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Mark G.

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    Morehead City, North Carolina
  1. I have taught several young people (13 to 16 year olds) in my "adult" evening classes. They are awesome additions to the classes and are eager to learn. My experience has been very positive and I enjoy watching the interaction of young and not so young as they travel together on their clay journey. The young are very respectful and helpful when exposed to respectful and helpful "not so young". I have a beginning wheel class starting tomorrow night with a very nice young man (13) and his sister (17). They attended a raku night last Saturday and fit right in with the adults. I am looking forward to having them in my class!!! Awesome young adults give me faith in the future. Mark
  2. For the money, I recommend the Clay Boss/Big Boss wheels. I have 12 in my teaching studio and they get used quite heavily. I have never had an issue with any of them. I have used my original Big Boss almost every day for over 5 years with no problems. Regarding the pedals, they are made of metal, however, they are not as heavy as other brands nor are they as sensitive or reactive. Having owned both the big boss and the clay boss, I don't see much difference throwing with either. The clay boss has a 1/3 horsepower motor verses the big boss with the 1/2 horsepower motor. Personally, I would spend the extra and purchase the big boss with the larger motor for everyday use. I have thrown on Shimpo, Brent, Pacifica, etc. They are all good.
  3. I have used 4clay.com for many, many stamps. My experience is that the quality is superb and he provides awesome customer service.
  4. As a gallery owner and a potter, I am asked at least 2 to 3 times a month to donate artwork/pottery. My wife is also an artist (painter). We feel that giving your work away has little to no exposure value and in fact, devalues your work. We do donate to a few select charities, but instead of giving artwork, we give gift certificates for classes. This brings people into the studio/gallery and on many occasions, they bring friends (paying students) to take the class with them, or they purchase artwork when they attend the class. There are other options to donating. We have organized auction events for charities and have the artist set the minimum bids for their artwork. Each artist is then paid their normal consignment (50% of the sale price) for the sold items. Our gallery then makes a cash donation (tax deductible) of the amount of our consignment fee. If the work receives no bids at the minimum, it is returned to the artist. This arrangement provides money to the charity and compensates the artist for their work. Win - Win!!! Two weeks ago I participated in an art charity function and along with several other artists, displayed some of my work. The charity sold several pieces and they kept a 35% commission. I was paid the balance. Good exposure. Made some nice sales. Got a ticket and enjoyed some nice food and wine. The charity made money on the artist's commissions and ticket sales. Win-Win!! I encourage artists to assist local charities to structure events that provide at least some compensation to the artist. Patrons are then supporting the charity and the local art community. Regarding tax deductions, the IRS rules are very clear. If you want a tax deduction, sell the pottery and donate cash. Mark Golitz BluSail Gallery Morehead City, NC
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