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    Pottery, drawing, mosaics, mac computers, ipad apps, herb gardening,

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  1. I do two hour classes with teens and not experienced issues but these are at a community center and these kids specifically sign up and pay to join the class so perhaps their interest is more present. But i find introducing cultural history along with the technique and historical pots seem to help fill the time. During making pinch pots i introduce native american animal animorphic vessels and then they make animal pinch pots. During coil demo i talk a lot about native american and African coil pot making, ask them to look up examples on their devices, let them explore online for a short while then we get down to making coils and pots. They are almost all still trying to get those details right when the class ends.
  2. Prepare for wind, if not for your work sake but for you neighbors work. I usually have extra weights in the van. I normally do 60 pounds per leg but carry enough weight when doing a two day show to take it to 100 a leg...i have loaned out these weights to clueless first timers. This past November i did a one day show that i gotta say was my windiest to date. As i unloaded my van I watched in horror as the booth two doors down had their tent folded by the wind as they tried to erect it. In spite of this, the makers next to me erected their tent. Now totally unloaded, I went and parked my van. Came back to see these tiny little weights on their legs. I told them they should take the tent down as the wind was too strong. They said it was integral to their display. I refused to start setting up as i watched that tent walk into my space with every gust. I told them multiple times to take the tent down or take the canopy off, that the tent was walking. They poopoo'd my concerns. I continued to not set up. Then a big gust swept that tent 3 feet into my space knocking over a bin of pots. I strongly, between gritted teeth, urged them to take the freaking canopy off the frame as it had now, i was fairly certain, broke some of my pots...this said while holding onto the leg that smashed into my space to keep it from coming further into my space. Finally the canopy came off. No apology was given for breaking three items, two bowls and a mug. Eventually the frame was even brought down as they tried using it to hang aprons and such from it. Those items of course blew off into my space. Finally i set up...no tent. I set up my barebones setup, no platter easels, no interesting multilevel display...windproof. But i did spend the day returning merchandise that blew off their table all day long. I tried to show them the bags of marbles i use to weight down light objects but the brushed the advice aside. It was a tiring, stressful day. I have not seen those two makers at any other local outdoor show since. Seriously, that day was so windy that if you stood up from your folding chair your chair would blow away.
  3. All my shows have been canceled...i do shows fall, winter, spring, where the late winter early spring is the bulk of my income that gets me thru the bare showless summer here in Florida...also my center has cancelled my classes that let me limp along financially when the shows fail to produce. Thursday i am heading over to the next town to see about selling some plasma. The cats gotta have their kibble and i don't know when the classes will be allowed to restart. If they close things down too tight then the plasma thing might not even be an option, gotta get the $ while i can.
  4. I live in humid florida and don't seem to have the problem of ware drying out in just a couple of hours of carving so maybe running a humidifier while carving might stop the drying out. i find carving over a shallow tray like a large cake pan catches all the crumbs from carving and can be disposed of later either in the slurry bucket or trash.
  5. I teach at a communty center. I get paid a set amount per teaching hour based on enrollment. Across town there is a center that pays 60% of the take minus the discount that members get. Neither place pays for hours spent in prep, cleanup or firing kilns.
  6. The wheel thrown work stacked in 5 gallon buckets using cloth yardage and some cloth bags for packing. The buckets stack up 3 high nicely. When a show comes up i just load up some buckets and the rest of my stuff and off i go. I do a lot of repeating shows and to keep people buying they like to see different work so i try to bring a mix of new and older buckets so there is something fresh to see every time. I also have a few larger bins for nonround shapes and platters. I find the stacking totes' lids don't really take too much weight so not overly practical for long term stacking.
  7. I was doing some public demoing at a small show and a woodturning came up to have a chat and asked if i knew of a good book for ceramic shapes cause he could see they might help him with his wood lathe. So i gave him the name of a couple of books. I have since seen him at other shows and he has said the books were a tremendous source of inspiration.
  8. I use a pipe cleaner to ream the dry glaze out of the holes...don't breathe the dust. it could just be a too thick application of glaze or a runny glaze and it just wants to run into the holes.
  9. Here is a pricing formula that has never steered me wrong.... if someone was to run it over with the their car how much money would it take for you to stop feeling so bad about it.
  10. I left etsy some years ago when they redefined the word handmade to include things never touched by the 'makers' hand. Haven't found a decent online venue to replace it.
  11. I'm always telling my students to clean up their clay boogers and sharpies(sharp edges that will be prone to chip). I tend to get giggles. And i have been known to complement students that can take a bit of ribbing on their burglar deterrents and door stops ( aka heavy enough to be used as a weapon or stop a door). And of course i always mention how to avoid building kiln bombs.
  12. I use 14” speedball bats. Love them. Back when C.I. Owned the company i bought my first bats from them and bought more maybe 5 years ago, both the original and the new ones are still going strong. The originals ones went thru a hurricane...literally they were blown around in 2004 during that awful hurricane season...the house had to be taken down to studs but the bats other than a bite taken out of one are still useable and flat with no pinhole wiggle and i still throw with the one with the bite out of it. I have never had my clay fly off tho they do make a bit of noise when you smack your clay in the middle of them...more so than just the wheelhead. I do suggest you learn how to remove your work by hand as that save you from needing too many bats. Some clays and forms take to the hand removal process better than others. But i always feel like i am giving my bowl a vulcan mind meld touch when i take it off the wheel by hand.
  13. I stopped using bubble wrap after my first real windy show....as i unpacked my pots the wind took my wrap and blew it down the road. I now use uncut cloth bolts, cheaply got on clearance at the fabric store and thrift store and some muslin bags i found at a thrift. If it is round and fits in a five gallon bucket it gets stacked in a bucket with a fold of fabric between bowls or plates and extra fabric tucked around and smaller bowls bagged in the muslin bags and tucked around the stack of larger bowls. Things that don't fit in buckets i.e. platters and wall hangings get put in plastic bins and layered with cloth. One torrential downpour and your cardboard is a soggy mess...i remember one show having to pack up with water halfway to my knees under my tent. That was the show that i actually backed my truck under my tent and loaded it all up finding the footing easier barefoot than shoed...i now have rubber boots in the truck for those kind of days.
  14. I have used veggie oil as a release but i once used old veggie oil and it actually seemed to adhere it to the shape worse so make sure the oil isn't real old. Also dry cleaning bags, cling film or silk make for a good barrier to sticking.
  15. A friend once brought me a apple baker to look at the glaze she bought from a local potter...i had to break it to her that the potter did not make it...it was a Hull.
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