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TJR

Member Since 07 Dec 2011
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What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

31 December 2014 - 09:21 PM

I fire with another potter in his gas kiln. He is a great guy, but his work never changes. It has stayed the same for the last 20 years. His casseroles just walk out of stores.We both decorate. He uses slips under a glaze. I do on glaze decoration. Our work will never overlap. I am always testing glazes, looking for that elusive colour. I am working on a turquoise and also a great yellow. I am always searching for something new. I call myself an artist although I trained as a production potter.There are some things that I won't make, like soap dishes.

Who are you and what are you called? Why?


Bought The Square

01 December 2014 - 05:14 PM

So, I bought the "Square", which attaches to your cell phone, with the idea that having the ability to take credit cards would increase my sales.I don't own a cel phone, so I had to borrow my wife's. We tried it out the week before, and it worked great. We had to take her phone out of the rubber case to make a solid connection.

When offered the option of credit card use, people said;"What would it cost you ?" My response was 2.6%. They all declined to use it.

One woman even wrote me an IOU for $30.00, rather than use the Square.

Do you have any experience with using credit cards? Would this be an option for you?

This was a two day open studio sale involving eight other artists in a group where I live.Each artist was in their own studio and customers walked or drove to the various houses/studios. One other potter has the credit card machine that you swipe, with paper receipts.

Tom.


Use Of Barium In A Glaze

16 November 2014 - 04:56 PM

I have come across a great turquoise glaze recipe for cone 10 reduction. I know it uses quite a high percentage of barium carbonate. What exactly is the health concern with barium and food? What ratio of strontium can I use as a substitute for said barium? How do we know if strontium is safe for food vessels?


Use Of Plastic In The Studio

11 November 2014 - 07:47 PM

So, I opened up a new box of Laguna Danish White. The plastic was thick. The twist tie was new. It was like taking the plastic cellofane off a new pack of Players Light smokes-if I smoked. I also use large sheet of plastic to prevent my pots from drying out before I put handles on.

What would we use if there was no plastic? Wet straw? Blankets? How would we ship moist clay?

TJR,


Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

22 August 2014 - 09:07 AM

I am frequently asked to donate my pottery to various charities. I was recently sent a letter on expensive paper, asking me to donate some work to our city gallery. I have now received a nice email from same director. I also get asked to give to the Folk Arts Council, which promotes local traditional dance. I also donate to the Manitoba Crafts Council.

I do not donate to the annual Women's Golf Tournament.

Where do you draw the line?

How much do you give? Do you see a benefit in promoting your work, or are you just a kind person?

TJR.