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  1. Worst advice: follow "my" way of making pottery. Ignore all those YouTube and Facebook types of people. Best advice: find methods, tools and techniques that work well for me and ignore the above.
  2. Serial crafter here. I have a big collection of rubber stamps from the pink rubber on wood handles to the clear cling used with cling blocks.. What works most reliably for me is to make a clay stamp from them. Then I can bisque a positive and negative copy which work brilliantly. A quicker method I discovered is to stamp into polymer clay, then bake. This gives a nearly instantaneous, less shrink prone, less sticky copy.
  3. Etsy and PayPal will side with you, the seller, as the description was clear. Don't be held hostage in fear of a bad review. Etsy is a culture all its own. Most etsy buyers are good and reasonable. But there are some that use any angle possible to get their stuff for free. And too many sellers will cave in fear of a bad review. That person will NEVER be a loyal customer. if you give a full refund the buyer can still leave a crappy review. It's how the ball rolls. I have several Etsy shops and have learned to keep communications short and to the point. Lots of convos only fan their fury. Keep all communications within Etsy or Etsy cannot and will not protect you. If you receive an unfavorable review you as the seller have the option to respond publicly. Buyers read the reviews and can pick out the scammers instantly. If the review is truly hateful you can appeal to Etsy to delete it. Just DO NOT under any circumstance cancel the order. Once the order is canceled Etsy can no longer remove bad feedback.
  4. <snip> I might have a tough time separating the buckets after drying some slop out. Do you have any experience with this method? Drilling some kind of holes into the bucket to allow water is the natural thought process but too big a hole and the slop is just gonna run right through and too small wont allow water to escape. Maybe drilling larger holes and using a house wrap or other "breathable" fabric thats not organic to line the bucket with first. <snip> Instead of one pail "inside" the other, put one pail "on top of" the other. You can Use a lid with a hole cut into it on the bottom pail, or a board to allow the top pail to drain into the bottom without jamming them together. It does not take long to drain, then the water can be used on the next pail to wet reclaim
  5. I have two Brent's (C and CXC). I don't mind the two part pan, but if using too much water the pans can leak. It forced me to lean to throw drier and to remove my pots without floating off the wheel. No problem. Working over the back of the pan to the little shelf is a little tedious, but not a deal breaker. Love my wheels. If I had to purchase a brand new one the Scutt with removable pan would probably get my dollars all other things being equal. I like the removable wheel heads on the Scutt.
  6. The epoxy stuff from a home improvement big box works well in our space. We rolled it on our 1970's basement floor 12 or so years ago and sprinkled those colored chips on top. It has held up like a champ and has been scrubbable.
  7. My home wheels are Brent (a C and a CXC) i use the CXC almost daily. It's an oldie, but i love it. The studio where i take lessons has TS. The biggest problem i have with the TS is the touchy foot pedals. They are almost too responsive. And the TS wheel does not slow/stop immediately like my home Brent wheels. The only thing i dislike about the Brent is the 2 piece splash pan. It leaks if i don't empty it soon enough. If the Brent wheel heads popped off like the TS allowing for a larger seamless splash pan they would be perfect IMO.
  8. I have to disagree here on looking to veteran potters for pricing guidelines.This is a personal 'red button' for me ... so sorry, bear this in mind. In my opinion .... One of the reasons the price of good pottery stays so LOW compared to other crafted forms is the reluctance of many experienced potters to raise their prices to reflect the added value of talent and experience. It is simple to name great potters who are still getting beginner prices because they hold beliefs about the basic worth of pottery. Also, many of them have secondary incomes or pensions. Many believe no one would pay more so they never try. Also, why on earth would wood firing automatically be priced higher?? So, NO ... Calculate your own costs, assess the quality of your workmanship, check out comparable work in Galleries in your area ... then, read Mea's blog for guidance on the pricing process ... then, price for profit. It is not your problem if someone else does not realize their work is worth more than they are asking. So you don't think a new potter should consider that their work may not be priced as high as a vet? I am having a hard time understanding your reasoning behind it. If you could please explain your point more so I can understand what our differences are that would be great. I feel like our statements are very alike. . I do not think potters should be "price gouging" based on experience either, but generally a potter with 1-4 years experience should not be pricing their mugs at $34 each (unless of course, they are exceptionally) . But I would find it completely acceptable to pay that for a few potters I know. When considering prices, I would be foolish to look at one potter to compare your work and prices, I am suggesting looking at the work of many (as you stated in your final sentence). But a general idea of what market pays for that sort of item is a great place to start. (and that goes with looking at many. I am studying real estate and I just finished a chapter on home pricing market analysis etc. I think its reasonable to consider when buying/ selling anything) And when I mention firing method, I did not say "automatically" price it up. But it's a consideration due to labor time for that piece and expense to make it. It costs significantly more to fire an item in a wood kiln (assuming we are being reasonable about size of kiln etc) 3-5 Cords of wood and possibly 2 weeks of loading, firing, and unloading, scraping etc. I am not suggesting a new potter put a poorly crafted mug in a wood kiln and price it higher. I feel like my entire description of how to price work, is mirrored in your last sentence. I even explained how under pricing hurts others. RON - Good luck!! Learned from other artsy businesses i own...price my work at what i need to make. Some "vets" never improved their own work, nor did they learn how to price well. Often people don't care if it took 2 minutes or 2 hours to complete a piece. If they like the piece they buy it, if not, they were not my customers. My customers would be suspicious if i changed prices at various venues after scouting the competitioon . They know that no matter where they shop my prices are consistent and are happy to pay.
  9. We lived with dropped ceilings installed by the prior owner, and discovered they make a great place for rodents to travel. Any movement caused dust and debris accumulated in the space fall wherever the shock and vibration traveled through the panels. Plus, the loss of so much head space was claustrophobic. Pulled it all out and sheet rocked with flush mounted thin lighting. Plenty of light. plenty of headspace. No more dust falling. We don't mind exposed pipes and electrical as much as we thought we would. In fact, bright paint makes the few drain pipes visible in the space a design feature versus an eye sore.
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