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About Pugaboo

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    Lifetime artist 3rd year potter

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    Helen, GA
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    Art, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, Pugs, dogs, reading

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  1. I know I haven’t been on the forum much the last few months and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to do this... Thank you all for all your support and condolences it meant oh so very much to me. Those words don’t come anywhere near saying what everyone on the forum means to me. I’m figuring things out day by day. I have had to get a second job since at the moment I’m only making half what I need to live on with pottery. My 10 year plan got hijacked in year 5 and now I figure it’s going to take a little bit longer to get to where I need to be to support myself solely with pottery. I
  2. A message from Alice (oldlady) regarding Terry (Pugaboo)
    "Terry Buffington, known to us as the vibrant Pugaboo, lost her husband on October 4 to a serious illness.  He had been ill and hospitalized for several weeks.  I know Terry would be glad to hear from her forum "family".  I am sure we all feel part of her loss and would like to express those feelings to her."

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    2. Chilly


      So sorry to hear this sad news Terry, all our thoughts are with you.


    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      *hug* thoughts with you.

    4. Denice


      Sending lots of hugs your way I am sorry you are having to go through this.    Denice

  3. I made a silkscreen of my logo and use that. It's nice because it can be done at leatherhard, bone dry, or bisqued stages. The screen isn't in a frame, in fact it's less than 2x2 inches, I just hold it in place with 2 fingers swipe the ceramic ink across it with another finger and I'm done. I also have a nice transfer of the same design that I use on all my transfer pieces since they go in to a 3rd firing. i do have my Turbo Pug metal stamp that I stamp into the bottom of all my mug handles but I do that more because I like it than as a signature. T
  4. I have a Bailey and they sell leg extensions as well. I got the ones to raise it high enough to stand at, they also make a shorter set for sitting but higher up than normal. T
  5. JR - I am thinking 04 would be a little sturdier for them to handle, would absorb slightly less glaze, there is often a mixture of brown clay, white clay, thick pieces as well as thin in a bisque load. 04 seems a good compromise with all that going on. I am taking into account some of the issues I've been told they are having, pinholes, bisque parts breaking off easily when handled, heavy glaze applications causing running glaze when fired etc. I'm looking for a middle of the road solution for the art center. I personally fire my own bisque to 04 with a hold BUT I tumble stack my load and
  6. Ok hmmm since I'll be bisque firing student and amateur potter pieces mostly I would think a cone 04 would have its advantages. It would absorb less glaze, be a little more durable to handle, we also use Highwater Clays Speckled Brownstone as well a Little Loafers and occasionally Lizella, so the brown could use a higher fire and I know from my own experience LL has no issue with an 04 bisque, I'm not familiar with Lizella needs at all except firing one sculpture and it seemed very fragile even after bisque firing. I do know they have had issues with pinholes in the past so a higher bisque mig
  7. The old pottery director bisque fired to cone 05 rather than 04... he never explained why. Is there a reason it would be done? I bisque fire my own work to cone 04 so am wondering if there is a benefit to one or the other. T
  8. I had State Farm but changed when they upped my premiums to almost double in 5 years with no claims. I asked Norton my new insurance agent and they said no problem, didn't list it either. I got to worrying about if someone were to burn themselves with a mug, or I get in an accident on way to Festival, someone's tent blows into mine at a festival and wipes out my display, something does happen to the house but my studio isn't covered as it's business, and I really wanted to start giving private lessons. All of that made me decide to get a policy from a company I found here on Ceramic Arts Daily
  9. An excellent discussion! I have always said, talent gets you in the door but determination keeps you in the room. I've been called talented and it makes me think, Baa talent shmalent it's the hard work that gets you places. I run into a lot of hobby, amateur, whatever you want to call them artists, Potters, photographers, etc. they always ALWAYS ask, how do you make a living doing what you do? I say I work HARD, I work everyday, it's my job, I get up and create something every day whether I feel like it or not and it doesn't matter if what I am making inspires me if my creative muse is singing
  10. Oops sorry Marcia I meant Chris! I start out using a clay mold that is just dried and then when I am completely happy I make multiple bisque molds so I can make a bunch at once. I often do the dry clay molds for special orders that way once done I can reclaim the clay. Marcia I like your way too I might have to give it a try for use during classes, might be less likely to get damaged. Lots of ways to make a plate and now that my wheel is ready to throw standing up I plan to try throwing some as well. T
  11. There are a few ways to create plates without the wheel that I use. 1) If you want a quick simple disposable form to create a plate use Chinet plates. I use this method for teaching classes and even novice Potters can make plates that don't warp. Basically roll out your clay, lay over Chinet plate, use pounce to shape to form, trim, drop on floor to settle the clay, if you want a decorative rim place another Chinet plate on top of this and gently press in around the rim to capture that line. You can also add your own texture like lace, leaves, etc. you can remove the top plate almost insta
  12. I've got mine priced at 12oz -$22 and 20oz - $30 and I have the most expensive mugs around here. I just don't like making mugs and decided if I was going to have to make them I would get a price I could live with for them... they still sell at these prices and sometimes at festivals I think, Yay I sold a dozen mugs.... then sigh I sold a dozen mugs now i gotta make more before next weekend. I think the price also has a lot to do with your location, big cities and the coasts seem to get more per mug out here in the boonies the prices tend to run lower. T
  13. I have a digital controller so yes those are the firing schedule times. It normally takes 1 1/2 times the firing schedule time for the kiln to cool off. So if a glaze firing takes 8 hours it takes about 16 hours to cool completely. This might be different depending on your kiln bricks, mine are 3 inch not 2. T
  14. I have an Olympic 1823. I slow bisque to 04 and tumble stack my load. My kiln is PACKED and I mean P A C K E D. It takes between 13 1/2 hours to 14 hours with a 15 minute hold to get the heatwork throughout the tightly packed kiln. I rarely do a preheat but when I do I add on a 2 hour preheat which makes it longer of course. I try and only use 2 shelves to fire the whole load. I do a slow glaze to cone 6 with a TC offset of a few degrees but add back the heatwork by doing a 5 minute hold at the top. Doing this ended my pinhole issue and the glaze overfiring I ran into trying to fix the pi
  15. My Mom is part of a Quilting Guild and a Quilting Circle. My aunt makes hand made purses from vintage fabrics. I can sew and do so as needed, mostly when I can't find what I want in the store and have to create it myself. Around here there is at least 1 Quilting Guild that I know of so somebody out there still sews. Thanks for sharing Mark. T
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