Chris Campbell on sun 13 dec 98
During a sale last year, I was burning a candle in a luminary for a
Christmassy touch to my booth - this facility allowed this. I had it on a high
shelf so it could not be easily touched. An older lady - on oxygen - pushing
an aluminum walker - and visibly trembling - came into the booth. We watched
her closely as she perused the display but we got distracted ringing up sales.
The next thing we knew she had reached up and grabbed the candle and spilled
hot wax all over herself and the merchandise. What a nightmare - her arms were
bare and had wax on them and I rushed to her to clean her up and check for
damage. She was sweet and said it was all her fault etc., but all I could
think of was her (or her family) changing her mind and deciding I had been
The next Wednesday I was officially a Limited Liability Corporation - if
anyone sues me they can get at my clay and equipment but my home is safe.
Maybe you will think this is paranoid, but for $300 I have protected myself
because I have come too close to seeing how easily it can happen. I definitely
don't light any more candles - but anything can and does happen.
My next comment was to the person who leafed through all the books in the
bookstore and then went home and ordered a copy on-line...and not even from
the Potters Shop. If we don't support local bookstores large and small we
won't have anywhere to go to browse through books. And if we don't support
independent speciality book stores they will be swallowed up too.
Lastly - The Amaco crackle glaze works better for me at Cone 08 with only two
thin coats. I have also fired it up to 06 with good crackle results.
Chris - in Carolina - who keeps thinking she has shipped her last order of the
Linda Blossom on tue 15 dec 98
>My next comment was to the person who leafed through all the books in the
>bookstore and then went home and ordered a copy on-line...and not even from
>the Potters Shop. If we don't support local bookstores large and small we
>won't have anywhere to go to browse through books. And if we don't support
>independent speciality book stores they will be swallowed up too.
One note about this. Amazon does something else, besides offering a
discount, being more likely to have the book I want, and having fast
priority mail delivery. If I order a book through a local bookstore, I have
to buy it. Because the local store did not carry it, I don't get to look at
it first. Amazon will take returns so if the book is not what I thought it
would be, I am not stuck. If I want to browse books that is one thing. If
I want a particular book that is different. Checking every local bookstore
and then driving to town versus going online and having the book in a few
minutes is a consideration. I do have to think of my own time.
Ithaca , NY