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    Pres reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Are cheap Wheels worth buying?   
    If you’re looking for an electric banding wheel, just spend a few extra bucks on the really good Shimpo one that spins forever. If you want just a low powered wheel to make a few cups on, something like an Aspire would be a better choice than those cheap ones on Amazon. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen people post in FB groups about how happy they were with their brand new cheap wheel, and a month later come asking why the foot pedal won’t turn off, or where they can get a replacement motor, or how they can rewire them, etc etc.
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    Pres reacted to Mark C. in Time for a Sticky Wicket. . . . QotW: What are your best sellers?   
    Mugs are my best sellers-I make 5 sizes and 3 kinds-regular -soup-motion.
    Spoon rests -sell them by the hundreds-sponge holders -also sell a zillion
    from there its an assortment of glasses -half glasses pie plates chip and dips
    candle holders cereal bowls and miso bowls -as well as all size serving bowls (very popular) and huge bowls )no one makes them much anymore
     utensil holders-baking dishes a few sizes platers round and oval in many sizes -vases- canister sets
    I make 35 forms and soon will be narrowing it down as shows are going to an end for me in next  few years
    Teapots -flatware are near the bottom as slow sellers
    These two photos are my 2 shows I did this year-Aug and Oct-I have my 43rd annual xmas show (private in a local shopping center) left to do
    shows sell all forms other outlets sell a limited variety of forms like my galleries or supermarkets-much more limited selection than a show
     

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    Pres reacted to ladyinblack1964 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Thank you all for your input and advice, and for your encouragement. It seems every day, I get another surprise from ceramics--usually in the form of "all the things I need to learn"!
    I think I just panicked when I didn't hear back from her. I'm a bit of a nervous nelly at times!
    Thanks again!
     
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    Pres reacted to KilnCat in Best way of painting details?   
    @Pres thanks. My initial thought was to paint over the top with a black glaze, but I am going to give the underglaze method a try and see how it turns out. Yoir example looked excellent. They are fairly simple & imperfect pieces, so it shouldn't matter too much if it doesn't work out. Mostly just trying to guess the right number of coats. I haven't done it yet, as I'm still layering on underglaze, and waiting for another glaze to arrive before I can finish other items in the batch.
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    Pres got a reaction from ladyinblack1964 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    @ladyinblack1964Part of any involvement in a studio situation depends greatly on patience.  I used to teach HS ceramics, and did have two kilns in the classroom. We fired bisque to cone 06 and glaze to cone 6. Often during in the end of the semester and especially around the holiday season I would be running one kiln with a bisque, and one with a glaze, then towards the end of the time both kilns would be running glaze constantly. However, if things are fired too quickly or cooled too quickly more pieces can be lost than survived. Cracks or blow ups from too fast a firing or too fast cooling can occur, ware can get crazing that makes it less serviceable especially with functional ware. Here is where patience on the part of the kiln operator and the students or the participants is important. Everyone is under pressure at the holidays, and ceramics takes time, while good ceramics takes more time.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres reacted to Min in Time for a Sticky Wicket. . . . QotW: What are your best sellers?   
    Best selling lower price point item for the amount of work involved would be my little tubs (with black walnut spoon). Mugs always sell well. Higher price point best seller are my swirl serving dishes. 
    Edit: I don't get the opportunity to soda fire very often but when I do anything that comes out of the kiln fairly decent sells quickly.
      

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    Pres reacted to Babs in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Also, packing student work is a 3 dimensional chess game,trying to fit different sized items to get best use of space, AND checking bottoms are clean....takes more time  than usual stuff.
    It will be worth waiting for. In the mean time.
    Make more pots!!! Even if you squish them up, won't be time wasted.
    When you get your own kiln that darned thing will take years to cool some days!!!!
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    Pres reacted to Roberta12 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    That is very good advice @ladyinblack1964 from @Babs  Ruth Ann Tudball made work for 2 years without firing anything.  She didn't have access to a kiln but worked on her craft.  There was a thread not too long ago where @Pres asked if we would rent out our kiln space.  Overwhelmingly the answer was no.  The Community Studio has a big job as previously outlined.  Give the owner and yourself some grace.  It will happen!
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    Pres got a reaction from Roberta12 in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    @ladyinblack1964Part of any involvement in a studio situation depends greatly on patience.  I used to teach HS ceramics, and did have two kilns in the classroom. We fired bisque to cone 06 and glaze to cone 6. Often during in the end of the semester and especially around the holiday season I would be running one kiln with a bisque, and one with a glaze, then towards the end of the time both kilns would be running glaze constantly. However, if things are fired too quickly or cooled too quickly more pieces can be lost than survived. Cracks or blow ups from too fast a firing or too fast cooling can occur, ware can get crazing that makes it less serviceable especially with functional ware. Here is where patience on the part of the kiln operator and the students or the participants is important. Everyone is under pressure at the holidays, and ceramics takes time, while good ceramics takes more time.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres got a reaction from Chilly in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    @ladyinblack1964Part of any involvement in a studio situation depends greatly on patience.  I used to teach HS ceramics, and did have two kilns in the classroom. We fired bisque to cone 06 and glaze to cone 6. Often during in the end of the semester and especially around the holiday season I would be running one kiln with a bisque, and one with a glaze, then towards the end of the time both kilns would be running glaze constantly. However, if things are fired too quickly or cooled too quickly more pieces can be lost than survived. Cracks or blow ups from too fast a firing or too fast cooling can occur, ware can get crazing that makes it less serviceable especially with functional ware. Here is where patience on the part of the kiln operator and the students or the participants is important. Everyone is under pressure at the holidays, and ceramics takes time, while good ceramics takes more time.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres got a reaction from Min in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    @ladyinblack1964Part of any involvement in a studio situation depends greatly on patience.  I used to teach HS ceramics, and did have two kilns in the classroom. We fired bisque to cone 06 and glaze to cone 6. Often during in the end of the semester and especially around the holiday season I would be running one kiln with a bisque, and one with a glaze, then towards the end of the time both kilns would be running glaze constantly. However, if things are fired too quickly or cooled too quickly more pieces can be lost than survived. Cracks or blow ups from too fast a firing or too fast cooling can occur, ware can get crazing that makes it less serviceable especially with functional ware. Here is where patience on the part of the kiln operator and the students or the participants is important. Everyone is under pressure at the holidays, and ceramics takes time, while good ceramics takes more time.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in One melted piece   
    I agree with @oldlady, as the form is intriguing and natural. Don't get rid of it.
     
    best,
    Pres 
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    Pres got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    @ladyinblack1964Part of any involvement in a studio situation depends greatly on patience.  I used to teach HS ceramics, and did have two kilns in the classroom. We fired bisque to cone 06 and glaze to cone 6. Often during in the end of the semester and especially around the holiday season I would be running one kiln with a bisque, and one with a glaze, then towards the end of the time both kilns would be running glaze constantly. However, if things are fired too quickly or cooled too quickly more pieces can be lost than survived. Cracks or blow ups from too fast a firing or too fast cooling can occur, ware can get crazing that makes it less serviceable especially with functional ware. Here is where patience on the part of the kiln operator and the students or the participants is important. Everyone is under pressure at the holidays, and ceramics takes time, while good ceramics takes more time.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres reacted to neilestrick in Handmade?   
    I make 24" wide porcelain platters that aren't supported in the middle. Again, no disrespect to the difficulties of making bonsai pots, and I love your enthusiasm for the  genre, but there are a lot of difficult-to-make ceramic objects out there. We don't need to be pitting them against each other or arguing about superiority.
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    Pres reacted to neilestrick in Handmade?   
    All pots have their difficulties- bowls warp, handle pull off, S-cracks, spouts drip, glazes run, lids get loose, platters split, rims crack - the list goes on and on. What one potter finds simple, the next has no problem with. I respect that bonsai pots have their difficulties, but physics cannot prove that they are the most difficult.
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    Pres reacted to neilestrick in Handmade?   
    That's a bold statement. Every potter has a form they feel the same about. All pots have challenges, even the simplest forms. When you really get down to the specifics, you could spend a lifetime trying to make the perfect example of any type of pot, be it a mug, a bowl, or a bonsai pot. Especially because everyone has their own idea of perfection.
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    Pres reacted to GEP in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    10 kiln loads in 30 days sounds reasonable to me too. Taking 4 hours to reply to an email is also reasonable. My personal rule is to return emails within 24 hours. 
    I would leave the pieces there for firing. Taking them out and trying to find another studio to fire them is not going to be easy. Many community studios will not fire something made by someone they don’t know, made from clay that they didn’t supply. Waiting 30 days is by far the better choice. 
    I can see how this is all very surprising to someone who is new to ceramics. And it’s good that you are asking questions here. Please try to see that this is a matter of gaining experience and perspective, and that the studio owner is not jerking your chain. 
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    Pres reacted to Bill Kielb in Newbie returns for yet more advice   
    Well as far as the time to fire, three days is probably spot on. A Day to load and fire, a day to cool and finally unload on the third day. Assuming all these things happen when someone is awake and present in the studio  to load and unload. Things often don’t happen perfectly on a timing basis so three days is probably realistic. With a single kiln, it’s actually a bit more complicated as somewhere bisque firings need to be done as well which often take a bit longer than the glaze firings.
    As far as four hours to answer an email, could be indicative or could just be email is not her primary job everyday. I used to chuckle at folks who sent me an email and then called within 30 minutes to see if I read it. Email was way down on my list of things to do so I would try to answer them by the end of the day.
    Most studios could use more kilns, more loaders and unloaders, etc…. I have never seen one over staffed or with too much free help so she may just be doing the best she can with the number of students / members that are there.
    I  would be inclined to believe her.
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    Pres reacted to oldlady in One melted piece   
    kyle, hold onto that "sculpture" for the next fancy art show!
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    Pres reacted to Morgan in Repurposing forms   
    Ya it’s kinda funny to find out how people use things…as well as people that ask “can I use this for xyz”. Why yes you can use it for whatever you’d like! Speaking of spoon holders I too sell a ton and it’s interesting how much wooden spoon props do for sales by showing their intent.
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    Pres reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Repurposing forms   
    I had someone buy one of my “dishies” as a hearing aid holder for next to his bed. I don’t make spoon rests, exactly, because I don’t put the little spout on them. They’re just little round saucers, about 4” across that can be used for more than just spoons. I try to keep them multi purpose, because people do come up with their own uses for stuff.
    I don’t want to share my weirdest “off label” use story, because it was kind of gross. 
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    Pres got a reaction from Piedmont Pottery in Just out of high school   
    Jack, Welcome to the forum.
    I would say that at this point, it is just too early to know, give it a semester and see what happens. When I say give it a semester, I mean put your heart and head into everything you do. This of course is IMHO, but I spent many years in education teaching at HS, summer camps and College levels. First semesters are rough in a lot of ways.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Pres reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Should I apply kiln wash in the holes of my perforated kiln shelves or I should keep them clean?   
    If you don’t work with glazes that run or you know your materials really well, you can leave your shelves bare and use cookies when needed. Especially if your kiln shelves are perforated, you’d want the extra physical barrier when you do glaze tests anyways.
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    Pres reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What effects have the Covid, and the Supply chain failures had on your production and delivery of your pottery?   
    Well Laguna west is out of some basic clays it seems- I heard today as I placed a small order for a potter friend. with them . I also heard that  a minspar  shortage was also making headaches for low fire bodies as well with them.
    I'm not sure if Min has much pull with the spar they named after her but maybe she could lean on that supplier(only kidding Min)
    I'm a bit slow on the uptake but zircopax has been replaced as well
    I'm about ready to order a few tons of Daves Porcealin (4800#s) as it comes full pallets at 2400#  each
    They where out of it last week hope its made soon-this will be spring use as my fakll clay is in clay shed now
     
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    Pres reacted to Min in QotW: What effects have the Covid, and the Supply chain failures had on your production and delivery of your pottery?   
    Acquisition of Ferro Corp went through recently so our Ferro frit supplies might suffer a hiccup, or not, don't know. Maybe it will be good news and the prices will come down. (insert laugh here) For any of us firing low or midrange this could be something to stay on top of. 
    https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210909005779/en/Ferro-Shareholders-Approve-Acquisition-by-an-Affiliate-of-Prince
     
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