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TJR

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From The Mouths Of Babes

26 January 2015 - 08:56 AM

I was in the studio all day Sunday. I am having to fill a kiln with my firing partner so that I can get an order of 60 mugs out for February 5.

It was a long day. I had made 12 5lb colanders. I put side handles on them. I trimmed the dozen plates that go under the colanders. I trimmed 34 mugs. My son came in at 4:00 p.m. to work on a clay slingshot that he is making. At about 5:00, I was getting tired. Still had about 20 mugs to put handles on.

I said to my son;"You know, I never get tired of doing this."

He said;"But Dad, that's because they are all different. everyone is a problem to solve." I looked at him and blinked, then smiled. Of course they are all different. Some are big or small, moist or dry, some handles work, others don't.I guess that's why I am still in the game.

Have you heard a wise comment about your making recently?

TJR.

I forgot to say that my son is 16 [edit[.


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,