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    phill got a reaction from Hulk in Leach Treadle Wheels--is there a market?   
    Thank you! 
    I think you're right, naming it a "Leach" wheel would probably get me in some sort of trouble. 
    No, the layout doesn't have to be flipped to have the wheel spin the other direction. I can crank it counter or clockwise both with my left leg. I think the idea is that if you throw in a counter clockwise manner you'd probably want your right leg to be stable. Maybe less body stress? If you wanted it clockwise, you'd just want to build the wheel flipped like you said so your kick leg is your right leg.
    It would be interesting to make an all-metal treadle that you could unbolt to move through doors. Or at least if welded up make it less wide than any potential doorways.
    It sounds like you've been contemplating making one! Also thanks for your input, it is much appreciated.
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    phill got a reaction from Hulk in Leach Treadle Wheels--is there a market?   
    Hi folks, it's been awhile. I've still been throwing pots and being a potter. Recently I made a leach style treadle wheel and I love it. It was made with less expensive materials, pine instead of hardwood, and a couple other decisions I made that kept cost down. I'm thinking I might be able to make a Leach style Treadle Wheel for about $1000, unfinished. Maybe $1200 painted. Do the wise sages of this ceramics board have any idea if there would be any sort of market for this? 
    Here's my thought. I've always wanted one of these wheels, and my buddy came across some abandoned homemade versions that were all piecemeal and rusted. But I salvaged them and learned how to build the wheel, and it works really well. I finally have my dream wheel, and I didn't have to spend $2500 on it. Maybe there would be more treadlers if the wheel was more affordable? 
    I'd love advice if you are in a helpful and loving spirit. Thanks all!
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    phill reacted to GEP in Business Forum F. A. Q. Listing   
    Pricing Your Work
    This is a complicated and murky subject. No clear answers here, other than "the more you do it, the easier it gets."
    Going Price of Mugs
    Pricing Artwork to Sell
    Another Pricing Topic
    Your Labour Cost
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    phill got a reaction from Karen B in Yunomi   
    @grype and @benzine: That's very kind, thank you.

    Here is an example of another cup. The green shows the inside of the cup. Notice the inside doesn't go all the way down to the foot. The foot is trimmed out. The blue shows where the drain hole is. When a cup is upside down in a dishwasher, instead of gathering water inside the foot ring, the water drains out via the drain hole. Also, this cup has it's drain hole clogged with glaze. Always learning
    Thanks Biglou13 for explaining. The link you shared illustrates the point too in a different way.
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    phill reacted to rayaldridge in Turned Foot Rings On Mugs; Elegance Or Affectation?   
    Mark, I very much appreciate your honest opinion.  I have to admit that back in the days when I was a production potter, it never even occurred to me to turn a foot ring on a mug-- just didn't see how I could afford to sell a mug with that much work in it, so I understand where you're coming from.  In fact, I have to admit that it never crossed my mind until very recently.  As I said, I've been making yunomis with turned feet recently, and then a few weeks back, I spent a night visiting with an old friend, Stanley Hurst.  (NCECA goers probably know Stanley-- he's Mecca Pottery Tools and was getting ready to go to Providence when I was at his house.)  Stanley has quite an extensive mug collection.  I was looking at them and came across a couple footed ones, which I liked a lot. I liked the way they felt in my hand-- not just the hand that held the handle, but the other hand that held the base.  Anyway, ideas grow sometimes from many roots, and I suppose I just didn't get this one until a time when it was possible for me to put it into reality.
    Pete Pinnell in that video said a lot of interesting things, and he mentioned that comfort in use was the standard by which most of us judge a mug.  His view was that there were other factors beyond comfort that mattered, and I agree, but I still think that comfort should come first and all others must follow and not detract from that comfort.  The mug I posted first has a two-finger handle, but even a one-finger handle can work well, I think.  Here's an example of a one-finger mug:

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    phill reacted to neilestrick in Turned Foot Rings On Mugs; Elegance Or Affectation?   
    I turn a foot ring into almost every pot. I think it shows a level of care in the maker. A couple of forms that I make don't allow for it because I simply cannot turn them over to trim, but most do. I do not necessarily define a raised foot on the outside of the pot, but I do trim a foot ring on the bottom.
    Rayaldridge, I agree with Mark that the foot on your mug is a little small. It feels like it would be tippy. In reality it is probably not, but it's all about proportions and perceptions. I think the handle is just fine, though. On a small mug you only need to get one or two fingers in it. I think a larger handle would overwhelm the form, and there's just not room for a larger handle without it being a big loopy thing.
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    phill got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Yunomi   
    Good idea. I love the yunomi shape. I don't use them for tea all that much, but I just like to use them for anything. You will get a lot of flak from some people if you are not from Japan or don't have their specified "credentials" to be calling your work yunomi, but I think that is hogwash. Don't let others get to you, and make what you enjoy.
    John's advice is great. The same goes for mugs...or anything really. Drink a lot of hot drinks out of a lot of mugs, and you will quickly find things you like and don't like about the pieces you are using. Obviously everything is preferential to your likes and dislikes, but that's part of what makes your art interesting to others. 
    I prefer tall feet on my cups, because I have this idea in my head of a child in class that desperately wants to be called on by the teacher, and this child is standing on the chair with their hand as high as it can go to get the teacher's attention. The cup is begging to be used. And I started really liking a drainage hole so that when it is washed in a dishwasher it doesn't collect a pond of dirty food water. 
    here are a few of mine:

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