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The Better Mouse Trap

05 July 2015 - 09:01 AM

You always hear about how deadly Barium Carbonate is, and that it is used in rat poison.

Say a person;[hypothetically speaking], had mice in their cottage. The mice were snacking away on the store bought poison.Could a person lay down some barium? How much?

I have also heard it used for ants, 50/50 with sugar. [Called Ant Rid.]


Anyone try this?

Lookiing For A Wholesale Source For Advancer Kiln Shelves

17 June 2015 - 07:47 AM

My firing buddy. Steve, just came back from holiday in the states. He purchased one advancer kiln shelf for $300.00 Canadian from Minnesota clay.

We would like to purchase about 20 more but can't afford this exorbitant cost.

Where do you buy your shelves? Can we go directly to the manufacturer. There is a rumour that these shelves come from India.

I have no idea where to get a cheap price.


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.


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.


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?