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    jrgpots got a reaction from Babs in Primitive firing survival   
    My daughter and I used a 55 gallon drum layed on it side.  A sheet of expanded steel was used as a shelf.  I supported the shelf with 6 fire bricks.  Once the pieces were set on the shelf, we spread oxides on clay shards around the pieces.  Sawdust covered the pieces. kindling on top of that.  larger pieces were fed below the shelf.  The opening of the barrel was closed off so there was only a 6 -8 inch wide opening. We fed wood in under the shelf  after about two hours, allowing the kiln to warm up more slowly.  we fed the beast for about 4 hours.  THEN WE CLOSED IT ALL UP while it was still burning,  blocking the front completely,  kaowool insulation wet on top of the barrel.  It slowly cooled down.  no loss.
    I think the thing that was successful was to trap the heat and force a slower cool down.
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from whstler in Frits: Too Many Numbers And Too Little Info   
    l found the Frank Goydos frit substitution chart.  It is 30 pages long.  Can I post a pdf file here? If so, I need some instructions to do so.   
    If others are interested in the chart,  pm me and we can exchange e-mails so i can send the pdf file to you.  The chart is quite extensive
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Frits: Too Many Numbers And Too Little Info   
    l found the Frank Goydos frit substitution chart.  It is 30 pages long.  Can I post a pdf file here? If so, I need some instructions to do so.   
    If others are interested in the chart,  pm me and we can exchange e-mails so i can send the pdf file to you.  The chart is quite extensive
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from preeta in Engobe And Glaze   
    I really like the look you have achieved. I have never been a fan of solid white backgrounds. Your background reminds me on a skiff of snow. A thicker application would fully opacify the background. What you have now is more interesting in my opinion.
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from keith barber in 12 Inch Club   
    Last session in the studio, I pulled 18 inches in one pull. Of course it was with an extruder. Not so lucky on the wheel yet.
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Rae Reich in recent autism pottery activity   
    It has been quite some time since I have posted in the forum.  I'm not sure how many active  people who are posting I still may now.  Nevertheless, I just wanted to tell of an experience I had last week.  Before I do this I need to explain why in the last 8 months I have not been on the forum.   The good news, it has nothing to do with the criminal justice system.....  The fact is that 1 1/2 years ago I founded a nonprofit adventure camp for those affected with autism.  I have not extruded, formed, thrown anything in the last 8 months until last week.  I hosted a pottery activity for those with Autism.   We had 20 people with Autism and about 10 volunteers at our event.  We introduced the kids to throwing.   We had them extrude coils and form them in a plate project.  They were also given clay to "sculpt" to their hearts' delight.   everyone had fun.  We had no meltdowns or injuries.   The projects will be glazed this week.
    It was so great to watch these kids explore their talents.  On another note,  when an autistic kid says he want to throw something on the wheel, you have to be very careful.  He was literally throwing things on the spinning wheel and watching them fly across the room.  He had great fun and squealed very loudly as one projectile hit another nearby participant.   Many more activities are planned...
    Jed   


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    jrgpots got a reaction from LeeU in recent autism pottery activity   
    It has been quite some time since I have posted in the forum.  I'm not sure how many active  people who are posting I still may now.  Nevertheless, I just wanted to tell of an experience I had last week.  Before I do this I need to explain why in the last 8 months I have not been on the forum.   The good news, it has nothing to do with the criminal justice system.....  The fact is that 1 1/2 years ago I founded a nonprofit adventure camp for those affected with autism.  I have not extruded, formed, thrown anything in the last 8 months until last week.  I hosted a pottery activity for those with Autism.   We had 20 people with Autism and about 10 volunteers at our event.  We introduced the kids to throwing.   We had them extrude coils and form them in a plate project.  They were also given clay to "sculpt" to their hearts' delight.   everyone had fun.  We had no meltdowns or injuries.   The projects will be glazed this week.
    It was so great to watch these kids explore their talents.  On another note,  when an autistic kid says he want to throw something on the wheel, you have to be very careful.  He was literally throwing things on the spinning wheel and watching them fly across the room.  He had great fun and squealed very loudly as one projectile hit another nearby participant.   Many more activities are planned...
    Jed   


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    jrgpots got a reaction from glazenerd in recent autism pottery activity   
    It would incredible if this could go nationwide or even worldwide.  But, I am struggling to get funding just to run the program.  At this point I would settle for a home base.  I'm hoping that the seeds I plant now will grow in the future even if I don't see the fruits of my labor.  
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Babs in recent autism pottery activity   
    It would incredible if this could go nationwide or even worldwide.  But, I am struggling to get funding just to run the program.  At this point I would settle for a home base.  I'm hoping that the seeds I plant now will grow in the future even if I don't see the fruits of my labor.  
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in recent autism pottery activity   
    I hope we can continue to grow until we can do this on a weekly basis in our own facility.  We have a long way to go....
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    jrgpots got a reaction from GEP in recent autism pottery activity   
    It has been quite some time since I have posted in the forum.  I'm not sure how many active  people who are posting I still may now.  Nevertheless, I just wanted to tell of an experience I had last week.  Before I do this I need to explain why in the last 8 months I have not been on the forum.   The good news, it has nothing to do with the criminal justice system.....  The fact is that 1 1/2 years ago I founded a nonprofit adventure camp for those affected with autism.  I have not extruded, formed, thrown anything in the last 8 months until last week.  I hosted a pottery activity for those with Autism.   We had 20 people with Autism and about 10 volunteers at our event.  We introduced the kids to throwing.   We had them extrude coils and form them in a plate project.  They were also given clay to "sculpt" to their hearts' delight.   everyone had fun.  We had no meltdowns or injuries.   The projects will be glazed this week.
    It was so great to watch these kids explore their talents.  On another note,  when an autistic kid says he want to throw something on the wheel, you have to be very careful.  He was literally throwing things on the spinning wheel and watching them fly across the room.  He had great fun and squealed very loudly as one projectile hit another nearby participant.   Many more activities are planned...
    Jed   


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    jrgpots got a reaction from Judith B in recent autism pottery activity   
    It has been quite some time since I have posted in the forum.  I'm not sure how many active  people who are posting I still may now.  Nevertheless, I just wanted to tell of an experience I had last week.  Before I do this I need to explain why in the last 8 months I have not been on the forum.   The good news, it has nothing to do with the criminal justice system.....  The fact is that 1 1/2 years ago I founded a nonprofit adventure camp for those affected with autism.  I have not extruded, formed, thrown anything in the last 8 months until last week.  I hosted a pottery activity for those with Autism.   We had 20 people with Autism and about 10 volunteers at our event.  We introduced the kids to throwing.   We had them extrude coils and form them in a plate project.  They were also given clay to "sculpt" to their hearts' delight.   everyone had fun.  We had no meltdowns or injuries.   The projects will be glazed this week.
    It was so great to watch these kids explore their talents.  On another note,  when an autistic kid says he want to throw something on the wheel, you have to be very careful.  He was literally throwing things on the spinning wheel and watching them fly across the room.  He had great fun and squealed very loudly as one projectile hit another nearby participant.   Many more activities are planned...
    Jed   


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    jrgpots got a reaction from Min in recent autism pottery activity   
    It has been quite some time since I have posted in the forum.  I'm not sure how many active  people who are posting I still may now.  Nevertheless, I just wanted to tell of an experience I had last week.  Before I do this I need to explain why in the last 8 months I have not been on the forum.   The good news, it has nothing to do with the criminal justice system.....  The fact is that 1 1/2 years ago I founded a nonprofit adventure camp for those affected with autism.  I have not extruded, formed, thrown anything in the last 8 months until last week.  I hosted a pottery activity for those with Autism.   We had 20 people with Autism and about 10 volunteers at our event.  We introduced the kids to throwing.   We had them extrude coils and form them in a plate project.  They were also given clay to "sculpt" to their hearts' delight.   everyone had fun.  We had no meltdowns or injuries.   The projects will be glazed this week.
    It was so great to watch these kids explore their talents.  On another note,  when an autistic kid says he want to throw something on the wheel, you have to be very careful.  He was literally throwing things on the spinning wheel and watching them fly across the room.  He had great fun and squealed very loudly as one projectile hit another nearby participant.   Many more activities are planned...
    Jed   


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    jrgpots got a reaction from DBArtworks in What My Flutes Sound Like   
    I just got an amplifier and an acoustic microphone. Today I recorded a file and uploaded it to youtube. It's my first video post.




    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Flashing Slip   
    Marcia and others, I miss off center. It was our loss when he left.
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots reacted to Up in Smoke Pottery in Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?   
    Thank you for a fascinating topic, It has been interesting to read and think back to the multitude of requests received during my short time selling pottery.  Simple rule for me....if I like/agree/support your cause and the 1st request of the month, you get a pot.  If not, you don't.  I don't donate from the booth, must come from stock.  If I don't get a thank you, preferably by mail, but in person will suffice, you are off the list for future donations. I don't bother with paperwork, other than give them 2 business cards, one to stay with the pot, one for their forms.  I will deliver locally if convenient, otherwise they have to pickup.
     
    I annually donate to the local art center's big gala event.  In exchange for the donation of art, can either get 25% of the sales price or a ticket to the event.  I've gone a few times, other times just donated the the whole amount. This style of event still working here, every piece I've donated has gone well over my original asking price. I have always been treated great, before, after and during.  The really rare part, I mean really RARE part, is I've actually sold additional pieces to the winning bidder when they contacted me after the auction.  So it does happen, but only when Halley's comet eclipses the sun on the 5 Tuesday of the month.
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    jrgpots reacted to GEP in Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?   
    Here is more info about the event I mentioned earlier, the one where the organizers gush with appreciation. Although a silent auction of locally-made pottery was the public definition of the event, I'm pretty sure the pottery sales were only a fraction of the income. The pottery was auctioned at a gala dinner with $200/person tickets. I suspect the ticket sales generated more income than the pottery. At the gala, there was also a live auction of much more expensive donations, vacation packages and things like that. Some items brought in thousands of bucks. Everything was sold at way above market value, including all the pottery. This was the atmosphere that the event created. The artists who donated each got a free ticket and a free dinner. Every single person was made to feel important, from the artists to the rich folks. This is what I meant when I said high-end fundraising are very savvy.
     
    Joseph said that donations must come with a payoff of good will. This is true for ordinary folks who are making modest donations. This is not to be dismissed or treated as unimportant. But successful fundraising also reaches out to those for whom a tax deduction is the payoff, because they make too much money, and their accountants/lawyers tell them to do this. Yes, these people exist. A good fundraiser will connect to this entire spectrum of people.
     
    Edit to add: I forgot some details about the event. Most of the gala tickets were not sold individually. They were sold in blocks to big DC employers. Lots of law firms, as I recall. The law firm pays for an entire table, then send its employees to fill the seats, have a fancy meal, and some fun auction shopping. Do you see where the money is really coming from, and why it makes sense for a law firm to do this? Also, the event was always on a weeknight, ie cheaper hotel ballroom rates, or possibly they got the ballroom donated when it would have otherwise been empty. Weeknights didn't matter to the guests, because they just walked over from their downtown offices to a downtown hotel, already in business attire.
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    jrgpots reacted to Marcia Selsor in Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?   
    We had an annual fund raiser in Billings for the Mental Health Foundation's Drop-in Center for the Adult Mentally Challenged. May Clay Day.
    We got corporate sponsors, ads in the newspaper and wheels brought in from the University, schools and potters studios. We may have had about 40 wheels. Then abut 300 volunteers and people to help teach throwing. Clay was donated. People tried the wheel with assistance. The little kids were the most fun. Handbuilding tent was there with volunteers too. We have music, food, booths where potters sold work. We fired work and arranged for pick up two weeks later. We also had raku demos and let people glaze bisqued pieces. We planned it for at least 6 months prior..ttook place in one of the city parks. I was on the board for 8 years..until I moved. I also volunteer small workshops at the Drop-in center. Best way to success is to get the whole community behind you. Corporate sponsors is a big help for funding the basic event. Banks, newspaper, Businesses.
    Marcia
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    jrgpots reacted to Joseph Fireborn in Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?   
    I think what Mea said rings the most true to my experiences with this stuff. If you ask for work don't try to sell them exposure yadda yadda. Just ask for work from their heart if they have the time to help your organization.
     
    I don't think anyone who donates time/pots/services or what ever gains any real benefit besides feeling good about themselves. We are so exposed to this type of garbage all the time I think we are completely immune to it. Think about all the fairs you go to with booths for businesses giving away things and stuff, its always just a waste of time, people walk up take whatever they are offering and as soon as they turn around they forget the name of the business.
     
    If you ask people to give work, make sure you explain what exactly the money from sales will be used for. A nonprofit I give a lot of service to is called The Joy House. They help to troubled teens. Whenever they ask for donations or money it is never for the "cause" it is always very clearly explained dollar for dollar what they want to do and what they need. Like black and white accountant type document. We need $10,000 for this, here are the cost of this process and this is directly where your money will go. 
     
    Without this transparency I think a lot of people feel very awkward about giving. It is much easier to give when you see directly what your item or money will go towards and there is no confusion about it.
     
    I mean lets face it, giving for tax breaks is never really the main motivation for giving. The reason for giving is because we believe in a cause, the tax breaks are just an added bonus.
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Roberta12 in Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?   
    I thought about asking a cemetery to donate free dirt...decided against it. Even if the ground has a lot of clay in it, it just seems off.
     
    It's not a good idea to ask an animal shelter for donation. You end up with 15 cats, 5 dogs and lots of Easter bunnies.
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Tyler Miller in Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?   
    Tyler, I love this idea. This gives those artists with autism a way of helping others as well as earn money. This works. One concern might be that we are exploiting them. But as long as they keep what they sell, it should be ok.
     
    Once the camp is running, we plan on having a gallery and auction for the kids' work. They keep what they sell. Hopefully we will be able to have a fund dedicated to the purchasing of "nonsellable pieces" as well. This latter program will not be meant as a fund raiser. Instead it is a self confidence booster for budding artists.
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    jrgpots reacted to GEP in Has Anyone Done A Pottery Fundraiser?   
    I've been asked enough times for donated pots for fundraising. There is a right way and a wrong way. The ones who are good at fundraising are incredibly sophisticated. It's possible to do it but you need to understand the pitfalls. 
     
    Never, I repeat NEVER, say or imply to the potters/artists that they will benefit from making a donation. Always approach from the angle "thank you for doing us a favor." If any request includes "you will gain valuable exposure" I immediately hit delete. It's an outright lie, and condescending, so please don't do this.
     
    I used to donate a pot once a year to a group that positively gushed with appreciation for every donation, no matter how small. This works. 
     
    Explain exactly how the funds will be put to use. Be as detailed and transparent as possible. Convince everyone that you are a professional who will handle the money expertly and not waste a penny. 
     
    If this is your first time, you can't rely on a track record yet. But work towards building a track record. "We have raised $xxxxx in the past 5 years" is an excellent selling point. You will get more donations, and better donations, if you can show that your past efforts are successful. 
     
    Get the tax information correct, which is basically that the artists do not get any meaningful deduction. (other than cost of materials, which is maybe a few dollars for a piece of pottery.) Anyone who tells me my donation is tax-deductible gets an immediate delete, because it means they are amateur fundraisers.
     
    Be prepared to take no for an answer regardless. Cast a wide net. 
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    jrgpots got a reaction from douglas in Color Development Test Tiles For Foil Saggars   
    That is like saying "Santa has come, now go back to bed."....I agree with Dick. Waiting...waiting,,,waiting
     
    LOL
     
    Jed
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    jrgpots reacted to Dick White in Color Development Test Tiles For Foil Saggars   
    And I am have a full-on holding-my-breath-until-I-turn-blue screaming kicking tantrum on the floor (as if this is the cereal aisle in the grocery) until you show us the goods
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    jrgpots got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in I've Thought About Using A Dutch Oven As A Low Fire Saggar. Any Experience With This?   
    I have a burn barrel where i burn the tumble weed.  I think i will try a load in some pots first as shown in Marcia's pics.  My daughter is here and wants to do some pit firing...
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