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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?


Pizza Stone

26 April 2014 - 08:49 AM

A customer is asking for a pizza stone.This is a large slab tile used in an oven to bake a pizza.

The question; Is a bisque tile good enough or do you have to fire it to stoneware? Should it be porous, or should it be vitrified?

Anyone make these babies?

Not to be confused with the Rossetta stone, which is another animal altogether.


An Apology

29 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

Please accept my sincere apology for a couple of posts that I made this week. I corrected some spelling and grammar errors on two posts in this section. I have sent personal apologies to those people that I corrected. It is not my place to be correcting peoples' posts. I am a poster just like yourselves. I in no way wish to discourage anyone on this blog from asking questions. I also feel that in a lot of areas, I can be of help, as I am an advanced potter.

My head was getting a little too big, and people kindly reminded me that I was being gruff. I will not be correcting anyone's posts in future. We all make mistakes.

Sincerely, Tom Roberts.

aka TJR.

Who Is Your Best/worst Critic, Other Than Yourself?

27 December 2013 - 07:34 PM

I was in the studio yesterday unpacking the last of my pots. Day after Christmas. My son looked at a plate and said;"Dad, you really "effed it up on this brushwork!" It was a bird on a dinner plate. The brush had skipped along the bottom line.

My other son called me aside and said in a low, conspiratorial voice; "Dad, I want you to REALLY try your best on this next batch of work."

I said I would try. I thought I was trying my best. They are both teenagers. They mean well and are genuinely thinking that they are helping me.Maybe I need to try harder and do better work in 2014.


Getting The Word Out

11 December 2013 - 03:13 PM

How do you promote your shows/sales? I am in a group of 10 artists and we share printing costs for a professional brochure which we deliver to mail boxes. Apparently this is not legal to do this in the U.S.

In the news today, Canada Post announced that they will cease door to door delivery of mail within the next five years. This is a loss of 8,000 jobs.

How do you promote your open studio sales?