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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from sarita in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I wonder if the Admins might consider making the challenge its own section, like "In The Studio," for example! Lotsa people seem interested, so this has the potential to REALLY jam up other forum topics. It'd be a great way to keep things nice 'n tidy, not to mention easy to find!
    My topic suggestion is "heritage." Like, make a piece that's about one's cultural background! We have a pretty diverse group here; could be fun!
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from dricherson in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I wonder if the Admins might consider making the challenge its own section, like "In The Studio," for example! Lotsa people seem interested, so this has the potential to REALLY jam up other forum topics. It'd be a great way to keep things nice 'n tidy, not to mention easy to find!
    My topic suggestion is "heritage." Like, make a piece that's about one's cultural background! We have a pretty diverse group here; could be fun!
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Mark (Marko) Madrazo in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I wonder if the Admins might consider making the challenge its own section, like "In The Studio," for example! Lotsa people seem interested, so this has the potential to REALLY jam up other forum topics. It'd be a great way to keep things nice 'n tidy, not to mention easy to find!
    My topic suggestion is "heritage." Like, make a piece that's about one's cultural background! We have a pretty diverse group here; could be fun!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Benzine in I'm Looking For Old Talc-Do You Have Any?   
    Imagines Mark meeting a talc dealer on a street corner, exchanging cash for baggies of sweet, sweet vintage talc...
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Athfzk in Turned Foot Rings On Mugs; Elegance Or Affectation?   
    I work in lowfire, so a turned foot is 100% essential for me. I gotta have the space inside to glaze up so my piece won't pee all over. My feet tend to go pretty deep, as to prevent my glaze from pooping all over my kiln shelf.
    TECHNICAL TERMZ
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Pugaboo in Going Price Of Mugs   
    Holy mackeral, I am late to this show!
    Mugs...
    Well, when I first started, my mugs were pretty ugly, but had nice illustrations, and I sold them for $10-$15 because I was really insecure starting out (like we ALL ARE!! ). This was about six years ago. Now, my work goes from $30-$150, depending on the size, glaze quality, and visual aesthetic of the illustration. I'm actually going to raise my prices a little, due to it being so dang difficult for me to throw anymore, but like this awesomely encouraging forum has said to my pouty guinea butt, "Quality over quantity!"
    Giselle, I LOVE your work. ♥ It's so very sweet and homey, perfect for gifts!!
    Crazypotterlady, you are so undercharging. Omg. Your work makes me weep!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to High Bridge Pottery in Lead Glaze Recipes (No Safety Lectures Please)   
    Always been interested to melt some Lead into glass, how are you sourcing it?
     
    What is Sodium Uranate? All I could find was about urine samples sodium content 
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Pugaboo in Can I Tumblestack Underglaze Greenware For The Bisque Fire?   
    Never really had a problem here with that, and underglaze is my whole world. The only thing you wanna watch out for is fuming, which causes color to appear on adjacent ware. I've found underglazes heavy in cobalt or chrome are more prone to it, but it doesn't happen too often.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from myzer in Can I Tumblestack Underglaze Greenware For The Bisque Fire?   
    Never really had a problem here with that, and underglaze is my whole world. The only thing you wanna watch out for is fuming, which causes color to appear on adjacent ware. I've found underglazes heavy in cobalt or chrome are more prone to it, but it doesn't happen too often.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Going Price Of Mugs   
    Holy mackeral, I am late to this show!
    Mugs...
    Well, when I first started, my mugs were pretty ugly, but had nice illustrations, and I sold them for $10-$15 because I was really insecure starting out (like we ALL ARE!! ). This was about six years ago. Now, my work goes from $30-$150, depending on the size, glaze quality, and visual aesthetic of the illustration. I'm actually going to raise my prices a little, due to it being so dang difficult for me to throw anymore, but like this awesomely encouraging forum has said to my pouty guinea butt, "Quality over quantity!"
    Giselle, I LOVE your work. ♥ It's so very sweet and homey, perfect for gifts!!
    Crazypotterlady, you are so undercharging. Omg. Your work makes me weep!
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from oldlady in Going Price Of Mugs   
    Holy mackeral, I am late to this show!
    Mugs...
    Well, when I first started, my mugs were pretty ugly, but had nice illustrations, and I sold them for $10-$15 because I was really insecure starting out (like we ALL ARE!! ). This was about six years ago. Now, my work goes from $30-$150, depending on the size, glaze quality, and visual aesthetic of the illustration. I'm actually going to raise my prices a little, due to it being so dang difficult for me to throw anymore, but like this awesomely encouraging forum has said to my pouty guinea butt, "Quality over quantity!"
    Giselle, I LOVE your work. ♥ It's so very sweet and homey, perfect for gifts!!
    Crazypotterlady, you are so undercharging. Omg. Your work makes me weep!
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from crazypotterlady in Going Price Of Mugs   
    Holy mackeral, I am late to this show!
    Mugs...
    Well, when I first started, my mugs were pretty ugly, but had nice illustrations, and I sold them for $10-$15 because I was really insecure starting out (like we ALL ARE!! ). This was about six years ago. Now, my work goes from $30-$150, depending on the size, glaze quality, and visual aesthetic of the illustration. I'm actually going to raise my prices a little, due to it being so dang difficult for me to throw anymore, but like this awesomely encouraging forum has said to my pouty guinea butt, "Quality over quantity!"
    Giselle, I LOVE your work. ♥ It's so very sweet and homey, perfect for gifts!!
    Crazypotterlady, you are so undercharging. Omg. Your work makes me weep!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Chantay in Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business   
    I live in the Village of Chester, Virginia. Unfortunately someone had already taken The Village Potter. Chester is right next door to Richmond which the James river runs through. I thought of River's edge Pottery. Getting a divorce so will probably just use first and maiden name, Chantay Mitchell Pottery. The spelling of my first name is french. It means to sing, which most people are grateful I don't do.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Pugaboo in Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business   
    Very early on I used my name first and last, then someone said oh your should never use your married name what if you get divorced? Hmm felt like continuing to use that was like poking fate in the eye. Then a wonderful furry little diva entered my life. I started painting and selling Pug art primarily. So when I started selling that oh those many many years ago I named my first website Pugaboo. My little shop was the Pugaboo Boutique. I have 5 Pugs and will admit to being a crazy Pug person. When I started printing books and cards I used Pugaboo Printing for that. Now that I am focused on Pottery I use Pugaboo Pottery, sounds nice and is keeping with tradition. All anyone has to do is remember Pugaboo and I am quite likely to show up in some version of it. My signature stamp is a little running Pug as well.
     
    I do have a question... Is there a place to go and register a signature stamp, makers mark, whatever it's officially called? It would be nice if in the future someone were to google my pottery stamp that they could find me that way as well.
     
    T
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to newby Jan in Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business   
    Ahhh, naming things...good topic.  We have a private campsite where we built many buildings.  Blacksmith shop, pottery shed, craft studio, and many sleep cabins, pizza oven, etc.  Each one has a name.  My husband and I both enjoy making pottery...he on a kickwheel/elec. wheel and I handbuilding mostly (he picked up on the wheel much easier; I still try it - curse it- and return to the table).  So, we came up with 2 & Throw.  My sister designed the logo, and I found someone to make a stamp.  Can't wait to see and use it!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Chris Campbell in Underglazes Vs Glazes   
    Underglazes are for decorating ... They do not seal the surface or make it food safe. They will not prevent stains or color absorption. They are most often used under glazes.
     
    Glazes when properly matched to the clay and properly fired, seal the surface with a glass like layer making the wares suitable for utilitarian use.
     
    A glaze that does not move much during firing can be used for decorating but an underglaze cannot be used as a glaze.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Celia UK in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    Water/sea or similar that allows for colour and/or form interpretations.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I wonder if the Admins might consider making the challenge its own section, like "In The Studio," for example! Lotsa people seem interested, so this has the potential to REALLY jam up other forum topics. It'd be a great way to keep things nice 'n tidy, not to mention easy to find!
    My topic suggestion is "heritage." Like, make a piece that's about one's cultural background! We have a pretty diverse group here; could be fun!
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in Pit Fire Poo   
    I will be the first rabbit poo pioneer!!! You just wait!
    ...err...I better ask the landlord, first...
     
    But hey! Check THIS out--rabbit poop totally kills the competition! Ooooh, I'm excited now...
     
    N = Nitrogen %          P = Phosphorus  %          K = Potassium%
     
    Material                          N                P               K       
     
    Rabbit Manure             2.4           1.4             0.6  
     
    Chicken Manure          1.6            1.5             0.9
     
    Cow Manure                 0.6            0.2             0.5
     
    Horse Manure              0.7            0.2             0.6
     
    Pig Manure                    0.5            0.3             0.5
     
    Sheep Manure              0.7            0.3             0.9
     
    Duck Manure                 0.6            1.4             0.5
     
    Worm Castings             0.5            0.5             0.3
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Marcia Selsor in Pit Fire Poo   
    I can't speak to the burning quality of bunny scat, but there is a difference between horse and cow manure. Cow pies should be very dry..frisbee quality. Horse turds are more cubic and have a higher nitrogen content. The horse turds are good for adding to saggar or trash can burns for good blacks. When I fired class loads of work , our pit was about 8-10 ft. long, 3 feet wide and about 30 inches deep with a ledge about 10" up from the bottom to support grills or metal refrigerator shelfs.The fire and built up coals were on the bottom.
    Bunny poo mixed with pine may work in a pit or also you could try it on a trash can or a brick above ground "pit". The pine shavings will help the burn.
     
    Marcia
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Mark C. in Spoonrests or Top Ramen   
    There was some interest in spoon rest production on another thread so I shot some photos of a run today.
     
    You may or may not want to make these. If you want to pay off your house or buy a new car or put your kid thru collage these are just what to make-If they are below you then skip to the top ramen for dinner staving artist post.
     
    Get your bats ready-I throw on small plaster ones on wareboards I carry out to the sun to dry like the old Japanese village throwing movies (ok some of you do not know about these films where whole villages make pottery- check them out)
     
    The plaster dries out the bottoms so they release and dry very quickly.
     
    The main thing is plenty of bats.
     
    First get the softest pug of clay you can find or soften one up the softer the better.
     
    This soft clay will make throwing them faster and easier.
     
    Cut it into 48 pieces-It helps to have a wire with only one handle to pull thru the pug at the bottom (old timer trick) cut the pug down the middle center of the top to bottom- then each side once-then into thirds on the side-that equals 48 pieces-see photo
     
    Next center one and before you spread it out cut a drip line and foot with wood tool-then lay it out sideways. These are no trimmers so get that foot right.
     
    See photos
     
    Stop wheel pull spout move on to next one
     
    Etc etc.
     
    Carry out to sun and dry-I like to sponge the bottoms while still soft enough to work just as soon as they are firm enough to remove without distorting them.
     
    When you get this down it will take less than 1 hour for itall.
     
    After drying
     
    Board or bat them up in piles of 4-5 high and bisque them
     
    I hot dip wax them and production glaze them with tongs- (nextweek) we can cover that.
     
    These will sell better at a low price point-if you ask to much no need to make this many.
    I display them in piles on two higher pedestals so folks can find their special one.
     
    Mark






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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to phill in Yunomi   
    Good idea. I love the yunomi shape. I don't use them for tea all that much, but I just like to use them for anything. You will get a lot of flak from some people if you are not from Japan or don't have their specified "credentials" to be calling your work yunomi, but I think that is hogwash. Don't let others get to you, and make what you enjoy.
     
    John's advice is great. The same goes for mugs...or anything really. Drink a lot of hot drinks out of a lot of mugs, and you will quickly find things you like and don't like about the pieces you are using. Obviously everything is preferential to your likes and dislikes, but that's part of what makes your art interesting to others. 
     
    I prefer tall feet on my cups, because I have this idea in my head of a child in class that desperately wants to be called on by the teacher, and this child is standing on the chair with their hand as high as it can go to get the teacher's attention. The cup is begging to be used. And I started really liking a drainage hole so that when it is washed in a dishwasher it doesn't collect a pond of dirty food water. 
     
    here are a few of mine:
     







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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Biglou13 in Outdoor Sculpture In Earthenware--Best Body?   
    Hello!
    So, I'm planning on making two gargoyles to protect my home. Sadly, my kiln is a tired old man and only likes to fire in earthenware. Anyone here have experience with this? I was thinking a heavily grogged terracotta that is fired to ^03 might be my best option, but I'm not sure. The statues will not be glazed, as South Dakota winters are lethal to glazed ware!!
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