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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. wow constantly amazed at the life of this stuff. That's 50 years and likely a new part gets down the road another 10,
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. yeah as they get older the batteries suffer don't they. I have a Samsung Note 3 (I think they are on like version 7 or 8 now) and it last shorter and shorter periods of time unplugged.
  15. If you get into it I would be on the look out for a power station on sale. I bought a Schumacher 1200-Amp on sale at Lowes for $100 a couple of years ago and it is great. It has an 110/120 inverter built in and has a couple of AC plugs, USB ports (also 12v if you need). I plug in a USB charger that has both USB and AC plugs and then we plug in the pad we use for square and our 2 phones and 2 pads we use to surf when slow. I take it home and charge every night of the show and have never run out of power. Those portable packs may be all you need if all you want is your phone but they do s
  16. Couple of years ago when I did a string of shows by myself I got tired of trying to time breaks for when someone came around (and at some shows no one ever did anyway) so I went to office depot and bought a waist money pouch. They make some elaborate ones but mine is just a simple one that ties around my waist and has a large open pouch in front. I kept my cash in one envelope for each denomination and when I needed to be out of the booth for a moment I just left a large notice on the table saying I would be right back and dropped those envelopes and my phone (square cc cash register) in the
  17. bummer they are so closed minded about it, the first 12 hours it is like a household oven on warm (under 190ish) drying out the clay. If you start it at 8 am it is not actually firing until 8 that night and be done at 6 am the next morning. Have you considered letting the stuff completely dry and skip the long soak altogether and just fire overnight. It might be good for the kids to learn how to deal with drying times and help the process along on things like sculptures by hollowing them out properly etc
  18. clay-king, Baileys, Sheffield are all stores that we have had fine luck with online for small things and large equipment. Back in 2007-08 we ordered a some larger studio equipment through bigceramicstore.com with good results but have read on this forum that people have been having issues with them.
  19. Well one thing I would add is that there are many many people who do understand and appreciate pottery. I think to assume someone in any setting does not know or understand quality, method and artistic value is a mistake. I would agree that context and backstory will weigh into how someone may perceive pottery they are looking at and I think that plays into your marketing approach and if you can elevate the perception of your pottery it will certainly sell better to all potential customers regardless of their level of expertise.
  20. I realize the third pic is kind of an optical illusion but still isn't this kiln venting right into a wood side of your house? Is that safe? I mean I know heat dissipates pretty rapidly but that sure seems close especially since you are talking abut increasing it. I don't know much about kiln construction so just ignore me if my ignorance is showing through.
  21. We have always used an outdoor 6x9 rug from the outdoor department at Lowes. I think it cost about $80 and you can just hose it down when it gets dirty.
  22. Sounds fun, congrads! and as I am sure you already know in the northwest think about the possibility of rain throughout. Won't hurt the pots but everything else may get soaked so have tops for tubs and such. Always like to have something for a floor to avoid puddles and mud.
  23. You mean single fire. You can put glaze on greenware and fire to maturity if you want and don't need special glaze. You can't fire wet clay and can't think of any reason to try and apply glaze before the piece has dried. like leeU I would like to hear more.
  24. Ya know you pulled the trigger and you bought the kiln so I would just move on and not give it another thought. A little rust around the peep could be fixed or left but certainly no reason to fret. It's a tool, just use it until it no longer does the job and that will likely be decades. I am an equip junkie too but don't obsess over this stuff pottery equip gets dirty, rusted, dented and breaks. Most of it will outlast us and if something doesn't then try to get a better one next time. shinny kilns don't make better pots.
  25. And you were really right and I was wrong. It's up to the artist to stand firm on their rate if they need to do so to make a living and it's not fair of me to blame a charitable organizer for trying to maximize the haul for their cause. If I had not just posted a knee ######## reaction to ur post I would have seen that. It's really not much different than part timers selling pots for cheap and full timers selling at a rate that makes sense to their businesses. They both have a right to do what they want within their own realities.
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