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  1. I’m waiting until the slip has dried enough to flip the mold over and it fall out; I’ve done this a lot before I did pottery, but the shavings from my pottery scraps just never seem to dry enough to get it out of the mold
  2. Hi all ive been keeping my scraps and use them to make slip from. It seems no matter how thick I leave it, I’m rarely successful at getting it dry enough to get it out of the mold? It never seems to dry; I have no idea what I’m missing. I tried adding a little sodium silicate to keep it mixed....any ideas?
  3. @liambesaw - what are those colors (the top picture) - they look cool - I really like the "farmhouse decor" style - which lends to reddish maroon, oatmeal, etc. - but not sure what I like the best - The other thing I am trying to consider - do I make / take a lot of holiday theme items? My fear there is that I will end up packing a bunch home until next year thank you all for the feedback - excited to get it all together
  4. Hi All, I was searching for the most popular glaze colors for 2019 (or trends) - I have done some shows, but my setup looked more like 1000 pieces of misc. pottery. I want to go back to a more "solid" look, and maybe have 3 sections (or 2) with only a combination glaze mix and/or solid color glaze (no layering) so my booth doesn't look so "Hodge Podge" I looked at the other newer post on the users first pottery show and how to display, but my question(s) are: 1) I was looking at coming color trends for 2019; they are gearing towards yellows, oranges, turquoise....does anyone apply those trends to pottery and decorations? These were general color trends and also included fashion trends 2) Given the two markets I am starting to make more work for are towards the holidays, what "colors" do you suggest? I don't want to gear my items towards Thanksgiving or Christmas (I don't want to end up taking a bunch of things home that are all holiday themes) - but what colors/color combinations are best around the holidays? Or does it matter? Thank you in advance for suggestions - I want to make my Holiday markets more profitable
  5. I understand the average weights of clay for a 12oz mug; but given a very general / usual mug; fairly straight walls, etc - nothing fancy - how tall and wide is the average 12 oz mug before firing? Nevermind - I didn't look close enough lol
  6. One more question though - if a wax resist is used, say on the mugs that are red and have the bottoms un-glazed....is that food safe? Are there any worries about getting someone sick? What about if that was done on a plate?
  7. Thank you so much, and thank you for giving me the recipe on how to mix it; I was especially lacking on that!! Appreciate the time and help C.
  8. Hi there I have no idea if this is the right place for this, OR if these questions have already been answered - I searched, but couldn't find what I was looking for I wanted to know how to use Red Iron Oxide in sections of a regularly glazed piece (see attachments), such as a coffee cup with a red iron oxide section.... 1) How/what is the suggested ration for mixing up red iron oxide to be used as a glaze? 2) Do I do the red iron oxide part of the glazing first, then add the rest of the glaze? (see picture for better idea of what I am trying to explain) 3) There are also pieces that appear to be raw clay in parts of the piece, and then regular glaze? (see white and red tree photo and green coffee cup with faint tree lines) - are these types of works still covered in some sort of oxide? Or is it really just un-glazed areas of the work?
  9. Hi all One more question I wanted to make some mugs, and either add another small slab to the top of the mug that has a saying on it, or carve a saying directly into the mug How you get the words to be smooth? Is there a tool that makes this kind of thing easier? I can see using a needle tool, but it always leaves slag. If I used a slab/plate and attached that to the mug, it is better to use waterslide/decal paper? Are stamps the preferred method? Also, my handwriting stinks I searched the site, but it didn't return what I was looking for, but I am sure someone posted something here like this before
  10. you guys are GREAT - so much work for something so basic lol
  11. thank you all, a lot of good ideas; this seems more complicated than I thought it would be lol I actually tried searching for bisque frames, but I need an opening for a 8x10 photo; all I can find is mostly 4x6 or 3.5x5"; so that doesn't really help much I have a customer that wanted 2 photo frames, horse haired - and I just can't seem to get the frames made. Granted it is harder for me to do on bisque - but at least that was an easier and much quicker option
  12. Hello all this seems like it should be easy, and I tend to make things harder than they need to be; I have to make two picture frames that have an 8X10 opening; what I am struggling with - how do you assemble the easel and glass? around the opening do I trim 1/8" so when the glass is inserted, it sits flush with the bisque after the clay is fired? Do you glue the easel back onto the back of the frame? Any help/suggestions would be great - it really can't be this hard
  13. Thank you - will read the blog you posted (GEP)....I did read that standing gives a much better presence than sitting - will try that I just started pottery a few years ago, most of the items I have now are decorative; I know I need more functional things, which will help. Maybe that is a followup question - if you have items that are more "decorative" - how do you sell a vase lol; I have done hang tags which has been suggested on here, I also have setup examples which has helped. One more question - what do you do with your items that are not 100%? Example: I had some jewelry cups for earrings and brushes that the glaze was too think n the bottom; they are still nice and functional, just not as perfect as I like. do you put them on a "markdown" shelf? Do you throw them away so you don't have a "shelf of shame" lol - thank you all - appreciate the help C.
  14. Hi all; I have been doing craft fairs for a little while, and I have a decent product; my downfall is the selling point; I have tried to find older posts - for some reason, my "forum" now displays horribly like old HTML layout - which makes this impossible - but how do you engage customers, without running them off, but at the same time, acknowledging them and increasing sales? I always greet them, watch body language to see how to proceed next; I don't pounce on them if they are "just looking"...but I can't seem to find a way that works for me....any suggestions?
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