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Stone Spiral

Member Since 06 Mar 2016
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In Topic: Clay Trap Suggestions?

24 May 2017 - 11:04 PM

The concern with having the clay trap in your kitchen sink is that everything else will wash into it too - food scraps and soaps and everything. You will get a stinky, fermenting mess really fast. If you put a clay trap in your kitchen sink you would need to empty and rinse it every day... and then there is the issue of finding a suitable place to dump out this stinky clay-food combo every day.

In my first studio, there was not a sink I could use for clay. So in my back yard I put a laundry tub hooked up to a garden hose, with a 5 gallon bucket underneath to catch clay chunks. I had only cold water and it was only any good until the winter, when it became too cold to use any longer. But it was better than nothing!

Eventually I moved studios, and now have a large basin sink I can use for clay tools (and the warm water is so glorious!). I built my own clay trap from two nested buckets. It's quite straightforward and I feel confident that if I can do it, anyone can do it :)

If you only have a kitchen sink to work with, the dishpan method might be best. When I do pottery at a location without a trap, I set up several 5 gal buckets of water and we wash all clay-covered hands & tools in there, then dump it outside afterwards.

Good luck!

Gleco works for me.  It is relatively easy to install and cleaning out the trap is a breeze (albeit a 'stinky' breeze).


I laughed out loud at this. So true!

In Topic: What My Flutes Sound Like

24 May 2017 - 10:31 PM

Wow - so beautiful... I could listen to you play all day :)
What a deeply satisfying experience this must be for you.

In Topic: Where Are The Good Stamps?!

24 May 2017 - 06:17 PM

I make my own stamps out of clay, also, out of rubber. I use a deeper, firmer rubber than the ones you are talking about (I know what ones you mean... they leave something to be desired).


There are some great stampmakers on Etsy, but once you factor in shipping, they can be pricey.

In Topic: Are Farmers Markets A Good Place To Sell?

22 May 2017 - 02:51 PM

For me, the Farmer's Markets in my area are more about fun, socializing, and getting out in the sunshine. I earn enough to cover my gas, lunch, table fee, and put a couple of dollars in my pocket. They are not big money makers. But I live in a very rural area that is also fairly low income so, the people come out to the market with their weekly budget for buying veggies, and then wander around to say hello. The tourists like to buy things but otherwise, it's just a social piece.

The juried fairs in the fall and winter - that's another story! I make more money over a couple of hours at a fancy winter fair than I do throughout the entire summer farmer's market season combined.

In Topic: Pottery Back To A Sideline

22 May 2017 - 02:40 PM

Have you considered running some classes to recoup some costs/earn some dollars?

Holding a 90 minute clay class on Saturday afternoons covers my studio rent & utilities for the month (plus some). Every time I add a new class time, it fills up within 2-3 weeks. If I need more money, I add a class to the schedule. If I am financially comfy and want more time for my own work, I phase out a class. It's working well for me.

You would be surprised how many people are thrilled to pay for studio time, and it really helps balance things. It's more fun to create when money isn't a worry..
I am booking two months off of classes for my own personal production, this July & August. That way, I get to focus on my own growth, creativity, and production for a while. In the meantime I've earned enough from classes over the past few months that the studio will be paid for throughout the summer.

Sorry you are feeling frustrated. I hope you find a way to feel excited and inspired again.