the terminal and you are done, no PIN, no signature. 

#91770 Cone 10 Clay Contamination With Cone 6

Posted by Min on 31 August 2015 - 03:00 PM

I think that if your new mix is 20% of ^6 and 80% of ^10 clay then the pots we likely be weepy at ^6. I would fire one and test it's absorption before doing them all if you are making functional pots where leaky pots would be an issue.