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    GEP got a reaction from DirtRoads in Congratulations Mea!   
    Thanks oldlady! I didn't announce anything about it here on the forum, because the article is an adaptation of a blog post that I did post here on the forum. http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/7673-the-hourly-earnings-project-a-follow-up/
     
    CM does pay for articles, but not enough to register on the graph. But that's ok, the publicity has tons of value. I still meet people who remember me from the article I wrote four years ago.
     
    I have another piece of media publicity coming out in about a week. I'll announce it here when it's done.
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    GEP reacted to Mark C. in Does Moving In Social Media Circles Support Your Clay Career?   
    Evelyn
    (Mark: I'am happy for you that you sell your ceramics outside social media with no problems. Are you going to fairs often?)
     
    After doing shows for over 40 years one develops a large customer base at the same shows. This base builds over time.People want to add to what they have as well as new customers find you. I have about a 40% return base at most shows with some over 50% like my local two shows I have done for over 40 years.
    No amount of social media will do this for me at this stage in my career.
    When I was in my 20's 30,s 40,s and 50,s I averaged 12 shows a year plus as I have always mentioned I have some wholesale and consignment outlets.
    Now I'm down to 7 shows per year- (4 are out of state,Ca) all I have done repeatedly for many many decades so my customer base is big.
    As I have downsized (not doing a petaculair show somewhere) I walked away from large customers bases-this has happened in Denver and San Francisco area as I gave up my show in those areas as well as few others.
    I still get orders from customers from those areas.
    My plan is to get to 5 shows per year very soon.
    What I have also found is many shows after a long term go sideways usually with a NEW director who re-envents the wheel.
    That is a big issue these days for myself and fellow profesionals in this field.Its what my peers all talk about these days.
    As a V.P. board member who puts on a local art show the past 43 years I have some backside knowledge as well about what it takes for shows.
    I also will not put up with change that I know will hurt sales or wreck shows or is greedy.
    I can afford to be picky at this point in my career.I cannot think for one moment what I might get out of taking the time to promote myself on social media. I'd rather spend that time here on this forum helping others from pitfalls I have already fallen into or making pots.
    After doing production pottery for so long the selling of it really is the easy part for me at this point. Keeping all my outlets constantly supplied is the harder part as I only take on what I can do well. I have learned this over a long learning curve.
    In my area shops and galleries cannot find funtional potters work to sell anymore as no one is replacing the older potters now retiring.
    Seems young folks do not want to work that hard  anymore or thats my guess. Maybe they are to busy with facebook or twitter to make pots?
    The real secret is that people pay me to make pots in my studio when ever I want to go work there-now thats a dream  I had at 18 thats come true. It was not always this easy but after the first 10 lean years its been great. Now I want to go there a bit less as I have many interests.
    Mark
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    GEP reacted to neilestrick in Need A Cheap Simple Clay Body Recipe   
    That recipe should be fine to start with. May need to tweak the feldspar as you go.
     
    I'm not trying to be negative, but here are some thing to think about in regards to mixing your own clay:
    Personally, I don't feel like I'm missing anything by not mixing my own clay bodies. I know how to do it, I did it for a few years, and I'm done with it. For me it's better left for those who can do it quickly and efficiently and safely. As long as I can get a body I like from a commercial supplier, I'm happy to do it. And if the day comes that I can't get one, then I'll still have them mix my own recipe for me. Generally speaking, painters don't make their own oil paints and printmakers don't make their own inks. Most fiber artists don't raise their own sheep and spin their yarn. Most furniture makers don't raise and harvest their own trees for lumber. There are things that you shouldn't feel bad about leaving to someone else. You're going to put a lot of wear and tear on your body, and if your studio isn't properly vented for dealing with dry clays, then you're also creating a big health hazard with all that dust. If mixing your own clay is necessary for the process to feel complete, why aren't you digging your own clay? If you truly love mixing clay, then go for it. But don't feel like it's something you need to do to be a 'real' potter.
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    GEP got a reaction from mregecko in How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)   
    Honestly, I've never heard of such a thing. And to spring this on the exhibitors after they've made a deposit is really shady.
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    GEP reacted to Joseph Fireborn in Mug Sizes   
    One hell of a mug. But I imagine they sell good as people can use them for soup bowl/mugs. I have had a lot of my family members ask me to make them soup mugs. I am like use a bowl for soup people.. BOWL FOR SOUP. Alas I assume I will eventually make big mugs when I try to sell mugs.
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    GEP got a reaction from bciskepottery in It's Too Big..she Said   
    I make oversized mugs, and I regularly hear customers say "it's too big, the coffee will get cold" and I just shrug and say "not if you chug it as fast as I do."
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    GEP got a reaction from rayaldridge in Renting Studio (Long)   
    Installing a duct for kiln vent: a couple hundred bucks tops
    Cost savings for having a rent-free studio in your home: $7800/year
    Going to work in your pajamas: priceless
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    GEP got a reaction from Chilly in Renting Studio (Long)   
    Installing a duct for kiln vent: a couple hundred bucks tops
    Cost savings for having a rent-free studio in your home: $7800/year
    Going to work in your pajamas: priceless
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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Renting Studio (Long)   
    Installing a duct for kiln vent: a couple hundred bucks tops
    Cost savings for having a rent-free studio in your home: $7800/year
    Going to work in your pajamas: priceless
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    GEP reacted to Pres in Any Way To Get An Off Topic Forum?   
    We do get off topic often in the forum. That said, I really don't want an area where the subject matter could turn into an informational archive for Romance or Mystery novels.
     
    As we all know once posted, in the heat of a moment, in despair or whatever, it is there forever!
     
    I love working with the forums, and the good people here, and at times have to do very difficult things to ensure that the forum stays healthy. These things are not done without consulting with all of the moderators and sometimes the administrators. A lot more goes on in the background to protect the forum, and the folks in the forum than many might believe. All this very , , , carefully and emphatically.
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    GEP reacted to bciskepottery in Any Way To Get An Off Topic Forum?   
    In oh so many ways, the software used for the Forum is not what you want to use for social media.  The Forum has over 14,000 members.  And, it allows non-members to parse the various topics and threads.  Just now, the ratio of guests to members is about 7 to 1.  And, Google, Yahoo, Bing, and numerous other search engines document the topics and threads -- all available to anyone doing a search on a work, person, or topic mentioned in the forums.  All of our conversations -- and their content, both pottery and ceramics related and the personal tidbits of info we also include at times -- is out there for the world.  Seriously, is this the place you want to have "off-topic" conversations which may tend to be highly personal . . . shared with the world? 
     
    There are far better platforms available to do that type of messaging without the fear of having a bazillion lurkers reading your every word.  CAD chose a fairly good blogging software application for the Forum; that requirement is not the same as what you would want in a messaging software. 
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    GEP reacted to ChenowethArts in Community Challenge #2   
    OK. I'm sharing this as a work-in-progress because I've come to the conclusion that this challenge (for me, at least) is not so much about the plant container being a work-in-progress but about finding a new organic-but-wheel-thrown zone inside of me that IS a work-in-progress.  I'll finish and fire these first runs at the tornado inspired pot but I really want this to take on more of a life of its own:
     

      -Paul
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    GEP reacted to Biglou13 in Community Challenge #2   
    plant pot that has been influenced from your research into the season of spring.
     
    i have 3 potentials ...
    a plant pot  to me ...includes vase.... vase like vessels
    now to research  plant or plant like forms and their spring like relationship to vessels..... i wish there are ikebana people closer to north florida
     
    ill break the ice with
     work in progress
     
    http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/gallery/image/4022-woodfired-boat-style-vase/


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    GEP got a reaction from TwinRocks in How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)   
    I do think a lawyer could get the promoter to back down, but sometimes the cost of a lawyer is not worth the amount of money at stake. One lone artist probably can't justify the cost. Getting a group of artists to "pitch in" for a lawyer sounds dicey, it would take a feat of leadership and organization. If I was one of the artists, I would do what jolieo suggested: Do as you please. If the promoter wants to enforce their silly rule, let them do it at their own expense. They're going to lose that fight, and if they make the situation ugly, they will hurt themselves twice.
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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)   
    I do think a lawyer could get the promoter to back down, but sometimes the cost of a lawyer is not worth the amount of money at stake. One lone artist probably can't justify the cost. Getting a group of artists to "pitch in" for a lawyer sounds dicey, it would take a feat of leadership and organization. If I was one of the artists, I would do what jolieo suggested: Do as you please. If the promoter wants to enforce their silly rule, let them do it at their own expense. They're going to lose that fight, and if they make the situation ugly, they will hurt themselves twice.
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    GEP reacted to Newtoclay54** in Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!   
    I want to thank all of you for your kind words of encouragement.  I did persevere and I am very pleased with my results.  I did go outside my class to learn more tips and tricks on throwing and did A LOT of reading on my own.  Monday we glaze...so i have been studying up for that.  But a few photos of my work:
     
    Thank you all for your help....your words kept me going when I was ready to quit.




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    GEP got a reaction from DirtRoads in Smithsonian Craft Show   
    It was nice to see you bciske! And thank you for posting this on the forum. I met some other forum folks there, some who I had not met in person before. And I met some of my ceramics heroes too. Wow.
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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Smithsonian Craft Show   
    It was nice to see you bciske! And thank you for posting this on the forum. I met some other forum folks there, some who I had not met in person before. And I met some of my ceramics heroes too. Wow.
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    GEP got a reaction from Rebekah Krieger in Some Restrictions On Posting To Stop Spam?   
    The amount of spam we've been getting lately is steady with what we normally get. Most spam arrives during hours when most of the US is asleep, so if you visiting during the overnight hours you will see more than most people. As soon as a moderator arrives every morning, the spam gets zapped. The best way to handle it is to use the Report button.
     
    I do like Arnold's idea that the first one or two posts from a new user should be held until approved by a moderator.
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    GEP reacted to LawPots in Community Challenge #1   
    Well, since I'm a student of Mea's - I'll do what she did, and post something I made last year (I am making more . . .)
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    GEP reacted to bciskepottery in Smithsonian Craft Show   
    For those in the D.C. area, the Smithsonian Craft Show is this weekend . . .
     
    http://smithsoniancraftshow.org/
     
    Looks like a great selection of pottery/ceramics. And, its always fun to talk to the potters at their booths. Who knows, maybe you'll come across someone familiar to the pages of the forum. (Yep, that's a hint folks to scroll through the exhibitors, maybe starting with the R' in ceramics.)
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    GEP got a reaction from Evelyne Schoenmann in Does Moving In Social Media Circles Support Your Clay Career?   
    I enjoy the social media activities I'm involved in (this forum, blog, facebook) however I think the importance to my career as a potter is marginal at best. Most of my social media contacts are too far away to attend any of my shows, which are all within my region. "Likes" are not sales. If I have made any sales from social media, the volume is very small. Shipping out a long-distance order is a big waste of time and packing materials, compared to the volume and efficiency of selling at art festivals and home shows. And social media can really drain your time. A pottery business needs to be efficient with time. So although I find social media to be "fun" I try to limit the amount of time I spend on it.
     
    There are "social media superstars" who do an effective job of driving eyeballs to their online stores. I'm not poo-pooing that approach for those who are happy with it. For me, I can't see how the amount of time spent online, plus the amount of time spent packing/shipping wouldn't put serious cramps on production. These days I sell every pot I make, therefore anything that would lower production would be a costly mistake.
     
    (The reason I have time to write a long post today is because I'm sitting in an waiting room while my van has one of its tires patched.)
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    GEP reacted to LeeU in First Fire New L&l Kiln-Cone 9   
    I am a happy camper....(I put some pics in the gallery). I won't frequently fire that high--I will use access to wood-fired kilns--but I wanted to see how the bodies would do. Yee Haw!
     


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    GEP got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Dressing Up The Display   
    That is a 10x10 ft booth, which is what most of my shows require. But I can also make smaller arrangements of my display when needed.
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    GEP got a reaction from DirtRoads in Dressing Up The Display   
    I cut and sewed my tablecloths to fit my tables exactly, with the hems hovering right above the ground. I fold the sides around to make boxed sides, then pin them in place with upholstery pins. They are cheap, and fast to set up and take down. I'm not a great seamstress, but I can sew a straight line.
     
     


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