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  1. Thanks for the info. Anything else I should know before doing this? such as, anything I shouldn't mix it with? As for amount, I'm following this rule of thumb : "create a saturated solution of Epsom salts by dissolving them in a cup of warm water until no more will dissolve. Then add this solution slowly and carefully to the glaze while continuously stirring the glaze. It should require less than approximately one teaspoon of Epsom salt solution per gallon of glaze." - https://www.bigceramicstore.com/info/ceramics/tips/tip3_glaze_settling.html And to quote you in another thread Neil... http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/3760-can-bentonite-and-epsom-salts-be-together-in-a-glaze/
  2. As i understand it, for glazes that settle out to much, Epsom Salts can help with Flocculation, what I can't seem to find is how often one would have to add the epsom salts to maintain the effect. I know it could be simply "as needed" and I could experiment on my own, but I like to know as much as possible before trying something. Is it just a few days or a few months? Thanks!
  3. I really like the idea of using a ToGo cup inside to help stabilize, however, "I think that handles are one of the main skills that separate the real potters from the wannabes, especially on mugs." is a pretty big statement that assumes it's the only good way, and I've seen there are plenty of ways to make great handles that do not involve any form of pulling... While I agree that learning how to do this is probably a good thing, the assumptions on what make it good are bogus and don't actually have any real reason other then "they flow off the pot" which is fine, but that doesn't mean all other forms of handle making are inferior. it's just one way of doing it to get an effect or solve a problem.
  4. Sorry for not answering the Markets Question. Right now I'm still looking into venues. I've a few regular one's, but not many at the moment. I've a few items I have down that are standard, but I'm still working on my full glaze pallet and have just barely figured out what I believe my mug handles are going to be. Experimentation seems to set me back a bit. Just unloaded a kiln of some test mug styles, don't like any of them. 20 mugs in the crapper. But it has narrowed my search!
  5. This is a recent img from a small venue I had, sorry it's so huge. Judging from the photo, your line is "nothing special". Please do not take that as a negative revue. There are literally thousands of potters out there making and selling- both retail and wholesale- similar pots/bowls/mugs. As is Target, Pier One, and too many other import venues! There is a saying is advertising "Sell the sizzle, not the steak". If you can do that, usually at retail shows (you say you are good at interacting with the public), then it is quite possible to meet your financial goals. After 25 years at this I still look forward to going to work each morning. I hope you can do the same! lol, I know it's not really special, I don't do much to jazz it up. It's just two clays mixed in a few different ways to get some fun effects. I'm really shooting for the everyday wares venue. I'm not so into the art side as much as the functional side of thing.
  6. Those are just lidded jars. even without the lid, those would be to tall for an oven.
  7. Yeah, I've realized I will eventually need some more kilns, or at least a larger one. From what I can tell in talking to others, the 16cuft oval kilns seem to do pretty well for production. But I need to have the inventory request for that before I purchase something like that.
  8. This is a recent img from a small venue I had, sorry it's so huge.
  9. I love the optimism. I've been creating spreadsheets of projected monthly expenses vs what I would like vs what I can actually fill in at this time that calculates projected possibilities and outcomes. I've got issues with not being able to predict the future i guess. I'd like to think I've earned the right, I think the scariest part is that I've been a worker drone for so long, the prospect of having to do literally everything on my own is somewhat daunting. What I really need is a partner in crime, alas, none seem to exist right now!
  10. Thanks for the very detailed post! This is some good information. Seems like if I'm pushing for the right venues that I should be able to make my 16k, or even hit a 20k mark. I'm trying to keep my expectations low for the money end of things. I still study Software Engineering out of nervous habit incase things don't work out. I may take on some simple part time job for the first year while I try and get things rolling along.
  11. Yeah, I'm good with paperwork. I figure anyone who can do there own taxes can pretty much handle any paperwork after that. If I could make more then 16K a year, I would be happy, but this is the least I can make to survive based on some outside incomes I have. The 16k Is also based upon a big mockup of projected costs I will have that may prove to be to high (or low) I do sell some of it, I haven't been pushing for the last 6 months since i've been in limbo about weather to go back into software engineering, or shoot for ceramic glory. The show's I have done, I seem to do very well at. I seem to have a natural talent for vending my wares and chatting people up without making them feel like I'm forcing stuff down their neck
  12. Questions : Do you already have your studio and equipment? I do, everything from glaze chemicals, kiln, a few wheels, shelving, bats, everything but a slab roller and an extruder, but my work rarely requires those, so i'm not sure i'll even bother with them Do you have a line of work that covers several price points? I believe so, i'm still learning the pricing end of it, but i've actually created a few equations that seem to cover most everything. I need to run a few more time based tests to get conclusive answers as to weather my pricing is accurate, but it seems to put me in the realm of what most potters are doing, a few of my items are priced higher, a few lower. Do you know if you want to do retail or wholesale? Either works for me. I've started to approach various business. I'm fine with making mugs with labels to just trying to mass sell my mugs / bowls / etc Have you got your production process and glazes nailed down to the point of repeat ability? I believe so. All glazes I use are from simply repeatable formulas (i make mass batches so I dont have to make them often). My repeat ability seems to be fairly sufficient. It possibly needs some refinement, but that will only come with time, but I seem to have a nack for it without even using measuring tools. Are you easily discouraged by setbacks or do you just get up and try again? I'm not sure. I'm a very very calculating type person, the hardest part i'm dealing with for all this is the unknown. I can only calculate what I believe will be most of the outcomes for up to the next two years, and I don't like the fuzzy sight of it all. Would you mind posting images of some of your work in a grouping? Sure, i'll see what I can come up with. Right now working with a photographer for my site to make me some nice pictures, my photography skills are lacking. but I'm sure i could get something up.
  13. So I'm getting ready to set up a full time production studio. And I've calculated I'd currently need 16K a year to survive. I know its an odd number, but i'm not going to post all my financial information as to why this is the number. Can that be done? to me that comes out to about 350 a week in pottery sales. I'm dedicated, young, and full of energy, but the reality of making that much a week seems daunting and possibly out of reach on what is essentially and artists salary. I've considered a second part time job, but the minimal amount of income that it would pull in would seem almost not worth the effort and that taking a full time career would be the way to go and just push the pottery back to being a part time hobby. Any advice?
  14. was thinking of getting a few cinder blocks and maybe throwing a piece of canvas across the top to dry slops. Anyone try anything like this?
  15. lol, where's your sense of wasteful adventure! this is actually some good advice. better then "mix a bit in, till it looks right" i did not consider what would happen after a full firing. boy do i need my own studio, this is gonna be a ######. thanks!
  16. Hope i'm posting this in the correct section. Anyone use hot wax in the studio? I've been looking into this and would like to try it.
  17. <br /><br /><br /> Sorry! no idea why i didn't include that. I do Cone 6 Electric (cone 06 bisque)
  18. My brother's a cabinet maker, i was thinking of getting some very fine sawdust from him to mix with some clay. Anyone experiment with this or have some good resources? otherwise I'm just gonna go for it and see what happens.
  19. I've got a two gallon bucket of recycled white stoneware clay (mixture of types from low to high grog content) I want to add some mason stains to it, dry it, and throw it. The only issue, I'm not sure how much to add, I'm guessing for that much clay its quite a bit, or is it simply just "whatever you feel is best" and i really just add it until i get the desired color and go from there. Anyone have any tricks, measurements, other additives ? TIA, Brian
  20. You have any more specific info you can give on space, studio rules, and studio fees? Pretty much i want to start a studio with a combination of private rooms and space for the public. but it appears that the only way to do that is with grants of some sort since its just to expensive.
  21. few questions 1 - how much was clay 2 - how often did they fire 3 - about how many wheels did they have including private work spaces? 4 - number of members they were willing to accommodate Thanks!
  22. Also note that these studios are inside of a community center that is funded by many sources. The staff works very hard to find and secure funding, so that students and resident artists can have an affordable place to learn and work. I think that most arts facilities rely heavily on grants, subsidies, and donations. You may want to include these in your plans too. I don't think you'll find many artists who can afford $16/square foot/month for their studio. Mea Yeah, i'm beginning to think that my studio may not happen. just costs to much money. possibly if i owned a house and a two car garage i could set up a small place. but that's the best i could hope for. i feel it would be a hard sell to open another government funded studio in the area. i suppose i can look into it.
  23. wow that is cheap...round here space is about 16$ per square foot...that 162.25 wouldn't even cover the teh 10/17 room they are in. given, i have to assume adjustment for location.
  24. That's sort of how the studio i'm part of works. 4 hours a week to essentially clean, help members, etc. I'm thinking however, that the resident artists in this studio would be more for themselves, then for the the studio. Such that they have their own space, and if they choose to teach classes, terms can be worked out for studio usage and fee's etc.
  25. Just curios what the going rates are for resident artists. if you could include the type of access, equipment, and firing fees i'd love to know. I'm looking to start a studio, and am interested in setting up maybe 4 or 5 side rooms for private artists with special privileges. however, i have 0 idea on how much is generally charged. I figure shelving would be supplied, they'd bring in their own equipment and glaze. What's the general monthly fee for something like this, does this typically include firings, or is that extra? ANY input / suggestions are welcome! Thanks everyone!
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