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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Qotw: Would You Laugh At Me If I Told You That I Am Using A Gg?   
    I view any tool that helps me to produce a better product as a godsend. Should I be laughed at for wanting to make better pieces? I think NOT! Nor should anyone else be laughed at. We use a multitude of tools in pottery. Should we laugh at the use of those tools as well? Again, I think NOT!! Any tool that helps one to produce pieces of better quality, is also a tool that brings more joy to the process of doing so. And isn't that really what pottery is all about?
     
    I consider anyone who sneers, scoffs or laughs at me for the use of such tools to be a bit of a pottery snob. Those are the people that I have NO time or patience for.
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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from GiselleNo5 in Qotw: Would You Laugh At Me If I Told You That I Am Using A Gg?   
    I view any tool that helps me to produce a better product as a godsend. Should I be laughed at for wanting to make better pieces? I think NOT! Nor should anyone else be laughed at. We use a multitude of tools in pottery. Should we laugh at the use of those tools as well? Again, I think NOT!! Any tool that helps one to produce pieces of better quality, is also a tool that brings more joy to the process of doing so. And isn't that really what pottery is all about?
     
    I consider anyone who sneers, scoffs or laughs at me for the use of such tools to be a bit of a pottery snob. Those are the people that I have NO time or patience for.
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Mark C. in Consignment Issues   
    I have said that for me a mixed income stream is best as far as selling pottery. I sell my own at art shows for the lions share and have a mix of a few wholesale consignments.
    That said many have mentioned that consignment has its pitfalls and you the artist can get hurt. Here are a few that I have had.
    I have hade 4 consignment shops –one I had been in for 38 years (4 owners) until they closed down. I found out by accident 3 days before and I was not happy about how they did not tell any one. It was a gallery connected to a restaurant so they had lots of customers especially during the tourist season.
    Their issue was signing a really bad 10-year lease but it turned out they also had poor people skills
    They reopened after a one and half years and asked me back –I said no but will do wholesale with a limited forms deal-no more consignment-so far after a few years no issues but for me It will never be the same. I have been there 40 years now
    Another other outlet is about a 25+ year run and now has a new younger owner and has been working well.
    One other outlet has been about 14-16 years and has been trucking right along.
    All these outlets above are all local and close enough for me to go to on a very regular basis and keep and eye on. This is a key point
    The last is about 4 hours away each way. I have been in this tourist town in a gallery for about 30 years. Over that time I have been in three galleries but the 1st two are long gone. The most recent I have been in 16 years.
    This outlet has been strong but peaked about 4 years ago and since then been struggling some. I take them a huge yearly shipment every spring (about 45 boxes of pots) and ship a few huge boxes later in year or drop another small shipment thru friend heading that way. They have a massive display of my work.
    A few years ago they starting to slip behind on the monthly check. It was two months behind for 1 year they have been 3 months behind last year but it’s been very consistent the past year. During Christmas season I have so many pottery sales and demand going on I did not notice that slipped behind again until my late check came with a note in late January saying they have slipped 5 months back and they where trying to get back on their feet with payments.
    I sent them a letter saying that 5 months was to long and that I knew winter was the slow season and that I have seen 5 months slip to longer and I was very concerned. As I have seen this long slow death of a business. I gave them a plan to get back to normal by mid summer with payments. They let it slip another month and I hit my red line. Now I’m speaking with them (3 partners) directly on the phone. Since I was their biggest seller I had some power to negotiate but in my heart I felt I could very easily loose these months.
    I knew they where deciding whether to close or stay open. They admitted if I got my work they would close within a month. I got to the point that I just wanted my work back and that I was coming down to pick it all up. I mentioned that I would take them to small claims court to get my $6200.00 after I got my work.
    This was a slam-dunk case in my favor but by no means I would ever get my money back. after winning that case.
    I packed my truck with 25 empty boxes and my dolly and two paper rolls and my paper roller that late afternoon. I let them know I was coming down in AM. That night they called me and had borrowed some funds and decided to move forward and the check is in the mail.
    Since that time we are back on track with a new contract that I wrote and in that contract I have to be paid every month by a certain date otherwise I’m picking up my work. I have limited my potential loss to 6 weeks tops. I also stipulated renegotiating the contract in early fall as I think they may not make it thru a winter and we need to decide about that at that time. I will only take a summer load down in a few months worth of pottery.
    I have spent too much time on this mentally and part of me wishes I had got my work but I would be out $6200(the check was good). It's back to what it once was but I’ve got them on probation after shattering my trust, which is not a place that is good for me mentally.
    My point here is keep it local and make sure you have your contract clean and keep the communication fresh
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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from Stephen in Whats In A Name   
    Stephen, if all you want to put out there is your first name, well, I'm just peachy with that! At least I can honestly say I'm on a first name basis with you!! Teeheee!!
     
    Years ago, all I ever used in public forums or social media, was my "screen" name of "Serrin" And then, somewhere along the line, I grew up and decided, what the heck, they're going to find out my real name in my profile anyhow. Besides, it made me feel rather silly to use a pretend name. (that's where the "growing up" part comes in.  ) There are still people to this day, with whom I've remained friends with from those early years, that insist upon calling me "Serrin" I don't feel any more, nor less, exposed in using my real name. And like Neil said, someday, it might serve me well to have had my real name out there all along.
     
    But that's a personal choice, and each of us has to make it, based on our own, individual experiences. I hope for you that somewhere down this long road, you feel comfortable enough with us, that you tell us who you really are! Then we can say we knew you when you were just Stephen!
     
    Side note to Min: You need to hang out with me for awhile. I can teach you all sorts of naughty eight letter words! LOL!
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Pres in Qotw: What Is Your Excuse For Not Getting Into The Studio, Or Not Getting Out Of It!   
    Seems like to me you need the studio time just for a little R&R. Nothing like studio time to make you forget your troubles if even only for an afternoon. Take care, and care of hubby. Some things are too precious to lose.
     
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to GiselleNo5 in Qotw: Will You Be My Guest?   
    CAN anybody throw with long nails? .... 
     
    If we're taking a poll, put me down for NO, NO, WHY DIDN'T I TRIM MY NAILS, NO. 
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Cavy Fire Studios in Color Depth For Stains At ^6 On White Stoneware   
    Tried degussa red? One part stain, four parts gerstley borate. It smells like raunchy egg farts, but gives a beautiful red with subtle visual textures, depending on thickness applied.
    This was at ^03, but I've used it in ^6 before, and it totally looks the same.


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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in To Sell Or Not To Sell? That Is The Question   
    My personal experience with etsy is that it only works if you have a dedicated marketing strategy of your own: you can rely on them not at all to do this for you. The seo is arcane, and kind of superstitious. If you have a small inventory, you don't get found in search. Shipping pots is a whole other nuisance.
     
    You could have a small open house at your home, and invite friends and neighbours over to buy some Christmas gifts for other people. This way you at least get to visit with people you like and have cookies.
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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from immortalambitions in Some Changes To The Forum   
    Thanks for the update, Jennifer. And I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the awesome job that you and the moderators do around here. I've learned so much from reading and watching the great videos posted here. Can't thank y'all enough!
     
    Three cheers for CAC!! Hip Hip Hooray!! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!
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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from Pugaboo in What Is The Difference Between Plaster Of Paris And Pottery Plaster?   
    You don't really have to pop the cured slab out of the box, Pug. The main reason for doing so is to prevent small bits from flaking off and getting into your work. If you clean up the slab in place, let it dry thoroughly, and there are no small bits around, you should be safe in just leaving it in the box. As dear old dad always said...."Work smarter, not harder"
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to oldlady in All Of A Sudden My Hands Hurt!   
    how can i manage to forget every day, EVERY DAY! to lean my hands on a wall and take the weight on them so i do not wind up with a claw instead of a hand.  when i put both hands together in the "prayer" pose the two middle fingers cannot touch each other.  i am going to go lean on the wall now.
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Mark C. in All Of A Sudden My Hands Hurt!   
    Keeping your hands warm helps-the large paraffin bath I have going and dipping a few times a day helps as well.Wearing fingerless wool gloves in winter also helps
    Amy you can have any snow I'm due in my life as I feel just the opposite about the white stuff.
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Benzine in All Of A Sudden My Hands Hurt!   
    Parenting....
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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from vinks in How Many Of You Are Using Ceramic Arts Daily As A Resource   
    I do! I do! I do!!! One of my favorites is one of your vids, Marcia! The one about how to make and apply terra sigillatta! (sp?) That's my go to vid when I'm having a brain fart. Yes, they happen all too often.
     
    I often draw inspiration from everything from the videos to the member galleries. Any new members coming into the community guild studio, here in Spokane, are often pointed in the direction of CAD and the forums, by me! Such a wealth of information and folks so ready to lend a virtual hand! I don't know where I would be without CAD, the forums and all of the wonderful members here! I certainly wouldn't be as far along (meager though that may be) as I am now.
     
    I may not post as often as I would like to, (life circumstances being what they are right now) but just about every spare moment I have, I spend here, perusing the galleries, the videos and comments and questions in the forums. I hope this place continues FOREVER!! Long live CAD!!!!    
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Anxiety Over "the Leap"   
    Sounds like it's definitely time to make something only for the reason that you enjoy making it. And if you're having a problem with having "silly ideas", remember that at some point, someone stood up in a meeting and said "I think we should make a movie about a tornado full of sharks."
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Marcia Selsor in Is Everyone Ok?   
    That is unfortunate but hickory is also a very excellent wood. Hope you can do something with it. Soaking the wood in water always easy bending. Maybe teapot handles?
    Glad you are safe.
    Marcia
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to flowerdry in Do You Give Your Work As Holiday Gifts?   
    Not consistently, but yes, I do.  This year I'm giving a soup bowl with a quilted microwave bowl holder, also made by me. For those of you not familiar with the bowl holders, I make them out of 100% cotton materials so they don't melt in the microwave.  You put the bowl plus the holder in the microwave, then you don't burn your fingers taking it out.
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to alabama in Have You Timed Yourself Making A Mug?   
    I have timed myself several years ago. Before watching the clock, I thought
    I was making mugs in about 3 to 5 minutes, and so many minutes for trimming and adding handles, and a few minutes here and there for cleaning with scotch brite pads, loading for bisque, staining, and glazing. But when I timed myself, the real
    time closely resembled your time study. Now since the reality check, I just make items and don't worry about the time. They're done when I think they're done.
    Having OCD in some areas of pottery steps doesn't help, but I'm OK with that too!
    Since I'm competing with myself, I always win!! )
    See ya,
    Alabama
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Bob Coyle in My Custom Made Bead Racks Actually Worked!   
    Amazing what you can do with clay!  The more you know, the less you need to buy.
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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from Celia UK in What Kind Of Sponge Do You Use When You Are Throwing?   
    I like the big sponges from Home Depot or Lowe's that are used for clean up in tile work. I cut them to my desired shape and dimensions. Cheap and hold up pretty good. I hadn't even thought of using the padding from a box of cones. Thanks for the tip! I'm going to give those a try!
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Pugaboo in Ok I Can't Resist, New Box Turned Out Great!   
    I can't resist showing you all my newest box.
     
    I am so happy this box turned out even better than I thought it would. It was a test to see how much control I had over my glazes. I drew light stripes on the box to mimic gift wrap. I then glazed each a different color leaving a narrow strip of bare clay showing in between each glaze stripe. For the ribbon and the feet I used a roller to impress a scroll design. I shaped the ribbon into a roll that looked nice and could also be used as a knob. Once fired I added thin strips of laser transfer patterns to each glaze stripe, again using a different pattern for each color. The ends of the box got narrow strips of black to suggest folded over wrapping paper. The design goes all around the box ncluding the bottom.
     
    It was a lot of work but I learned a lot about what my materials can handle and plan to push this even further next time.
     
    T




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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from janiebgood in Favorite And Least Favorite Forms To Make?   
    My most favorite is anything I successfully pull off of the wheel head and get all the way through the glaze fire without failure. My least favorite are those that end up in the reclaim bucket!
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to Mark C. in Bat "systems"   
    I use the batman system-black suit  with wings and batmobile. I use it at nighttime only.
    Mark
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    Amy Eberhardt got a reaction from High Bridge Pottery in Favorite And Least Favorite Forms To Make?   
    My most favorite is anything I successfully pull off of the wheel head and get all the way through the glaze fire without failure. My least favorite are those that end up in the reclaim bucket!
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    Amy Eberhardt reacted to jrgpots in Your Hugest "derp" Moment?   
    I had just finished throwing a nice vase.  As I lifted the bat off the wheel, my phone went off.  I have an emergency beep that means I "need to take this call STAT."  So I set the bat on my throwing stool and answered my phone, calmed the medical storm, then sat down on my stool.  The poor vase felt kind of "squishy."
     
    Jed
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