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  1. When I say flaws its usually in my paint job. here are some examples. drips from the dip on the red one being "milky". the sculpted vase with the black lines leaching into the colored glaze. and the crusted looking brown underglaze on one. didn't apply the maroon thick enough on one piece. its just hard to toss them out when you put so much time into a piece. part of the process I guess. and I learn from each one.
  2. Thank you so much for all of the advice. i feel a little less nervous. i'm just going to try very hard not to have any expectations... do the best i can at customer interaction and more important LEARN. i have found on my journey so far as a pottery, that you are always learning. your comments helped me remember that.
  3. thank you! the "flaws" i see are usually in the paint, crawling or blurring of lines. i've just started carving pieces after i take them off the wheel and then paint underglaze in a pretty detailed pattern. its painful to go to Mr. Hammer after all of that work... but i do learn from it. i usually give them away to family and friends. they dont seem to mind the "flaw" in the paint. Cracked me up at my last family gathering when the stampede started the minute i said there was free pottery on the deck. i am going to try to overlook some of the problems i see and show them anyway, maybe they wont care if there is a tiny spot of black in the white design.
  4. Hello, i'm stepping up from Saturday markets and doing my first 3 day art fair. long days. 10am - 8 pm. I'm really nervous. I'd love any advice on how to be successful. I've got about 80 pieces made from small to larger. i wasn't sure about pricing (price higher since its large art fair and an affluent neighborhood?). also all of my pieces are different so i wasn't sure how to present them. only so much can fit on the tables. i was going to have a catalog of inventory that's in boxes below the tables so they might find something else they are interested in. I look at each piece with such a critical eye, i'll have to resist the urge to point out all of the flaws i see . any advice is appreciated (how to draw people into booth.... how to give them ideas for use - does anyone else get that question "i love this bowl but what would i use it for---ITS A BOWL). Thank you!
  5. Crazing drove me nuts when i first started. i know that dreaded "ping" sound all to well. With much experimentation i eliminated a few factors. I started making sure the glaze fit the clay. My husband is science geek so i learned all about the reason (if you're interested here is what is happening https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_stress#Thermal_expansion_or_contraction) i use Mid range clay body so i need a mid range Glaze, and had to fire in that range. i was all over the place before when the crazing occurred due to lack of knowledge on this. I also discovered not to open the kiln to soon... as hard as that is. for pieces i spent a lot of time on i go with the side of caution and wait until its fully cooled to room temp. i've also been checking the specific gravity of my glaze so that its not going on too thick. hope these ideas help
  6. thank you so much for the advise. i will start charging the tax. i knew it was easy on the square app. just wasn't sure what buyers expected. i appreciate the input!!!!
  7. hello all, i am doing an art festival next month and was wondering how others handle sales tax in state its required. I'm in Seattle Washington. at farmers markets i was just including it in the price, so a bowl would be the price on the sticker, but in reality i'm losing 10.1%. i found that people wouldn't pay the higher price if i wanted to "mark it up" by the tax. and my husband didn't want to do the math at checkout i've noticed some vendors charge tax on credit card sales, and not on cash sales (easier on my hubby, and i wouldn't also be eating the 2.75% credit card fee). what do you guys do?
  8. thank you for the responses. i think i will just continue to do a photo inventory with a number, not on the piece.
  9. Thank you for the great ideas. (sorry for delay in answering.....). i appreciate the feedback very much! now for the fun part - designing
  10. Hello i was wondering if anyone puts an "inventory" number on the bottom of their pieces? and also how they initial. i bought a stamp but its hard to stamp the bottom without it indenting the base. scratching it in with a sharp tool looks rough. all of my work is different, shape and carving & paint technique. so every piece is unique. i thought about giving it a number from start to finish and tracking time spent, paint colors, fire range, clay body, etc. Then when i sell it i know the time/cost invested. but i wasn't sure if putting that number on the bottom of the piece would look bad? another option is just an inventory "picture" book with the number instead of actually writing it on the bottom. Curious what others are doing. thanks Christy
  11. Hi All, My husband is gathering ideas to build me my dream studio for our retirement property. I'd love any input you have on what works/ doesnt work in your studios. He's thinking a different bay for each phase 1. wheel and wet work (roll up door maybe to be able to pressure wash out. i really hate the clean up part of party) 2. kiln & bisque shelving 3. painting / finished piece storage we weren't sure about making glazes , havent done that yet, and if you need isolated area as to not have dust from the chemicals around. i have animals that we dont want to have walking through that stuff. thanks!
  12. great ideas, thank you! i hadn't thought of trying to sell to home builders.
  13. the other costs are the taxes, paint (I use commercial.. haven't learned to make my own yet) and they are all hand painted then a clear glaze, firing costs, etc. As for the price and reaction, most people haven't even cared about the price, they just see a tile they want and buy it. i may just do one market where i raise it up a few and see if they react the same. i will also look at making my own tiles. thanks!
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