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#82668 Your Variations On Leach Clear

Posted by TJR on Today, 07:33 AM

What benefit does the bone ash play? I've seen a lot of variations using Epsom salt as well. Is that to keep it from solidifying?

The bone ash is a calcium phosphate. It causes a better glaze melt. Epsom Salts is just in there to prevent the glaze from settling.


#82308 Any Way To Get An Off Topic Forum?

Posted by TJR on 23 May 2015 - 03:29 PM

I thought we always went off Topic????? .


So did I. Guilty as charged. If we had a space to go off topic, I would have to stay ON topic. :wacko:


#82151 It's Too Big..she Said

Posted by TJR on 21 May 2015 - 07:42 AM

I think I can speak for the rest of us, when we assume all Canadians are polite.  I for one, poke fun at the notion.  A stereotype, does not define a nation.  Though, all things considered, that's not a bad one to have.  When people think of the U.S., they think we are overweight, gun-toting bullies.  


I've heard enough of your classroom stories, to know, that there are quite a few Canadians, that are far from polite.  I of course, can relate.  I also work with the same clientele you do.

Well said, buddy.


#82015 It's Too Big..she Said

Posted by TJR on 19 May 2015 - 10:09 PM

I feel that I have to comment here since I started this post. Not all Canadians are polite. This is a difficult stereotype to live up to. Not all Americans carry guns either.

The point of the post was to say that people come into my home studio and feel that they can be rude. Some artists that we want to bring into our studio tour do not want to have people in their homes because of the manners of some people.

I teach high school art. I have a pretty thick skin.


#81662 Mug Sizes

Posted by TJR on 15 May 2015 - 06:53 AM

One hell of a mug. But I imagine they sell good as people can use them for soup bowl/mugs. I have had a lot of my family members ask me to make them soup mugs. I am like use a bowl for soup people.. BOWL FOR SOUP. Alas I assume I will eventually make big mugs when I try to sell mugs.

DON'T give in! Bowls are for soup! Plates are for cake! Colanders are for wet things like fruit.


We gotta have rules people, otherwise we have have SOMETHING..tyranny, anarchy.. people drinking coffee out of soup bowls..

#81512 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by TJR on 13 May 2015 - 06:28 PM

I would have liked to be a singer. My grade 3 teacher told me to "mouth the word", as in lip sync. There I am singing my little gr. 3 heart out in the choir with no noise.

I would have loved to have been a rock star, but now I can't even fit the Spandex pants. I would have to be a country singer, but I can't find a cowboy hat to fit my big head. Guess I just have to stick with pottery.


#81254 How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)

Posted by TJR on 11 May 2015 - 08:12 AM

I noticed this exclusivity clause in the 2012 and 2013 One of a Kind show contracts for the Toronto show.  Clearly stated at the end of the Acceptance Criteria.




Seems to be expressly stated upfront.   And this has been going on for a couple of years.   Defying an exclusivity clause might result in consequences.   So this is a common business practice in Canada?  My first reaction would have been to ignore it, but I don't think I would after seeing this.    It would be way too easy for the show to check out a listing of vendors at other venues.  I don't like this practice at all but I think I would make a choice and weigh my options considering how much opportunity cost you would have from missed shows.


Very interesting scenario ... learn something every day.  I hope craft shows in the States don't pick up on this idea ....

No, this is not common in Canada. I was at the most recent One of a Kind Show in Toronto on my way back from NCECA It's a huge show, very professional. They have been going for 20 years or more. I was not aware of their exclusivity contract as I am not selling there. Booth fees are very high. I noticed that you can purchase a one quarter booth-where there is only room to stand. Signatures in Edmonton and Calgary is moving in on established craft fairs. The trend seems to be to make money up front on the backs of the craft people. But having said that, if we didn't have these big craft fairs, many artists/craftspeople would not have a venue to sell their work.


edit 450 booths at the show.


#81202 A Blast From The Past

Posted by TJR on 10 May 2015 - 09:25 AM

So, I am standing in the middle of my studio in the middle of our big Mother's Day open artists studio walk. There are 9 professional artists, and we open up our studios to people who walk the neighbourhood, looking at art.

It is a two day sale, and happens again in November. The great thing is that I don't have to move my work, and people can see an artist in his/her natural environment.

Anyway, these two guys are standing there looking at me. They are about 26. Tall, thin, good looking. Both wearing woolen hats which we call touques in Canada.

They looked strangely familiar. Luckily, they introduced themselves by name. I knew them right away. I had taught both of them art over 8 years ago. G. was now an architecture student. I remember him being an amazing drawer. He was the student council president and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I gave him a reference. We laughed at that. The other young man was sporting a full beard. I couldn't grow a beard like that until I was in my 40's.

I remembered luckily, that the second student, had a father who died while he was still in high school. He works as a pressman, or a printer.

Both had traveled, looked at art, had fun before settling down. They had heard about the sale and wanted to see me.

Apparently I was their favourite teacher in high school. Even though they weren't the most serious students, they turned out great. They congratulated me on winning the Canadian high school art teacher of the year award in 2012.They said that it was a long time coming. I said that I hadn't done much lately and we all laughed.

It was a great time.

Have you influenced anyone, or changed a young person's life, for the good?

Let's hear about it.


#81124 When Do You Keep Your Own Stuff?

Posted by TJR on 09 May 2015 - 08:53 AM

I'm using a mug this morning that has a tiny crack in the bottom. Just came out of the kiln.

I keep stuff that I am not able to repeat-as in woodfired pots from Australia.

We have 3 busted teapots on our deck. One from Aus. One has a broken handle, but I like the colour. One has a lid that's chipped all the way around, and one we keep our house key in..shhh!

I have Majolica pots-so that if I ever go back to that technique I will remember what I was doing.

I used to keep all of my babies, but now there have been hundreds. Sometimes they just have to leave home.

Big studio sale today. Good-bye children. Good-bye.


#80990 How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)

Posted by TJR on 07 May 2015 - 06:54 AM

I think you have to get a group together and go public with this. Of course they will not sign you again for next year.

We had a shop once at the Winnipeg Airport. She jacked our prices up without telling us and kept the profits. I was president of the Manitoba Craft Council. We put the word out, boycotted her and put her out of business. 250 members in the group.

No lawyers were injured at the time.


#80958 Solar Powered Kiln?

Posted by TJR on 06 May 2015 - 07:56 PM

Elon Musk-designer of the Tesla electric car and owner od Solar city Solar Panels, and also owner of Space X, is now selling a unit for $3,000-$3500 dollars U.S. that will store power from solar cells. You no longer need inverters and batteries. It's all in one unit as big as a furnace. Great for off grid living. I believe I saw it in this month's issue of Popular Mechanics.

I'll get back to you.


#80927 How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)

Posted by TJR on 06 May 2015 - 01:36 PM

This was well said by Neil above. This is an under handed deal and not enforceable.

Two ways to go here;

1. If it's a huge part of your income, you suck it up and do the show. If you have other sales, as in your studio, they cannot stop you.

2. Withdraw your deposit, and if they make a stink about it, go to the media. go to lots of media.

Get other artists on board to back you up.

Do not employ flaming torches or guys with pitch forks. You could get legal advice.


Too bad.

#80797 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by TJR on 05 May 2015 - 07:42 AM

Just got some pieces back from a stoneware kiln firing yesterday. I glazed 10 mugs with a white glaze that I hadn't used in a while, but a glaze that I had used for years. All the mugs ran! Not my kiln, so this is embarrassing.

Got the big two day Mother's Day sale this weekend, so I needed the work.

I hate glazes running. Not going to quit though.


#80690 Caternary Arch Brick Kiln Firing Unevenly- Help!

Posted by TJR on 04 May 2015 - 07:44 AM

You mention holes in the bag wall. Try making your bag wall a solid wall of bricks. Then you may have to raise or lower a row of bricks off the top. Sounds like the heat is just shooting across the middle.

If this doesn't work, try lowering your stack.

You have too much draft through the middle.

Where are you from? I see you spelled centre the correct way. :rolleyes:


#80441 Woot! Trying It Out Finally!

Posted by TJR on 30 April 2015 - 01:25 PM

For reds, the stain is quite refractory.[doesn't melt]. You could add 15% whiting. So if you are mixing 100 gram tests, that would be 15 grams of whiting.

#7 That cobalt looks really nasty. Try the cobalt at 0.5% That's one half a percent.