As the year draws to a close and the new year awaits, it seems like a good time to think about ways to do things better in the pottery studio – not just in terms of technique, but also when it comes to the business of clay. Today’s feature presents some ideas for improving the efficiency of the pottery studio in order to save time, which in turn saves money. These days, we all have to think a bit harder about ways we can save money, especially those of us trying to make a living as studio artists. Hopefully the ideas presented today will help you make new year’s resolutions to maximize efficiency and, therefore, maximize profits!
How many times have you copied a glaze formula, only to find that it didn’t work as expected? It is not unheard of for glazes with the same formula to produce different results. While this may seem like a dead end, it does not have to be.
Having adequate ventilation for electric kilns promotes a safe work environment. Find out what you need to do to ventilate your kiln room.
Ever wonder what you should do to protect yourself from clay dust in your studio? Here, Jeff Zamek reviews several respirators and gives advice on just that.
Using the proper safety equipment can help potters easily avoid a few potentially hazardous situations. Find out when and why you should protect your eyes in the clay studio.
While not the first consideration upon entering a pottery studio, the choice of what to wear can add to the safety factor when working with clay. Read some helpful tips on keeping yourself safe when working in your studio.
The old adage that time equals money is especially true in any labor-intensive activity. Making pottery is certainly an endeavor that requires direct labor to produce pottery for sale. Handmade pottery by definition requires physical attention from the potter during many stages of the operation.
Get the glaze recipe for Floating Blue Glaze Recipe, Cone 6 oxidation.