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  1. Thank you all for the advice. I'll not use a drywall cutout. I don't want to knock myself out with the fume. My kiln is not segmented, but I will try to lower my sculpture using strips of bedsheet. I'll make sure to put glog underneath, too. Thanks a bunch.
  2. Have any of you fired a sculpture with a piece of drywall underneath? I heard you could do it when the piece is large or delicate. In this way, I don't need to touch the actual piece, while loading it into the kiln. I'm thinking of doing it if you think it is safe. Appreciate your advice in advance. Tenyoh
  3. Isculpt, this site is OUR work of your knowledge. Yes, it is always good to learn from each other. Thank you.
  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jayne. I miss exchanging emails with you. I'm at the stage I want to experiment with clays and colors. How could they work together to bring out the magic and mystery of art?
  5. From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    I printed texts that explain my sculptures and placed them next to the corresponding work. I am introvert. By the second day of the show I was utterly exhausted from talking to people, and let the texts do my job. I was amazed that a number of passersby did take time to read them. An old lady even photographed a text. I printed "thank you" in different languages and placed the cards in my business card holders. Jewish sisters loved to see Hebrew words among them. In the photo you see handmade necklaces, bracelets, and rings on my jewelry holders. The Jewelries were just for display, but people loved them. In my spare time, I made origami bags out of newspaper. Functional ware was placed in the bag when purchased. This environmentally-conscious wrapping method was well received by Coloradans. Please feel free to comment on any topic in this album. I apologize for my poor English. p.s. I will end this album with my sincere appreciation to isculpt for her generous assistance. Without her I could not have pulled through the first show this well.
  6. Here is how I prepared for my first sculpture show with generous help from isculpt. Hope some of the information in this album will be helpful to you, especially if you're a ceramic sculptor and preparing for a show for the first time.
  7. From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    The closed tent may sweet at night. In order to protect the sculptures from the condensation staining the surface, we covered each sculpture with a sheet of thin plastic. I brought a box of painter's plastic drape. It was very useful. I stored the boxes under the tables and shelf. Next day, the boxes and shredded paper were slightly damp because of the moisture on the ground. I spread the plastic drape on the ground and placed the boxes on top of it.
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    The ground was more or less level, but ziplock bags filled partially with sand were useful. We used them to level the shelf and also as weights to secure it. We forgot to bring small pieces of wood of different thickness. They can also be placed under the table and shelf legs. Out of 13 sculptures I packed, only one had a minor crack. I was glad about that.
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    13. Driving

    From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    According to the Google map, we were supposed to reach the show ground in 5 1/2 hours. We gave us an extra half an hour, but we arrived the location an hour late. Next time, I would leave the day before. I'm getting too old to squeeze too many things into one day. The photo is how my shelf looked at the show. It might be difficult to see, but business card holders are with cards; incense holders, with incenses; message holders, with a photo or a thank-you note; etc.
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    12. Loading

    From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    I used all my beddings, sleeping bags, and straps to secure the boxes. Afterwards I drove a little distance and made sure there was no noise coming from my loads. ** The loading took a way longer than I had anticipated, and it was dark by the time we finished. Next time I would start loading in the morning. **
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    Place the sculpture on the styrofoam boat in the prepared box.
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    In case the driver of the vehicle transporting this box hits the brake hard, I indicated on the box which side should face the front. Even if the sculpture shifts a little toward the front with the impact, it should receive the least amount of damage. ** As the top part of the sculpture was sticking out of the box, two of my friends told me to extend the sides of the box. However, what would it do? It might just give an illusion of protecting the sculpture better. As my friends and I could see the sculpture, we were more careful when loading it. ** ** isculpt wrote to me to set the target date to be a week prior to the departure. That was the essential advice I received from her. Of course, I could not finish everything by that target date, but at least I was on the way to have a good night sleep on the day before my departure. **
  13. From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    After closing the side of the box, I inserted newspaper and air pouches between the styrofoam and box. Afterwards I rocked the box gently and made sure that the sculpture would not move.
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    I made a hole on styrofoam, covered the foam with thin plastic, and inserted the sculpture base into the hole. I then put another piece of styrofoam under the tree branch to support it. The foot of the sculpture is not touching anything but the air.
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    07. Packing

    From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    The keys to pack a sculpture are: 1) anchor it well so that it would not move, 2) do not let anything except the air touch the delicate parts of the sculpture. In the photo, I cut the side of the box and put shredded paper in the bottom.
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    I borrowed a shelf from my friend and put black clothes where agate-ware would be placed.
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    I exchanged booth layout sketches (like the photo) with my mentor isculpt a few times. As a 10'x10' booth, I was assigned to, had an aisle on both sides, the layout was challenging. Ideally a booth should have a 4'-wide passage that allows two-way traffics.
  18. From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    The outdoor sculpture show was held in Colorado in August. I began the following preparation about a month in advance. 1. Credit Card Process A Colorado resident said Verizon would cover the area the best. I purchased an used smartphone and decided to get a one-month prepaid coverage a week prior to my departure. Two people recommended Square to process credit card transactions. I registered with the company, received a reader, and practiced processing with my own credit card. *** Swiping a credit card through a Square reader can be tricky. I strongly recommend you practice with it. *** 2. Special Event Sales Tax License I took care of the necessary paperwork in advance. Neither the city nor the state required the special event participant to carry the sales tax license with him/her at the time of the event, as long as he/she had a copy of the application forms. *** The event organizer gave us wrong information about the sales taxes, and it was confusing. I found it was the best to contact the appropriate revenue department for questions. ***
  19. From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    The second practice display looked too crowded, and my agate-ware looked dull against the gray canvas color. I did not want to spend too much money on the table and box covers. I purchased canvas painter's drapes at a hardware store. A drawback was that the material wrinkled easily. I asked for two 6-foot tubes at a fabric store and rolled the freshly-ironed canvas covers on the tubes. All the boxes were pre-wrapped.
  20. From the album: Preparation for Sculpture Show

    I learned that how you display was as important as the artworks themselves. Show the pieces at the zone (slightly under the eye level and slightly above the waistline). Stagger the pedestals on the display tables. For the first show, no one knows how many will sell. Bring as many pieces as you can. The photo is of my first practice display. There were too many boxes, and the small shelf had to go.
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