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Mosey Potter

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  1. Some may be interested in trying this out to make your own slip. It's not the same as mine but may be worth experimenting with! https://static1.squarespace.com/static/527ac372e4b0d4e47bb0e554/t/527fd2c3e4b0f4289e51a78d/1384108739871/Stick-up+slip.pdf
  2. Over the years I came to make my own slip with very little water in it, using Darvan to get the right consistency. I used wheel trimmings for the clay. There is a balance between the amount of water and the amount of Darvan that must be used so that the slip is not a gel. Unfortunately over the years i developed an intuitive recipe and just added what seemed to be the right amount at the time I made my slip - I never took the time to weigh out the parts to come up with a recipe that I could share. I did tons and tons of logo mugs and never scored the mug or the logo with this slip. For handles
  3. I got this recipe from Ron Roy many years ago and it's great: 20 EPK 20 OM4 60 Alumina I brushed it on with a sponge brush, but Ron tells me he uses a garden sprayer to apply.
  4. Hi Dottie, sorry to hear of your difficulties. I learned through the school of hard knocks to always buy more clay well before it was needed, and to test it thoroughly before I running out of the batch in use. Any potter who does not do this, is frankly just asking to be punished. As you now know. The clay companies are notorious for making mistakes and/or substituting materials without telling customers that they have changed their formula. (It is always the potter’s fault, somehow!) To my knowledge, there are only two clay companies in North America who test their clay regularly before
  5. I use a 1” thick kiln shelf in my propane bbq for my pizza stone. I roll out my dough on parchment paper, build the pizza, and preheat the kiln shelf so it is good and hot. I cook the pizza with the paper still stuck to the dough. It never burns and for some reason makes the bottom of the pizza resistant to burning. (During the cooking, the dough firms up and does not stick to the paper). I needed to raise the pizza stone up off of the grill by an inch or so to have it a bit away from the burner to avoid the crust burning. For this I used broken bits of kiln shelves. I also grill fish this wa
  6. just being a devil s advocate here say a customer has a trace of something acidic on their hands this leaches some of the poison out of the handles glaze lets say they are eating a muffin while using your mug thus they get poisoned by the non food safe glaze just a little bit is this still ok to use consider: take some time you may have a lot of it on your hands if not now then very soon you will as society shutters completely for many months coming soon learn how to formulate and mix your own food safe glazes matt katz on
  7. The pinging you describe is almost certainly caused by the glaze cracking as the clay is too big in expansion compared to the glaze’s expansion. The glaze is literally being torn apart by the bigger expansion of the clay, it’s not strong enough to withstand the force. The crazing can be seen with a magnifier as a crackle pattern. On a darker colored glaze, sometimes you can’t see the crazing with a magnifier, but if you carefully hold a pot over a kettle generating steam, oftentimes you can see the crackling as the steam penetrates into the cracks. This problem is easily remedied; can you po
  8. Hi Leena, While I do not have a concrete, specific answer to your question regarding how to price your pots for sale, you might look up the discussion that has been very wonderfully robust in which the subject was how to properly price a mug. Some very talented and successful folks have volunteered their experience in the difficult area of how to properly price their mugs for sale, and I think there’s overlap to pricing other types of ceramic ware. Perhaps some of what has been written there will give you some ideas. https://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/12297-going-price-o
  9. I think you would find it quite easily by using the search term 'handmade coffee mugs'. Best wishes to you!
  10. There is an art and a science to pricing mugs. Conventional wisdom says: If you set your price too low, you will not sell many. If you set your price too high, you will not sell many. Some background. My mugs have been sold only through my website for the last 15 years, I've never spent a penny for advertising, and I do not participate any longer in social media to drive sales. I definitely took advantage of social media for a few years in the beginning to build up my business, but am so thankful I don't need to do that anymore. I've written about this before elsewhere, but the success I
  11. In reply to Neil, I have 3-5000 dollars of pottery in each bisque firing, and having worked with this schedule for over two decades I’m going to stick with it. I hear you that I could save a few bucks on electricity by shortening the firing but for me it’s worth the extra cost in peace of mind. To the original poster, you might try Neil’s schedule and see if it works for you. Mine allows me to include mugs that I’ve attached handles to that morning (I work on deadline and sometimes you gotta push the boundaries a bit!) with no problems at all. I don’t like to make that a regular habit but
  12. I fire my bisque manually and have followed this schedule successfully for 25+ years. I load the kiln during the day. That evening, before going to bed (my studio is at my home), I put the kiln sitter up to 20 hours or so, then put the bottom element switch to Low for 8 hours. I put a one inch thick piece of soft brick under the lid so that it is propped open. The following morning I put the middle and top switches to Low, and close the lid, leaving the spy plugs out. After four hours all three switches go to Medium and I put in the spy plugs but leave the top one out for the whole firing. Fou
  13. I spent many years pricing my work too low. One day I decided that my time was worth a minimum of $20/hr, and I priced my work based on that. Now, I am getting into some really unique work, which in addition to taking longer to make, also has the underlay of everything I have learned in my 25 years of interaction with clay. I ask a lot for these pieces and by golly people are buying them. So don’t be afraid to price your work based on your financial requirements, there is a niche market for you. Potters who compete on price are not always factoring in anything beyond the amount of time they to
  14. Greetings! I recently stumbled upon a folder of photographs I took some 15 years ago at a wonderful Paul Soldner workshop, held in southern Oregon. I was delighted with this discovery and posted them on my blog for all to enjoy. https://www.mugrevolution.com/blogs/blog Best wishes to all and happy holidays! Cheers, Mosey
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