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  1. I'm certain I'm not the first to ask this, but can't find any posts on it... Feel free to link me to the right thread.... I just got a dark clay and am also using a white clay. How do you organize your clays/throwing days to keep them and their dust/sediment/recycling separate? Thanks.
  2. Hi folks, once again it seems the pool of questions is dried up with nothing new offered. Again, I will try to offer a question of interest: How do you prefer to organize your tools for your work areas? I have several work set ups, that I use in the studio. My wedging table does multiple duty and has a few plastic trays that are attached to the front for tools, like the wire cutters and a putty knife for scraping. I also have a shelf underneath that the banding wheel and scale store on. I have a flip down cover that fits tightly over the original surface that is made of plywood to wedge the white clay on, the darker clays on the original concrete surface. I also have two containers stored underneath of magic water. . . one lighter, one darker. I also have a tray near the wall where the table is attached with a brush, and round dowel like rib, and tooth brushes for joining handles and pieces to pots. For throwing, I have a CXC with a stand up square wooden trimming guard that stands in front of the wheel on end. This allows me to set a kitchen wire basket with partitions to hold numerous ribs, stamps and other tools. I also keep a bucket on the wheel tray, and a few most often used tools. When I start trimming, I remove the top kitchen basket, and remove the CXC splash guard to slide the trimming tray in place. On the right of the trimming tray is a magnetic strip where I hand may trimming tools not in use. I also have cabinet next to the wheel with several drawers I can open and retrieve tools or stamping materials as needed. There are many of you out there producing many more pots than I, and have excellent organization skills to set up your work areas. . pass these ideas along! So I will ask once again. . . How do you prefer to organize your tools for your work areas? best, Pres
  3. No one posted a question of late in the pool, so I thought I would pose one that is close at hand, but not as philosophical as many of our others. What do you do to get ready for an pot sale in the way of organization and planning before hand? I have not done shows in many years, but there were some things I did that most of you I am sure you do in some way, but some of the newcomers may not know about. Have everything you can have done, done before the show. This includes washing and cleaning up pots, cleaning bottoms, pricing them, running an inventory, packing them and labeling the boxes. Check over your booth to make certain there are no repairs to be made, and that all of your pieces and tools to assemble are together. Check out your canopy/tent, to make certain you have the needed side walls, weights, anchors or whatever you will need for securing the booth cover. If the show has evening hours, make certain to have lighting packed to go also. Make certain your change box is loaded with change, your credit card system, and spare batteries or back up as needed. Also make certain your business card box and display cards are packed. Make certain your customer packing materials are ready to go with bags, tissue/newsprint or other materials to pack up a customer purchase. I realize that in the world of smart phones, that paper receipts are not something done. . . or is it, but if you still use them make certain you have backup rolls for your printout method. I am sure that in today's tech savvy world, I have missed something, but then it has been a while. What would you change, add, or supplement my list with? Above all what would you implement in the way of technology to make the sale? Square? other? best, Pres
  4. Definitely a late-night ramble here, in keeping with the subject. I'm curious about other potters here with more experience and perhaps better systems for staying organized in their heads and workshops, and recording your ideas and processes, assuming you do that. You can skip the rest, it's mostly fluff . Just saying, I have no shortage of ideas and the issue is sorting out which ones are worth anything, but, when I get an idea if I don't write it down it may or may not be lost forever. As a result, a couple cheap paper notebooks are kicking around my digs within easy reach at all times. If the computer is on then I'll usually have the discipline to jot it down on a wordpad document quickly, and transfer it later to a more organized openoffice document. I've got a tv tray next to my computer desk with a 2" high pile of pages torn out of these paper notebooks. Every so often I grab about twenty of these off the bottom of the stack and enter the scribbled ideas into openoffice documents as mentioned, with titles that attempt, with varying success, to tackle the subject of the ideas. So far I have docs like "Ceramic Jewelry Ideas 1, 2, and 3, because I collect images off the net which I paste into them (after reducing in pixel and 'physical' size in paint and making them all JPEG files), and regardless the file soon gets so large it takes about 30 seconds to save, whence I start yet another file. There are at least a half-dozen other files of this type with titles like "Sculpture_free standing_wall mounted", "Vessels, 1 and 2" and "Ceramic Utilitarian_Misc" -etc. Also I photo my own work of course and upload it into my pc, what there is of it at this point. Bit of a measly file by comparison, as yet. As far as the images, just so you know, I save them for inspiration, never to steal. Under the photos I type in notes about whatever ideas it spins off for my own stuff. These image/text files have given me a better idea of artistic styles that I really love (Mid-century modernism, Brutalist, Minimalist, "Boho", Post-atomic, among others) and have often helped me get a better idea of what does and doesn't work visually on a ceramic subject as far as form and decoration. Seeing what other artists are up to makes me wonder how they did this or that thing I didn't know was possible and sparks questions in my brain as to how this or that glaze technique was achieved, and the like. Cruising sites like Etsy and Pinterest gives me some general idea of what I could realistically make in my limited home studio and put up for sale with some potential for it selling, for reasonable fees or otherwise. Although this is partly guesswork, and fads in home decor and wearable art come and go, at least I'm not blindly poking around and wasting effort making things that will end up having no audience. I'm not always the best judge of whether my work is appealing to others. If it pays off down the road, only time will tell I suppose.
  5. Greetings, all! It's Springtime here in PA, so I'm working on the cleaning/reorganizing of my small "studio" (a corner of an outbuilding). My previous set-up sort of worked, but I feel that it could be vastly improved upon. So! Tell me how your workspaces are set up if they work out well for you. Is there an arrangement that seems to work better than others? Also, I have space for shelves (which I plan to install this season) on the wall. Any suggestions on shelving? Also also, I personally don't keep my glazes in the studio (since it's unheated/uncooled), but for tools and bats and other doodads, does anyone have any awesome suggestions on keeping everything organized? I have sooo many little things and am struggling with keeping them handy enough to use but organized enough to keep them out of the way when I don't need them. (Incidentally, I have an old dresser that's missing a drawer and I am seriously considering converting it to a pottery tool chest...)
  6. Now that it's 2015, it's time to upgrade my way of doing business. I remember reading in one of the CAMs, one of the artists featured had found an accounting program which was more arts/crafts/art fair friendly than QuickBooks. Does anyone happen to know which one that was? I am truly tired of how intuitive QuickBooks is *not*! Dammit, Jim! I'm an artist, not an accountant! Thanks for the input.
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