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    GEP got a reaction from Juliagoolia in When do you stop wanting to barf?   
    Having taught a class where I guided students through their first selling experiences, it is totally normal to find pricing to be terrifying at that stage. The only cure is time and practice. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Mark C. in When do you stop wanting to barf?   
    Having taught a class where I guided students through their first selling experiences, it is totally normal to find pricing to be terrifying at that stage. The only cure is time and practice. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in How many glazes in a home studio...?   
    I have 3 main glazes. Plus 3 more that are just variations of the two of the main glazes. 
    Another benefit to keeping your glaze palette limited is it’s easier and cheaper to buy glaze materials, when you only need a limited number of ingredients. You can buy 50 lb sacks knowing you’e going to use it all up. 
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    GEP got a reaction from nancylee in What’s on your workbench?   
    I mentioned in another thread a few days ago that I would be attempting to throw an extra-large planter for my patio. Here it is so far. This was a combination of throwing and coil building. 25 lbs of clay total. It is currently 17.5 inches across and 10 inches tall. No guarantees it will make it through the rest of the process. 

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    GEP got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    I mentioned in another thread a few days ago that I would be attempting to throw an extra-large planter for my patio. Here it is so far. This was a combination of throwing and coil building. 25 lbs of clay total. It is currently 17.5 inches across and 10 inches tall. No guarantees it will make it through the rest of the process. 

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    GEP got a reaction from dhPotter in What’s on your workbench?   
    I mentioned in another thread a few days ago that I would be attempting to throw an extra-large planter for my patio. Here it is so far. This was a combination of throwing and coil building. 25 lbs of clay total. It is currently 17.5 inches across and 10 inches tall. No guarantees it will make it through the rest of the process. 

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    GEP got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    I mentioned in another thread a few days ago that I would be attempting to throw an extra-large planter for my patio. Here it is so far. This was a combination of throwing and coil building. 25 lbs of clay total. It is currently 17.5 inches across and 10 inches tall. No guarantees it will make it through the rest of the process. 

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    GEP got a reaction from Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    I mentioned in another thread a few days ago that I would be attempting to throw an extra-large planter for my patio. Here it is so far. This was a combination of throwing and coil building. 25 lbs of clay total. It is currently 17.5 inches across and 10 inches tall. No guarantees it will make it through the rest of the process. 

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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 in How many glazes in a home studio...?   
    I have 3 main glazes. Plus 3 more that are just variations of the two of the main glazes. 
    Another benefit to keeping your glaze palette limited is it’s easier and cheaper to buy glaze materials, when you only need a limited number of ingredients. You can buy 50 lb sacks knowing you’e going to use it all up. 
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    GEP reacted to Min in Why are so many people selling crazed functional ware?   
    Ask 10 potters if crazing is okay on functional pots and you'll probably get 15 answers. I'm in the no crazing for functional work camp.
    A thread with differing points of view here.
     
    If you don't want crazing then, no, pots shouldn't ping when removing from the kiln or pouring hot liquid in. 
    It's very much doable to make non-crazing glazes, however some claybodies are more difficult to get a well fitting glaze with than others. It seems that many potters will spend years practicing their throwing or handbuilding skills and yet just go on a wing and a prayer as far as glazing goes. It takes time to learn glaze chem, lots of testing and even more patience. 
    Welcome to the forum.
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    GEP reacted to Mark C. in Hand sanitizer bottles and sponge holders   
    Well for many many decades I have made threaded top lotion bottles with stainless steel pump tops-now they are hand sanitizer dispensers and as you know like toilet paper anything cleaning realated is hot now. sponge holders are on fire now as well. Hey they hold a sponge and that cleans surfaces -who knew???seems many did not. Now they are catching on. Making tons of them now.
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    GEP got a reaction from Katie Piro in How many glazes in a home studio...?   
    I have 3 main glazes. Plus 3 more that are just variations of the two of the main glazes. 
    Another benefit to keeping your glaze palette limited is it’s easier and cheaper to buy glaze materials, when you only need a limited number of ingredients. You can buy 50 lb sacks knowing you’e going to use it all up. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Hulk in How many glazes in a home studio...?   
    I have 3 main glazes. Plus 3 more that are just variations of the two of the main glazes. 
    Another benefit to keeping your glaze palette limited is it’s easier and cheaper to buy glaze materials, when you only need a limited number of ingredients. You can buy 50 lb sacks knowing you’e going to use it all up. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Pres in How many glazes in a home studio...?   
    I have 3 main glazes. Plus 3 more that are just variations of the two of the main glazes. 
    Another benefit to keeping your glaze palette limited is it’s easier and cheaper to buy glaze materials, when you only need a limited number of ingredients. You can buy 50 lb sacks knowing you’e going to use it all up. 
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    GEP got a reaction from neilestrick in How many glazes in a home studio...?   
    I have 3 main glazes. Plus 3 more that are just variations of the two of the main glazes. 
    Another benefit to keeping your glaze palette limited is it’s easier and cheaper to buy glaze materials, when you only need a limited number of ingredients. You can buy 50 lb sacks knowing you’e going to use it all up. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Pottery Sales - strange days   
    I mentioned two days ago that I had a show postponed to late June which had not been cancelled yet. Well, it was cancelled this morning. Now I already have enough pots for a July show that has not been cancelled yet, which I expect to be cancelled too. My back-up plans are to do another "home delivery" show for my local area, and another one for the State College PA area, which will involve a day trip up to Pennsylvania. These will probably happen in June or July.
    I have already received booth fee refunds of $1515, and now I have another $450 coming in a few days. With my teeny budget, this actually goes a long way. Combined with the home delivery sale I did last month, I am several months away from needing to tap my emergency fund. 
    Sales from my online school have been up ever since the shutdowns began. I guess that makes sense. 
    Honestly, I am enjoying the slower pace. My front yard has not looked this good in years. I am cooking a lot more. I used to enjoy cooking a lot, but since becoming a full-time potter, I really haven't had the time or energy to do much more than dump things in an instant pot, or get take out. These days, I get to enjoy better food.
    Last summer, I bought a blueberry bush, which died. I partially blamed the plastic planter, because the plants in nearby ceramic planters were fine. My next studio project is to make myself a gigantic ceramic planter, and try again with a blueberry bush this year. 
    I am rethinking how I am going to schedule myself, even when things are relatively normal again. I really don't need to do 10 shows per year. 6 might be enough?
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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 in Christmas Shows?   
    I have one show that was postponed to June 20-21 that has not been cancelled yet. I still made pots so I have enough inventory for it. Not because I think it will happen, but because I think it is my professional obligation, until I hear otherwise.
    Two out of three of my July shows have been cancelled. So I am still making enough pots for the third show. Again, I don’t expect it to happen, but who the heck knows. 
    As has been pointed out by Mark, finished pots do not go bad, so there is no downside to having extra stock. 
    As for fall and holiday shows, I think it is reasonable to plan as if they are going to happen. I’m keeping my thoughts about this fluid, of course. If they happen, there will be lots of changes. I plan on having a big touchless dispenser filled with hand sanitizer in my display. My greeting will become “Hi! If you want to touch any pots, please sanitize your hands first (while pointing at dispenser).” I expect everyone will be glad to comply with that. The hard part about this idea is that hand sanitizer is so hard to find right now. I also plan to use an alternate arrangement of my display, which is smaller and pushed towards the front of the booth. This will give me more space behind the display to keep my distance as much as possible. A smaller display is fine because there will be fewer customers anyways. But based on how people are flocking to beaches and shopping malls this week, I don’t expect the art festivals to be ghost towns. I own two N95 masks, which my brother sent me out of his California earthquake preparedness kit. I am saving them for shows. They do not have an exhalation valve, so they will protect me from others, and protect others from me. 
    I am planning to apply for one or two extra shows for the fall,. I usually try to keep my November schedule easy, so I can stock up for my December open studio, but this year I plan to have extra stock piled up. I’m still deciding on which shows. and cancellation policy is a big factor for me too. 
    This is my thinking for now. But I am following the data everyday, and I don’t consider anything to be decided. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Rae Reich in Christmas Shows?   
    I have one show that was postponed to June 20-21 that has not been cancelled yet. I still made pots so I have enough inventory for it. Not because I think it will happen, but because I think it is my professional obligation, until I hear otherwise.
    Two out of three of my July shows have been cancelled. So I am still making enough pots for the third show. Again, I don’t expect it to happen, but who the heck knows. 
    As has been pointed out by Mark, finished pots do not go bad, so there is no downside to having extra stock. 
    As for fall and holiday shows, I think it is reasonable to plan as if they are going to happen. I’m keeping my thoughts about this fluid, of course. If they happen, there will be lots of changes. I plan on having a big touchless dispenser filled with hand sanitizer in my display. My greeting will become “Hi! If you want to touch any pots, please sanitize your hands first (while pointing at dispenser).” I expect everyone will be glad to comply with that. The hard part about this idea is that hand sanitizer is so hard to find right now. I also plan to use an alternate arrangement of my display, which is smaller and pushed towards the front of the booth. This will give me more space behind the display to keep my distance as much as possible. A smaller display is fine because there will be fewer customers anyways. But based on how people are flocking to beaches and shopping malls this week, I don’t expect the art festivals to be ghost towns. I own two N95 masks, which my brother sent me out of his California earthquake preparedness kit. I am saving them for shows. They do not have an exhalation valve, so they will protect me from others, and protect others from me. 
    I am planning to apply for one or two extra shows for the fall,. I usually try to keep my November schedule easy, so I can stock up for my December open studio, but this year I plan to have extra stock piled up. I’m still deciding on which shows. and cancellation policy is a big factor for me too. 
    This is my thinking for now. But I am following the data everyday, and I don’t consider anything to be decided. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Hulk in Aardvark open for pick-up   
    For those in the mid-Atlantic area, Clayworks Supplies is doing curbside pickups at all of their locations (Baltimore MD, Alexandria VA, and Richmond VA), if you need to buy heavy stuff like clay. They are still shipping as well. The hours are limited so check their website for details. https;//clayworkssupplies.com
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    GEP got a reaction from Rae Reich in Aardvark open for pick-up   
    For those in the mid-Atlantic area, Clayworks Supplies is doing curbside pickups at all of their locations (Baltimore MD, Alexandria VA, and Richmond VA), if you need to buy heavy stuff like clay. They are still shipping as well. The hours are limited so check their website for details. https;//clayworkssupplies.com
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    GEP reacted to Min in What's On Your Kitchen Table?   
    Cinnamon buns for my family, just out the oven, vanilla icing when cooled a bit. Mug of tea for me (in one of my mugs).

     
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    GEP reacted to Rae Reich in Aardvark open for pick-up   
    Santa Ana branch

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    GEP reacted to LeeU in Ceramics Monthly May 2020   
    Tooting my own horn here.  My little article on using a spreadsheet and storage carts for home studio organizational efficiency is the Quick Tip for the month! I received this from  the Acquisitions and Content Editor  "... after reading a post of yours on the Ceramic Arts Network Forum thread “Where do you keep it once you made it?” in which you described your spreadsheet and storage system for keeping track of inventory. This is such a concise, organized way of managing finished pottery, and we think readers would love to learn more. Would you be willing to write a short article on your method for Ceramics Monthly?" Cool, huh?   Thanks, Prez, for asking the question! 


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    GEP got a reaction from Rae Reich in What's On Your Kitchen Table?   
    It’s not food, but I did make them in my kitchen. I have trouble buying lip balm in stores, because these days they all contain ingredients that make me itchy (shea butter, aloe vera, menthol). Why can’t I buy a basic mixture of beeswax and coconut oil? Now I know why, because it is way too easy and cheap to make it yourself. The store brands need to add fancy ingredients so they can charge $3.99. These tubes cost me about 25 cents each.

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    GEP reacted to Roberta12 in Lockdown Gallery still has online sales-free delivery locally   
    Yep, that's what I am doing.  I have taken payment through square for several years and have been pleased with ease of use and their analytics.  Once I figured out the squareonline store was simply part of my "dashboard" through Square, I started working on it.  @GEP sales site looked clean and easy and  it's been fairly straightforward.  It has taken a bit of time to edit photos and write up descriptions, but not too much, really.  I can do this AND make sourdough bread at the same time!  
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