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#12078 Spray booth: help!

Posted by TypicalGirl on 09 January 2012 - 03:03 PM

FWIW, here's what I did for a quick, cheap and easy spray booth...

#9574 Finally taking the plunge into ceramics...

Posted by TypicalGirl on 24 October 2011 - 01:36 PM

Woo hoo - welcome to clay Karen!
First, I think the mantra of all clayfolk is "try it and see what happens".

Your kiln is SO much nicer than what I've been firing in the last 5 years ;)
Picture yours with a nice coat of rust. Now open it and note the crumbling bricks and cracked shelves.
Now yank out half the elements, saw a hole in the lid and a couple in the floor and stick a propane burner under it. That's been me ;)
But hey! It did the job!

For cutting with cookie cutters, I keep a little dish of baby powder at hand and dip my cutter's edge into it between cuts.
But if you want absolute perfection, you might want to make one just so shape and then make a mold from that so you can reproduce it exactly.
But remember...for many people the charm and loveliness of handmade things is that you *can* see the touch of a human on them.

The slower you can dry your clay, the more the clay likes it, but as with many things, you and the clay must meet in the middle. Too slow and you will become impatient, too quickly and the clay may rebel and crack (though you might not see that till you pull it out of the glaze firing - DANG it!).
When I lived in Mo, where it tended to be humid, I actually built a little cabinet and kept my ware in there, along with a dehumidifier so it would dry at a reasonable rate.
Here in arid Cali, I often place my ware in plastic bags to slow drying a bit.

For me, I've taken to using something called "Pelon" instead of canvas to build on. Its a thin meshy sort of material that comes in different thicknesses that I believe is used to line quilts with. It has less texture, is washable and just easier for me to work with.

Ask questions, try things to see what works for you and *have fun*!

#9228 What tips about selling pottery at craft / pottery shows can you share? | Oct...

Posted by TypicalGirl on 13 October 2011 - 11:12 PM

This is SUCH a good topic for me right now. I'm preparing to do my fine arts fair in Nov and feel a little like a deer in the headlights.
Is it possible for you all to post photos if your booths/displays?

And thanks for all the tips so far!

#7948 How many people are using SQUARE for credit cards?

Posted by TypicalGirl on 09 August 2011 - 04:42 PM

I upgraded from BlackBerry to Droid just for the ability to use the Square.
I've used it twice and really liked it. Very easy to use!
I got it specifically to take credit cards at shows etc.

Oh, and speaking of SmartPhone apps, have any of you played with the one that lets you throw and fire pots?

#7943 Which artist would you love to work beside in their studio for one week? Prov...

Posted by TypicalGirl on 09 August 2011 - 02:27 PM

For me, this is a no-brainer.
I was recently paired with a mentor through the Potters' Council's mentor program, so the chance to spend some face time with my mentor, David Beumee` would be amazing.

I would both watch and collaborate!
I expect I would come away much closer to my stated goal of refining my eye. I have issues with things like balance, grace and negative space, and David's work shows his command of those areas very well, and watching his process and having him watch mine would fuel a tremendous growth spurt in me I'm sure.

This is one of my favorites from his site.
Its quiet and simple and well, just so far from the riot my work is at the moment...
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