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Ceramic Art Workstation original and advanced Edition (Edit 07-02-01 New cloning policy)

by Nadira Posted 7th Oct 2006 at 9:27 AM - Updated 23rd Dec 2007 at 2:23 PM by Nadira : Workstation - easier unpacking of original version
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
07-12-23 I have finally renewed the upload of the RAR-file of the Ceramic Art Workstation Original to finally stop all the unpacking problems downloaders are experiencing (nothing new inside, so no need to download again if it is already working for you!).
So for downloading and unpacking, please read the revised instruction below!

07-09-26 Works perfectly with BONVOYAGE, no update necessary.
From the first day I posted this object I have been using the exactly same version that has been uploaded here without any problems in my game.
There are detailed instructions how to install properly and I still advise to have ALL addons until including OFB to be sure there are no errors occuring.
Any future posts which advise others not to download because "not working for me and person is not nice to me" will be reported.
From the start on this object has been a free offer of something that in the beginning I only modded for my own use - but anyone who likes it is now welcome to have it. If you don´t like it - let others decide for themselves.

07-03-01 Works with Seasons. See our snowy screenshot!

2007-02-01 I have changed my cloning policy. Please read below!

I never dreamed the Workstation would be featured!
Thanks to all of you for giving me such an overwhelming welcome and thanks for your numerous positive posts!


ATTENTION: 06-10-11 Fixed minor problem with mechanical skill gain in both versions (skill gain stopped midway through modern and urn vase crafting process). I have uploaded both versions again with the corrected package files, so if you mind please download again! Sorry I was late to notice!

The Ceramic Art Workstation:
Ever since installing OFB I have longed for more possibilities to have the Sims creating their own objects and vases have been especially in my mind. Searching for downloads for some time I did not find anything that worked in the way I wanted, so in the end I set out to teach to myself how to mod an object.
The Ceramic Art Workstation was intended only for my private use. But since it seems to have turned out quite nicely I decided to upload it here as a tribute to all the writers of all the tutorials here at MTS2, which have imparted me the necessary knowledge to do this project.

Description:
At the Ceramic Art Workstation your teen, YA, adult and senior Sim can produce his own vases. Your Sim is having fun when using the Station. He will gain mainly mechanical skills (during the whole crafting process) and additionally some creativity skills (during the coloring process), both at a moderate speed.
What kind of vases your Sim can craft is dependent on his mechanical skill level. There are four different designs of vases for the different skill levels, each design comes in four different colorations. Your Sim can choose which design he wants to make, colorations are chosen at random.
To produce a vase takes some time - this is definitely not a cheat object - I tried to make the time needed to make a vase comparable to the crafting time Maxis uses in their different crafting objects. If your Sims needs are not sufficiently high they will deny to make a vase or quit the crafting process on their own.
Vases can be placed on OFB shelves and – when sold - they can be properly restocked from the shop owners inventory, but restocking can be done only with vases of the same design AND the same color.

How to Install:
Original Edition: Unpack the RAR-file - you will get a folder called Ceramic Art Workstation. Inside are the packages of the Ceramic Art Workstation itself and the whole set of vases at different crafting levels/stages - in total 24 package files. You will need ALL OF THEM for the Station to work properly
Put the whole folder named Ceramic Art Workstation as a subfolder into your downloads folder!

For the Adv.Edition see instructions at bottom.

The Ceramic Art Workstation can be found in “hobbies” – “creativity” on residential and community lots.
The vases will not show up in the buy catalogue (- well, your Sims are supposed to craft these objects, not to buy them!).

Extension packs and Compatibility:
The object will definitely require UNI and OFB installed to work correctly, I am not sure about NL.
In my game I have now all six EPs installed and also Glamour and FFS.
I have tested the Ceramic Art Workstation extensively in my game - it is working fine and I did not encounter any problems.
But of course I cannot give a guarantee it will do the same in your game, so please be careful and remember that you install this object at your own risk!

The Making of:
The Ceramic Art Workstation was cloned from the Maxis Easel - at the beginning I thought I could keep some functions, but in the end it had to be conceived and written completely new.
The mesh and texture of the Workstation were taken from the Maxis “Table-Dining-CommunityLot” and new components added to the mesh. Poly 2462 / Vertices 1563.

The Vases were cloned from the Maxis “Sculpturechinavase” and the original mesh and texture were substituted by my own. Poly 544 to1436 / Vertices 274 to 726 depending on type of vase.

Credits:

The only other person actively involved in this project is my husband, whom I really have to thank immensely.
Not only did he have endless patience with me when I spent hours with trying to figure out BHAVs and added his own ideas from time to time. But in addition to that when I was very unhappy and downhearted because it proved I could not find a mesher to help me with the meshing part and thus the Workstation would not be finished, my husband joined into the project and assisted me with learning to create the meshes for the vases and the Workstation and with texturing them.

Special thanks go to :

The writers of all the wonderful tutorials here at MTS2 which have taught a naïve beginner like me (without the least notion of simantics, meshing or texturing) everything that was needed to make this object work.

The makers of SimPE at sims.ambertation.de, which is a really extraordinary tool! This project could not have been done without extensive use of SimPE´s multiple options!



IMPORTANT: CLONING AND REDISTRIBUTION POLICY

The Ceramic Art Workstation (which includes the main object and all vases) is reserved exclusively for download from MTS2 and is not to be redistributed in any way.

Changed versions of the workstation and its vases must be exclusively uploaded on MTS2!!
Please do not make the vases alone available in buy mode!
Proper credit where due will be appreciated - I still consider the Workstation my "little baby"

Cloning for retexturing and/or remeshing:

The Workstation itself: Feel free to clone and redesign texture and mesh to your liking!

The Vases: Every vase - even when they have the same design and differ only in texture - has its own GUID which is NEEDED by the Workstation to function properly!

So what you have to do to bring a new vase into the game is:
Clone the Workstation and assign it a new GUID, search for all places where the original vases GUIDs are called from a function inside the BHAVs of the workstation and replace the original GUIDs with your own.
Do not forget to change the description of your newly designed vase in the pie menue of the Workstation advEdition!
- Here you go with a new completely independent version of the Workstation and its Vases (and people can have both the old one and your new one in the game)!!!

I HAVE ADDED A MINITUTORIAL WHICH EXPLAINS HOW YOU CAN CHANGE THE GUIDS INSIDE THE BHAVS AND HOW TO EDIT THE PIE MENUE.
It´s really easy, so even those of you who do not have experience with modding will manage!!!!


Have fun!



2006-10-10
For all OFB vase-shop owners who have problems with getting the right vase for restocking and especially for igloolik:
I have added a second version of the Workstation, where your Sim can choose the color of the vase too. (Note: but you still can restock only vases with the same design AND color!).
You can download it as "Ceramic Art Workstation advEdition".You can use the first and the second version at the same time in your game, as I have given this one another GUID.
VERY IMPORTANT:
This rar-file contains only the new version of the Workstation, but NOT the vases. So if you are downloading for the first time, you have to get the Nadira Ceramic Art Workstation and Vases.rar first

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Nadira Ceramic Art Workstation and Vases.rar

Size: 3.09 MB · Downloads: 7,673 · 23rd Dec 2007
3.09 MB 7,673 23rd Dec 2007
Minitutorial.rar

Size: 4.4 KB · Downloads: 8,352 · 2nd Feb 2007
4.4 KB 8,352 2nd Feb 2007
Ceramic Art Workstation advEdition.rar

Size: 154.2 KB · Downloads: 20,057 · 11th Oct 2006
154.2 KB 20,057 11th Oct 2006
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Test Subject
#76 Old 12th Dec 2006 at 11:49 PM
Love this thanks. I love Ceramic Art , i do my own at home. I cant wait to see how this works with upcoming ep seasons
Test Subject
#77 Old 17th Dec 2006 at 2:57 AM
Lovely work thank you very musch
Scholar
#78 Old 5th Jan 2007 at 4:54 AM
Wow. I wish I could push the "thanks" button a hundred times!

I was disappointed with the small number of crafting stations that Maxis gave us, and I'm thrilled to have another one. And it's especially wonderful, given that this wasn't something that you already knew how to do. I'm impressed!

I hope you have a wonderful glow of accomplishment -- you deserve it!

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Lab Assistant
#79 Old 24th Jan 2007 at 5:47 PM
Mine didn't show up into the game.

[QUOTE]Artist Formally Known as Okalani You'll be seeing my posts for suggestions of what may help you improve your posts. I have S2, Uni, NL, OFB, Pets, and Seasons![QUOTE]
Forum Resident
#80 Old 25th Feb 2007 at 2:51 AM
the raw vase (colored, $100) don't have the option to sell them. When I point my cursor to the table with the raw vase, it doesn't have any interaction.
Inventor
#81 Old 8th Mar 2007 at 5:49 AM
I'm so glad its updated, I tried to have a sim make vases and nothing happened. A question. Is it alright to retexture your vases for personal use? I love your shapes, but some of the coloures, while lovely, don't go as well with my normal decor schemes.

Reyn Silversong-Sim Architect

Terms of Use-All of my stuff is available for use anywhere that is free. All I ask is credit and a link back to the objects in question, or the house they are featured with. DO NOT POST ON THE EXCHANGE!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#82 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 2:34 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reyn
I'm so glad its updated, I tried to have a sim make vases and nothing happened. A question. Is it alright to retexture your vases for personal use? I love your shapes, but some of the coloures, while lovely, don't go as well with my normal decor schemes.

Since I have changed my cloning policy officially, you are very welcome to use the meshes to do retexturing not only for private use but also for uploading here at MTS2.
The only wish I have is that any newly designed vase that is used during the crafting process (i.e. that is made by a Sim when using the Workstation) should not be made available in the games´buy mode - since then the crafting would not make sense anymore.
If the vase is not used during the crafting process then it can be made available in buy mode like any other vase.
I am looking forward to your vases - in fact after changing the cloning policy I had hoped someone would start to work on the Workstation and the vases, since I myself am not what I consider a good texturer.
Inventor
#83 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 2:47 PM
Thanks! I'm trying to mess with a body mesh at the moment, but then I'll look and see what inspiration strikes.

Reyn Silversong-Sim Architect

Terms of Use-All of my stuff is available for use anywhere that is free. All I ask is credit and a link back to the objects in question, or the house they are featured with. DO NOT POST ON THE EXCHANGE!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#84 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 3:01 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by anak_ponti
the raw vase (colored, $100) don't have the option to sell them. When I point my cursor to the table with the raw vase, it doesn't have any interaction.

Sorry I am late in answering - I have not been in recently.
To make the raw vases colorable was not intended in the beginning (I only wanted my Sims to be able to sell the raw vases) and was added as an afterthought. But I kept to the original idea - raw vases are an easy task and can be made by any Sim without any skills, so either the Sim sells them for the 75$ the raw vase brings (which is easy earned money in fact) or he decides he wants to keep it in his home and colours it. That´s just my personal fancy of playing this object, which in fact in the beginning was intended for personal use ony ....
But you can still sell the colored raw vases (simple vases) in a shop or in buy mode (which is just 3 mouseclicks more).
Forum Resident
#85 Old 13th Mar 2007 at 4:50 AM
Anyway your creations were so awesome. Thanks, Nadira.
Test Subject
#86 Old 14th Mar 2007 at 1:49 PM
This is awesome, I just noticed it today. Thank you for your hard work!
RETROTROUT
#87 Old 20th Mar 2007 at 5:29 AM
this object is not compatible with seasons but it works with pets
Test Subject
Original Poster
#88 Old 20th Mar 2007 at 11:43 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by retrotrut
this object is not compatible with seasons but it works with pets

I have been playing it without any problems from the first day Seasons came out - see our screenshot (that´s no fake)!
I have all EPs installed and now also Glamour and recently FFS (the last only to be finally able to answer the question of compatibility).
Sometimes a new addon corrupts custom content already installed. I had this problem when I installed FFS. The problem was solved by removing all items of the Ceramic Workstation (including all vases) from the downloadsfolder and afterwards putting them in again - the game asked if the new custom content was to be accepted - yes -now everything is fine.

And - just a hint if you post a report here or anywhere else: Statements like "It doesn´t work" are not very helpful. You should at least explain WHAT happens oder doesn´t happen including Errorlogs if possible.
Instructor
#89 Old 19th May 2007 at 10:45 AM
Wow, really, that is quite amazing, superb work.

Retired...

kind of.
Not actually evil.
#90 Old 21st May 2007 at 8:53 AM
Perfect for pre-industrial age sims, Southwest sims, ancient sims! Super nifty! You show everyone that we all start as beginners but can create something great if we read the tutorials and work at it.
Scholar
#91 Old 28th May 2007 at 5:39 AM
Outstanding! Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic creation.
Lab Assistant
#92 Old 5th Jul 2007 at 7:13 AM
You're a genious. Thank you for a good object. I like it so much. ^O^
Lab Assistant
#93 Old 22nd Jul 2007 at 7:13 PM
it doesn't work for me, just takes the money
Lab Assistant
#94 Old 25th Jul 2007 at 9:58 AM
do not download, because it does not work, i tried to contact this person but they ignored me
Lab Assistant
#95 Old 23rd Aug 2007 at 11:42 AM
I can't wait to try and use it in game. The fact that you knew nothing about what you were doing and came out with something so complex and complete and professionally done, I am very proud of you. Thank You for sharing to you and your Husband.

My love for you was so deep, It nearly destroyed me.
Test Subject
#96 Old 28th Aug 2007 at 7:24 AM
I installed it as directed (opening the .rar files separately) and I am still having the same problem that others have mentioned here. The money for the materials subtracts from my sims account but nothing happens. The sim can't actually use the table. I am hoping that there will be some update for this item because I'd really like to be able to use it.

"A psychotic is a guy who's just found out what's going on."
William S. Burroughs
Scholar
#97 Old 24th Dec 2007 at 12:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bintalshamsa
I installed it as directed (opening the .rar files separately) and I am still having the same problem that others have mentioned here. The money for the materials subtracts from my sims account but nothing happens. The sim can't actually use the table. I am hoping that there will be some update for this item because I'd really like to be able to use it.


Make sure that there's plenty of space around the table! Your sims can't use the table unless they have lots of room to work in. If I give them enough space, it works great for me.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Lab Assistant
#98 Old 17th Aug 2008 at 2:58 PM
Why can only men use it?

There is no spoon
Scholar
#99 Old 10th Sep 2009 at 6:27 PM
Wow, this must of taken awhile! Thanks.
Test Subject
#100 Old 22nd Jul 2010 at 9:02 AM
I was wondering if it is still compatible with all expansions up to AL? Maxis gave us the pottery wheel in FT (***and wonders if there are Maxis aliens in the sky watching what gets created here for ideas to use***) but Id still like to be able to use this one as well, I like the feature of having mechanic and creativity in the same object with this one as well as the diversity of the objects created. I feel your workstation is more realistic considering pottery makers typically paint them after crafting.

Super job and super thanks!

Nobody can make Sims like mine unless you are as dumb as me! ;D
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