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  1. I just spent two days refreshing my (WIX) site to look better on cell phones. It still needs work because there are some glitches-there's a black screen I have no clue where it came from, and the header/footer are too big. I also don't know how to use all the features and I end up with stuff "showing" that I don't want. It took a while to figure out how to remove the Social Bar for things like Facebook, Instagram etc. becasue I don't want that at this time and don't want dead icons on my page. I had to figure out the "Log In" to leave a comment on my Blog---wha??? It has text to "Sign up" (who knew?) so I entered a friend's address and she'll tell me how it works! The "optimizer" for mobile makes most of it it fairly painless and it is much faster loading than a year ago. I still need to do tweak content for better fit, more scroll-friendly. My Shop is not active-right now I am doing a promotional "Clearance" which is actually a donation to a local non-profit where their staff can come and select a couple of items for free. I found out none of them have computers-they do everything on phones, so I had to get this done right quick. It made me realize how important looking good on a mobile is! I use a desktop w/huge monitor so my perspective was really "off" for these little devices. I had to expand my colors & add in some lighter ones-just using my standard red, black & white was too harsh for those small screens. I also had to get the WIX mobile app...boy does that open up whole new rabbit hole! Anyone-feel free to take a look give me feedback about design (not about sales/marketing-not what I'm going for, at this time). Phone or computer or both-thx.
  2. Hey--this is some serious art here! This is the art of resilience and adaptability. It is the art of pleasing women who shop at gift boutiques and are obsessed with gnomes. It is the art of kicking Peter Voulkus out of one's head and replacing him with a big nosed little creature in a valentine hat. It is the art of survival. And, truth be told, it is the art of having a bit of fun. But we shall not speak of this ever again.
  3. Hi--so is this specific to the tape I am considering? Looks great. American Science & Surplus is having a sale on the tape-guess I'll go ahead and try it.
  4. I'm not into experimenting if there may be damage to my kiln, so the question I have is: would 3/8" wide x .0015" thick actual copper tape (not wire) applied as a single layer with space between the strips-- on green ware & single fired to cone 5 --either without glaze, or over or under a commercial white glaze-- produce any problem--or just burn off--or maybe do something cool???? Thx.
  5. Holy cannoli---quite a project-quite a view-clearly gonna be a fantastic & gorgeous studio! Thanks for the tour!
  6. And just who is this sweet potato?
  7. Recently I mailed out six boxes (about 12" x 7" best guess) and actually got 2 complements on how well the ceramics were packed & protected. All the packing was done with materials I reused, got for free, or created from something else. When I got my Thermal Light shelves, I got a massive supply of Styrofoam and tons of bubble wrap! I use clean former food containers as small plastic boxes for catchalls etc., with packing inside & outside the containers. Great repurposing for all that Chinese take-out I so frequently enjoy! The large Hot & Sour soup containers are terrific for holding dried trimmings from smalls--keeping in mind I am a snail and do not do volume/production, so the quart containers do the trick; 3-5 of them and I am ready to reclaim without being overwhelmed. Cheaper than Tupperware, too!
  8. I use the glazes you listed, but I have a fairly new programmable L&L. I do slow glaze and slow cool for cone 5. I single fire greenware (not bisque) on which I have brushed on 3 decent coats of the PC. Not too thin but also not too thick. The controlled cool takes forever, but the slow glaze fire only about 7-8 hours. Never any problems, so far. This is a detail of a wall piece/a fish...Sapphire Float & a touch of Ancient Copper.
  9. Yep--paint scraper! Isn't this a lovely sight. So EZ-this type of shelf is worth every penny.
  10. Just FYI, WIX is $11 a month for me w/the e-commerce features (loyalty price after some negotiation) and Square as the payment processor. With a lot of these website generators that do stores, the pricing is all over the place, but I am good at reverting to my "assertive" Brooklyn persona and tend to get what I need if I am willing to go a couple of rounds with the reps. The offer started out at $63 a month (dang, I'm good!).
  11. She might get jazzed about using a good air dry/self-hardening clay. Sculpy/Primo, polymer clay (none of these are actually clay) are some of the products that can be used easily at home & painted on. Do some online search first to evaluate the limits and possibilities of the different types & what might suit her creative style. Something that some kids like to do is to create a Pinterest account and then they can upload pics of their own work to it, and can find other things on the site that they like, to pin to their boards. Lots of fun.
  12. Hi- On your Instagram thing I got a large pop-up in my face right quick-blocking the page essentially-and honestly it drove me away. On your website, I clicked on Collections and was greeted with a blank page. Even tho you have the subpages for the individual categories, I wouldn't leave a blank space sitting out there. Now, I have no business being critical 'cuz I make every mistake in the book, but, that said, I agree with much of the previous observations about cohesion among the different styles/glaze treatments. That extends to product lighting and photo backgrounds. I am terrible at that myself and it has cost me to not have my pics look more congruent. Matchy-matchy actually serves a purpose vs. a calico quilt approach, even with differences of color/form/surface...if the lighting & backgrounds are more standardized, everything looks better, because you can "see" it better. Online marketing is too high-maintenance for me--it has to be petted & fed almost daily to keep people's interest & keep them coming back. However, once some steam gets build up, it becomes easier to keep the routine going. (Or so I'm told LOL). Just FYI, WIX periodically offers 50% off for e-commerce plans.
  13. The bathing dish should slope from about .5-1" to no more than 2" in the middle-birds don't like deep water. When I made one for my dad, I joined a cone shaped piece to the underside of the basin (about 10-12") to set into the throat of the column, so critters could not tip the pan off so easily. I did not glaze the pan-I didn't like the slime that coats glaze under water. Cleaning it was no biggie. I glazed the outside of the birdbath with a clear glaze, to show off the clay & the carving I'd done-fancy grooves going about 3/4 up the stand and a few leaves extending out from the underside of the bowl-birds could perch on them, which they liked. It was so fun, and really not that hard.
  14. Our New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA-reference John Baymore, and the anagama kiln standing unused (hoping to be moved-that is still a possibility) at the now-defunct Sharon Arts Center) has been swallowed up by New England College (NEC-top heavy on education & business) and is called the Institute of Art and Design at NEC. Ceramics was listed as a minor for a short period after the takeover but the page is now archived and there is no link to anything. NEC abruptly (no notice) spat out Maureen Mills, the extraordinary director of the ceramics program, after she built it up to something truly excellent. Checking the website today, Ceramics Dept. is totally gone-and clay is not mentioned or pictured in the sections for Art or Fine Art. Those potters I know from the NH Potters Guild (a not very active guild) seem to be doing OK in NE galleries and local shows, to the extent that they are happening at all. There are minimal small classes at the tech school or community--the intro-style offerings seem to attract young people who want to be able to make some pots or small sculptures that are nice for fiends & family (based on the work I have seen; I mean no disparagement-this is a subjective observation).
  15. I decided to commit to revamping my head space to produce reasonably refined retail-friendly smalls for the local gift shop market. It is so "not me" it has put me into a tizzy, but I'm coming down from getting dizzy, and am beginning to enjoy the fizzy of checks coming in from tourists buying my stuff, even on a very modest scale. So for 2021, while still low volume, I will be doing sets of herb/plant markers and soap dishes & other serviceable items as well as targeting decor for seasons/holidays. To the extent that I can curb my rough & tumble free-form style & harness the will power to make things pretty & clean edged, I think I have a shot at sustaining a process that is now doing better than breaking even, which is awesome.
  16. LeeU


    The simple kinda Zen-like form w/the flared shape & the coloration( !)-the ebony wood black w/the eggplant purple w/some speckle is gorgeous,. Mostly the overall "vibe", which is like a refreshing frozen scraped ice treat on a hot day. Since you asked.
  17. LeeU


    lordy that's lush!
  18. I use Ancient Copper a lot and it is gorgeous at cone 5/6; I single fire and slow cool. I did the cone 10 experiment in a wood fire once and it was just plain ugly-not even a decent looking brown. I only did the one piece tho, so it is still worth experimenting with. This wall piece is electric cone 5.
  19. Thx-that's what I was hoping to hear.
  20. Could you erect removable frames that use restaurant patio-quality (weatherproof, crystal clear, relatively inexpensive) super heavy duty vinyl sheeting? My formerly screened in porch now has the vinyl for the sides and the stuff is fantastic--the porch is now my kiln room. Thanks to the vinyl, the 3 feet of snow we got today did not blow all over the inside of the porch and there will be no snow melt under the kiln!
  21. I'm just chiming in because it's about porcelain and I love the stuff---and I like it thick and heavy. My favorite porcelain (no longer possible w/COVID and shipping expense) is a cone 6 called Cool Ice, distributed in the U.S. (from Australia) by Seattle Pottery. It is terrific & beautiful, especially when thrown and thin--but I just really like the paradoxical quality of going oppositional to thin/translucent/lightweight. This piece weighs over a pound & a half. Of course it is not big, and I wouldn't even begin to try! (There is a cone 10/ Southern Ice). I tried B-mix, just because I kept seeing it referenced in a positive manner, but (no disparagement intended) I just plain hated it--rubbery indeed!
  22. SO, what does Lee do the very first time she fires w/the Thermals? She places a business card holder down on it's glazed back instead of it's unglazed bottom. The glaze is Crystal Forest. I easily removed the crusty residue from the piece w/a Dremel. I have not touched what is on the shelf. I do not own (and don't want to get if I don't have to) an angle grinder. Would a Dremel with a light touch be OK to use on this shelf or is there something else I ought to do?
  23. Hi-just curious-what are clay tags??? Like luggage tags? BTW-it is never stupid-sounding to ask questions or seek information & guidance. Everyone started from zero and went from there. It's terrific that you have your own kiln--an interesting journey awaits!
  24. This has nothing to do with cultural appropriation, but you might get a kick out of learning that what John is deeply into now (other than clay) is doing very complex in-house VFX work, for a Star Wars fan film project. Occasionally he will post a snippet of his video work & editing process on Facebook. I asked once about the process and within the detailed description he said this: "It is a lot like ceramics in some ways. A lot of individual diverse pieces of actions need to come together...... and it takes incredible patience.
  25. Thank you---I bet it is the percent for the high fire, and I will do the testing.
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