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  1. I bisque at cone 06 all the time. I normally would bisque at 07 ,but I am out of those cones and have lots of 06's. Unless you are experiencing pinholing, you don't need to fire any hotter. TJR.
  2. Brian; You have got to understand that I am not at a show. I am in my studio. Ten of us got together to arrange a studio tour. I do not mean to be disrespectful or un-professional. If I were in a craft show, I would get some newsprint sheets and probasbly some bags with string handles. I would not have time to put boxes together. I commend anyone who wants to kick their presentation up a notch. I probably could as well. TJR.
  3. Trina; I would suggest two layers of drywall on the walls behind the kiln.My kiln is on a metal stand, raised up off the floor of the garage. All kilns should be vented as they give off sulphur dioxide, esp.in the bisque. You are O.K. as far as controllers for kilns are concerned. They work in the cold. I live in Winnipeg, but I have a heated studio behind my house.All I have to worry about is falling and dropping my keys in the snow before I make it the 10 feet from the house to the studio. Might freeze to death. Kidding. TJR.
  4. How do you promote your shows/sales? I am in a group of 10 artists and we share printing costs for a professional brochure which we deliver to mail boxes. Apparently this is not legal to do this in the U.S. In the news today, Canada Post announced that they will cease door to door delivery of mail within the next five years. This is a loss of 8,000 jobs. How do you promote your open studio sales?
  5. I have a small comment here. It's OK to be "earth friendly" and use newspapers etc. ... but I cringe at the "slap mine and stuff it in an old Safeway bag". You can do earth friendly with a bit of style that makes you memorable. First, you don't slap them into newspaper, but fold the paper properly, make it neat and tie with twine or cord. Add a card with all of your contact info printed on re-cycled paper. Close that Safeway bag in an attractive manner ... with a twine bow if it has handles or a bit of tape or sticker if it doesn't. Just because you are using re-cycled materials does
  6. The post office around here is VERY specific that you cannot do that. It is actually (they say) a Federal crime. The inside of that box is for US Mail only. You can hang something on the outside of it.... but not put anything IN it. I'm surprised you get away with it. A lot of us in NH have gottne in trouble with the PO in the past. best, .......................john John; I was not aware of this. Of course I am not ignorant of the law, I just live in a different country. This is unfortunate. We have talked about hiring the post office to deliver our brochures as second class
  7. She came to the studio this weekend. I had a large yellow sign on the front street that said;"Studio Sale Today." I had a rope across our front steps of the house, blocking the entrance, with a sign that said ;"Studio in the back" I had another large woodenboard, same colour yellow as the front one that said;"Studio Sale Today," on one side with an arrow in red duct tape pointing to the studio, placed in the backlane. The front sign also has an arrow. Our current brochure was attached as well. The one she recieved either in her mail box, or on-line. My studio is also yellow, but more of a ye
  8. Hi, I am glad this works for these potters, but I think that I will use every advantage I can get!! And I want to know where these people lined up for the pots are!? We have lots of good potters where I live, and none of them have anyone lined up to buy anything. They really, really push hard to make sales and make a living at this. I know they would be green with envy having people lined up around the block to buy their stuff. Where is this??? I'm going to spread the word! Honestly, if you are successful with a plastic grocery bag, and you obviously are, that is great. I think I will ne
  9. Try Danish White from Laguna. Not sticky, porcelaineous. TJR.
  10. Holy crow! I talked to my buddy Steve where I fire my work. He was also in this studio crawl this weekend. He uses a roll of unprinted newprint for wrapping and a Safeway bag. The co-operative gallery where 11 potters sell their work [which he is involved with,as a member] use newsprint and boxes of different sizes. But at Christmas and during their sales, no one has time to do all that fancy stuff. You get your purchase in a bag after it is wrapped in unprinted newsprint. At their studio sales, people are lined up around the block like at a movie premiere. They have been doing it a long tim
  11. I have a small comment here. It's OK to be "earth friendly" and use newspapers etc. ... but I cringe at the "slap mine and stuff it in an old Safeway bag". You can do earth friendly with a bit of style that makes you memorable. First, you don't slap them into newspaper, but fold the paper properly, make it neat and tie with twine or cord. Add a card with all of your contact info printed on re-cycled paper. Close that Safeway bag in an attractive manner ... with a twine bow if it has handles or a bit of tape or sticker if it doesn't. Just because you are using re-cycled materials does
  12. I just had this problem. Coming off a two day sale in my studio. It was a gallery walk involving 9 artists. It was a bitterly cold weekend but I still had good sales. I had made a series of slab pots that were individually press moulded and decorated like little paintings.I had hurt my right hip last year so wasn't throwing. I looked upon this work as one-of-a- kind never to be repeated, as I'm back throwing. The prices reflected this and were 30% higher. No one even looked at them. I have a gallery show coming up, so I guess I'll try them there. I really liked making them and am disappointed
  13. I slap mine in newspaper and an old Safeway bag. For bigger items like teapots, people get two full sheets of newspaper, for mugs you get a half sheet of newspaper. I have hardly any plastic bags anymore as we try not to bring them home from the store. Lots of people bring a re-usable cloth bag to the sale. Its about the pot, not about the package. I am selling from my studio, maybe I would get unprinted newsprint if I was in a four day sale. Remember to reduce,re-use, and walk softly on the back of Mother Earth. TJR.
  14. Cold! Ha ha.. we laugh at the cold! I am in the middle of a two day open studio crawl with 9 other artists in the same neighbourhood. I went to the studio yesterday morning. Door was hanging open two inches, ice all the way around the left and right verticle sides of the door. Had to get a hammer and bash it clear of ice. Used lock de-icer on the thingy that goes in the frame-the latch? Heat was on all night, with the door open. I have hydronic heat-heat in the floor. Coils under a concrete slab with glycol [anti-freeze]. Temperature-minus 28 celsius,or minus 18.4 F. Wind chill minus 43 ce
  15. Mark; I think I see a spot in the first picture, third shelf down where you could sneak a spoon rest bestween those two big bowls. Just kidding ya. Amazing stacking. TJR.
  16. Phil;Try adding 5% Redart. It seives out a little coase, but makes a nice red. Sorry,no pics.TJR
  17. I didn't mean to sound ungrateful or nasty here. I was hoping for some humour at this time of year. Took me a long time to realize that the giver felt good, but I was left to deal with their old stuff. TJR.
  18. I am inspired to post this as I have walked around a saber saw on a stand in my studio for low these past two years. I did not ask for this saw, nor do I know how to use it. It is good for hanging my parka on.The owner got it out of his house. He left with a good feeling, having rid himself of an uneeded piece of equipment. I have been gifted clay, glaze, a gas kiln, more glaze,un-named white powdery bags of something.These are gifts that keep on giving. What have you been given that you didn't want, didn't ask for, and don't need? Merry Christmas. TJR.
  19. Ben, Marcia; For some reason, this year they decided to replace the boilers. 50 year old school like I said. We froze all of Sept and Oct. They told us to leave the lights on. They are flourescent. Not much heat there. A couple days I almost put the kiln on, but didn't for safety reasons. We are now into Dec. We have heat. It has snowed several times. The principal has frozen.. ha,ha get it frozen our budget. We have clay but no glazes. No ready to start the clay unit yet as I am not finished painting. My mug? Used to be a black Larry Bush mug. Used it for 30 years. My sister came to stay an
  20. I let mine run one hour after the kiln has fired off. It is an electric kiln that I just use for bisquing. It is located inside my studio and the vent fan is a little noisy. This is an arbitrary decicision. You could let the fan go all night, or turn it off immediately after the cones go down. TJR.
  21. I use the index finger and the next finger of my left hand. I open, and pull up inwardly in one smooth motion. Usually three pulls make the pot if it's a one pounder. The I rib it with a wooden rib and cut it off. Pants, I put on one leg at a time. Bourbon- no. Tried it, a lot, don't like it. Single malt Scotch in moderation will open me up. TJR.
  22. I see this all the time, with my co-worker's students. He teaches Middle School Art, in my room, during my prep. There are quite a few students, who put in minimal effort, because "It's just an 'Art Class'!" On top of that, they don't want to put in too much effort, and be called a "Try Hard". Every time I hear that, I grill and mock the student, until they give me a good reason that a student shouldn't try on a school project? I'm a bit shocked that a person in 7th grade can be on house arrest.I am actually enjoying my teaching year at school. I have had good and bad. Because it
  23. I have a youtube video and a website from my former studio. We are a co-op, not a business. That must be the tag.[the word business] TJR.
  24. Oh,c'mon. That is low. He must have been good for something. They built a Dollar Tree by my highschool. Where I teach. Went back for yellow tissue paper three times. Didn't have it. So I would say that it is not a quality store. I would not like to be compared to it. TJR.
  25. Chris; Contact Frank Tucker at Tucker Ceramic Supply. They are in Oakville, Ontario, which is a suburb of Toronto. He's a good guy. Might even comp you the clay for your work shop. I don't fire to that temp, so can't recomend anything.We also use Plainsman clays out of Red Deer, Alberta. M340 is pretty good. Not exactly white, though. TJR.
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