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#126965 Qotw: What Do You Listen To While Working In The Studio? Music, Tv, Talk Radi...

Posted by RonSa on 20 May 2017 - 09:07 AM

At my studio the sound of a busy road is all I hear, at home its the birds and other critters, I love my morning 10oz cup of coffee sitting on the back porch  listening and watching the great outdoors. No neighbors behind us, just a field and trees. I've seen all kinds of four legged and feathered creatures just sitting out there. Its a great way to start the day.


For those like me that have lousy radio stations filled with loud commercials and a few musical interruptions sprinkled about, I have Amazon Prime which includes Amazon Music, 1000s of free albums to listen to or just pick a genre and the songs are non stop. They claim they have 2 million songs to listen to

#126873 Does This Make Sense? (Purchasing Equipment On Credit)

Posted by RonSa on 18 May 2017 - 07:25 AM

Random thoughts


$2400 can buy a lot of clay.


The only company that benefits from the 24 month plan is the company selling it.


That seems like a high interest rate, how much is it (I'm guessing around 7%)? Go to your bank and ask them what their rates are on a small loan.


I don't know what your needs are in a pugmill but Baileys has them starting at $2200.

#126872 Looking For A Used Spray Booth

Posted by RonSa on 18 May 2017 - 07:08 AM

The simplest one to make is using a 20" box fan and a 20" furnace filter. You could fancy it up by putting cardboard sides around the setup and a lazy susan on the bottom..

#126671 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by RonSa on 14 May 2017 - 07:26 AM

Long story long, what I am seeking is comments on "How do you factor in a dollar value for the unique/creative aspect of your work?"  Is it a matter of trial and error? Is there a secret? Maybe a special prayer?


There are tomes written on this subject that fills libraries. I could give you a formula that I have had published and worked for me as well. But the bottom line is this, you need to test the waters, or as you said "trial and error."


I'll leave you with these bits of advice.


1) Always sell for a profit.

      That's why you are in business.

2) Its easier to lower your price than it is to raise your price.

      If you don't hear that your price is to high by at least a small portion of your customers you may be selling too low.

            Its time to raise your prices

      If you hear that your price is to high by a large portion of your customers you may be selling too high.

            If your sells are suffering because of a price it its time to lower your price.

            If your sales are not suffering you found the magic spot.
3) Never try to undersell your competitors.

      Leave that to the giants of the industry.

#126431 Qotw: The Psychological Ups And Downs With Clay

Posted by RonSa on 09 May 2017 - 06:37 AM

I have a very thick skin, it came from working with very demanding clients that think design comes pouring out of a milk container. I found the best way to deal with the typical "if I wanted it tomorrow I would ask for it tomorrow" person was to charge them a whole lot more. It didn't lessen the stress but at least it put a smile on my face when the check arrived. As a side note, it wasn't surprising that more that a few didn't need it today when they had to pay more.


But still there where times that a thick skin wasn't enough. Those times I retreated to something that I have control over, playing my guitar, woodturning, a walk in the woods or if the season was right, gardening. The idea was to do something different even if it was for a short time.


Now that I'm retired I found I needed a new outlet for dealing with all those extra hours in a day. My wife knows I get engrossed with new ideas so she suggested throwing clay. So right now clay is my release from a career that I worked at for 30+ years.

#126332 Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

Posted by RonSa on 07 May 2017 - 05:13 PM

Plaster Bats @ Bailey's link

#126297 Underglazes And Such

Posted by RonSa on 07 May 2017 - 06:58 AM

OldLady: Are these colors applied thick?




I let my watercolor pigments dry out in ammo boxes.


I'm thinking they would be a good way to store Mayco's stroke & coat and Amaco Velvet underglazes. They are priced between $2US to $10US depending on the size.




#126256 Nine Warning Signs Of An Amateur Artist

Posted by RonSa on 06 May 2017 - 07:56 AM

Talent is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. Creativity is the same way, you gotta work at it.


Mistakes are not failures its just finding out what doesn't work.


I've never been comfortable with the labels amateur and professional except to say that a pro actually earns a living. I've seen some amateur work that puts some pros to shame.

#126193 Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes

Posted by RonSa on 04 May 2017 - 05:22 PM

I have never used floating blue before, but it looks like it needs a thicker coat.


After looking at it closer again I beleive you are right. Thinking back I dipped it twice thinking it was thin. The SP was 1.4

#126178 Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes

Posted by RonSa on 04 May 2017 - 02:08 PM

So here is my first foray into mixing glazes

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#1 Nutmeg/White Matte Joseph F provided me with

#2 White Liner

#3 White Matte

#4 Clear

#5 Floating Blue -  the color was a bit tough to capture until I hand held it by a window

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I'm pretty happy with this first run. Next up is trying them on a couple of pots and test a couple of more colors.



In case you are wondering what happened to #6 the goof up, I forgot to place it in the kiln :( and I'm looking for it in thinking the kiln god took it away from me until I found the darn thing where I keep my glazes :lol: .



#126101 Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes

Posted by RonSa on 02 May 2017 - 04:56 PM

Yes, the kiln is cooling and will open it when I'm back in the studio tomorrow.


I can't wait and yes, good or bad, I'll post pictures.

#126064 Any Tricks For Getting Stuck Bat Pins Out?

Posted by RonSa on 02 May 2017 - 07:01 AM

Are there wing nuts on the bottom side of the bat pins?


You can still use a bat on the wheel and throw off the hump.

#125886 Slip Dipping Small Wasp Nests?

Posted by RonSa on 27 April 2017 - 12:56 PM

I wonder if one can spray slip?

#125786 Qotw: The Power Grid Has Gone Down In Your Area A...

Posted by RonSa on 25 April 2017 - 03:56 PM

Wood and maybe a bicycle powered wheel


Joe, the local Fire Company has cowpat bingo to raise funds. The game moves stinkin' slow while waiting for the next number.

#125543 Qotw: Do You Like Other Forms Of Art And Is There A Cross Over To Your Cerami...

Posted by RonSa on 19 April 2017 - 07:11 AM

Here's one of my paintings and turnings