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Nancy S.

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About Nancy S.

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    My day job pays for my clay habit
  • Birthday 03/18/1977

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    Harrisburg area, PA
  • Interests
    Pottery (of course), sewing, and baking elaborate desserts.
  1. Greetings, all! It's Springtime here in PA, so I'm working on the cleaning/reorganizing of my small "studio" (a corner of an outbuilding). My previous set-up sort of worked, but I feel that it could be vastly improved upon. So! Tell me how your workspaces are set up if they work out well for you. Is there an arrangement that seems to work better than others? Also, I have space for shelves (which I plan to install this season) on the wall. Any suggestions on shelving? Also also, I personally don't keep my glazes in the studio (since it's unheated/uncooled), but for tools and bats and other doodads, does anyone have any awesome suggestions on keeping everything organized? I have sooo many little things and am struggling with keeping them handy enough to use but organized enough to keep them out of the way when I don't need them. (Incidentally, I have an old dresser that's missing a drawer and I am seriously considering converting it to a pottery tool chest...)
  2. If you have a program and aren't sure how to use a feature, try looking on YouTube for tutorials. I go there quite a bit when I'm stuck on a Photoshop thing. :-)
  3. A coworker of mine became a grandmother for the first time. I made a little keepsake box for the baby girl so that her parents can keep her first lost tooth, first haircut, etc. but when she's old enough she can use it for jewelry or whatnot.
  4. If you're planning to sell on Etsy, check out their seller's guides. I don't sell a lot there, since I don't have a lot of extra to sell; but I have the occasional sale, usually around the holiday. It just depends on what people want at the time...if you have more to offer you'll sell more. Tyler is totally right, too! I keep a lot because some things have flaws that don't make them saleable, or I really like it or need it. Pricing is always tricky on Etsy, since you're dealing with a national audience. What easily sells for $50 in California or Boston or New York won't be purchased by someone in most of the country for more than $30. But priced too low, it won't sell because people think it's cheaply made and low quality. Plus you need to figure out shipping fees ahead of time, a whole 'nother pain. :-) If you make what you love to make, that beauty and sincerity will come through in the work and make it appealing to others. Check out what successful Etsy sellers do: great descriptions, clear policies, good photos. And good luck!!
  5. Sure do! I haven't found the "one" (clay wise) that I'd like to use exclusively, so I make notes about each as I work with 50-100 lbs. Eventually I'll figure out which works best for what I want to do...
  6. Adorable! I envy your skill... thanks for sharing this!!
  7. Being self-taught, I always used to think that the "pro" potters didn't make mistakes or have certain problems. Watching a live demo made me understand that they DO, but online videos and such just don't show them. I'm not such a screwup after all! :-)
  8. Of course! Last year and this year, my family and coworkers are getting pottery gifts. I asked what they want, generally, though this year they'll have a choice from a pile of stuff. One coworker has even commissioned cookie jars (and paid nicely for them). As a hobby potter who needs the practice, I use the 'gift pieces' as a way to improve my technique and test glazes. Last year I made 10 bowls for centerpieces (work meeting) and got a new paying client out of it to boot. It works for me!
  9. Heck yeah! What good is it to be a potter that makes dishes if you can't make your own dishes? That's like the cobbler's kids running around with no shoes.
  10. Neil and oldlady are right. Commercially available pots/saucers are treated so they aren't as dusty as plain bisque ware or as porous.
  11. Question on sieving - should I run the reconstituted glaze through 80 or 100 mesh? I have some commercial glazes that have dried up. When should Epsom salts be added, and how much??
  12. Brilliant, Pugaboo! I will try the bottle trick. :-) You all have lovely sponge holders.
  13. Funny you should bring this up! I just finished this here teapot not too long ago: I'm drying it verrrry slooooowly for obvious reasons. The spout really does come up over the top of the lid (barely), it just doesn't look like it from this angle. (This is actually the second time I'm making this teapot. The first time the spout was too short and when it was fired, the lid was fired on the pot accidentally - and not by me!)
  14. Thanks, everyone! I had thought about underglaze as an alternative option. Question about the Spectrum Lime - is it transparent or opaque? I'm using a darker clay right now, but will likely switch back to a white or buff when this box is gone.
  15. Hey all! My first volley of research didn't garner much, so I figured I'd see what the forum has to offer... A friend of mine would like me to make something for her in a bright lime green (see attached photos for examples of the color). Any suggestions for a commercially-available glaze? PLEASE note that I don't mix my own for various reasons, so unless you're going to mix it for me and mail it (an option I'm not averse to if someone is willing), I have to go the commercial route. Any brand is fine, but it needs to be either ^05 or ^6. Suggestions? Thank you all in advance! ...not my personal preference in colors, but it's not going in MY house.
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