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  1. I am a pretty hard worker. I have had a full time job AND a side gig for almost 20 years and regularly work 70 to 80 hours a week. Just looking at your work schedule makes me want to go lie down.
  2. I live in a rural area with winter and summer vacationers. I had a store in which everything was Made in America. It did really well!! I had to close it because i needed to pay someone to be there as I teach, and my best friend stole tens of thousand dollars from me, so I felt that I couldn't trust anyone, but if people did this and advertised it as such, it would do well in many places. If i do this again, Im going to call it Made In America Only or No Made In China Crap!
  3. Funny I just saw this. I make jewelry also, and was noticing my 55 year old hands don't work perfectly all of the time. I have trouble placing tiny things like pieces of solder and little jump rings. Thinking pottery might be easier on my hands. But I guess the issue with tools would be one to consider.
  4. Hi, I make custom urns and have some issues because some of my glazes are tempermental - they flow more, they flow less, and I let my customers know this. Some people either don't read what I write or they don't care, because I do get people who get angry because the glaze doesn't look exactly like it did in the picture. So I am thinking of using stencils. I fire to cone 5, and my local pottery supply recommended I make the urns, then offer them for sale with the stencils. That way, they can see the exact urn they are going to get. But they don't sell stencils and I am having trouble finding letter stencils for pottery. I am finding letters I can push into raw clay, which I do now, but can't find stencils that go on during a cool fire after the glaze fire. Can anyone help? And if you have any tips on this, I would appreciate it! Nancy
  5. I just skimmed this thread, so I don't know if anyone suggested festival.net? It has more street fair type shows, less expensive, not the big $500 to $1000 entry shows. I am trying a few this fall. We shall see. Nancy
  6. I think I had too high expectations for my last show, although it was expensive and a 3 day show. My best jewelry friend won't go back to a show unless she makes 5K for 2 days, at least 6K for 3 days. She works in silver, but her jewelry is expensive. So I figured that for 3 days, I should have made at least 3K for my time. Ha!!! Not even remotely close!!
  7. Thanks for sharing your experience. I just did a show a few weeks ago - I love my colorful pottery but no one else did. Sold lots of wind chimes and painted little bud vases but nothing else. I didn't have coherent sets of stuff, since I had been making a lot of jewelry all summer. Lost probably $600. I looked at it as an experiment. I failed. I do sell urns but to make up my salary, I would have to sell 1800 urns a year. I like variety and that would drive me as crazy as my day job does. Needless to say, I'm reevaluating any retirement plans. Best to you. Keep doing it for the love of it. Nancy
  8. When I use the North Star, often the clay seems to get stuck under the main roller, and the canvas and clay start to go down onto the lower roller, and get stuck in there. It is a real pain. I flip my clay every increment, so it isnt stuck to the canvas. I don't know what it is.
  9. Good morning, I want to make a couple of fountains: one for home and one for my classroom. I looked up some tutorials, but was womdering if any of you folks have one you recommend? I want to start easy, and I srill stink at throwing over 4 pounds of clay or so. I have been handbuilding, but am having trouble figuring how to handbuild bowls, an entirely different subject! Edited: wanted to make one like this, maybe thrown. Where do you put the pump? Under the hump? Thanks! Nancy
  10. When extruding or even handbuilding, i often end up with tops or bottoms that are not level. I have tried using the string I use on the wheel to get stuff off, the big string on a handle i have for cutting clay off the block, knives, and nothing gets a clean, level top/bottom. I have tried at all levels of dryness, also. I am looking for details such as: How do you prop the clay, where do you start, pull toward you or away. I am trying to level things that are not put on the banding wheel and spin to cut, like little wall planters, etc. I know, silly question. But thanks for any help anyway
  11. This rings true to me, although I think everyone is influenced by others in some way. I don't think there is really anything new. New combinations, maybe, but not many new ideas anymore. But I do like what it said about pros make a lot of work and filter through to see what they like. I have often wondered, as someone who doesn't make her living with art, how people get to their style. Seven years in, I am finally figuring out what I really love and what I don't like, and still trying to really grab it. I'm not sure I am comfortable, though, having such hierarchical lines between a pro and an amateur. I know lot of amateur potters who make spectacular work and have gone to studios where pros are selling their work and see stuff just thrown together. I know for me, when I felt under pressure to try to sell things, I made stuff I am not proud of, so I have really stepped back and am reevaluating. I want to explore, enjoy, not feel pressure to make any $$ cause I already have a full time job that doesnt' give me much time to create anyway.
  12. Thank you. May be that I have been using mid-fire clay a lot. I haven't really paid attention, just grabbed what I had a lot of. Nancy
  13. Hi, When using underglazes and going for the brightest colors, what is the best bisque temp and what is the best glaze temp? I don't think I'm doing it right. I fire to cone 5 normally, but when using underglazes, I often fire to Cone 06. Since I bisque everything together at 05, I wonder if this is not a good way to do this. I have been hearing a lot about firing to cone 04, but I have trouble with some of my colors fading even at cone 06. I like really really bright colors like Michael Kifer's. He does low fire I know, but I'm looking for more specifics. Also, if I use a cone 6 clay cause that is what I have around, does that dull the colors? Thanks! https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+kifer+pottery&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiHy6upwdbTAhUE2oMKHZ02CO8Q_AUICygC&biw=1280&bih=619 Nancy
  14. I hope you know that I was saying that I am "thick." Not you or the wax!! :)N Nancy
  15. I LOVE your colors! I just don't reduction fire. I have started using Amaco Potter's Choice, which has some gorgeous results. Nancy
  16. I think so. I love color, so I love the runny blues with maroons in there. The Amaco Potter's Choice glazes, theynlook somewhat like the Chun at cone 10, but much easier. I also love very bright colors, so I use a lot of underglazes and carving, which is new to me. Ah, color.
  17. I'm not sure what wax I have. It seems fine. Set up pretty quickly. My kiln is out in the big garage which at this time is still open to the outside. When we close it up, maybe someday before Imdie, I'll have to buy a vent system. Thank you?, Nancy
  18. Are you sure that wasn't me? LOL! I am that thick!Those are fabulous, BTW!
  19. Thank you!! That's a really cool idea!! I think I saw the multiple colors/layers in a Korean master potters video on youtube!! It was beautiful!
  20. Thank you, Mea!!! I do suffer from a non-mechanical mind. I have a really hard time figuring out things like this. Book smart, mechanical stupid, that's me!! Much appreciated! Nancy
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