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    Stephen got a reaction from Rae Reich in Thanks to this forum I made my first ceramic pieces!   
    Its a cool design, bet it sells well. If you are doing this to build a company and brand you might approach your video as a marketing tool to build backstory as opposed to talking to other potters. People that buy handmade tend care about the fact that what they are buying didn't come out of a million square foot factory in China. YouTube is a great place to post your video and embed on your site. Good luck, be sure and post your video so we can check it out.
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    Stephen reacted to liambesaw in Slows down when I center   
    Might be a feature for some folks
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    Stephen got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Slows down when I center   
    bill this is a 2 year old post so she got her parts back in 2017. Anna posted on Monday and I think she is just thinking her problem is the same. Your first paragraph though might do the trick.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Hulk in Pottery Studio in same basement as Treadmill/home gym   
    Ya know a quick 2x4 framing and some Sheetrock is really not that hard to toss up and you can deal with the float/tape, baseboards and painting later. Just stay 18" on center and use a cheap pre-hung  door from home depot. It can be as little as a half day project and probably cost a couple hundred bucks, maybe just take a 10x10 bite out of one corner so you just need 2 walls and the door. Even adding in a window so it doesn't feel like a closet isn't hard. just a thought. Otherwise just toss a blanket or plastic over the equipment when not in use. Not sure it will hurt it though. We have had a flat screen TV mounted on the wall in the studio for years and it hasn't bothered it as far as I can tell. Used to keep the remotes in clear plastic bags but even stopped doing that a few years ago.
    As far as the studio dangers I think wiping down and regular mopping is about all you can do but as Liam said you don't hear about home potters getting the bad stuff and some spend a lot of time in their studios. 
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    Stephen got a reaction from LeeU in Thanks to this forum I made my first ceramic pieces!   
    Its a cool design, bet it sells well. If you are doing this to build a company and brand you might approach your video as a marketing tool to build backstory as opposed to talking to other potters. People that buy handmade tend care about the fact that what they are buying didn't come out of a million square foot factory in China. YouTube is a great place to post your video and embed on your site. Good luck, be sure and post your video so we can check it out.
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    Stephen reacted to liambesaw in Repaired Items   
    I'd probably just put them in my own garden.  I don't feel comfortable selling something that is in a repaired condition.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Chilly in Thanks to this forum I made my first ceramic pieces!   
    Its a cool design, bet it sells well. If you are doing this to build a company and brand you might approach your video as a marketing tool to build backstory as opposed to talking to other potters. People that buy handmade tend care about the fact that what they are buying didn't come out of a million square foot factory in China. YouTube is a great place to post your video and embed on your site. Good luck, be sure and post your video so we can check it out.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Moisture problem, basment studio   
    unless I missed it in the responses it didn't see mention of just climate humidity. Certain times a year (now in a lot of places) humidity is really high so gallons of water might be normal. I have a niffty little deal that sits inside with a remote like piece outside and it shows inside/outside temp and humidity.  Something like that might help her to zero in because if the humidity in her house is not a bit less than outside there is probably an issue, otherwise maybe she is just taking a lot of water out of very humid air. 
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    Stephen got a reaction from LeeU in Cause of these cracks?   
    yeah asking a bunch of potters about cracking, crazing, shivering or dunting will require pulling up a chair :-)
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    Stephen got a reaction from Babs in Cause of these cracks?   
    yeah asking a bunch of potters about cracking, crazing, shivering or dunting will require pulling up a chair :-)
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    Stephen reacted to LeeU in Small craft fair   
    Actually, I am relieved, because I knew I didn't want to go down that road in the first place! 
    I always trust my decisions & instincts, AND I am also willing to challenge my own positions.  The physical wear & tear of prep, selecting pieces, making labels/signs, packing carriers, packing the car, unpacking  and carrying into the site, setting up table displays, tearing down/repacking the carriers, repacking the car, unpacking the car, schlepping it all back into the studio, unpacking the carriers, sorting and putting away the stock and all the other crap......I could go on and on, because the whole process just went on and on!!  Don't see a "next show" on the horizon.  And I'm real OK with that!
    I needed to know if the physical "cost" was worth the effort, and, for me (not young, not terribly fit, have my chiropractor on speed dial), it just isn't. I sure do appreciate all the support, tips, cautions,  & encouragement --- that is one of the wonderful things, of real value, about these forums and the people who participate here, as a community.  
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    Stephen reacted to Chilly in rolling clay without a slab roller   
    As everyone says above.
    If you can stretch to the cost and space of a slab roller you will get the same quality of slabs, just quicker and with less strain on your wrists.  If rolling on a wooden board, use a cloth.  The finer the cloth (recycled egyptian cotton sheeting for example) the less the weave will show on your finished clay.
    Getting a roller (two actually) was the best thing I did.  One is homemade from wood and poly tubes, the other is an old mangle/wringer.One lives at home, the other at community centre.

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    Stephen reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Mark:Selling pendants online in retirement   
    So this talk from NCECA this spring, which I unfortunately missed in person, is now up on YouTube. The speaker worked at Etsy for a number of years, and is a former Etsy seller herself, and she gives a good insider breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of Etsy. It's a 45 minute video, but you can listen to it hands free while you work.
     
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    Stephen got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Mark:Selling pendants online in retirement   
    Ya know while it is possible to drive generic traffic to sites I think really most potters that sell much through their websites probably are out in front of customers all the time and the website becomes an extension. In the old days repeat customers would pick up the phone but these days drop by the site. Facebook pushes of kiln openings and new pots. Show customers picking up cards. They know the potter and the pottery already. 
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    Stephen reacted to JohnnyK in Crash Cooling...Deliberately   
    There is nothing to stop you from doing anything, Curt...If it is a fibre kiln, I would guess that you are firing with gas. I would also guess that it is going to take less time to get it up to cone 10 than a kiln with bricks. It should also cool down faster than a brick kiln. So again guessing that the kiln is easy to open (like a Raku kiln), why not just open it to the atmosphere and ambient temp?
    In ceramics you constantly hear the mantra "TEST, TEST, TEST"...Just try what you want and look at it as another test. You'll find out soon enough what works and what doesn't...
    JohnnyK
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    Stephen reacted to Mark C. in Bailey System 3 Power Drive extruder   
    I feel an extruder is not the best tool for tile.To many ways for it to warp from the barrel to the table.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Bill Kielb in New to the Business   
    Ya know you have two problems, process and business. I would look for slip casting classes. While pottery classes for folks working in ceramics is a good thing it sounds like this is a slip cast business so a pottery class may have very negligible value if you are planning to keep this business going as is and may well just get you all confused about it all. You are not trying to decide on the direction to go with pottery,  you want to know how to use the stuff you have. A generic pottery class would be fun and certainly dial you in on working with clay forms but slip casting is not the same thing and the class may not even cover it at all or just clip past it quickly and running electric kilns may also not be covered in any kind of depth. 
    If I were you I would go on an information blitz, watching every you tube video I could find on slip casting and order any books you can find on amazon. You already have all the equipment so using the that information you should be able to get going. Sometimes it is good to just go at it. If she has not fired those kilns in a very long time it might make sense to have a kiln person or at least an electrician check them out for safety before you start using them. 
    Has the business been running right up until now? I mean are clients expecting delivery of products or is just just a case where she had run this business in the past so all of the equipment is still there? You mentioned a Christmas tree mold but it's mid October so unless you are planning to man a booth at some Xmas shows Xmas buying by businesses I think is long over unless she has some orders already.
    Good luck!
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    Stephen got a reaction from LeeU in New to the Business   
    Ya know you have two problems, process and business. I would look for slip casting classes. While pottery classes for folks working in ceramics is a good thing it sounds like this is a slip cast business so a pottery class may have very negligible value if you are planning to keep this business going as is and may well just get you all confused about it all. You are not trying to decide on the direction to go with pottery,  you want to know how to use the stuff you have. A generic pottery class would be fun and certainly dial you in on working with clay forms but slip casting is not the same thing and the class may not even cover it at all or just clip past it quickly and running electric kilns may also not be covered in any kind of depth. 
    If I were you I would go on an information blitz, watching every you tube video I could find on slip casting and order any books you can find on amazon. You already have all the equipment so using the that information you should be able to get going. Sometimes it is good to just go at it. If she has not fired those kilns in a very long time it might make sense to have a kiln person or at least an electrician check them out for safety before you start using them. 
    Has the business been running right up until now? I mean are clients expecting delivery of products or is just just a case where she had run this business in the past so all of the equipment is still there? You mentioned a Christmas tree mold but it's mid October so unless you are planning to man a booth at some Xmas shows Xmas buying by businesses I think is long over unless she has some orders already.
    Good luck!
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    Stephen got a reaction from Benzine in New to the Business   
    Ya know you have two problems, process and business. I would look for slip casting classes. While pottery classes for folks working in ceramics is a good thing it sounds like this is a slip cast business so a pottery class may have very negligible value if you are planning to keep this business going as is and may well just get you all confused about it all. You are not trying to decide on the direction to go with pottery,  you want to know how to use the stuff you have. A generic pottery class would be fun and certainly dial you in on working with clay forms but slip casting is not the same thing and the class may not even cover it at all or just clip past it quickly and running electric kilns may also not be covered in any kind of depth. 
    If I were you I would go on an information blitz, watching every you tube video I could find on slip casting and order any books you can find on amazon. You already have all the equipment so using the that information you should be able to get going. Sometimes it is good to just go at it. If she has not fired those kilns in a very long time it might make sense to have a kiln person or at least an electrician check them out for safety before you start using them. 
    Has the business been running right up until now? I mean are clients expecting delivery of products or is just just a case where she had run this business in the past so all of the equipment is still there? You mentioned a Christmas tree mold but it's mid October so unless you are planning to man a booth at some Xmas shows Xmas buying by businesses I think is long over unless she has some orders already.
    Good luck!
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    Stephen got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Mark:Selling pendants online in retirement   
    Ya know that might be right on but then you are driving your customers to a large platform with lots and lots of cheap imported machine alternatives to what you sell. I can't really wrap my head around that being a good thing to do. I did set up a store last year one rainy Sunday with bank accounts and such and a few products loaded and a link from my site to it but having trouble getting motivated to load more. Everyone seems to talk about a perceived value  of having a store there but no one these days seems to ever talk about making any money from it.  Lee if you're wondering it really is just a few hours or less process to get it all setup. Since you sell on your regular site you can just use the same pictures and blurps. They do charge though per product so to have 40-50 items up is like paying for another website.
    edit: when I say no one and everybody I am talking about potters. I get that a bunch of people make money on etsy.
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    Stephen reacted to Mark C. in Bailey System 3 Power Drive extruder   
    I have seen that bailey extruder at a studio near SF but have no info on its use.I would call Bailey and talk story.
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    Stephen reacted to oldlady in Bailey System 3 Power Drive extruder   
    two things.   contact bailey and talk to their expert on the actual machine you are thinking about buying.   it is in their interest to fully inform you so you can make a correct decision.  talk on the phone.   they welcome that interaction
     second,   do you have a  Harbor Freight  store near you?   they sell presses that have been adapted by handy persons to do tile pressing.  costs under $200.
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    Stephen reacted to Marcia Selsor in Bailey System 3 Power Drive extruder   
    I have built 2 tile presses from Frank Giogini's Tile book design. One for me and one for the classroom.
    They are especially good for pressed plaster molds with incised designs.
    Marcia
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    Stephen got a reaction from kristinanoel in Recycling Clay   
    you can also do what lot of well meaning beginning potters do. Buy a half a dozen 5 gal buckets at Lowe's or Home depot and toss the clay in those while you learn. In 6 months or so when the buckets are getting full and seem overwhelming take those buckets out to the back of your property and start a clay hill. Over the years you can expand this hill with additional clay and add broken up pots that don't make the cut.
    Only kidding a little bit, clay's cheap and wrist surgery isn't :-) 
     
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    Stephen got a reaction from Chilly in Pugmill for tile extruding   
    well there's an idea, I will give that a go, thanks!
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