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  1. You may know this, but I would be careful with covering your work during the drying period with effloresced Egyptian faience, which many potters call Egyptian paste. I cover my Egyptian faience pieces only while I'm working on them and even then not for long periods of time. Once I'm done working on a piece, I make sure to expose all the surfaces that I want to be glazed to the air to encourage drying and the "wicking process" that causes the sodium to migrate to the surface. This is what creates the glazed surface. Covering with plastic or anything else - especially loosely or partially covering - can cause the sodium to migrate to some areas but not others, resulting in an uneven glaze surface. As for an alternative to a drying cabinet - do you have access to a small electric space heater? I sometimes use a small, inexpensive (15-25 US dollars) space heater. It is somewhat wasteful energy-wise, but the dry heat works well for drying Egyptian faience. If that doesn't answer your question, let me know and I'll try again.
  2. Thanks for the annotated list of suggested references, Alabama. Anna O. Shepard's Ceramics for the Archaeologist is available from the publisher as a free downloadable PDF (it's the first publication under "Archaeology"): http://carnegiescience.edu/publications/books_online
  3. Seeing that Mug is from northeastern Ohio made it pretty easy to guess which "pottery capital" (in quotes, as Mug put it) was being referred to. My point wasn't to argue the legitimacy of the self-proclaimed title but rather to acknowledge and show respect for the town's history, including the fact that the town called itself that and was known - including popularly, beyond pottery and ceramic circles - by that title. John - to me your first comment came across as maybe a little funny. Your second comment a little less so. I might not have said anything if you hadn't posted your second comment. Mug - I like what you said about traveling having a humbling effect. I've never been to East Liverpool but hope to make it there someday.
  4. Ouch, John. I don't want to get into a pissing contest, and of course many places can and do lay claim to being the so-and-so capital of the world with little or no foundation, but I'd suggest dissing East Liverpool and its role in the history of ceramics also suggests not getting around much.
  5. Because Asheville has been mentioned a couple times, here's a February 2013 story about the local arts scene (it's not specific to ceramics, bit it does hit on some of Paul's criteria): Craiglist conversation is a tough take on Asheville's art scene As alluded to in the initial post that sparked the above story, the Asheville Area Arts Council has gone through a tough few years. The current Executive Director seems to be doing some great work in turning it around, though - this profile is from last month: Asheville Area Arts Council regains footing My take: Asheville can be an expensive place to live, especially for young people and/or artists (who might be otherwise employed part or full-time). Tourism is big business, and lots of jobs are dependent on that - and not very high-paying. A lot of people work multiple service jobs. I'm not sure this is different from other cities in the US these days, but the heavy reliance on tourism can make it seem that way to a casual observer. But - if you can afford to live in or near Asheville, it can be pretty great. Diane nails it on the generosity of potters and ceramic artists in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Handmade in America and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design are two terrific Asheville-based craft organizations. And plus one on Clay Club - Clay Club rocks!
  6. This is an issue, and as Chilly points out, it's not just pottery/ceramics/whatever-you-want-to-call-it that is affected. Google has discontinued use of the plus sign as a search operator to force results to include a word (like +ceramics, as was suggested above). Here's a blog post that talks about this: Google Drops Plus Sign from Search Operators If you don't want to deal with using search operators, try Google's advanced search - it will let you customize your search. Google Advanced Search Also - if you haven't cleared your search history, or if you're signed into your Google account, Google will provide results based on your search history. Your results may be different from my results for the same search. You can get around this by using a search engine like DuckDuckGo.com. One thing you can do to get Google (and Google users) to find your pottery business is to register for a Google Places listing. There are some issues with this - for example, Google now requires you to use their pre-approved categories to describe your business and these categories are not very artist or pottery/ceramics friendly. But it will make it easier for people to find your business locally. Google Places for Business
  7. Related to this is Gombroon ware, a Persian fritware body that was sometimes pierced. It was possibly an attempt by Persian potters to imitate the translucency of Chinese porcelain. Then, later, Chinese potters may have been imitating the pierced Gombroon ware by making the rice grain ware. Here's an example and a little more information from the Ashmolean Museum: Gombroon ware bowl with foliage and pierced decoration
  8. Wanted to update this thread with a link to a facebook page that shows the work of modern day Egyptian faience (Iranian faience) potters: خرمهره kharmohreh. Blue beads. Iranian Faience This post shows fired beads still embedded in the cementation glazing powder: fired beads in cementation glazing powder This page appears to be public and available for all to view, so you shouldn't need a facebook account to view it. Lots of photos of beads and more with that brilliant blue glaze.
  9. Archaeologist Damien Huffer has written about the provenance issues raised by this bowl: Hide and Go Seek?
  10. Interesting discussion, especially about professional labels. I hate the word crafter and am still surprised that Clark - or anyone - likes it. Matt Jones responded at length to Garth Clark in a series of blog posts, starting with this one: Critique of a Critic: Rising to Garth Clark's Bait. (There's an overview in a later post: Wrestling with Garth, Post #1: Introduction and Clark's response (Garth Clark Responds) is included, too.) Highly recommended reading. This blog dialogue resulted in Clark coming to North Carolina last October. He visited a number of potteries and participated in events in Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville. Here's a Charlotte Observer article about the symposium at the Mint Museum. Lots to think about from many points of view.
  11. Interesting thread - thanks for starting it, Cass. Remembering what it is "worth to you," the maker, (as you talked about in post #16) is such good advice.
  12. I'm not sure I understand exactly what your calculator would do, but if you're not familiar with it, you might be interested in Orton's Cone Calculation Program. It's an older piece of software, available free from the Orton website. (It's Windows-only as far as I can tell - personally, I would love to have access to something like this that was web-based and/or could be run on more modern operating systems, including ios.) Here's how Orton describes the software: The Cone Calculation program was developed by Orton to provide customers with more options for using cones to quantitatively monitor and control firings. This write-up describes the program. If desired, print it for reference. Input cone number, bending angle and firing schedule to determine equivalent temperatures for Orton Pyrometric cones. This program can be used to: · Determine Cone Equivalent Temperatures · Find Temperature Differences Between Cones · Evaluate the Effect of Soak Times · Determine Appropriate Cone Series · Calculate Heating Rate that affects cone bending The program is based on mathematical expressions to describe the behavior of pyrometric cones. The values shown are for Self-Supporting cones. When Large cones are used, the tip should be mounted 1 ¾ inches above the mounting plaque at an 8º angle. If mounted at 2 inches, the cone will bend about 2º C lower in temperature. You can download it from the Resources page on the Orton website (software download links are on the right side of the page, under "Software Download").
  13. An update: John Britt has received an official letter of apology from Penland School of Crafts and he has posted it on the Clay Club blog: Penland Apology Letter
  14. This recently revived thread over on the business forum discusses the education question: Etsy or Ebay?
  15. Thanks for bumping up this thread, Tuttaz - some interesting comments here. Teardrop - I especially appreciated what you had to say. This thread over on the education forum has some more thoughts on related issues: To School or not to School? How has your choice affected your life in clay?
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