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TJR

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It's Too Big..she Said

14 May 2015 - 01:41 PM

Actually what she said was;"Your mugs are TOO BIG.'She said it about three times. She said;"You can't even see the bottom of them."

I ignored her. The mugs were walking off the shelves. People requested a bigger size mug. They are one pound. A regular size, not too huge. Why do people come into my studio and feel that it is O.K. to complain, to criticize, to find fault? Why didn't she say;"Your eyes are too blue? Or your hair is too wavy?"

I am not going to change my work for her. Why say anything if you can't be positive?

Do you have a sales experience where the person felt it was O.K to find fault? Let's here your stories. Try to err on the positive side if possible.

TJR.


A Blast From The Past

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.

TJR.


A Glaze That Uses Goldart

24 April 2015 - 07:19 AM

I have a 5 gallon bucket of Goldart sitting in my studio. I used to use it for white slip;

Ball clay 33%

EPK.      33%

Goldart  33%

 

Called Schiller White Slip.

Not using slips any more as my glazes are very opaque.

I got a glaze recipe; [Cone 10 reduction]

Ash 50%

Goldart 50%

 

But it is very dry. A nice yellow ochre colour though.

Any thoughts?

TJR.


Living The Dream

26 February 2015 - 11:12 PM

I have always been amazed at the the properties of clays and ceramic materials. I make my own glazes. I am always searching for the elusive colour or effect. I am always amazed that handles stick and pots retain their shape.I always am amazed that you can reconstitute your scraps and bring back workable clay. I have been doing it now for 40 years. I have the dream studio with heat in the floor and my own glaze lab. I can now make and sell anything I want.What is your dream? What do you want to get out of Ceramics? What is your ambition? What do you strive to attain?

TJR.


Pots Away!

12 February 2015 - 12:11 PM

So, right after Christmas, I get a call asking me to make 60 mugs for a conference.It's a teachers conference starting today. They wanted to give two matching mugs for each speaker.

I have dealt with this man over the years, and he is very reliable with payment.

Here's the problem;  we were all still in holiday mode. I had just gotten back from Cuba. Steve, my firing partner had just gotten back from Arizona.

I did have about the right number of pots bisqued, but no way could we fill a 40 cubic ft. kiln in such a short turn around time.

Three potters jumped on our wheels in an attempt to fill a kiln load in time to get this order out.

I made 12 collanders-5lbs each with saucers, another run of mugs, medium bowls.We got another potter that we show with to bring pots. We got a student from the pottery co-op.We got that baby loaded.

Then one burner would not light. Not ever. Call the plumber. We lost a day there.

So he picked up the pots Monday evening, hot out of the kiln. He took 65 mugs,a jug, two plates,a big bowl,a Majolica jar I had lying around,two large mugs, and two beakers.

I feel a bit violated, as my studio is now bereft of work. I did not get a chance to look at most of those pieces.

Do you have a pottery sale horror story? This one actually turned out well. Let's hear yours.

Tom.