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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 got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    My second attempt at a self-draining soap dish works! Big thanks to Pres for supplying this suggestion:
    Having a wall and a lip as two sort-of separate elements allowed me to cut a channel through the wall, but still have enough clay on the lip to pull and shape a spout. Now it allows the water to slide off, but not the soap!



     
     
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    GEP got a reaction from kristinanoel in Complete newbie with an absurd project   
    @IHaveToKeepThisQuiet, luckily for you, Minnesota is loaded with potters. Please be willing to pay a generous asking price. Also, please do not express anything to the potter like “I think I could do this myself ... “
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    GEP got a reaction from IHaveToKeepThisQuiet in Complete newbie with an absurd project   
    I like this idea a lot. OP could aim to make an item that is meant for display on a shelf, rather than one that is food safe and functional. Meant to express love, rather than expertise. 
    The idea of someone making me drink coffee from a mug that is entwined with another mug that is also full of coffee makes marriage seem like a questionable idea :-). But if it was a metaphor displayed on a shelf, that actually makes more sense. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 in Complete newbie with an absurd project   
    I like this idea a lot. OP could aim to make an item that is meant for display on a shelf, rather than one that is food safe and functional. Meant to express love, rather than expertise. 
    The idea of someone making me drink coffee from a mug that is entwined with another mug that is also full of coffee makes marriage seem like a questionable idea :-). But if it was a metaphor displayed on a shelf, that actually makes more sense. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 in Complete newbie with an absurd project   
    @IHaveToKeepThisQuiet, luckily for you, Minnesota is loaded with potters. Please be willing to pay a generous asking price. Also, please do not express anything to the potter like “I think I could do this myself ... “
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    GEP reacted to LeeU in What’s on your workbench?   
    Yee haw---ain't nuthin' on my workbench cuz it's all on it's way to the kiln. Finally! 

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    GEP got a reaction from blackthorn in What’s on your workbench?   
    My second attempt at a self-draining soap dish works! Big thanks to Pres for supplying this suggestion:
    Having a wall and a lip as two sort-of separate elements allowed me to cut a channel through the wall, but still have enough clay on the lip to pull and shape a spout. Now it allows the water to slide off, but not the soap!



     
     
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    GEP got a reaction from Rae Reich in Christmas Shows?   
    I've started thinking about how to handle my own holiday open studio. It is normally on the second weekend of December, which is pretty late in the season. If all the fall shows get cancelled, I could move it to November, and conceivably have it outdoors. I would make it a one day event (instead of two), and set up tables in my back yard and space them far apart so customers can distance themselves. Masks would be required. It would be credit card only, and chip cards only. Customers would have to dip their own card. Apple Pay would also work. I'm torn about checks. I have good customers who always pay by check. I suppose a check isn't as filthy as cash, and hasn't been circulating in the environment for years. Customers could bag their own purchases, or simple carry them away unwrapped. A wrapping/bagging station would be set up for them, again allowing for social distancing. 
    This would be followed by putting the remaining pots online for another "free home delivery" sale for those who did not want to attend the event. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Chilly in What’s on your workbench?   
    My second attempt at a self-draining soap dish works! Big thanks to Pres for supplying this suggestion:
    Having a wall and a lip as two sort-of separate elements allowed me to cut a channel through the wall, but still have enough clay on the lip to pull and shape a spout. Now it allows the water to slide off, but not the soap!



     
     
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    GEP reacted to liambesaw in Throwing big   
    I like throwing separate pieces and joining, but even that is severely limiting.  You can go high but it's difficult to go wide.  If you want wide and high, coilings the ticket.
    This bird bath was thrown in 3 pieces and joined.  
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    GEP got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    My second attempt at a self-draining soap dish works! Big thanks to Pres for supplying this suggestion:
    Having a wall and a lip as two sort-of separate elements allowed me to cut a channel through the wall, but still have enough clay on the lip to pull and shape a spout. Now it allows the water to slide off, but not the soap!



     
     
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    GEP reacted to Hulk in Christmas Shows?   
    Have been considering strategy for own holiday open studio as well, if such a thing is allowed come Fall. There may not be any group type of opportunity around here.
    Masks required, aye. Ware stations spread out, aye that too. Was thinking that any pieces picked up and/or breathed on be placed on cleaning station table, where it would be wiped down before being placed back. I like wrap and bag yourself, however, each customer should only be able to inoculate their own wrapping materials.
    I'm carrying a 2.5 quart plastic snap top vessel with me - with some soapy water plus a dash of bleach, and a washcloth - since onset o' pandemic, everywhere. I keep the wet washcloth in my hand; everything gets wiped. Cash goes straight in - we're "laundering" money, all money, incoming aaand outgoing as well. A check written in non-smearable ink can take a wipe with damp washcloth, and for sure clean hands and surface after putting the check in its box. The mail is holding up ok, fwiw. Later, alla checks can be hung in the sun with a clothespin for an afternoon?
    Don't know why solution and washcloth isn't "a thing" yet; makes sense to me!
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    GEP got a reaction from DirtRoads in Christmas Shows?   
    I've started thinking about how to handle my own holiday open studio. It is normally on the second weekend of December, which is pretty late in the season. If all the fall shows get cancelled, I could move it to November, and conceivably have it outdoors. I would make it a one day event (instead of two), and set up tables in my back yard and space them far apart so customers can distance themselves. Masks would be required. It would be credit card only, and chip cards only. Customers would have to dip their own card. Apple Pay would also work. I'm torn about checks. I have good customers who always pay by check. I suppose a check isn't as filthy as cash, and hasn't been circulating in the environment for years. Customers could bag their own purchases, or simple carry them away unwrapped. A wrapping/bagging station would be set up for them, again allowing for social distancing. 
    This would be followed by putting the remaining pots online for another "free home delivery" sale for those who did not want to attend the event. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 in Christmas Shows?   
    I've started thinking about how to handle my own holiday open studio. It is normally on the second weekend of December, which is pretty late in the season. If all the fall shows get cancelled, I could move it to November, and conceivably have it outdoors. I would make it a one day event (instead of two), and set up tables in my back yard and space them far apart so customers can distance themselves. Masks would be required. It would be credit card only, and chip cards only. Customers would have to dip their own card. Apple Pay would also work. I'm torn about checks. I have good customers who always pay by check. I suppose a check isn't as filthy as cash, and hasn't been circulating in the environment for years. Customers could bag their own purchases, or simple carry them away unwrapped. A wrapping/bagging station would be set up for them, again allowing for social distancing. 
    This would be followed by putting the remaining pots online for another "free home delivery" sale for those who did not want to attend the event. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    My second attempt at a self-draining soap dish works! Big thanks to Pres for supplying this suggestion:
    Having a wall and a lip as two sort-of separate elements allowed me to cut a channel through the wall, but still have enough clay on the lip to pull and shape a spout. Now it allows the water to slide off, but not the soap!



     
     
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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    My second attempt at a self-draining soap dish works! Big thanks to Pres for supplying this suggestion:
    Having a wall and a lip as two sort-of separate elements allowed me to cut a channel through the wall, but still have enough clay on the lip to pull and shape a spout. Now it allows the water to slide off, but not the soap!



     
     
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    GEP got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    My second attempt at a self-draining soap dish works! Big thanks to Pres for supplying this suggestion:
    Having a wall and a lip as two sort-of separate elements allowed me to cut a channel through the wall, but still have enough clay on the lip to pull and shape a spout. Now it allows the water to slide off, but not the soap!



     
     
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    GEP got a reaction from Pres in Christmas Shows?   
    Today, the first of my fall shows decided to cancel. It would have been early October. As of now, I still have two other fall shows. One of them said they will make a final decision in September, and they aren't asking for booth fees until then. I've decided not to apply for any more, doesn't seem worth it. 
    I agree with @DirtRoads, I'd rather the shows be cancelled, than have us all in harm's way. For the artists and the customers. 
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    GEP reacted to Madena in Newbie with questions   
    I just threw 3 pieces into the reclaim bucket today instead of firing them--so proud of myself! Thank you all for the advice and link to videos. I definitely need to toss more pots in the bucket.
     
     
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    GEP reacted to Min in Virtual Markets   
    Valid point for sure. I have a lot of repeat customers from this market so hopefully they would be customers with a virtual sale too. It's in a well to do area that's a bit of a drive from where I live so probably not the same customer group as what I could attract to a home or studio tour.
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    GEP got a reaction from DirtRoads in A Paradigm Shift   
    I say “absolutely!”
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    GEP got a reaction from Pres in A Paradigm Shift   
    I can report from the limited scale online sale that I had this past weekend ... my goal was to make the packing process as easy as possible, because that’s the part that I really hate to do. I limited the sale to only 40 small pots, mug-sized or smaller. I only had to order two sizes of boxes (9 inch cubed for one pot, and 9x9x16 for two pots), which totally simplified the box sourcing. And because every item was about the same size, I did not have to spend time mapping out the best load fit inside each carton, because the loads were all very similar. 
    In a past online sale, I spent 10 hours packing 35 pots of various sizes, including some that were quite bulky and heavy. This time it only took me 4 hours to pack all 40 of the pots. And it wasn’t mentally exhausting. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Rae Reich in Accidental Clear Spearmint   
    If you had skipped the rutile but not the copper, you would have gotten a transparent green. I think you skipped them both.
    If you have only glazed a few pots with the new batch, you can still add the rutile and copper. Then re-sieve the whole batch.
    I love listening to audiobooks or baseball games in the studio, but I will turn everything off when measuring glaze materials, so that my brain is not distracted at all. Don't do it when sleepy!
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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 in A Paradigm Shift   
    I say “absolutely!”
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