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Topics I've Started


11 September 2014 - 04:32 PM

A co-op that I have been in since dec of last year on a consignment basis (I keep 60%) has offered a partnership to me. There are a total of 10 partners, co-op has been around since 2003. My sales have been okay but not over the top great there.


On the plus side I would then keep 100% of sales. 


On the negative side I would have to give up to give up 2 or 3 days a month, more in Dec, to work shifts there plus the responsibility of one extra duty (facebook for example) which would eat up more time. The rent seems okay. 


This is their initial comments:


- Buy-in share is $ 750, half of which will be returned to you when you leave
- Monthly rent is $ 96
- All other costs are covered by consignment income
- Approx. 2.5 shifts per month at the gallery except for December when we are open every day until Dec. 24th
- Take home 100% of your own sales
- One evening partner meeting per month
- Each partner takes on one area of responsibility, i.e. I am responsible for the consignees, one person does the accounting, one covers Facebook etc.
I would love to hear other peoples opinion on this, I'm leaning towards saying no.

Wood Fired Kilns

28 August 2014 - 02:21 PM

Over on clayart there was a post about wood fired kilns from around the world. Pinterest page from David Voorhees. Some serious kiln envy here, my little electric is feeling very inadequate.   <_<



Slip Trailing - Silly Post

14 August 2014 - 04:00 PM

So, I had to make some cookies for a wedding shower this weekend. Turns out you can use slip trailing for other things.  :blink:  



Axner Kiln Wash

05 August 2014 - 07:03 PM

Axner now has a kiln wash that they say can be put on both sides of the shelves with no flaking. At first I thought it might be a knock off of ITC but at $40- gallon I don't think so. I couldn't find the MSDS for it so no clues there.


Any idea what they are doing differently or what would be in it? Would be nice to be able to coat both sides and flip the shelves for glaze firing.


Anybody try it yet? 



To Share Or Not To Share

15 July 2014 - 12:08 PM

There have been several threads the past week about copying and giving inaccurate information. I found it interesting but not that surprising that Phil had so little respondents to his “Favourite Glaze Recipe” posting.


For those of us that make our livelihood from selling our work I’m assuming it is difficult to give away our hard earned recipes and possibly methods used to make some of the more complicated work. I imagine it would be easier to be more generous if you are not earning an income with your work.


I fall into the first category, I don’t mind sharing basic white and clear glazes but I don’t share my bread and butter glaze recipes that I depend on to sell pots. I have spent years developing my glaze palette; to me it is like any other business, you don’t give your R&D away to the competition. Clay recipes I'm happy to share as most are based on published recipes.I have a few complicated pieces where I don’t share the method for making, anything else I’m happy to.


Working as an instructor is a whole other topic. Thoughts?