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liambesaw

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  1. I've only been laid off a week and I've already pounded through 350lbs of clay. I cleaned and organized my kiln area, got some finished stuff that's been sitting next to the kiln for months boxed up. Finally got a bunch of greenware into the kiln and hopefully fire on Monday. I have a bunch more stuff I want to do between now and then though. Luckily my clay supply place is doing pickup orders now so I can just place orders and pick them up if I need to! Our governor just locked the state down for another month, so hard times a coming! I actually worked a full day on Wednesday, they called me in, and supposed to do another full day on Tuesday. My unemployment claim was denied so I'm trying to figure that out as well.
  2. Morning light, diffused (either cloudy day, window sheer curtain, etc). If you're wanting gallery shots (white or black background), use softbox lighting and position them to minimize glare. You can also try spraying your pieces with hairspray. I will say though, that if you look at popular Instagram pages, they do not post gallery photos, they post staged photos. Staging is a lot easier. Go get some weird crap from a swap meet, throw it onto a dirty old wood dresser and put your pot on it. Voila, a million followers! Things that don't work: Online advertising, asking for followers, spamming Things that work but not the way you want: Giveaways, hashtag abuse Things that work either way: Great pictures, following people, using hashtags smartly, consistent daily uploads and TIME. There's a billion people on Instagram, they can't equally promote content, so 99% of their platform is automated. You have to exploit these automations to benefit from the platform. Use the features available to you, stories, videos, photos, use them all, tag other people, tag organizations, use company and association hash tags. One of my photos was featured by a pretty popular interior design magazine and I only got like 4 followers from it, so don't expect too much lol
  3. If the slip is shrinking that much you're leaving it on too long. When you use casting slip you need to pour slip into your mold, wait 10-20 minutes then dump it out. Then you only leave the clay in there long enough to harden to the point you can remove it.
  4. For any mold, you need to adjust the amount of time it's full of slip to the desired thickness. This means keeping detailed logs. If these are open molds, you can probably just press normal clay into them, scrape off the excess and use them as a "press mold".
  5. It only measures to cone 05, so not particularly useful unless you're low firing
  6. I have had a hard enough time adjusting my glazes to 3 very similar stoneware bodies, I would hate to try doing it with 11 wildly different ones! I think the reason most potters settle into 2-3 clays is because their gallons of glaze just aren't going to fit a wide variety of clays.
  7. "Free",. Because 70 cents a pound is about double price of buying in the store.
  8. I've sold a few mugs online in the last week, so I guess some people still have the disposable cash
  9. A double gallery, a little tricky! I have been making casseroles with just a lid gallery, and they've been turning out well. I have had to trim them into place a little but not any more than I do with any pot. The issue I have, if anything, is that the domed lid shrinks MORE because it shrinks in a dome shape, whereas the casserole only shrinks in one direction.
  10. Man you should see what our kindergartner has to do online, it's crazy! They're doing more studying at home now than they ever did in school and it's a full time job for my wife and I, but hey, something to keep us and the kids busy! Lots of play time in the cul-de-sac, lots of cleaning and organizing, just trying to stay sane here
  11. I used to have an aquarium shrimp business, importing, housing, breeding and shipping live shrimp around the world. As well as equipment and supplies. You definitely get used to it. I would take orders during the day, come home from work at night and pack and ship for a few hours, drop all the packages off the next morning on my way to work. It becomes a routine like anything else. I had special order boxes that fit insulation and custom packing supplies, etc that made things cheaper, faster and easier as I progressed. Doing online sales isn't more work than sitting at a booth for a 3 day weekend, it's just different work, and there's no "art fair" equivalent to marketing online. You can't feel stuff online, or see what the colors actually look like, etc. And you don't have 20,000 people walking by your booth ready to buy stuff. Those are where the challenges lie. If you have a lot of social media followers you can drive traffic and hype up an online sale, but if you don't, there aren't many people online that enjoy advertisements.
  12. Well by the time the piece is bone dry it'll be more like 22 inches, so you should be fine
  13. Zinc turns anything with chrome (that's pinks, lavendars and greens) to a washed out brown or tan. It also happens to be a really popular additive for clear commercial glazes. We ran into this problem at school because we had two amaco clear glazes, one said HF and one said ZF, and people chose the HF one because it was "high fire" and didn't choose the ZF because they thought maybe it was zero fire or something. Anyway, that was my personal story with zinc and underglaze. Also at higher temperature chrome volatilizes, but I wouldn't expect that at cone 6.
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