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    Stephen reacted to LeeU in Pottery Sale Tent?   
    Why slip & slide & provide people with the implication that not wearing it properly (i.e. rendering it useless) will "only" mean they don't get 10% off?  If you haven't yet had the experience of watching a previously healthy younger person be dying of covid, source of transmission unknown, please understand that's where I'm coming from and I am not being snarky.
    Make it a requirement--nose to chin, properly fitted-- or they do not get to enter your area. People need to stop messing around with other people's health when the consequences can be so severe--at any age, as we are beginning to find out. Nothing is guaranteed to reveal if an asymptomatic carrier is among the crowd-not taking temperatures, not asking 6 questions, not being tested negative, not -not -not any guarantee of safety.  Masks,  gloves, sanitizer, physical distance, etc. at least help a bit to prevent the invisible spread to you/your family.
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    Stephen reacted to Mark C. in Pottery Sale Tent?   
    The more folks you ask if you need the more you will find they need. The property owner gave you a thumbs up the tax permit is in hand-I would set up and see what happens-the rest will fall into place if needed. In these times at least in our state most places are not very open. Most permits are all online now-that place is close to the public. Since I do not know your location maybe they are all open and booming. ?? Be safe either way business wise.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Rae Reich in I'm a son of Sisyphus - firing a gas kiln, help needed   
    Ya know I may have spoken out of turn as I fire cone 6 electric electric (cone 5 with 20 minute hold) not gas but I do have a 20 minute hold at top temp although I did program those firing schedule 10 years ago so maybe it drops before the hold, to be honest I just reuse the schedule and haven't paid attention to it in years other than to make sure the schedule is complete and drop starts. Early on we were having various glaze issues just firing to cone 6. Did a lot of reserach at the time and played around with various hold times and landed on 20 minutes with our glazes and pretty much all our glaze issues went away. I assumed gas would act the same way but maybe I am wrong so prob should have stayed out of the thread. I was just curious what Bill was to referring to that was made worse by soaking.
    We also had a pitting problem early on and cleaning the bisque ware well just before glazing cleaned that up so it was the reason we were having that problem. I get other things cause it as well.
    If this is a gas thing and not the same as what I do in electric then sorry for jumping in and confusing the thread.  
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    Stephen got a reaction from Rae Reich in Christmas Shows?   
    yeah the younger crowd is out in force around here. We ventured out to diner on Wednesday but lack of mask is concerning. In the place we went the server and other people in place didn't have any on. It was slow but the server was chatty and if he had I'm sure we do now. Chance of getting it from someone with a mask on is apparently 3% but goes to 70% without one.  We've decided to call ahead from here on out and make sure servers have mask. They seem to be the highest risk.
    No its not the canton one but I think all/most of these around Texas are going to mostly do the rest of their scheduled shows but interesting to see 2 doing catch-up shows. Hell our Lt Governor paid the fine of a business that opened against his own order so I don't think the state is going to get in anyone's way..  
    We are going to just concentrate on getting some more wholesale accounts and work on product development while this thing works itself out. Sitting in a booth with a mask on all weekend and dealing with all the risk of hundreds of people coming and going, mostly without mask just seems like a bad idea for a couple of 60 year olds.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Rae Reich in A rant about customer service   
    Sounds bad. There might be a flip side to this though you didn't hear, or not.
    Thanks for the rant. I think that every business needs to have clear policies and routines for how a damaged item is dealt with and follow that routine. Etsy requires it and they tilt to customers over vendors and too many complaints will get you thrown off the platform. We sell mostly in person but have shipped from time to time and have never had a problem. Everything is double boxed and heavily wrapped. That seems like the way to go with pottery. Seems like pictures can suffice instead of returns if you can tell its your pot but I don't think its unreasonable for someone to want the damaged item back if they feel like they can't tell. There really are a lot of scammers out there so I would feel a need to determine that it really happened if it was a one off order to a customer with no history. That seems fair. Not thrilled with people that can't be bothered with a process. It happened to both of us. Sometimes life sucks and we all have to deal with stuff like this. All of that said if it was a mug or two would likely just ship a new one . The few custom orders we have done usually involved extras anyway so I think sometimes you might just be able to send them the backup you made.
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    Stephen reacted to oldlady in Wow a 4th of July at home   
    whatever you do, enjoy it all, everyone.
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    Stephen reacted to Bill Kielb in I'm a son of Sisyphus - firing a gas kiln, help needed   
    Drop and hold is one of the ways to get your glazes to heal. Firing  one cone less with a 15 -20 minute hold still drops at the cone desired but keeps the peak temp from occurring so can be sort of an attempt to get the glazes to heal or you just like the melt that way, or the recipe is very temperature dependent and does not tolerate any overfiring.   Not  quite as dramatic as the drop and hold but similar idea going on there. A bit about the surface tension of the glaze at a specific temperature. Anyway, intuition would say get it hot and keep it there theorizing It will melt and fill in, but often dropping temp a cone or two and  holding  is more successful at getting that done. Holding at peak temperature often exacerbates some of these problems and when it does, the solution is frustrating because it’s counterintuitive.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Hulk in I'm a son of Sisyphus - firing a gas kiln, help needed   
    Ya know I may have spoken out of turn as I fire cone 6 electric electric (cone 5 with 20 minute hold) not gas but I do have a 20 minute hold at top temp although I did program those firing schedule 10 years ago so maybe it drops before the hold, to be honest I just reuse the schedule and haven't paid attention to it in years other than to make sure the schedule is complete and drop starts. Early on we were having various glaze issues just firing to cone 6. Did a lot of reserach at the time and played around with various hold times and landed on 20 minutes with our glazes and pretty much all our glaze issues went away. I assumed gas would act the same way but maybe I am wrong so prob should have stayed out of the thread. I was just curious what Bill was to referring to that was made worse by soaking.
    We also had a pitting problem early on and cleaning the bisque ware well just before glazing cleaned that up so it was the reason we were having that problem. I get other things cause it as well.
    If this is a gas thing and not the same as what I do in electric then sorry for jumping in and confusing the thread.  
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    Stephen reacted to neilestrick in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    I wouldn't use the Harbor Freight cart. While it will hold the kiln, when you roll it the kiln will bounce around a bunch. The sheet metal isn't solid enough. Ideally you want to keep the kiln on its stand, as that will support it best.
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    Stephen reacted to Mark C. in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    Saw works good on those things-I think it would also work on cement board it the teeth are wide enough.Uses the back side of teeth to cut-fron side is still sharp. dhPotter is spot on with that 
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    Stephen reacted to dhPotter in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    @Stephen When I cut metal roofing or plastic I turn the blade around so that the teeth are running backwards. Saves the blade. You might try this for the cement board.
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    Stephen reacted to Magnolia Mud Research in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    See photo for how my test kiln is mounted on a small furniture dolly; used a large 4" cement block as a flat surface between the kiln legs and the dolly; been in use since 2006.  The cement block down low balances the  high center of mass of the kiln and reduces the tendency of the kiln to fall over when moved.  


     
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    Stephen reacted to Smokey2 in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    I have cart like that as well and thought it was way to flimsy to handle the weight. I know its rated for better than 400lb load but I just didn't trust it. Remember that 400lbs is divided between 2 shelves and there is no support under the top shelf. The one I posted has two channels under the top shelf to handle and distribute the load. Plus you want locking wheels and ones that run smooth too.
    I wouldn't do it.
    If you need to keep costs down @Magnolia Mud Research has a good option too.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Rae Reich in help- slab work cracking when I melt glass on it   
    ha ha, I thought I remembered your post from years ago, just surfed and saw it and you really put it well both here and this one from 2013. 
    Glass can and will explode off the clay, as they have incompatible COE.  (Put simply, they expand and contract at different rates/ratios.)  They're a ticking time-bomb.  Protect yourself from explosions and litigation.  Just don't do it.
    I think the vast majority of artist just don't know this and its a shame since it can be so dangerous down the road. I was told that often times on a piece that appears to work and is not handled much or moved around it might be years or maybe when its moved from one environment to another ie; dry room to wet or cold area to hot area. If it just cracks or crazes that one thing but if it falls off when handled or all over something like a food prep counter etc. 
    anyway sure people read this and re-think it.  
     
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    Stephen got a reaction from Min in Virtual Markets   
    Will be interesting to hear how it turns out. I am skeptical since as the OP said, they dont have any experience. Just seems like a completly different business model and no reason to believe they will be able to just dial it in. Even if a hundred booths roll a couple hundred of the booth fees into this thats may 10-12k for advertising. Not much fot internet marketing.
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    Stephen reacted to dhPotter in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    He is my kiln shelf/ post cart, plywood, 2x4's, on wheels.
     

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    Stephen reacted to oldlady in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    stephen,  while you have the plywood and saw out, why not make a place above ground to store those posts that are on the floor?  maybe they were only there temporarily but having a set of shelves to put them on the wall will save your back over time.
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    Stephen reacted to neilestrick in Moving small kiln to wheels   
    I'd never recommend that for a larger kiln, but for a baby test kiln it'll probably work. I'd pull off the carpet, build up the middle section with a couple more cross pieces so it's level all the way across, then a layer of plywood to stiffen it up, then two layers of cement board, then the kiln stand.
    Personally, since you've got to mess with cutting plywood anyway, I'd skip the pre-built dolly. Just take two layers of 3/4" plywood and glue/screw them together, add two layers of cement board, and buy cheap casters from Harbor Freight. That way you can make it the proper dimensions, just slightly larger than the stand. That's how I built my glaze bucket dollies, and they handle 10 gallon buckets. Get wheels that won't dent while it sits stationary- hard rubber, metal, plastic.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in help- slab work cracking when I melt glass on it   
    nah, glaze is not glass and glass should never be used with pottery, functional or decorative. They each have different properties and they will not work together, ever. It's not a question of if they will separate but when and when it does there's likely a safety issue of some sort to deal with for the unlucky person dealing with the failure. Might be serious and really not worth the risk. I got this from a high level employee of one of the worlds largest art glass companies and they constantly tried to get people to take down instructions for mixing the two. Their product info on their website clearly warned artist not to do this. It's not an opinion it's a fact and it really frustrated them that often people wouldn't listen. Lots of cool glaze looks that are not dangerous to anyone.   
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    Stephen reacted to Mark C. in A Paradigm Shift   
    I think there are so many options in terms of consignment shops as every place wants essentially free pottery to sell. (this was before covid) .There is no reson to stay with ones that are learning or just plain bad business people . I have seen way to many poorly run buinesses  that actually hang in there for decades. I suggest looking for some new places -the main idea is get it all straight at the begining so if it dows not work out its easy for you to walk away from.
    I'm down to two consignment stores now-one is my best seller (50/50%) Just opened a month ago and can allow 3 customers in at a time. (she grosssd 1,500 in my pottery last month -she has a online shop  and is very good at marketing)The other still closed (older owner) is a 60/40 % split. I have no idea when she will reopen.
    They have just opened up our County to outside tourist travel so very slowly we will get a lesser tourist season (this area is a huge draw for tourists  -Redwood National Park-and large areas of beaches and forest with no people .Cool coastal summers as well-people coem to baet the heat inland (today it's 108 inland)
    I turn down any new request for consighment these days -but I know pottery sells well and all shops want it-just be picky on what shops you want to approach .
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    Stephen got a reaction from Roberta12 in A Paradigm Shift   
    Ya know if you like dealing with the 3rd shop then all you have to do is key on finding however many of the amazing ones you need to hit the number you want for cosignment. This group was 1 out of 3 but the next group might be 2 out of three. Also it will prob get easir to identify situations that dont work and as you get used to it less stressful. Mark  C has had some great shops for decades and he has mentioned some go south. Nature of the beast.
    edit: It can be really hard to make a bad situation better and often not worth the effort. Maybe you are not dropping a bad consignment quickly enough.
     
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    Stephen got a reaction from Babs in work table over wheel   
    I thought I would post in case anyone else might find the idea useful.
    Trying to adjust to working out of a 2 1/2 car garage,  space is a premium. With weather bad and no place to work while I was trying to put together a new table saw I grabbed some scrap and built a work table over one of the wheels (quick one hour build and see from pic I need to fasten that top corner down better). But worked out pretty nice, I have been eyeballing that wasted space above the wheel for a while. It has locking wheels on it so it can just be slid out of the way when throwing and adds another surface for things like glazing . One nice thing about it is that it needed to be be higher than the average bench which made it a nice bench to stand and work at. With the garage doors closed there's not a lot of open space to spread out in when I need to do something like assembling this saw.
    Another thing I am doing is moving everything to wheels so stuff can be pushed out of the way and equipment quickly re-arranged depending on what project you are working on. 
    Would love to see other space saving ideas if anyone cares to share., 

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    Stephen reacted to neilestrick in work table over wheel   
    Nicely done! I've also seen work tables that fit over the kilns, and then get moved out into the middle of the room to be used during glazing. It's a great use of space if you only fire every couple of weeks.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Hulk in work table over wheel   
    I thought I would post in case anyone else might find the idea useful.
    Trying to adjust to working out of a 2 1/2 car garage,  space is a premium. With weather bad and no place to work while I was trying to put together a new table saw I grabbed some scrap and built a work table over one of the wheels (quick one hour build and see from pic I need to fasten that top corner down better). But worked out pretty nice, I have been eyeballing that wasted space above the wheel for a while. It has locking wheels on it so it can just be slid out of the way when throwing and adds another surface for things like glazing . One nice thing about it is that it needed to be be higher than the average bench which made it a nice bench to stand and work at. With the garage doors closed there's not a lot of open space to spread out in when I need to do something like assembling this saw.
    Another thing I am doing is moving everything to wheels so stuff can be pushed out of the way and equipment quickly re-arranged depending on what project you are working on. 
    Would love to see other space saving ideas if anyone cares to share., 

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    Stephen got a reaction from Roberta12 in A Paradigm Shift   
    I'm in Texas and everyone is certainly acting like nothing ever happened. No one, well almost no one, around here is wearing any face coverings at all and no distancing to speak of other than maybe the check out lines having spaced x's to stand at.
    My family is having big get together's (without me) and my niece's 3 year old's dance studio had a big outdoor recital (pictures showed like one person with a mask). Local monthly, juried, art show is happening. I went to Lowes and me and a couple of really old employees were the only people I saw  wearing anything and the store was packed. Even the employees aren't wearing anything.
    Really shocking. No wonder we are in the top 2 or 3 states in new cases last few days.  I'm in between Austin and San Antonio in an 80k tourist town so I don't know it the metros are acting different but I think everyone, around here at least, has gone right back to the old normal and have just accepted the risk and don't plan to do anything to mitigate it.
    It kind of tells me that if so many people in the middle of this thing are acting like this then when this is over nothing will really have changed much and people will drift back to what was normal 6 months ago. 
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