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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Soda fire, all things reduction, and a little bit of glass.

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  1. One thing that hasn’t come up yet is if you want that icy shade of blue, you’ll need to use a porcelain or a porcelain slip over stoneware, or use some other colourant like a stain. Celadons are sensitive to changes in clay, both in the recipes, and in regards to the clay they’re on. If you put them on stoneware, you’ll get a more Koryo Dynasty green colour because the iron and titanium affect the colour.
  2. Facebook marketplace is kinda complicated, and mostly a pain. They say it syncs with a Square shop, but it’s a high maintenance item.
  3. If you have a look at her website, it’s on an older platform. I don’t know that an e-commerce plug in is available for that, so that means either redoing her website and using a new platform to do it, or it means opening an Etsy shop. Which means comparing the options. Lots of us around here tend to be fans of Weebly, because it’s really easy and intuitive to build an information-only website, and you don’t need much support to be able to do it. In the last 2 years Square, another forum favourite product, acquired Weebly so they could expand into e-commerce. So for lots of us, it seems l
  4. First, I want to address a little bit of mindset. Any web selling situation is going to involve an investment of time to build an audience, and a little bit of money to get going. You will pay fees with whichever platform you wind up using. It is worth mathing it out to see which one will be the most cost effective for your level of sales, AND the level of sales you hope to eventually reach. You wouldn’t expect a big return out of a weekend show that you only paid nothing to attend, and only put out a handful of pots on a folding table with a wrinkly tablecloth. By the same token, you need t
  5. I had a community member reach out last night asking me about websites and e-commerce. I asked @dondonshe’d be willing to let me post it as a thread publicly so we can all help her. We haven’t had a building a website thread in a while, and there have been some technology changes since the last one I think. For some background, Donna has an existing business in the UK, and relies on an assortment of commissions, classes and in person sales. Her website has been serviceable up to this point, but is in need of an update. The pandemic has inspired her to add a more concise web shop. She wan
  6. I’ve used one that went to 5 decimal places, but it had a cover to prevent drafts, and you couldn’t have the radio on in the room. (Misspent 20’s in a soil testing lab.)
  7. Keep in mind that most municipal water has single digit ppm. 200ppm is the max allowable. So it’s more like 0.0008 g per 100g test batch, assuming you’re using equal parts water. Or 0.8g in a 10,000g batch.
  8. We don’t texture drywall here for the most part. Just tape and mud the seams so they’re smooth (usually a 2-3 coats and sanding), primer, and 2 coats of paint. The music and the ergonomic stuff is still a must though.
  9. I work with a clay that needs to go somewhat hotter than the manufacturer recommends to get a better absorption rate. It too can get bloaty if you take it too far beyond the recommended temperature, but I found a drop-and-hold-to get the hotter cone approach gives the best of both worlds. Try both to see which works best for you.
  10. The amount of salt you add to a salt firing is usually measured in kilograms. The amount of salt in potable water is measured in milligrams (parts per million). I kg= 1000g =1 million mg. You can’t measure out a milligram on a scale that you’d use for pottery purposes: it’s too small. Acceptable standards in Canada for drinking water are >200ppm sodium, and that amount will taste. Most municipal supplies are between 5 and 9 ppm, and you’d have to check your local numbers for specifics. But I can’t think anything coming out of a softener would be higher than that 200 ppm max. You
  11. I put a full shelf on the bottom, on 4 x 1/2“ stilts. I use half shelves above that. My kiln is on a square stand, not on a metal plate, so the stilts also line up with points on the metal stand underneath the kiln so I don’t crack the bottom with uneven weight. So far so good.
  12. With 25% gerstley plus some Neph Sye and ball clay on top of that in your Fat Cream, I think if your specific gravity is correct, it’s one of the few times I’d suggest using a few drops of Darvan to thin rather than water. For the matte base, I’d go with what Neil said. If you’ve added too much epsom, it’ll make everything flock together...at the bottom of the bucket.
  13. @shawnharAh, good! Just with a small part of the information, I was concerned might have been one of those “will you make this other person’s work for me” situations. They’ve been cropping up around again. You sound like you have it well in hand.
  14. +1 for bucket settling. Don’t put it in the sink in the first place.
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