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Dry glaze mixing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Poulter Sep 23, 2015. 3 Replies

The amaco dry glaze mixing instruction suggest 25 lbs of dry material will yield 4 gallons of glaze. Is it safe to assume 25 lbs of dry materials for any glaze recipe will yield roughly the same 4…Continue

Porcelain

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert spicer Sep 5, 2015. 13 Replies

I fired my first pots thrown with P-5 porcelain and was very disappointed with the results. I had plates warp and bowls go out of round. Having never fired porcelain before I can only guess the kiln…Continue

Skutt kiln not reaching temperature

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert spicer Aug 23, 2015. 10 Replies

I have a Skutt model 181 kiln that will not reach temperatures above cone 1 The top two elements were replaced today and after leaving the kiln on high for 8 hours it only reached 2080 degrees. Can…Continue

 

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
Started throwing pots in 2010 after visiting Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg Tn
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Own two kilns and am firing constantly
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Pricing of pots

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 10:30pm 2 Comments

Am wondering how potters decide on the worth of their work. I only do 1 show a year and also sell on ETSY. When I look at others work their prices seem to be all over the map. Do you price high and hope to sell items or low in an effort to sell more pieces. I find beautiful vases prices in the $40 to $60 range and next to it is a tea bowl priced at $55. Finding it hard to rationalize the size of the items with their respective prices. Any thoughts?

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