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  1. Here's the vase I posted a picture of when I was putting it together, just pulled it out of the kiln today and took it to my customer
  2. Thanks for the support. I've been selling my stuff since January from my home and through my website. Also through a local art co-op/flower shop and recently just got a request to be the featured artist of the month in a Gallery across the river in Washington as I live in Oregon. And you're right, it does beat working a fast food restaurant because I still am in school and play 3 varsity sports a year so I don't have much time to work. I get payed for playing with clay and doing something I love while I'm at school also! My mom also enjoys the support financially since she is a single mother. If people are going to buy my $150 vases faster than I can make them I must be doing something right. Here's one of my recent sales
  3. I've been wondering how I could combine polished rocks and pottery. I have an overwhelming amount of them e.g. tiger eye other cool rocks. The only thing I've came up with is maybe using some of the more square taller ones as handles & gluing them to the top of a lid after being glazed and fired. I was hoping maybe someone could help me out by coming up with some creative ideas because I think it would be cool to do. I havent seen it on any pottery before... Thanks Cody,
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    Raku

    my first raku pieces

    © cody galvin pottery &copy

  5. Im from the portland area and a great place around here to get all your supplies and they even offer lessons on wheel throwing is Georgies ! heres the link http://www.georgies.com/gcc-main-classes.shtml
  6. Im from portland oregon, and my favorite potters are dave and boni deal They do some great Raku work and I have some of there pieces check out this video! http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/segments/view/136 Cody,
  7. As John B. would say, BINGO! You probably thought what you now know was junk was fit for the Louvre back then. Also, very revealingly, is that you say the "price was right". So, basically, you were selling junk cheap. That must have made potters there who had worked for years perfecting their art and trying to get a decent price for their pots feel real good. But, of course, had this forum existed back then and you, as a beginner, had posted your ugly pots here and asked about marketing them you would have gotten the same fawning praise that the kid with the ugly tree vase got here and Teardrop and Trina would have thought the sky was falling if anyone offered even the mildest of criticism. "Ugly Tree Vase"? you thought it was ugly? thank you! I sold that for $85. That means I'll be selling my better pottery for even more! Jim
  8. As John B. would say, BINGO! You probably thought what you now know was junk was fit for the Louvre back then. Also, very revealingly, is that you say the "price was right". So, basically, you were selling junk cheap. That must have made potters there who had worked for years perfecting their art and trying to get a decent price for their pots feel real good. But, of course, had this forum existed back then and you, as a beginner, had posted your ugly pots here and asked about marketing them you would have gotten the same fawning praise that the kid with the ugly tree vase got here and Teardrop and Trina would have thought the sky was falling if anyone offered even the mildest of criticism. Jim
  9. That's sweet! maybe I'll have to try to make one
  10. what did you use for the outside? plexi glass? and how did you get it attached ? Very cool!
  11. Thanks for the help! Does this look any better? I bought a backdrop off amazon. Do you think i should bring the black down more?
  12. Thanks for the support Mark! I got a scholarship for art and Im probably gonna do studio then I'm gonna get an engineering degree because that is what Im also interested in. so we'll see what happens
  13. Thanks Teardrop... As I said I've only been doing this a year and I'm just listening to my teacher ( who has an art degree ) and to a college art professor and several Oregon Potters assoc. members who have told me I do the work of someone who's been throwing for about 15 years... not my words theirs and the art gallery that asked to sell my work has had no problem selling it not that the fact it sells makes it good because beauty is in the I of the beholder . I've been a straight A student all my life and always being a 3 sport athlete.... now My focus has changed to pottery and I've been offer a scholarship to a amazing christian arts college.. Like I said, Money is not the reason i do pottery. I've donated to many auctions and empty bowls. I've given a lot of my pottery away for gifts but people keep on wanting to buy my stuff. and who am I to turn them down and say " Oh, sorry I can't sell my pottery until I have 8 years of experience.So all that said I must be doing something right and thanks again for the words of encouragement. I really like that quote and will have to start using it more often. God Bless
  14. I just donated a lot of stuff to the Empty bowls Foundation that I do every year. Thank you for the idea
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    tree vase

    www.facebook.com/CodyGalvinPottery

    © Cody Galvin Pottery &copy

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    © Cody Galvin Pottery &copy

  17. You beat me to this Chris!!!!!!!! THANKS for saying it too. When I read the original posting before I scrolled down the thread... I was about to head in the exact same direction. This general subject can be extended SO far beyond the idea of being a "high school student". Same is true of the person who is an older adult but has just started taking ceramics classes and is looking at the same kind of thing. Just because something sells.... does not necessarly make it "good"....... the incesant TV infomercials prove that point . Just because something can be done does not mean is should be done......... look at some of the GMO foodstuffs they are attempting to make . best, ...............john Okay, I didn't know you guys would freak out so much about me advertising my pottery but I get the fact that you guys don't want advertising on here that's fine with me. I also get the fact that you guys believe that I shouldn't be worried about selling my work at such a young age. but that's not all I'm worried about at all. I've only sold a fraction of what I have made. I have a basement full of my work but I just can't keep letting it pile up. It's not like I have my own studio or storage I can put it in. I don't make the rules in my house. So therefor I sell my work. I don't do pottery for the money because if you guys don't know there is little money in making pottery and very few people have the talent to make a living off of it. I have gone to many craft sales, talked and taken classes with professional potters, been a volunteer at the OPA Showcase for 3 years and a lot of different galleries in Portland. I have learned alot from all these events and I've used tips to help make my pottery better. And just because you've been doing pottery longer than someone doesn't make your stuff better or you better. I've seen people that have taken classes for many years and in college that there stuff isn't close to mine and even they agree. Just because someone has been doing something for a long time doesn't make them automatically "Good" and just because you have a potters wheel doesn't make you a potter.
  18. I'm trying to expand my audience for selling my pottery. I'm a 17 year old high schooler thats very interested in pottery and Ive been doing it for about a year now and I was wondering if anyone has tried etsy or ebay and which one they have found more successful any tips? I decided to tryout Ebay heres my listing if you want to check it out! (2 great mugs) [links removed]
  19. I just got in the mail my new photo backdrop. I already had a photo cube but the backdrops that came with it werent good at all so i went on amazon and purchased a Calumet PVC backdrop. it was $35 but I think it was worth it. This is my newest bottle that I did, sticking with my tree motif. I also created this custom cork and put this broken drawer handle that I found on the end of the cork. Please comment on how you think the back drop looks or anything i could do differently with my pottery! Im a 17 year old potter and Im trying to learn new things everyday!
  20. Please click on this and check it out https://www.facebook.com/CodyGalvinPottery
  21. So after I sprig the trees on use a ribbon tool to fix up the shape? Ill have to try it out and yeah I didnt think about thatt.. Ill keep that in mind for my next ones... Thanks!
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