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    clay lover got a reaction from Roberta12 in Weight/size Charts?   
    what about developing yur own chart, based on how you throw now.  When I get a new form the size and shape I want, I record in a binder the weight of clay used, the size I open to and the wall and finished rim size.  then when I want to go back to it it's way easier.  When I started I wrote the size clay I had used on the bats of the freshly thrown pieces, then measured after they were glazed.  I developed from there.v
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    clay lover got a reaction from Oldmuddy in Weight/size Charts?   
    what about developing yur own chart, based on how you throw now.  When I get a new form the size and shape I want, I record in a binder the weight of clay used, the size I open to and the wall and finished rim size.  then when I want to go back to it it's way easier.  When I started I wrote the size clay I had used on the bats of the freshly thrown pieces, then measured after they were glazed.  I developed from there.v
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    clay lover got a reaction from Rae Reich in Weight/size Charts?   
    what about developing yur own chart, based on how you throw now.  When I get a new form the size and shape I want, I record in a binder the weight of clay used, the size I open to and the wall and finished rim size.  then when I want to go back to it it's way easier.  When I started I wrote the size clay I had used on the bats of the freshly thrown pieces, then measured after they were glazed.  I developed from there.v
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    clay lover reacted to PRankin in Weight/size Charts?   
    According to the weight/size chart, when looking up my weight it says I should be 7 ft. 2 in. tall.
     
     
    -Paul R.
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    clay lover reacted to Pres in Weight/size Charts?   
    As I often throw off the hump, I have come to think of size balls instead of weights. Golf ball gets me a decent: small cup, salt bowl, lid for teapot or other container, chalice bowl. A tennis ball yields a good sized coffee mug, a salad bowl, a larger lid, closed box form for lid separation later, or even a short chalice stem. Hard ball sized ball will be a larger mug, a small teapot, a larger chalice stem, a larger salad or soup bowl or ramekin, larger closed box form, or quite large mug. Softball size will do well for teapots, batter bowls, serving bowls, some larger lids, and small pitcher forms. Then we get to sized we don't have balls to relate too, but then you might get the picture. It is not rocket science, but it works. You will notice that I do not have anything in the way of plates here, I still have not mastered throwing them, even small ones off the hump.
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    clay lover got a reaction from GEP in removing e6000?   
    Weeeeellll, took a box of ikibana bowls to gallery today that had been in my car over night with 19* temps.  2 of them  had there pin frogs rolling loose around in the bowl.  So, I guess freezing is the answer.  durn.  Never had that happen be fore.
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    clay lover reacted to Min in removing e6000?   
    I rough up the metal surface with a diamond sanding pad, makes a difference in getting a better bond.
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    clay lover reacted to liambesaw in removing e6000?   
    If you can sandblast the areas you connect them or design each part with mechanical retention in mind, an adhesive will work better.  There is no chemical bond between glass|adhesive|glass so it functions on mechanical retention.  Just a thought for future situation where you need to glue two parts together.
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    clay lover got a reaction from Rae Reich in removing e6000?   
    Weeeeellll, took a box of ikibana bowls to gallery today that had been in my car over night with 19* temps.  2 of them  had there pin frogs rolling loose around in the bowl.  So, I guess freezing is the answer.  durn.  Never had that happen be fore.
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    clay lover got a reaction from Rae Reich in Wobble pots   
    I watched the Clay Olympics at the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival this past Friday.  The competed in groups of 4.  I noticed one of the wheels they had put out in the gravel parking lot was rockin and rollin while the potter worked..  However,  in the final group the largest tallest pot was thrown on that wobbly wheel.  17" ,4" wide at base and top, from 8 lbs of clay.   I also got to meet Neil!!!!
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    clay lover got a reaction from LeeU in Wobble pots   
    I watched the Clay Olympics at the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival this past Friday.  The competed in groups of 4.  I noticed one of the wheels they had put out in the gravel parking lot was rockin and rollin while the potter worked..  However,  in the final group the largest tallest pot was thrown on that wobbly wheel.  17" ,4" wide at base and top, from 8 lbs of clay.   I also got to meet Neil!!!!
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    clay lover reacted to neilestrick in Wobble pots   
    Unevenness can come from poor centering technique or poor pulling technique. If everything stays centered as you open, then it's probably a pulling issue. Make sure that when you pull, make your pinch and hold for a couple of rotations so that the pinch is established around the entire piece before beginning to move upward with your pull.
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    clay lover reacted to oldlady in Wobble pots   
    welcome,   this is a simple fix but might be hard to think about.   just take it off and get a new one from a dealer.  no use fighting with something that basic.  working with clay is hard enough without having to fight with your equipment too.
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    clay lover got a reaction from Rae Reich in 1st show this Sat, kinda freaking out   
    your buyers will never see you work like you do.  Pieces that I really don't like are often the first to sell.  
    I don't do a 2nd s table, I think it looks cheezy.  if they are 2nds, I hammer them.  that said, your buyers mostly know NOTHING about  pottery and don't know what a 2nd is.  Something obvious, like a crack or glaze craters, I would not offer it for sale in the the first place, maybe give away to studio visitors, or experiments in reglazing, but never for sale.
    Ditch the colored table drapes, go to Lowe's and get painters drapes in neutral muslim, or white flat bed sheets, but no color.
    Pack in plastic if at all possible, rain will make cardboard fall apart, even if you just sit it down on wet ground.
    be ready to explain what 'hand made' means and just smile , no matter what anyone says.  They probably have never made a pot. and don't realize how foolish they sound.
    If you cover your expenses, consider it a good day and learn from it.  
    have plenty of change, take a cooler for food, a good sale is one where there is no time to go get anything to eat, or to eat it!
    take a picture of your final set up before show opens, to learn from for next time,  there will be a next time!
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    clay lover got a reaction from 1515art in Another pottery pricing thread   
    sounds like you are dancing up the Yellow Brick Road!
     
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    clay lover reacted to glazenerd in Another pottery pricing thread   
    Get ready for the ride of your life. Think proportionately!  A vase looks large in a 12 x 12 room, but a 24 x 40 room will swallow it up. Pay attention to the decor in general: and design pieces that " fit in."  When she gets it all done; she will host an open house for all her friends to review her latest " hot pieces." Then the phone will start ringing for 2000-3000$ pieces. You have been looking for that gold mine? Congrats, you just found it. Unique, large, one of a kind, custom, color palette, etc. change your thinking, you just left Kansas Dorothy.
    T
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    clay lover reacted to LeeU in Another pottery pricing thread   
    Yes, I am glad you appreciate it and I am glad to sell it to you (at that price). 
    No, thank you for appreciating it, but it is not for sale. Let me show you something else. 
    Beyond that, in my view, is overthinking it.
    The "to- sell-or-not- to-sell" decision should be based on knowing what you really want in the first place, currently and with thought given to the  future.  So, "know thyself" is the work to be done here. 
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    clay lover reacted to Gabby in Another pottery pricing thread   
    I think that your work will have different value to different people, as everyone's does.  Unless there is some extraordinary reason you don't want to sell to a person,  I think you should accept the unexpectedly high offer on any piece you want to sell and don't sell the work that is not for sale. You must have a reason you don't want to let go of it. If the person pushes, you might say you have a sentimental reason for holding onto the not-for-sale piece but she is welcome to commission one like it.
    I think it is healthy not then to interpret these prices as the new prices for which you would sell similar items.  You may be right in recognizing this to be an extraordinary case of someone willing to pay much more than a piece is worth to anyone other than her because money doesn't mean much to her with how much she has.
    You called her "new client/friend." I think the friend part of this is tricky, particularly if it is a new friend.  Financial relationships with friends are tough . My mother had a "friend" for years who never spoke with her again after she wouldn't sell her "friend" a suit with a fur collar that my mother wanted to keep for herself. 
    So I would say don't lose your heart to a "friend" whose price is your being willing to sell her anything she wants.
     
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    clay lover reacted to Joy pots in Plaster for wedging table   
    Why not slide in a piece for cement board the size of the table for a wedge board.  My husband screwed an L shaped joined to hold it in place.
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    clay lover reacted to Pres in Plaster for wedging table   
    Durable, absorbant, and replaceable. Some of them are a bit rough, but others are smoother.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    clay lover reacted to Pres in Plaster for wedging table   
    At the height you have, it may work very well as a finishing table, add a banding wheel to it, and you have a good work area for finishing pieces.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    clay lover reacted to oldlady in Plaster for wedging table   
    looking at all that nice,horizontal surface you were planning to use for plaster made me think about the height of that table and how comfortable (or not) it would be for wedging.  i do not wedge often and use a lower tabletop for it so i can lean some weight into the spiral.   
    i would consider using the underside of that big tray as a worktable.   that would depend on your height and what you might need to do to flip it over.  beautiful daylight through the window, it would make a marvelous place to assemble things, add handles, etc.  just about elbow height is very good for your posture if you stand to work.  you might think about it.  trying to work inside a trough would be limiting but the underside, yes, it might work well.
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    clay lover reacted to GreyBird in Plaster for wedging table   
    OK, so after a good night sleep, I've decided to not fill the tabletop with plaster, but instead to make wood frames and pour individual 2'x2' slabs. This way I can move them around the studio or line them up on the table if I want and the edges will be open so they can expel moisture better as Mark makes a good point about the slabs drying better that way.
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    clay lover reacted to GreyBird in Plaster for wedging table   
    P.S. The four inch height may be overkill. I could build a 2" or 3"  frame within the outer 4" lip of the table and pour into those sections.
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    clay lover got a reaction from Rae Reich in Studio tips: Keeping tools clean when working   
    on the topic of keeping cleaner as you work, I throw with slip more than water.  When I want a tool, I always end up reaching for it with clay covered hands and spreading the slip all over the tools in my storage jar, looking for the one I want.  I'm thinking I need a 2nd small bucket of CLEAN water for hands before I reach for a the tools.  I am trying to redefine what 'clean ' means in my studio..
    recently I got a sheet of that thin board from Lowes that you might use for lining cheap shower stalls, slick, WHITE and water resistant.  I covered my main work table that the wheel sit beside and where I put the blls of clay I will be throwing, used tools , towels etc.  Now, I can't pretend I have cleaned up, the white surface screams 'No, you didn't"  no excuses now, 
     
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