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Humboldt Potter

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  1. I sell my mugs, which are hand carved and / or hand painted cone 10 porcelain, for $30. They are very labor intensive, but I love the painting and carving. This spring I am moving that price to $32 as I replace stock. They are nicely large mugs, 18-20 oz, but not gigantic. I don't sell online, so I'm limited to my local area, a few small towns in very Northern California. Fortunately, one of the galleries in which I sell (a cooperative), is in an area that is visited by tourists from all over the world in the summer months. Mugs that are $30 or $35 are still an easy decision for these people
  2. Spending this weekend at the best show in my area. Sales are great this year. Very good for the ego...

    1. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Good for you!And always good for the ego of course ;-)

    2. rakukuku

      rakukuku

      and good for the pocketbook! congrats

  3. Humboldt Potter

    New work

    ^10 reduction, porcelain. Sgraffito carving over slip, color painted using underglaze colors.
  4. We have had success with large flat pieces by either placing them on sand (this needs to be done carefully to avoid getting the sand on other pieces, but it can be done) or firing the piece on a "cookie". This cookie goes through the bisque and glaze firings. The cookie and the piece will shrink at the same rate. Other things to consider: try not to overwork the piece during construction, don't make it too thin, use a clay that is better suited to this form, and make sure that there is absolutely NO glaze on he bottom. Even the smallest bit of glaze will stick the piece to the shelf, causing i
  5. I also fire cone 10 reduction and my black and white sgraffito pieces depend on a clear glaze. I sometimes use Amaco velvets for color, too, but my black slip is just Mason stain and my porcelain body. I'll try Mark's glaze recipe to see if I get truer whites and colors. Thanks for the question (and the answer!)
  6. I have switched exclusively to porcelain. Cone 10. I love the whiteness of it. I love throwing with it. Much of my work is sgraffito. Black designs on a white background, sometimes the reverse. But I also love the brightness of colored glazes on a porcelain body. So clear and bright. No grayness. I encourage intermediate potters to try throwing with porcelain. I believe that the reason it seems so daunting, is that beginning throwers tend to work very slowly, and to use a lot of water - both of which make porcelain harder to throw. Once they learn to work with purpose, to bring clay up quic
  7. I know a potter who sells black and white crackle raku pieces that they have "fixed up" , coloring in sections with a black SHARPIE because the black parts weren't dark or even enough. This person sells these pieces as seconds, but doesn't specify that the flaw has to do with using a sharpie to make the black sections blacker. My own feeling is that this borders on a deceptive practice unless it is clearly disclosed. But the problem with this is, even if disclosed, the flaw is likely only disclosed to the first purchaser, not subsequent purchasers. Pottery can last a long time in the wo
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