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Found a great blog on social media and applications

I’ve been so busy the last few months that it’s hard to keep up with all my friends! The winter was long and cold and we couldn’t use the studio at all. It was just too cold to function out there. Plus, it just seems to take forever for the kiln to fire on really cold days. But, we’re at it again and planning for the new year.
Here is a link to a blog by Ron Edmondson who talks about business and social networks. He is a minister who finds the time to maintain his blog and has some great advice. He has some great stories. Please check them out: http://www.ronedmondson.com/2009/07/developing-a-personal-social-media-policy.html

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Time to change out a few kilns

I’ve got 2 small to medium sized kilns that I need to move out. One of them is a paragon with “internal” dimensions 18″ deep x 17.5″ wide. This is one that I have had for a while and use quite frequently. I normally fire it to bisque (cone 04) temperatures and it works fine. I have fired the Paragon to higher temperatures. The 2nd kiln is a Cress kiln that has “internal” dimensions of 20″ deep x 17.5″ wide. I bought this one and never fired it. The person I bought it from never fired it either! This kiln is practically brand new and looks it. It is rated for High Fire (cone 6+) applications. There is no “furniture” (shelves or posts) with the kilns. The plan is to get a larger 50 amp kiln that I can regularly fire to cone 6 or 7.

Cool potters like Doug and Sue Jochum

Doug and Sue Jochum and been a huge assistance to us in getting our studio up and going. Doug is constantly bringing us “new toys” for the studio and we really appreciate our friends!! Here’s a link to their website: http://www.jochumpottery.com Thank you for helping us out!

While it was snowing…Again!

Ok, this time Mother Nature hit Dallas with a major snowstorm, which I believe, has beaten records going back over 30 years. Our front yard has 7 or 8 inches of snow and it is still coming down this evening. It was a good day to spend in the studio making pottey.
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In the pictures, you can see some of the plates I’m working on for a special project. Got 3 of them completed today but am making the next ones a little differently. These are time-consuming to do and look pretty cool when they are done. But I think I will flare the sides on the next ones and make them look more like a platter than a plate. These oughta match the candlesticks quite nicely! Am anxious to get all the sets fired next week and see how they turn out.

A long year and it’s not over yet!

I spent a good bit of the last year working on the idea behind my ArtBiz101 project, talking with people and getting ideas for the website. The book part of the project has been completed and gone through the first editing. With a few changes, it will be ready to post soon. Parts of this book will be posted on the website in the form of articles about the business of art.
Another year-long project just ended last week with a very successful Kiwanis convention held in Rockwall, Texas. I spent a lot of time working on booths and displays for the convention in support of the Rockwall Kiwanis Club. Am glad it’s over but I miss the excitement of working with such a cool group of people who put their heart and soul into making this convention one of the best Texas-Oklahoma District conventions ever.
Besides editing video for the ArtBiz101 project, I’m editing video from interviews I’ve done with WWII veterans that I have met around the country in the past few years. Some of the stories I’ve heard are absolutely amazing! So far, I’ve got 66 interviews completed and these come from all over the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Although I do contract software support for the State of Tennessee, they haven’t had any additional projects for me to work on lately. But, that could change on a moments notice and I could end up back in Tennessee for long weeks. Even when I’m on the road, I get a lot of work done on the websites in the evenings while sitting in hotel rooms. Hooray for modern technology and WiFi!
Lastly, Connie and I are putting our pottery studio to work this fall and will be creating a few new lines of work which we plan to market through our website (KregelPottery.com) and through some local stores. These new lines will be nothing like the work we’ve done in the past but we will continue using colored slips and clear glazes rather than keep buckets of colored glazes sitting in our cramped studio.
Marshall