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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in A Paradigm Shift   
    I'm still fairly inexperienced at selling online. I did my first "real" online sale this morning (meaning it wasn't just a sale of leftover pots from my open studio, these were pots that I made expressly to sell online). Although it sold out quickly, my overall feeling right now is I miss shows! Online selling is a very different animal than shows. I had to field irate emails from customers who had items in their cart, but didn't pay for them fast enough, and lost out to another customer who paid more quickly. "If I was standing in your art festival booth holding a pot that I intended to buy, would you let another customer buy it first?!?" Yes, I got that note today. And a few more from people telling me my cart "didn't work." I had to explain what an "abandoned cart" is and that this is exactly how it's supposed to work. I did explain how this works in advance a few times before the sale, but I guess you can't expect everyone to read the fine print.
    So I asked another potter who does a lot of online selling if he still deals with these reactions even though he explains how the cart works on his social media all the time. "Every time" he said. 
    I miss shows. Shows are much more civilized when you can deal with people in person. Online selling is the wild west. 
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    GEP reacted to Roberta12 in A Paradigm Shift   
    I keep dragging my feet on the online selling.  I really do.  It is hard for me to put all that together and quite honestly I guess I don't want to.  So yes, I may spend some money on help for selling or at least a consult.    I am frustrated beyond belief with 2 of my consignment situations.  The 3rd one is amazing!.  Since watching many people on here including @GEP (who I am fairly certain sold out in 4 minutes this morning) it does seem we all have to find what works for us and our level of tolerance and skill.  I always knew I was skilled at in person sales, but I didn't realize until now that I liked it as much as I do. 
    I have listened to Mei Pak you tube lessons.  She is very enthusiastic and has great ideas.  Her focus is a bit different than mine, but I definitely learned some things.  I have maker friends who have been taking online marketing classes and webinars trying to up their game.  It has given them a boost.  Mostly I feel I will have to find the path that works for me, keeps me safe and healthy and allows me to continue making pots!
    Roberta
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    GEP reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: How are you going about the "re-opening of the economy"?   
    We're in stage 2 relaunch here in Alberta after some pretty harsh nationwide shutdowns. We're down to 220 active cases in the Calgary area, and we were a hotspot for a while there.  Things like restaurants, retail, aesthetic services, libraries and some museums and other things are open, but with capacity restrictions and rules about mask wearing, distancing and cleaning. Kids aren't going back to school until the fall, and daycares are only for essential service workers right now. There are supposed to be some summer camps and childcare available, but they'll probably fill up very quickly. We're still not supposed to engage in non-essential interprovincial travel like holidays, although we can travel for things like funerals.  The maximum gathering size does vary by province, but here they're 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Mask wear indoors is strongly recommended, and the government has been handing out free ones (the disposable surgical kind) at Tim Horton's drive through's because we're predictable that way. Compliance on the mask wearing thing seems to be 50-60% at a rough eyeball at the grocery store. Phase 2 just started last week, and they're watching for any increases before deciding when they're going to go to phase 3, which is all systems go. School systems are still trying to form official plans for the fall, but they won't be able to declare anything concrete until late August. The kids usually go back the first week after Labour Day.
    My weekly farmers market starts up this weekend, and my first round is the weekend after. Even though the whole thing is outdoors in a very large area, they're still doing headcounts, and only letting a certain number of shoppers through at a time. All foot traffic is one way, and we all have to provide hand sanitizer or hand wash stations, even if we're not food vendors. Food vendors need to prepare samples in a commercial kitchen in advance, and have them in sealed cups. We have to restrict the number of people allowed in a booth and set up 6' markers so people can maintain distances.  All tables need plastic coverings so that they can be sanitized regularly, as well as any payment keypads. I plan on having bleach solution on hand to clean each piece in between people touching them, in addition to having sanitizer available for people to use before and after picking things up if they wish to do so.  My display will just be across the front of the tent to discourage people from crowding. I'll be wearing a fabric mask, as per provincial recommendations. We have to go through a check in every week to declare we haven't traveled or been sick, and are currently not experiencing any symptoms before we're allowed to set up. There's other rules for people from different households working together, but I'm usually by myself so I haven't checked those.
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    GEP got a reaction from Benzine in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP reacted to Mark C. in What’s on your workbench?   
    I make a few hundred of these every year.They can be cut to any length . I made the die from aluminum-I shoot out a foot and a half  at a  time-about-6-8 of them let dry a tad cut them with my favorite two mud cutter tools -the large bow and then the smaller bow(mud tools). I fix some (banana shape a little) that way they drain and soap sludge either drain out hols or on hole less ones it stays in center. I designed the ridges to sit the soap high and dry just like your thrown rings.
    I think an extruder is a great production tool if not overused-which many times it is. That being forms that are not very functional enough.
    We hot dip the feet in a hot wax pan so these wax right up easy.
    The black holes are hard to see in the bottom black soap shot.
    A side view would show a slightly curved form in the narrow view.
    We use the hole less ones ourselves as they keep the sink counter cleaner. 
    I make them up to 5 inch and down to 3 inch in length I cit the feet at a angle -then they all need a super sponging job while in teen state. I use a 3/8 brass and wood handle hole cutter. These forms are super strong if dropped.The extruder compresses the clay .They fit under bowls or in small spots all over the kiln as stuffers.I can whip them out . I sell them for 10-12$ right now
    I stack them in piles and customers paw through them (in normal times) now they are piled in the natural foods markets and are selling well now.
    If you box them up in a box of say 50 they weigh a ton.-not as heavy as a banana box full of French butterdishes.I just moved a bunch of heavy pottery boxes so thats my crabby.
     
     

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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 reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    Mea, throw your old form with and inner wall up. Cut out the center of the inner wall to drain to the bottom lip, but still holding the soap.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    GEP got a reaction from Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    Welp, it turns out my self-draining soap dish doesn’t work. The bars of soap also slide off onto the floor! Back to the drawing board. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 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 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    Or even throwing it with a rim similar to the dish on the right, but maybe a bit higher? Closer to your own aesthetic.
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    GEP reacted to Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    Mea, have you tried increasing the height of the sides next to the spout? The hand-built ones I've seen have a much higher rim at the front that stops the soap from sliding out.
    Like the front rim on this one.
     
     
     
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    GEP got a reaction from kristinanoel 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 reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    I have been working on a regular slab made butter dish. I made the mistake of making one as a request from a niece for Christmas last year. Others in the family saw it, and decided they needed one. So I instead of doing a one off, several times I came up with this set up.

    I am using a thin piece of plastic between the form and the slab of clay, as it makes removal a breeze, and the plastic stretches into the corners of the form. I use rollers and stamps to decorate the slab pieces. The 2X4 is covered on one side with an extra layer of rubber backed felt to bring the form up to the correct width.
    I recently had a custom stamp made of a design I created in Corel Draw that is uses my symbol/signature as a basis.
     I have still not fired any of these, but don't foresee any issues.
    best,
    Pres
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    GEP got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP got a reaction from liambesaw in How much grog for a claybody for wheel-thrown foodware?   
    Thanks for the answers everyone! I was asking this question on behalf of a student of mine who is located outside of the US. Her clay supplier can customize her clay to some extent, including grog size and amount. She is very grateful for the guidance!
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    GEP reacted to neilestrick in How much grog for a claybody for wheel-thrown foodware?   
    When adding grit to a clay body, if you add too little it will feel like little impurities. You have to add enough that it feels like it's there on purpose. I would start with 3% and test from there, as high as 10%. As noted before, it will increase absorption so you may have to make other changes to the body to compensate. Commercial terra cotta bodies, for instance, are often rated 2 cones higher when they contain grog.
    Personally, I prefer the feel of silica sand. It's smoother, moves in a nicer way, and is easier on the hands. Try some 70 mesh and see what you think.
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    GEP got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP got a reaction from Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP reacted to Min in How much grog for a claybody for wheel-thrown foodware?   
    I'ld try 5% of dry body weight and go from there. Just guesstimate the weight of the pugged clay as being approx 20% water and subtract that weight from the wet clay weight and wedge it in, or mix it in some clay slurry reclaim.
    Re mesh size, I'ld try 80 mesh (to fines) and also 48 (to fines) and see which works better for what you are doing. 
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    GEP got a reaction from dhPotter in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP got a reaction from Chilly in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP got a reaction from karenkstudio in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP got a reaction from Roberta12 in QotW: How are you going about the "re-opening of the economy"?   
    My county will still be in phase 1 of reopening for a few more weeks, even though the rest of my state (MD) is moving into phase 2. My county (plus one other) is where most of the cases in my state are. I am still staying home except for really important things. Businesses here have adapted and complied very well, so going out feels safe, but only because things are so restricted. For example, I needed some car maintenance last week, the shop was by appointment only and they were only taking one customer per hour. I was the only customer in the shop, and was still asked to stay six feet away from the employees. He disinfected a pen for me before I used it. 
    I went for a long walk through my neighborhood including a popular park this weekend, and every single person was wearing a mask. We are not required to wear them for outdoor exercise, but most people do anyways. I’m grateful for that. 
    I am troubled about all the huge protests that took place this week in DC. Not because of the meaning of the protests, the spirit of them is long overdue. But because we will either end up in lockdown for longer than we would have been, or we will discover that we didn’t need to cancel all the summer festivals. 
    As for the pottery business, I am still making, and planning some more “free home delivery” events for the summer. And I am conceding that I need to (gasp) do some online selling too, which I am planning to do on a very limited basis. 
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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    This is a personal project for my house. I recently switched to using bar soap and bar shampoo, in an effort to reduce my plastic bottle consumption. I was using a soap dish I had made years ago, but soon discovered that it was not well-suited for an environment as wet as a shower. I made myself a new soap dish that is designed to shed excess water onto the shower floor. This concept is not original to me, I've seen photos of other handmade pottery self-draining soap dishes. But mine is the first wheel-thrown version that I've seen.


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    GEP reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    A sugar jar from last fall, but playing with photo editing. 

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