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Posted 19 May 2013For those of you who have not added an avatar because you are unsure how:
Step 1: Choose an image to be your avatar. It can be a photo of yourself, but it doesn't have to be. You can also use a photo of your work, or a graphic of some kind. There are many ways to represent yourself visually. Be creative! (Last time I joined an online group that required a photo of myself, I got stalked. Never doing that again. Not required here!)
Step 2: If you can (not required) crop the image into a square, just to make the best use of the square shape of the avatar. Resize the file so it is under 150kb in size. Even though the instructions on the screen ask for 50kb or 100kb images, I found that images up to 150kb still work. The software can downsample from there. Save the image in .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png format. Save the image onto your computer where you can find it. If you need help with this step, that tutorial will be too long to post here. You can find instructions for this by googling. Or just ask a tech-savvy person to do it for you.
Step 3: Click on your username in the upper right corner of the forum site. From the drop down list, click My Settings.
Step 4: Underneath the words Your Options, you'll see four tabs: Settings, Forums, Profile, and Gallery. Click on Profile.
Step 5: Now, on the left side if the sceeen you'll see a list of choices. Click on Change Photo.
Step 6: Click on Choose File, then navigate your computer to choose your image. When done, make sure to click Save Changes at the bottom of the screen.
Step 7: You're not done yet! Now, on the left side of the screen, click on Change Avatar, then repeat Step 6.
Your Photo and your Avatar are essentially the same thing, a little image that represents you. Each one is used in different places in the forum, so you need both. Most people are using the same image in both places, but some folks like to use two different images. It's all good. Again, be creative!
(ps, when you're done, repeat steps 3 and 4, except click on the tab for Gallery, and go nuts.)
Posted 26 Mar 2013I've been firing one 7 cubic ft electric kiln with an overhead vent hood for the last 8 years or so. I'm getting ready to purchase a second kiln of the same size.
I think it might make sense to also buy the undermounted vent now, because I could use one vent for both kilns, and fire both kilns at the same time, and this would take up less space in my small studio.
My other option is to buy the swing-arm bracket for the vent hood, so both kilns could share the hood. This would not be as space efficient, and would only allow me to fire one kiln at a time. I don't think I have room in my studio for two overhead vent hoods. This option would be cheaper. And because I am already used to this vent, I know my firing results will be the same.
I guess my main question is ... has anyone made the switch from vent hood to undermounted vent, and were there any differences in your firing results? I'm leaning towards the undermounted vent, but I don't want my pots to look different!
Posted 15 Mar 2013One of the glazes at the studio where I teach is behaving very strangely. The sludge that settles on the bottom is gelatinous and sticky. It's very difficult to stir the sticky sludge back into the glaze. Even when the glaze appears to have been stirred thoroughly, it will separate when fired. It will look like the normal glaze, but with blotchy patches of clear glaze here and there.
The recipe contains Veegum, which is the only ingredient that I am not familiar with, but I do know it helps with suspension. I'm wondering if this is causing the sticky situation. If so, can this batch be saved? Or, does anyone have suggestions for how to avoid this problem?
Posted 5 Jan 2013Hi everybody,
I just added a new installment to my "Hourly Earnings" blog series, where I measure the value of my time spent on my online store.
For those of you who are contemplating online selling, I hope my experiences will encourage you to try it. Whether you choose Etsy, BigCartel, or any other available venue ... it doesn't take a big investment of time, and there's only one way to find out if it will work for you.
Posted 19 Sep 2012I've started a new thread for comparing the various online venues that are available to potters. We've had related discussions before, this one is mostly about the pluses and minuses of Etsy:
Chris Campbell mentioned WholesaleCrafts.com in another thread. This website is for connecting handmade makers with wholesale buyers. I think this is the least expensive way to enter the wholesale marketplace, but it is best suited for lower price range items.
I'd also like to mention ArtfulHome.com. This website/catalog is highly selective and upscale. It was a printed catalog long before it was a website, they've been around for a long time. You can apply to work with them through JuriedArtServices.com.
For me personally, I decided to create an online store last fall, and I chose BigCartel.com. BigCartel provides a store and a shopping cart, but unlike Etsy it does not provide a marketplace. I decided I was not interested in any traffic that Etsy could bring, given that there are 100,000s Etsy stores. My BigCartel store is designed to look like my own website, not an Etsy store, and I don't mind the responsibility for driving my own traffic there.
If anyone has more to add to this topic ... questions, success stories, cautionary tales, etc ... please share them in this thread.
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