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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I have a folder of photos of kiln mishaps on my ipad that i find on the web....there is one that is a particular favorite of three vessels attached to the inside lid of an open kiln. I always have a yard stick by the kilns to slide across the open kiln rim just to confirm everything fits.
  9. Don't let your kiln goddess hear you talking like that
  10. Glaze is glass and glass flows so i can't imagine a glaze that can maintain a thick, stay put frosting like consistancy. I agree piping slip is likely going to be the answer for the effect you are looking for. i found you a tutorial https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/daily/pottery-making-techniques/ceramic-decorating-techniques/piece-of-cake-how-to-decorate-your-pots-like-a-pastry-chef/
  11. I don't think i explained it well. The trim line isn't for wax brushing but glaze brushing. I brush my glaze on for more control and thinner layers, the trim line is for the glaze brush to track. But it does work for brushing wax but a so very rarely need wax. Even when i do dip i very rarely dip to the foot but finish with my brush. I just hate messing with wax and the inevitable burp since my bowls tend to have a deeper foot its just faster to brush the glaze at the bottom than fix the wax burp.
  12. I very rarely use wax. But when i do i have an electric skillet set on low and melt canning wax. but normally when i trim, i trim in a glaze line...a trimmed indent or raised area where my brush can track in so i get a straight line of glaze.
  13. A tile maker? How can a handmade tile maker not understand? Industry pumps out very servicable tile...my bathroom is full of them...they are mustard yellow and have been there since the 70's when my father built this house. How can a tile maker not understand...i can't wrap my head around it.
  14. I don't wedge out of a new bag of clay. I pound it a bit on a wedging board making the corners of the cuts rounded and get the shape into more of a cone or cylinder, flatten the bottom then round it out slightly and its ready for the wheel.
  15. Why not consult your instructor?...i am sure they would have a plan.
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