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    terrim8 reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I do a show in Wa state every August-since 1993 they are a non profit but are really focused on making that money-I mean really focused-they just sent out a survey monkey on dates for the show in Sept-as tey know its off for this summer. We as artists have other obligations on other dates-really a bad thought moving the show dates.
    Many artists have cancelled.I suggested putting all the energy into next year-moving the show dates is always a BAD idea always. Folks have other oblgations and the public knows the datse not the new ones-always a less turn out on another weekend-always less money. I'm hopefull they will see the light and give it up. I do not think its a viable time for a show.,unless there is a major health breakthru. (by sept small chance) Yes I;m a professional but after my 45 years in this I know a bad idea when its floated.
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    terrim8 reacted to Babs in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    One positive springs to mind. Parents appreciating teacher skills more.
     
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    terrim8 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    We’ve also been stuck at home for two months except for essential services for 7 weeks, and starting the reopening may be premature. Cases are going down, but there have been large outbreaks at a few critical meat packing plants and at the Amazon warehouse. So ...it depends.
    They're making plans, but they’re also saying if the numbers start going up again, back home we go. 
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    terrim8 reacted to Stellaria in How Strong Is Unfired Clay?   
    If you don't bump it against anything, or get it wet ever, it will last just fine, like any lump of dried mud you'd sit on a shelf.
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    terrim8 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: How has your  work progressed in terms of thickness and shape(s)?   
    I favour a “just right” cross section. I don’t like chippy rims or burning my fingers. 
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    terrim8 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Other community ceramic studios hit hard by Covid-19?   
    One of the pottery studios in my area has put together at-home clay kits that they drop off and pick up for firing, and they return pieces with glaze samples (students request the shop glazes they want), and pick up and fire again. Classes are done on Instagram and Facebook live videos. People are going crazy and looking for projects they can do at home, especially if they’re kid friendly. It’s handbuilding projects obviously, but they’ve been incredibly popular. 
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    terrim8 reacted to liambesaw in pit firing porcelain   
    They pit fire bisqued pieces for interesting results.  The idea is that you bisque fire so that the clay body is still "open" and will take carbons and other colorants, but strong enough to be handled, and won't turn back to mud. 
     
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    terrim8 reacted to liambesaw in pit firing porcelain   
    Very important question, because if not, I don't see much use in pit firing!  
    If you're looking for a way to fire these yourself from greenware stage to vitrification, you will want to build a makeshift kiln out of clay instead of trying to fire it in a pit fire.  Pit fire would have a really hard time reaching temperatures required to convert clay to ceramic.  But enclose the fire and allow some kind of draft to flow through, and you can easily reach bisque temperatures.  
    There are many primitive kilns on YouTube, it's mostly an elevated pit with a chimney made of clay, you stack the objects in the chimney, and then keep the fire in the pit underneath filled with wood (or charcoal or whatever) so that the flames and air are able to move through the work.  Just putting stuff in a pit will only get to temperatures that a campfire would get to, which is not really hot enough.
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    terrim8 reacted to GEP in An alternative way to sell online   
    I've just published a blog post about what I've been doing for the past 1.5 weeks, so everyone interested can copy or adapt the idea for themselves.
    I have complained often about how much I hate selling online. This approach replaced everything I hate with something I actually like. 
    https://www.goodelephant.com/blog/improvising-in-a-pandemic
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    terrim8 got a reaction from Benzine in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I agree with you that its best to wait for longer. I am wary of a second wave and I see people out on walks not caring how close they get to others. When we walk, we try to cut cross country in parks to keep our distance. The snow is finally starting to let up here and we can get some fresh air now and its been therapeutic to walk as we have been in mourning for my mother's passing.
    My husband is recovering from a heart attack from last fall and he still has problems and is high risk. I hope people can care enough to do the right thing and take it slowly and carefully to try to get back to normal - don't think I can handle two funerals this year.  and pray for a successful , rapid development  and deployment of a vaccine.
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    terrim8 reacted to Rae Reich in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I'm thinking that it would be wise to plan for a year without shows. Maybe next summer. 
    In the meantime, online shopping appeals to many customers, possibly potters can create online co-ops to get away from etsy distractions. 
    Also, in the short term, consider marketing hand sanitizer bottles - if you know a sewist, see about selling masks and bottles together. 
    Right now, Nurseries are open (because they sell food plants) so think about placing wares there - vases, planters, wall art, garden themed mugs and platters.
    Stay safe.
     
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    terrim8 reacted to Roberta12 in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I listened to a Hidden Brain podcast about the 1918 flu.  The historian that was interviewed was Nancy Bristow.  Quite interesting.  One of the important pieces of info about that virus was that they did "socially distance" for a time, and then as the virus appeared to recede, the businesses and public places opened up again.  Bringing about another wave of illness.  Evidently there were 3 waves of the virus..... that's why it makes so much sense to me, to keep things closed as much as possible until there is widespread testing and vaccines on the horizon.  so, to tie in with the topic, if there are holiday shows,  putting distance between vendors, wearing masks, having hand sanitizer available,  will all be realistic expectations.   
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    terrim8 got a reaction from Rae Reich in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I agree with you that its best to wait for longer. I am wary of a second wave and I see people out on walks not caring how close they get to others. When we walk, we try to cut cross country in parks to keep our distance. The snow is finally starting to let up here and we can get some fresh air now and its been therapeutic to walk as we have been in mourning for my mother's passing.
    My husband is recovering from a heart attack from last fall and he still has problems and is high risk. I hope people can care enough to do the right thing and take it slowly and carefully to try to get back to normal - don't think I can handle two funerals this year.  and pray for a successful , rapid development  and deployment of a vaccine.
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    terrim8 got a reaction from Rae Reich in On-line sales?   
    I never made much on Etsy and by the time I get on to a new venue, (shopify?) maybe the vaccine will be ready???? I could use something ironic like that now.  But I will try again - I saw an article about shopify's share price doing better but that doesn't reflect  how people that sell on it are benefiting, just how many of us are trying to go online.
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    terrim8 got a reaction from Roberta12 in On-line sales?   
    I never made much on Etsy and by the time I get on to a new venue, (shopify?) maybe the vaccine will be ready???? I could use something ironic like that now.  But I will try again - I saw an article about shopify's share price doing better but that doesn't reflect  how people that sell on it are benefiting, just how many of us are trying to go online.
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    terrim8 got a reaction from Min in On-line sales?   
    I never made much on Etsy and by the time I get on to a new venue, (shopify?) maybe the vaccine will be ready???? I could use something ironic like that now.  But I will try again - I saw an article about shopify's share price doing better but that doesn't reflect  how people that sell on it are benefiting, just how many of us are trying to go online.
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    terrim8 reacted to LeeU in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Having worked in allied health, peripheral to public health, for state government, for many decades in two states, I know way too much about the disregard and misunderstandings of how to interpret and apply  valid data for populations.  Collecting and analyzing the best valid data and massive testing needed. It is more about trends and regional containment strategies than about single positives/negatives of us as individuals.  I ain't budging until Sir Fauci tells me it's worth taking a chance. And then I'll wait a few weeks after that to see what's happening out there! 
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    terrim8 reacted to neilestrick in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    My wife reads a lot of articles every day about Corona transmission since she's still working, and they're now finding more and more cases of people who are testing positive with no symptoms at all. For instance, 60% of the 600 sailors on the aircraft carrier that's been in the news that have tested positive have no symptoms. That means we really don't have a clue about infection rates. So until everyone can be tested for infection and antibodies, nothing should be opened up. If they don't do it that way we'll just have another wave of infection and fill up the hospitals again.
    Here in Illinois, we're adding over 1,000 cases a day, partly do to the fact that we're now testing over 7,000 people every day and that number is increasing. But as long as those infection rates stay high or keep increasing, we're in lockdown. The numbers need to get low and stay low for at least two weeks before we can open up, and everyone needs to get tested. So I know our lockdown will extend well into May, if not June. I don't expect the kids to go back to school. Once I'm able to open my shop back up, I expect we'll be wearing masks in the studio, especially since I have a fair number of seniors in my classes. I  don't think there should be any art fairs or large public gatherings of any sort until August at the very earliest at this point, but I have a feeling that some of the July shows will still happen because people are hungry for money. I'll be wearing a mask if I do any shows this year, which will be really unpleasant in the warmer months.
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    terrim8 reacted to liambesaw in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I say hold off on large gatherings until there's a vaccine.  I won't be attending any that's for sure!
     
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    terrim8 reacted to Roberta12 in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    I have to agree with Pres and Terri.  We live in an area with almost no verified positive cases (3) however because of the lack of testing availability the actual number is probably much higher. (one clinic only has 6 tests)   Many of our local events are being canceled for the summer venues and personally I feel that is prudent.  Fall?  I can see they may come back but I don't know if I will participate in any way.  Winter?  we will just have to see!   Once testing is widespread I feel that businesses will be able to open their doors with some precautions.  But if you have options as a business person, to sell online, do deliveries, curbside, whatever that may be, at least you will be able to keep your doors open in the short term.  Very tough times and tough decisions to be made.  I suppose it will have to be a case by case decision made by individuals that are being impacted.  
    Roberta
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    terrim8 reacted to Pres in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Hi folks, once again not new question in the pool, so I will try once again to elicit some response. QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows or should we wait until the Winter season? I am sure to have a mix of answers, but then it seems to be a political football, lets keep it civil and keep politics out of it>
    My own perspective is biased, I will admit. I do pottery, taught pottery, love pottery, like selling and don't turn down most orders. However, I am retired, I'm now at the hill going into my 70's, I don't need the money as much as I need the feeling of being useful, productive and involved in something I love doing. For me, the lockdown has been difficult, not knowing where things are headed, uncertain about the risk of even grocery shopping or going out. I take a short drive with my wife just to get out of the house, no stops, just an old time drive. . . gas is cheap. I am filling orders for Communion sets, mixing glazes, popping popcorn, packing up and mailing. So much of what I am into is normal, but. . . . I haven't been bowling in over 3 weeks obviously. I walk around the house for steps, do my usual exercises, and go to the shop. Lots of reading, some xbox, some tv. Lots of cooking at home as we used to usually go out. I would love to be able to be out and about again, but I look at the death rates from day to day, the number of increasing cases and think it is not possible yet, and I hope that all is over by September when we have a cruise planned. Everything is up in the air, and I think I'm really lucky, retired, not teaching ceramics on line, or trying to keep my chin up if I were working at a large factory closed down for who knows. 
    QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows or should we wait until the Winter season? So what is your call?
     
    best,
    Pres
     
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    terrim8 reacted to Babs in 2020 Cone box show   
    Well done you!
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    terrim8 reacted to neilestrick in What’s on your workbench?   
    1 and 2 pound vases.
     

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    terrim8 got a reaction from blackthorn in What’s on your workbench?   
    Trade you rain for snow
    I like snow - in the winter.
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    terrim8 reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    It’s more because we’re at 2000’ above sea level. It was gone by lunchtime the next day. It’s ten C today. 
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