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  1. One of the reasons I dropped my website was the difficulty in making sales for objects that are not a standard size/shape/description. I'm only appealing to a niche market in the first place. Hard to say, but if I'm to become limited from one resource, I guess I'd better consider others. People who are plant geeks stuck at home still seem like an opportunity. I guess the real unknown is what long term changes are going to happen because of this.
  2. I wonder if the online selling will continue as a trend? Are any number of online sellers on this forum? I don't have any presence at all online, but now I'm wondering if it's worth pursuing. Being retail sales, I'd be responsible for seller's permit tax number and probably more onerous details not associated with wholesale that I don't currently do. Otherwise, I may not have a sale until the end of the year. I'll look over the past posting here on the forum and try to get a sense of what is standard "social media accounts". What worked in 2012 may not be the current thing.
  3. I built my fiber downdraft using this exact theory. There are 2 venturis built into the flue box. One out of the main load chamber and one into the chimney, which is only as tall as the kiln. The kiln pulls well from about 200F and never shows flame out the top of the chimney. I use post bricks to fine tune the draw, but the original design works great.
  4. I only bisque in the electric kiln. After 20+ years, it still fires the exact same 06 schedule.
  5. I don't use any commercial paper clay, so I don't have anything to add there. I am curious though about what the base clay they use for paper clay. You would think they would try to use ball clay that didn't have a lot of organics. My experience with paper slip in Soldate 60 is that it doesn't get funky no matter how long I leave it. I assume it's the ball clay that does it.
  6. How close to the coils will you put a pot? I have the standard (3") 1027 Skutt. The interior is 23 1/2", the shelves are 19 1/2" from parallel sides. There's about an 1 1/2" gap all around between the shelf and the bricks. I have been trying to keep the work completely on the shelf for fear of uneven heating causing problems. I'm looking at a mold I have which is an oval 19 x 23. I think it would fit in. Assume complete dryness, then what are my chances? Just with more typical size stuff , would you overhang the shelves much?
  7. You can assemble hand built forms from pieces of different moisture levels if the first step after construction is not drying but equalizing the moisture across the piece. Every pot I do that has any joinery involved gets a few days in a plastic garbage bag. Once the piece is equal moisture, then it can be dried. I prefer the initial drying to be done between bath towels. Again, even is the key
  8. Dude, Time to invest in a pugmill. We like PP. PeterPugger VMP30 is a good buy used at around 3-4K, I would say. Others may jump in with a local variation. If you have the market for your, work; Shoot, buy I new one, we'll all be impressed.
  9. I don't see creases if I line up the sheet properly, so it feeds in straight. If the sheet had a permanent crease, I could see how that would cause it. Start with good sheets/
  10. Since I have the same size slab roller as Mark, I'm going to pass on the printing blanket route. No need for a solution if a problem doesn't exist. Honestly, I think I have the simplest solution possible.
  11. Yeah, I had the surgery on the 10th. Healing pretty fast, but still not completely closed, so no throwing and a little sore for wedging, since the heel of the palm is where the pressure goes. But I'm loving the slab roller anyway, so no real drama. Old Lady, I was not able to find a printer that uses printing blankets. Seems to be a tech of the past. A friend of mine who runs a large print shop in San Diego had never even heard of them. Hang on to the ones you have. The slab mats definitely work. I have 2 and use them just like Mark describes. Canvas on one side, slab mat on the other. Easy to wipe the texture off the top and the bottom is ready to go. I have 2 but I'll not buy any more. Not worth the price when a cotton sheet works just as well. Not a Slab Mat Fan. Everyone has their favorites that they have used for years and find no reason to change. For everyone who gets a slab roller and is using canvas, I'd suggest a heavy thread count top sheet. Usually the bottom sheet takes the wear and the top sheet is now salvage. A cotton sheet works at least a well as canvas. Don't know why canvas is the go to. I don't see a down side to the cotton so far. May try some heavy plastic and see how that works. I'm sure everyone knows the trick of picking up the slab using a large diameter piece of drain pipe.
  12. Since I got the carpal surgery 2 weeks ago, I'm pretty much limited to small hand building. Fortunately, I laid in a stock of clay before that and as you know, got the slab roller. Rolling slabs by hand is not going to happen for now. Or wedging, or throwing. Anyway, the point. After all the discussion of Slab Mats, canvas, etc, I think the best thing is old cotton sheets. Feeds perfectly well, leaves no texture and costs nothing. The slab mats are funky, in my opinion. They absorb too much water from the clay. Difficult to get the clay off cleanly, if you wait too long. Expensive and fragile. Canvas leaves too much texture. Any feedback on this? I must have missed the suggestion to try this.
  13. More people will be negatively effected by the financial implications than the physical ones. Interesting times.
  14. Since I finally after 20 years got my Pacifica GT400 working properly, I doubt I'll ever get another wheel unless I run across a used deal. Be nice to have a separate wheel for trimming and glazing. I really like the Pacifica foot pedal. I can confidently rotate the wheel head 1/4 turn using the foot pedal. I haven't found the upper limit to centering clay now. I can't stop the wheel with 20lbs of clay, which is probably my working limit. I don't know what a better foot pedal would do. This one seems perfect to me. Buy a kitchen counter top with back splash and cut it to fit under the back part of the splash pan. Now you have a 4 ft by 2 ft work table.
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