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Using RebelMouse to Generate Traffic to Your Work

RebelMouse brings in the second largest amount of traffic to my Etsy, next to Twitter.

After setting up my RebelMouse, my Twitter feed and Pinterest, among others, automatically post to my RebelMouse page, along with an image of the work I'm sharing. RebelMouse then becomes a graphic "business card"--a quick snapshot of who you are and what you're about. Using #hashtags on twitter, whenever I post links to my Etsy, results in regular hits on my RebelMouse page and referrals to…

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Added by Victoria Cochran on December 16, 2012 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Pantone an Excellent Ceramist's Reference

If you've worked in print graphics, you're familiar with Pantone. The Pantone color system solved the problem of chatting with clients, across distances, about colors. Color reference cards in hand on both ends, you could finally be sure you were both on the same page...literally. In addition, Pantone provides software used to calibrate graphics programs and monitors, so that everyone involved in a project is seeing the same colors projected on their screen. Most of us, with various monitors…

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Added by Victoria Cochran on July 31, 2012 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

Fractured Atlas -- Is It All That?

Recent discovery, busy checking it out. How's it look to you? Any experience with them?

"We help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit."

http://www.fracturedatlas.org/

Added by Victoria Cochran on June 29, 2012 at 9:04pm — 1 Comment

My Collected Online Resources

 

My Ceramic Links Organized at PearlTrees

http://www.pearltrees.com/vcochran/ceramic/id2586396

 

Series of Articles on Small Work & Inspiration written for Beads of Clay 2011--2012

http://www.blog.beadsofclay.org/search/label/vika…





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Added by Victoria Cochran on June 8, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Marketing via Social Media: Time Saving through Syndication

 Last week, this item sold, so today I did an "out the door" post to my blog. I made sure to end the post with a link to the sold item, on my Etsy.

I no longer delete sold items: it deletes me from Treasuries,…

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Added by Victoria Cochran on December 8, 2011 at 9:25pm — 3 Comments

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Low cost flat lapping disc can be used on you potters wheel if you, drill bat pin holes in it, and provide a trickle of water to cool it. At amazon.com, 120 grit for aggressive material removal. Click the image to purchase 

Members have had great things to say about John Britt's new book, Mid-Range Glazes. Click the image to buy from Amazon.com

Purchase Glazes Cone 6 by Michael Bailey, The Potters Book of Glaze Recipes by Emmanuel Cooper, or Making Marks by Robin Hopper, all available at amazon.comMastering Cone 6 Glazes by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy is now out of print.

Harbor Freight is a great place to find unbeatable prices for better HVLP spray guns with stainless steel parts and serviceable economy models, as well as detail guns, all tested by our members for spraying glazes, as well as compressors to power the guns. As yet no one has tested and commented on the remarkably inexpensive air brushes at harbor freight.

The critter siphon gun is a spray alternative that is well liked by some of our members, and is available at amazon.

Amazon is also a competitive source for photo light tents for shooting professional quality pictures of your work. They also have the EZ Cube brand favored by several of our members. You might also want to purchase the book Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles . . .

If you are up to creating videos of your work or techniques you might want to invest in a flip video camera

Following are a few scales useful for potters. Your final price could be less or more - things change.

American Weigh Black Blade Digital Scale, 1000g X 0.1g $11.08 

For the non-digitally inclined the old standard Ohaus Triple Pro Mechanical Triple Beam Balance, 2610g x 0.1g, with Tare $169.00

And finally a low cost clone of the OHaus. The Adam Equipment TBB2610T Triple Beam Mechanical Balance With Tare Beam $99.62

ebay is a great alternative for many tools and the equipment used in the ceramics studio - kilns, wheels, extruders, slab rollers are often listed there both new and used.

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If you just want to spout off, it is best accomplished as a blog posting. If you want to get more guidance and ideas from other members, ask a question as a new discussion topic. In the upper right corner of the lists for both types of posting, you will find an "+Add " button. Clicking it will open an editor where you create your posting. 4/16/2014

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