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  1. Ok I have been using cooking spray on some wood press molds and tossing the scrap because when pressed the cooking spray is oozing out so the clay scrap is getting this on it. If I recycled any of these scrapes that seemed to be uncontaminated but had a little cooking spray I couldn't see would this blend into and mess up the clay or would it just burn out when fired? These are only quick prototypes and just tossing the clay is not that expensive but it just feels like a waste as it is a few pounds of clay when I press a run of them.
  2. Ya know if after 4 years you are remotely close to a degree I would suggest finishing that as quickly as possible and then try and find an MFA program that will take you based on your unrelated degree, pottery experience and portfolio if at all possible. If you were just getting started that would be one thing but 4 years in I would be looking for ways to keep moving forward toward the end game you envision for yourself. Life happens and things change and now is the time to stay focused and move forward with your plans. You mention financial aid so I assume finances matter and if you rack up tens of thousands of dollars in student loans (years and years of making big car\house size payments) and end up not being a college professor but instead starting your own studio like you mention then then that student loan money might be a real drag on how the studio turns out. Private studios don't generally have any way to get funding and are generally bootstrapped with sales revenue, self financed with your own money/wages or possibly a gift from a relative. Loans are generally not really an option for artist run studios so if possible I would really try decide what you are after before making time/money commitments. Good luck!
  3. ha ha showing my ignorance Haven't done any casting and just doing press molds but having a blast learning more. Great thread, have now spent a ton of time looking at videos I hadn't seen.
  4. Yeah I just figured it wouldn't work well and why I haven't tried it wet. The lathe would have it dropping and falling. Still seems like a wood model would be better than plaster though.
  5. yeah and guess you can soak fully cured plaster as well. I CNC molds directly so I can skip the whole neg/pos and rubber molds but I use a dust shoe. I will try one next time soaked. Just seemed like it would gum up but I worth a try. Hate plaster dust!
  6. Yeah but he\she is talking about using the lathe to cut it and I think that will make a huge amount of dust. Having a dust system for a lathe only kinda gets the dust since the cutting span is so huge. Maybe tent the whole thing while you cut. how do you get the plaster model to separate from the mold plaster? Will the cured one just separate? edit: never mind the second question as I realize you could just spray the model with sealer and it should separate.
  7. yeah he's got to be meaning making the model in wood and then using that to make the mold. I can not think of any benefit to making the model in plaster on a lathe. You wouldn't cast plaster models? I don't even think you can.
  8. sounds like you've been doing it off the books for a while. I would go find an accountant to help me sort it out if last year is not your first year in business. If you get lucky and draw an audit then it would be a mess and you could get hit with penalties. I think anything over $400 is supposed to be reported. There are hobby business classifications where you cannot take losses for more than revenue and since you are selling on Etsy you are in my opinion more at risk than if you were selling face to face so liability insurance (few hundred bucks a year) and business structure might matter. You can form a single (or couple) person LLC and choose cash basis for the IRS and file the same as a sole proprietor. None of this stuff is expensive or that involved but you need to get on top of it and they do care, Audits are mostly random but a real hassle and can get expensive with them plugging in estimated income that you never even made.
  9. I agree! Tracking even a couple hundred grand in receipts/spreadsheets and processors reports (square) is pretty straightforward once you have everything classified and if the business goes beyond that a quarterly/monthly person is just not that expensive and they just hand you the reports each period and charge a end of year fee to file.
  10. Software for years was akin to a pyramid scheme in the sense that the new buyers paid for the development of new versions and support for the existing users and only a small fraction of existing users will upgrade or buy support if the version they have works well. Since a lot of us are old folks I'm sure many here can cite some examples of good software companies that just disappeared. The more popular the software was the more they saturated the market. The companies made out sized profits by charging large upfront fees and many times the original writers/owners cashed out big time and money flowed but the problem started when new users thinned out and old users were perfectly happy with a version written years before. Lots of these companies have either gone away or revamped with a monthly subscription model. The good thing about the monthly is that it will probably be around for a long time if its good (or even OK) because there will be money always flowing in because people/users hate change and unless it really goes to crap will keep using what they are used to almost to a fault.
  11. wow constantly amazed at the life of this stuff. That's 50 years and likely a new part gets down the road another 10,
  12. Looks cool but are you sure you will use the features. Operating an LLC as a sole proprietorship and on a cash basis we just file a K form with personal taxes. All of our studio equipment has finished being depreciated and it really is a fairly simple routine of adding up revenue and expenses and feeding into turbo tax at the end of the year. I get the value of accounting reports and if you have outside people that need to see financials it is essential but it takes a lot of hours to really maintain an accounting system so I would just caution not doing it until there is a compelling reason. That said I did bookmark the site :-)
  13. I have my kilns (9c.f. & 7cf) 20 inches from the drywall covered wall and the walls are cool to the touch when either kiln is at cone 6. Skutt advises 18 inches. I wonder if this thread confuses when doing more is nessesary. Overkill certainly isn't a bad thing but taking it too far I worry will scare folks off of even having a kiln in a home studio.
  14. ditto here, we have always run the cash through both Paypal when we used them and Square when we switched. Makes my quarterly sales tax and end of the year K form a breeze.
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