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    PSC got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Christmas Shows?   
    I went and visited the art market i talked about in my earlier post. I saw nothing in the way of covid changes by the organizer other than a sign at the entrance advising social distancing and mask. The tents were right up against each other and back to back. Show goers with no masks and some vendors without any on either.  So glad i decided not to sign up. 
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    PSC got a reaction from Mark C. in Christmas Shows?   
    I went and visited the art market i talked about in my earlier post. I saw nothing in the way of covid changes by the organizer other than a sign at the entrance advising social distancing and mask. The tents were right up against each other and back to back. Show goers with no masks and some vendors without any on either.  So glad i decided not to sign up. 
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    PSC got a reaction from Min in Christmas Shows?   
    I went and visited the art market i talked about in my earlier post. I saw nothing in the way of covid changes by the organizer other than a sign at the entrance advising social distancing and mask. The tents were right up against each other and back to back. Show goers with no masks and some vendors without any on either.  So glad i decided not to sign up. 
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    PSC got a reaction from GEP in Christmas Shows?   
    I went and visited the art market i talked about in my earlier post. I saw nothing in the way of covid changes by the organizer other than a sign at the entrance advising social distancing and mask. The tents were right up against each other and back to back. Show goers with no masks and some vendors without any on either.  So glad i decided not to sign up. 
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    PSC got a reaction from Roberta12 in Christmas Shows?   
    I went and visited the art market i talked about in my earlier post. I saw nothing in the way of covid changes by the organizer other than a sign at the entrance advising social distancing and mask. The tents were right up against each other and back to back. Show goers with no masks and some vendors without any on either.  So glad i decided not to sign up. 
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    PSC got a reaction from Hulk in Trimming Fragile Items   
    If you can throw a pot you can throw a chuck. Its merely a thick walled cylinder that flairs like a three mile island nuclear cooling tower. I throw my chuck, make sure it is tall  enough to accommodate the neck of your vessel. The body of the vessel will sit on the inner curve of the chuck inside the chuck. I throw single use chucks all the time and use while wet. I line the inside of the chuck with strips of newspaper to keep the pot from sticking to the wet clay. I also use a small level to make sure my pot sits level in the chuck. Then i trim my pot. Then i take the pot out and take the paper off the inside of the chuck and continue throwing my chuck into a vase.
    You can make a reusable chuck by throwing the three mile island cooling tower bottomless on a bat and under cutting it, then allow it to dry and then bisque it. You can then center it on a bat and glue it In place. Then you will always have a chuck...you may want to make various sizes.
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    PSC got a reaction from JohnnyK in Trimming Fragile Items   
    If you can throw a pot you can throw a chuck. Its merely a thick walled cylinder that flairs like a three mile island nuclear cooling tower. I throw my chuck, make sure it is tall  enough to accommodate the neck of your vessel. The body of the vessel will sit on the inner curve of the chuck inside the chuck. I throw single use chucks all the time and use while wet. I line the inside of the chuck with strips of newspaper to keep the pot from sticking to the wet clay. I also use a small level to make sure my pot sits level in the chuck. Then i trim my pot. Then i take the pot out and take the paper off the inside of the chuck and continue throwing my chuck into a vase.
    You can make a reusable chuck by throwing the three mile island cooling tower bottomless on a bat and under cutting it, then allow it to dry and then bisque it. You can then center it on a bat and glue it In place. Then you will always have a chuck...you may want to make various sizes.
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    PSC got a reaction from Rae Reich in Newbie with questions   
    1. Practice, lots of it. 
    2.clay as clay is reusable until it is fired or get contaminated by something. So if you slice up a pot now and again you can just let it dry a bit a wedge it...watch some you tubes on wedging there are multiple methods. Also slice any piece that didn't make it to see what went wrong.
    3. Sometime if there is an air bubble in the clay it will be almost impossible to center so that could be one answer but sometimes you are just off kilter and it makes centering hard.
    4. Dry it out, wedge it up and use it again.
    5.try not to get clay down the drain, you don't want to fill up your septic tank nor clog your pipes. If you dump any clay outside it will eventually will make a clay slick and be very slippery. Also some plants do not grow well with clay bound soil. So if you are allowing  clay to drain outside don't fall in the slick and if you decide to bury it just make sure you are not planning on planting anything  or building anything where it is buried.
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    PSC got a reaction from Rae Reich in Plant Markers - At a Loss for Firing   
    Glaze one side and paint an oxide or underglaze on the other side and wipe it off so it stays in the texture.
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    PSC got a reaction from Rae Reich in help- slab work cracking when I melt glass on it   
    I don't think the glass is breaking your ware. Looking at those crack i can see glass melted into the cracks. If it was the glass cracking the pieces it would happen as it cooled not still liquid. I think its either the uneven clay thickness or some other stress that has happen either while drying, bisquing or the final firing.
    After your bisque tap the item with your fingernail...if it has a microcrack before it goes into the glaze  kiln the tap will sound flatter than if there is no crack.
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    PSC got a reaction from Hulk in Newbie with questions   
    1. Practice, lots of it. 
    2.clay as clay is reusable until it is fired or get contaminated by something. So if you slice up a pot now and again you can just let it dry a bit a wedge it...watch some you tubes on wedging there are multiple methods. Also slice any piece that didn't make it to see what went wrong.
    3. Sometime if there is an air bubble in the clay it will be almost impossible to center so that could be one answer but sometimes you are just off kilter and it makes centering hard.
    4. Dry it out, wedge it up and use it again.
    5.try not to get clay down the drain, you don't want to fill up your septic tank nor clog your pipes. If you dump any clay outside it will eventually will make a clay slick and be very slippery. Also some plants do not grow well with clay bound soil. So if you are allowing  clay to drain outside don't fall in the slick and if you decide to bury it just make sure you are not planning on planting anything  or building anything where it is buried.
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    PSC got a reaction from Min in Plant Markers - At a Loss for Firing   
    Glaze one side and paint an oxide or underglaze on the other side and wipe it off so it stays in the texture.
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    PSC got a reaction from Hulk in Recycling/Reusing Clay for Practice   
    You might be doing yourself a disservice by not following thru with keeping at least a portion of your practice wares...perhaps you are practicing wrong and your work if had been fired would have ended up with S cracks in the bottom or rim splits at the top or maybe you've put too much torque in your lifts and you get spiral cracks in the wall...btw i have only seen this happen once and i thought it was the most amazing fault to occur in clay...the maker was not so thrilled but to see a bowl break apart in a spiral is very wowish.
    And of course you are trashing all the opportunities to practice getting your glaze right...you might as well screw up on the not so perfect pieces than the ones you are more attached to.
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    PSC got a reaction from mrcasey in Beginning Bowls From Cylinders (Teaching)   
    My bowls start off as bowls...thats how i was taught, thats how i teach.  One week i throw a bowl for demo the next week i throw a cylinder for a demo. Frankly i have always thought bowls were easier to throw and a lot funner to trim. Depending if you want a steep curving bowl or a wide bottom bowl you set it up from the first opening movement. 
     
    Bowls with a flat bottom i have always called  Bowlynders in jest,  but i tend to to stress to my students it  is not the proper way to form a true bowl form...they asked me what they really are and i say a flaired cylinder. My teacher was quite adamant that a bowl should start out as a bowl.
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    PSC got a reaction from Hulk in Letter stamping   
    Any letterset stamp will work given that it is a solid font as opposed to a outlined font...i found smaller outlined font don't work so great at smaller font sizes. Also some script fonts are a little hard to read on clay. I have used everything from office letterset stamps you find at the office supply store to ink stamps at the craft store  to concrete stamps for stepping stone to leather stamps for leathercraft to stamps made for polymer clay and even dry alphabet pasta pressed into clay. Some give softer impressions and some more crisp. Personally i like the sets that have a holder to set up words and phrases for repetition stamping.
    a word of warning about other stamps besides straight fonts...image and word stamps are copyrighted and most stamp companies only give the purchaser a 'for personal use' license (as opposed to a commercial license for work that will be sold) to use there stamps. Some companies have liberal licenses to there stamps and often this licenses are called "angel policies" tho there may still be terms you must abide by when using them...i.e. handstamping only, limited runs using the image, crediting the company on the work itself...you really have to read the policies for each company to know. But you should be fine just using the letter stamps, especially if they are basic letter forms. 
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    PSC got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in help- slab work cracking when I melt glass on it   
    I don't think the glass is breaking your ware. Looking at those crack i can see glass melted into the cracks. If it was the glass cracking the pieces it would happen as it cooled not still liquid. I think its either the uneven clay thickness or some other stress that has happen either while drying, bisquing or the final firing.
    After your bisque tap the item with your fingernail...if it has a microcrack before it goes into the glaze  kiln the tap will sound flatter than if there is no crack.
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    PSC got a reaction from Juliagoolia in When do you stop wanting to barf?   
    I started giving it as gifts to family. They seemed to like it. I was going to college and could compare my work to  multiple classes of other student. I visited a lot of galleries. I was making a lot of work. And comparatively my work eventually seemed on par with the work i was seeing for sale. The school allowed students to sell at some events on campus. But pricing is hard.  And then someone told me a pricing strategy...if someone were to run your bowl over with a car how much money would it take to not have you feel so bad about it. Weirdly the the amounts that i came up with pretty much added up to the price the galleries were charging for similar work. 
     
    i never felt bad when selling work, certainly not feeling like i would barf. I started selling when i thought the work was ready, good enough...Now for those items i was giving away early on...how i wish i could get them back
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    PSC got a reaction from Hulk in When do you stop wanting to barf?   
    I started giving it as gifts to family. They seemed to like it. I was going to college and could compare my work to  multiple classes of other student. I visited a lot of galleries. I was making a lot of work. And comparatively my work eventually seemed on par with the work i was seeing for sale. The school allowed students to sell at some events on campus. But pricing is hard.  And then someone told me a pricing strategy...if someone were to run your bowl over with a car how much money would it take to not have you feel so bad about it. Weirdly the the amounts that i came up with pretty much added up to the price the galleries were charging for similar work. 
     
    i never felt bad when selling work, certainly not feeling like i would barf. I started selling when i thought the work was ready, good enough...Now for those items i was giving away early on...how i wish i could get them back
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    PSC got a reaction from Rae Reich in Instructor compensation   
    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.
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    PSC got a reaction from Rae Reich in corona virus may effect sales   
    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. 
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    PSC got a reaction from Rae Reich in artist to artist etiquette at shows   
    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.
     
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    PSC got a reaction from Rae Reich in Sgraffito and safety question   
    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.
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    PSC got a reaction from Hulk in Sgraffito and safety question   
    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.
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    PSC got a reaction from tinypieces in Sgraffito and safety question   
    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.
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    PSC got a reaction from IWIINI in Button Holes filling with Glaze   
    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.
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