[Clayart] Question about resizing/estimating clay for custom

kathi at lesueurclaywork.com kathi at lesueurclaywork.com
Wed Nov 9 17:08:11 UTC 2022

These are the kinds of orders I turn down. You can spend a lot of time trying to get that perfect size for your customer when you could be making a lot of other pots. And, often in the end they reject the piece anyway.

Kathi LeSueur

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> On Nov 9, 2022, at 11:46 AM, Kathi Koester <mrskathikoester at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Clayart,
> Occasionally, I have a repeat customer that wants something custom. Is
> there a mathematical/way to estimate how many more pounds when you upsize?
> If my normal lasagna pan is 6 pounds of clay, but the customer wants a
> 15”x4” Casserole - because they constantly entertain their 10 family
> members who live in town - how many pounds should I try? 10?
> (I know how much clay it takes for my various sizes of bowls, or utensil
> holder vs wine chiller, or a cake pedestal. But I’m not in the habit of
> making massively different sized casseroles.)
> Also, the few 13”+ I have made over the years, I put a canvas custom cut on
> my 15” wheel head (my wonderful Klopphenstein kickwheel) and then I dry it
> on sheet rock.
> Any helpful tips are welcome.
> Kindest regards,
> Kathi
> MN
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Kathi Koester
> 612-867-0829
> MAKNART Ceramics
> https://maknartceramics.square.site/
> Author: Our Piano Teacher ISBN: 978-1-64416-853-0
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