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  1. not sure when I will get around to calling but here's a pic. I bought 5,6 & 7's from a supply house in Dallas. Just noticed because unpacking rest of boxes from studio move from NW and those do not have the 'B' designation. Maybe its 'bigly'
  2. OK I am stumped and can't find anything on the net. I have 3 boxes of cones - 5,6,7 colored and I have 3 boxes of cones 5b,6b,7b that are all white can't figure out what's different about them other than color and can't seem to find anything on the net. Anybody know the difference?
  3. Art is too complicated in approach for me. It's more project than process. Weighing out 20 balls of clay, putting on some tunes and getting absorbed in the process is a very cool thing to me. It's also satisfying that folks are out there using my pots.
  4. Matt, You don't need to jump through all those hoops to get your charges straightened out. Just contact your card company and dispute the charge as not delivered. They will take it right off. I have only had to do it once but on several occasions after a couple calls I make it perfectly clear that the next call will be for a charge back and I say I hate to do it because I know they will be charged a fee and it goes on their merchant record. That always produced immediate resolution except for the one large company that ignored it and the CC company took care of it for me.
  5. Just to add balance, I have dealt with BCS for years and never had an big issues. I also order from Clay-King, Sheffield, Baileys, The Pottery Shop as well as local shops when I can but I do pay attention to price and while I am willing to pay a small premium to support a local shop I am not willing to pay a large premium. I do try and keep in mind that both local and these on-line shops are mostly smallish pottery supply companies and I really try and cut them some slack. They are not big slick commerce companies but rather pottery outfits trying to stay afloat and mostly the folks that
  6. I used a Clay boss we had on loan for 6 months or so before the owner needed it back and I bought a Shimpo Whisper because of it being quiet. I thought the clay boss was just fine and you can get a brand new one from Clay-King with free shipping for $610. http://www.clay-king.com/pottery_wheels/speedball_pottery_wheels/speedball_clay_boss_pottery_wheel.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIor-WueeF3AIVELXACh0VEwqUEAQYASABEgKravD_BwE As far as waiting for experience for a kiln, if your talking about an electric kiln with a controller, they are pretty straightforward and easy to operate.
  7. Hey Richsound welcome to the forum. sounds like a lot of first's, congrads. I think a lot of folks settle into 5-6 with a cone's one worth of heat work at the end with a 2-30 minute hold if you have an electronic controller. Seems to be the sweet spot on glazes too. Are you going to mix your own or buy them? In regards to firing an electric kiln to its top rating, probably not even possible beyond a handful of firings after you first replace the elements unless you have an electronic controller to finish up the cone 10 with heat work. While I don't think its the same as redlining an engi
  8. man I wish I knew what you guys were talking about, sigh. Off to do some surfing.
  9. When i was trying to make a living making pots, my studio time was so monopolized with getting ready for the next show, calculating how to push loads through to boxes with the functional items that sold (read a lot of mugs, bowls, cups spoon rest etc.) that pottery started feeling more routine. To counter this I was starting to try and make some time each day to work on a few art pieces. For me that was some vases and such but I had other more elaborate pieces in mind. True my vases didn't sell at the same rate as mugs but they were exciting to work on and they did round out my booth when I bo
  10. I read somewhere, maybe here, "forget your family and friends, they will never see you as an artist". I think that is mostly spot on for self taught and at the same time I think self taught folks feel more defensive. I don't think anyone in my life space really takes me that seriously but then again I really never engage anyone about it either. My partner gets a lot of accolades and she deserves it because her work is excellent and she is a very 'talented' artist. I don't mean this badly but I don't really want opinions on my work at this point. I care if customers buy the work
  11. Per a few of my recent post I am assembling a new studio and used kiln shopping. Ran across what appears to be a fine kiln for $375 (Olympic 2327) with new elements 4 firings ago and supposedly works great. No visible cracks and really not that much wear on the bricks. The price with the new elements is of course fine but the age gives me pause. I emailed the serial number and got a very prompt and helpful response from Olympic and a link to a pdf manual for it. It was manufactured in 1979 in Redmond Washington and parts are still available. Hell they were a bigger company than Microsoft
  12. and if you are going to work in the higher end of price points and your work can command those price points I have to wonder if pushing the envelope on functional ware is the way to go, at least at art fairs. At art shows I think a lot of the buys are impulse to a point and pure art pieces seem to be the way to go for the higher price points. We easily get $50-$100 for vases and into triple digits for hand painted artwork but I think most functional ware would just languish with just the occasional buyer who appreciates the more complex pot. Obviously if you sell half as many at twice the
  13. yes and no, the way this discussion has headed I think exemplifies the range of forms used for mugs. The more complex the higher the price. I hear it said often that time doesn't dictate price. I somewhat disagree when it comes to pottery in many instances. The extra time more often than not means a lot more complex finishing. A foot, detailed carving etc takes a lot more time and commands more dollars. I think our $22 price is probably about right for a well thrown mug with a really nice glaze finish and the mug hand detailed after glazing. Every thing beyond that is going to take more time
  14. I love the process of making pottery and certainly want to be the very best I can be at my craft. Pottery has a rich history all its own and is not art to me. As a small studio potter it seems perfectly natural to make items that sell well because unlike art that is often just made for its own sake and is often not about commerce, hand made pottery is hand fashioned by a studio potter much like it was hundreds of years ago, to be both esthetically appreciated and functional in nature to be used in my customers daily lives. Besides an attractive soap dish with a nice crackle glaze dresses u
  15. yeah, we bought a festival display setup from a small company out of Arkansas that takes a while to pull together. It is very sturdy and has nice tote bags for the parts but the whole thing takes a good hour to unload and assemble. By the time we unload, put up the tent, put up signs, find water for and attach the leg weights, assemble the display and un-wrap about 350 pieces of pottery and arrange pots, table and tent for sale with 2 of us working fairly steady its about 3 hours from start to finish. We could probably cut as much as hour off of it if we absolutely had to but it would be prett
  16. Yeah don't let the slow ones get you down just keep doing them and when you do a good one try and do it again the next year. We are getting ready for the third of 3 back to back weekends and the dough has been all over the place but like Mea Rhea says its to be expected when doing so many first year shows. Our setup is running 3 hours and tear down is 2 so the 2-3 day shows are the best. Did a one day art festival last Saturday and it was pretty brutal day with 10 hours selling and 5 hours of setup/teardown and that's with 2 people. If it was easy everyone would do it :-)
  17. Yeah, if you are next to a booth selling mass produced anything you might as well just grin and bear it the rest of the show because it probably is not the right crowd for handmade pottery and you are unlikely to sell much.
  18. Thanks everyone! Mugs are a big part of our line-up and trying to find the right mark will make a big difference. I think its great that the prices are spread out and that people that appreciate hand made pottery and support our efforts are used to seeing different prices as well as higher prices for more elaborate work.
  19. In another thread the price of mugs came up and I thought I would get a reading from anyone willing to share their pricing rational. I can remember 20 years ago before my partner got into pottery paying $12-$16 for a mug, The going price seemed to stall at about $20 for a really long time but seems to be on the rise for the last half dozen years. We sell dipped mugs at $22 and mostly high twenties with badges and/or more elaborate decorative work such as carving, slip trailing etc. Hand painted in the low-mid 30s.
  20. I've also had issues of varying temperatures in the kiln (at least that is how it looks because the same pieces from the same clay with the same glaze look slightly different depending where they sit during the glaze fire. Depending on degree of difference u mean, I think this can easily be the case in any kiln's glaze firings as many additional variables including oxides on surrounding pieces, glaze thickness etc can make the look change slightly from one piece to another identical one close by with same glaze. It's actually something I like.
  21. also on CL make sure your searches are picking everything you're interested in. For example to see all the wheels I find I have to search "potters wheel" and "pottery wheel". also use the online tools that search across CL in multiple areas to make sure there is not one fairly close by. good luck!
  22. Have you considered buying bisque tile from one of the pottery supply houses so you can control the whole process? http://www.georgies.com/gcc-shop-bisque-tile.shtml
  23. not sure I follow, do you mean the belts are no longer available or are you concerned about their performance? If its the latter, in what way?
  24. Well any older equipment is going to likely need some work here and there but if it truly is lightly used and it passes both the test above then I'd say go for it and start throwing some clay. Buying used equipment is always risky but a good wheel for a couple hundred bucks seems like a no brainer. Around here good used wheels seem to be in the 5-600 range. Good luck!
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