Jump to content

oldlady

Members
  • Posts

    5,792
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Pres in Just out of high school   
    is there a counselor available to you?   i know nothing about college but assume that you are not the only student to find yourself questioning your next step.    there must be someone who you can talk to about these feelings.    asking  for help is hard but necessary sometimes.
  2. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Dayna in Gare Kiln   
    dana, look for a metal label on the kiln.   not on a sitter that might be attached to the kiln but on the kiln itself.  there will be electrical info and the highest temperature you can reach.  if you can post a photo of the label so it can be read, not sideways or upside down, lots of info can be given back to you.
  3. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Pres in QotW: Are you planning to add any new glaze colors to your palette of colors?   
    will be using glazes that i made many years ago and have not used, just tested.  they will cover the empty bowls i need to make and i will be combining several of them by layering.   not my usual kind of thing and i am not sure whether they will work together. 
    there are several 5 gallon buckets with dry mixed ingredients, one is apparently a popular glaze called  "Varigated blue" which i have tested as a base, nice white, almost matte.  there are lots of others,  Nutmeg,  Randy's red, Sapphire, Licorice base which takes colors beautifully, and Luster Green.   more are hiding behind the first row.
    anyone with suggestions of how to combine?  any history working with them?   i just want to do simple bowls this year, lots of other things in the way.  
  4. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from JohnnyK in Newbie needs advice/input   
    some people will become insulted by my answer.  try not to be.  the word underglaze defines  a substance to go under  a   glaze.    if that substance has a color you want to see put it under a clear glaze.     that is it.    do not try to put something labelled underglaze   on   top   of a glaze.     that is just logical.       read the label on everything you use.  
    lady, there is a commonly used phrase, "no question is a dumb question" that just irritates me.   some are not really dumb but are so basic that it is an indication of disrespect to ask.  and i am one of the biggest offenders.   my lack of understanding of math is crippling but people here are very good at translating it.  thank all of you.
     it is good to remember that even though today we are conditioned to know everything at all times about every subject and provide the correct answer immediately.   if not,  something is wrong with us.     learning comes in small doses but sometimes there are ways to learn that only involve thinking.
    please read the first sentence again.
  5. Like
    oldlady reacted to Clay Dragon in Why make functional ware?   
    "I am a functional potter making everyday life a little more beautiful" is my business description. When I came across the question, "Why make functional pottery?" I laughed. I make my functional pottery, go to markets, sell, sell, sell, then I go back to my pottery studio and make more. I enjoy making functional pottery and my customers enjoy buying functional pottery. It's a good business. Obviously there are a few people that ask questions like this. To be honest at sixty years old I have not met one. So I say the the majority, "Thank you".
  6. Like
    oldlady reacted to Mark C. in The last show in the desert   
    Been doing a show in a small town in the desert east of Las Vegas for about 30 years now. It was cancelled last year and I let my fees roll forward and its coming up in about 3 weeks.
    Last one in 2019 was best ever for that show. Its the most open show in a breezy loction in a grassy park under a huge shade tree. No canopy  used as it not needed and usually to windy. I just walk away from booth when done  every night as the town is sleepy and no issues ever with theft in 30 years. I am the only one who does this I should add. One whole day to set up (friday)  and van is 6 feet from booth and stays there for whole show. show is a early am start usually sales start by 8 am and is dead at 5 pm.Show is easy and I do it solo usually.
    show is a mix of fine art and real crap not made by anyone locally (buy and sell) Its in 3 parks and I am not in the fine art park. They always wanted me up there but you need to pack your stuff in and no shade tree so I always have stayed under the shade in park with lots of buy and sell and my stuff really jumps out next to junk.People love the shade when its hot and it usally is.
    I think this will be the last show for me there. I never say never but will fly a sign saying I;m done most likely.The show is just a bit to far as it just over 1,000 mile each way. I no longer need shows outside my area as well. Its part of my slow down plan.
    Most of my fellow artists have quit the show  by now and I'm one of the last hold outs-its been a very good show for me and I always fit in another wholesale drop off after show  on this trip in Santa Barbara and I get to vistit my sister there as well. I always fit a medical appointment in SF on way home as well. 8 days on the road this time around. 
    This years whole sale order is huge at a small gallery that only sells pottery in Harmony Ca.I will meet the owner after selling to him for over 10 years without meeting him. We have a stop on the road to fill his forester on the day we head north from SB to SF. in a parking lot. I will have about 20 banana boxes stuffed for him. He always cuts me a check the second he gets the pots -best business man/woman I have ever dealt with. He is also a potter so he knows the drill. His shop carries lost of potters work from all over the USA.Never been there myself-its in a town with population of 10. On the main US 1 highway  popular with tourist route up to big sur and Hearst Castle
    I have loved mixing whole sale order drops with shows  over the years as you really get home with a  extra large payday. This will be the last one of these for me. Next year I'll take it south and not do the show but still visit my sister and my nephews.
    Next year my plan is only one out of area show and one local show and my own xmas sale as usual.I'm slowing it down to local sales and even that is going to slow down as I stop supplying a few outlets (I have 9 locally this year)
     
  7. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from ladyinblack1964 in Newbie needs advice/input   
    some people will become insulted by my answer.  try not to be.  the word underglaze defines  a substance to go under  a   glaze.    if that substance has a color you want to see put it under a clear glaze.     that is it.    do not try to put something labelled underglaze   on   top   of a glaze.     that is just logical.       read the label on everything you use.  
    lady, there is a commonly used phrase, "no question is a dumb question" that just irritates me.   some are not really dumb but are so basic that it is an indication of disrespect to ask.  and i am one of the biggest offenders.   my lack of understanding of math is crippling but people here are very good at translating it.  thank all of you.
     it is good to remember that even though today we are conditioned to know everything at all times about every subject and provide the correct answer immediately.   if not,  something is wrong with us.     learning comes in small doses but sometimes there are ways to learn that only involve thinking.
    please read the first sentence again.
  8. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from ladyinblack1964 in Newbie needs advice/input   
    well, christy knox has just shown you exactly how i start my stuff.   her things are wonderfully beautiful.  the layout of plants, the colors she uses, the care taken to get everything just right is shown so perfectly that i have given up any idea that i would make a video.
    notice how many patterns she has stored in those shelves near the window.  it would be a feast just to visit her studio.
  9. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Roberta12 in Newbie needs advice/input   
    well, christy knox has just shown you exactly how i start my stuff.   her things are wonderfully beautiful.  the layout of plants, the colors she uses, the care taken to get everything just right is shown so perfectly that i have given up any idea that i would make a video.
    notice how many patterns she has stored in those shelves near the window.  it would be a feast just to visit her studio.
  10. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Gusf in Newbie needs advice/input   
    some people will become insulted by my answer.  try not to be.  the word underglaze defines  a substance to go under  a   glaze.    if that substance has a color you want to see put it under a clear glaze.     that is it.    do not try to put something labelled underglaze   on   top   of a glaze.     that is just logical.       read the label on everything you use.  
    lady, there is a commonly used phrase, "no question is a dumb question" that just irritates me.   some are not really dumb but are so basic that it is an indication of disrespect to ask.  and i am one of the biggest offenders.   my lack of understanding of math is crippling but people here are very good at translating it.  thank all of you.
     it is good to remember that even though today we are conditioned to know everything at all times about every subject and provide the correct answer immediately.   if not,  something is wrong with us.     learning comes in small doses but sometimes there are ways to learn that only involve thinking.
    please read the first sentence again.
  11. Like
    oldlady reacted to Min in Ikea trying for handmade aesthetic   
    The point that bothered me the most was equating "embracing a mistake" with being handmade and unique. 
  12. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Roberta12 in Ikea trying for handmade aesthetic   
    good lord!   those people need a real job.  save us from the designers whose ideas are simply stupid.  like the ones who decided printing on electronics should be silver on black in the tiniest font possible.  and the signs and ads printed in dark red lettering on a black background.
  13. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Lucia Matos in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    wheels under everything you will move, and you will move things if but to wash that floor.   Harbor Freight stores have lots of types.  avoid plastic wheels that are inexpensive.   buy full bags of the commonly used glaze ingredients.  the best containers i have used are the Rubbermaid totes but they do not seem to be in the big box stores anymore.  Sterilite is very brittle for holding large quantities of heavy ingredients.  rubbermaid might sag but sterilite cracks.   do not leave your purchases in the original bag!  store them in something strong enough and easy to open, preferably on wheels.  bags become dusty and there is no way to open them repeatedly that will not cause a dust storm under your nose.   buy a respirator first thing.
    second purchase is a decent cut off wire that you can control.   fishing leader lines come in different lengths, i find a 12 inch very useful and a 9 inch is always in use.   attach round metal key rings to the ends.    take your key rings to a fishing supply place that is not too big so there will be an employee who can advise you.  these wires are already braided so they cut clay the first time and last for years.
    label everything.  not on paper that is taped to a container, tape will  dry up and fall off.   use a sharpie directly on the container.  you can remove a label if you change things.  just use hairspray and a cotton ball to wipe all the sharpie off.   hairspray works better than acetone and smells better.
    there are a number of posts about setting up a studio, i do not know how to retrieve them from this website but if you search, you will find some really great ideas.   i do have strong opinions on most things because my education has been the school of hard knocks.   trying to save you some pain.
  14. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Fish Print on Bisqueware. Underglaze that is safe to eat in liquid form?   
    i did it!   not the best fish or photo, but i did post a photo again!

  15. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Chilly in Fish Print on Bisqueware. Underglaze that is safe to eat in liquid form?   
    i did it!   not the best fish or photo, but i did post a photo again!

  16. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Pres in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    wheels under everything you will move, and you will move things if but to wash that floor.   Harbor Freight stores have lots of types.  avoid plastic wheels that are inexpensive.   buy full bags of the commonly used glaze ingredients.  the best containers i have used are the Rubbermaid totes but they do not seem to be in the big box stores anymore.  Sterilite is very brittle for holding large quantities of heavy ingredients.  rubbermaid might sag but sterilite cracks.   do not leave your purchases in the original bag!  store them in something strong enough and easy to open, preferably on wheels.  bags become dusty and there is no way to open them repeatedly that will not cause a dust storm under your nose.   buy a respirator first thing.
    second purchase is a decent cut off wire that you can control.   fishing leader lines come in different lengths, i find a 12 inch very useful and a 9 inch is always in use.   attach round metal key rings to the ends.    take your key rings to a fishing supply place that is not too big so there will be an employee who can advise you.  these wires are already braided so they cut clay the first time and last for years.
    label everything.  not on paper that is taped to a container, tape will  dry up and fall off.   use a sharpie directly on the container.  you can remove a label if you change things.  just use hairspray and a cotton ball to wipe all the sharpie off.   hairspray works better than acetone and smells better.
    there are a number of posts about setting up a studio, i do not know how to retrieve them from this website but if you search, you will find some really great ideas.   i do have strong opinions on most things because my education has been the school of hard knocks.   trying to save you some pain.
  17. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Min in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    wheels under everything you will move, and you will move things if but to wash that floor.   Harbor Freight stores have lots of types.  avoid plastic wheels that are inexpensive.   buy full bags of the commonly used glaze ingredients.  the best containers i have used are the Rubbermaid totes but they do not seem to be in the big box stores anymore.  Sterilite is very brittle for holding large quantities of heavy ingredients.  rubbermaid might sag but sterilite cracks.   do not leave your purchases in the original bag!  store them in something strong enough and easy to open, preferably on wheels.  bags become dusty and there is no way to open them repeatedly that will not cause a dust storm under your nose.   buy a respirator first thing.
    second purchase is a decent cut off wire that you can control.   fishing leader lines come in different lengths, i find a 12 inch very useful and a 9 inch is always in use.   attach round metal key rings to the ends.    take your key rings to a fishing supply place that is not too big so there will be an employee who can advise you.  these wires are already braided so they cut clay the first time and last for years.
    label everything.  not on paper that is taped to a container, tape will  dry up and fall off.   use a sharpie directly on the container.  you can remove a label if you change things.  just use hairspray and a cotton ball to wipe all the sharpie off.   hairspray works better than acetone and smells better.
    there are a number of posts about setting up a studio, i do not know how to retrieve them from this website but if you search, you will find some really great ideas.   i do have strong opinions on most things because my education has been the school of hard knocks.   trying to save you some pain.
  18. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    wheels under everything you will move, and you will move things if but to wash that floor.   Harbor Freight stores have lots of types.  avoid plastic wheels that are inexpensive.   buy full bags of the commonly used glaze ingredients.  the best containers i have used are the Rubbermaid totes but they do not seem to be in the big box stores anymore.  Sterilite is very brittle for holding large quantities of heavy ingredients.  rubbermaid might sag but sterilite cracks.   do not leave your purchases in the original bag!  store them in something strong enough and easy to open, preferably on wheels.  bags become dusty and there is no way to open them repeatedly that will not cause a dust storm under your nose.   buy a respirator first thing.
    second purchase is a decent cut off wire that you can control.   fishing leader lines come in different lengths, i find a 12 inch very useful and a 9 inch is always in use.   attach round metal key rings to the ends.    take your key rings to a fishing supply place that is not too big so there will be an employee who can advise you.  these wires are already braided so they cut clay the first time and last for years.
    label everything.  not on paper that is taped to a container, tape will  dry up and fall off.   use a sharpie directly on the container.  you can remove a label if you change things.  just use hairspray and a cotton ball to wipe all the sharpie off.   hairspray works better than acetone and smells better.
    there are a number of posts about setting up a studio, i do not know how to retrieve them from this website but if you search, you will find some really great ideas.   i do have strong opinions on most things because my education has been the school of hard knocks.   trying to save you some pain.
  19. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Roberta12 in Please help with Kiln controls   
    tinworm, before you fire it, hope  you will remove the wooden cabinet that is much too close to the kiln.  
  20. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Hulk in Fish Print on Bisqueware. Underglaze that is safe to eat in liquid form?   
    i did it!   not the best fish or photo, but i did post a photo again!

  21. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in How do you narrow down your glaze options when selling? Do you keep a magic number in mind?   
    while sifting through you tube the other night, i found one that was written by a young lady, 24, who had just been diagnosed as autistic.  i have most of the same things.   so there is a reason why i am the way i am!?!?!?  
  22. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    totally agree with russ.   i got the kind of bucket you step on and pull the mop straight up through the two rollers.   the mop is sold with strings as the water carrier.   take them off and use an old 100% COTTON towel, preferably one that was bought years ago for one dollar and is foldable lengthwise to give you about 15 inches of folded mop.   there are LOTS of new, modern, in style, non-cotton mops that are totally inadequate for a studio.  the bucket is still sold in real hardware stores, the small kind in a small town.   they are inexpensive so the big box stores do not carry them.  they would rather sell you a $25 huge, yellow. plastic thing that wants you to use your hands instead of your foot.
     
  23. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What best habit would you recommend to a beginner setting up their studio?   
    totally agree with russ.   i got the kind of bucket you step on and pull the mop straight up through the two rollers.   the mop is sold with strings as the water carrier.   take them off and use an old 100% COTTON towel, preferably one that was bought years ago for one dollar and is foldable lengthwise to give you about 15 inches of folded mop.   there are LOTS of new, modern, in style, non-cotton mops that are totally inadequate for a studio.  the bucket is still sold in real hardware stores, the small kind in a small town.   they are inexpensive so the big box stores do not carry them.  they would rather sell you a $25 huge, yellow. plastic thing that wants you to use your hands instead of your foot.
     
  24. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Rae Reich in sparkle/glitter clay for marbling   
    could it be mica?
  25. Like
    oldlady got a reaction from Bill Kielb in sparkle/glitter clay for marbling   
    could it be mica?
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.