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Mark McCombs

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About Mark McCombs

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  • Birthday September 24

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    SW Washington
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    Pottery, hockey, cooking, marine conservation, fishing.
  1. All of the above. Dust dust dust. Need to be more proactive than reactive.
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    Glazing Textured Pottery

    I think the pot may look just fine unglazed. Great texture there. What colour is the clay body when fired to maturity?
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    Electric Kiln Temp Regulation

    How much cooler is the bottom of the kiln? 1/2 cone? Full cone? More? Double check to make sure your lower elements are in good repair and firing like they should. Good luck.
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    Made In China: Takeshi Yasuda

    Wow. What a wonderful video! Thank you so much for sharing with us here. It was well worth the time. There are so many positives to take from it but first, I am going to make a slip gun.
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    How Do You "open Up"

    Bracing with my right hand, I use my middle finger on my left hand to open up to maybe 1 Kg. After that I'll use both my fore and middle finger. Fore, middle and ring finger for 3 - 4 Kg. I have never thought about using my thumbs. I have seen people do it. Should give it a try.
  6. This series of videos shows features Isaac Button in England and the incredible amount of clay he threw, Part one
  7. Again, thanks for sharing, John. Is this ware you are showing us "once" fired, or is there a biscuit fire as well?
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    spencer clay

    I found this while searching about... "Deb Barrett asked about the clay I used for the demonstrations in the book. It comes from Clay Art Center in Tacoma, WA. Here's the description: CL043 SMY - MID-RANGE STONEWARE CONE 4-6: Yellow iron gives this general purpose clay body a ...golden appearance when wet. It fires a warm light brown in oxidation and dark brown in reduction. Fine textured with 70 mesh sand. Cone 4-6. Wet Color golden, Oxidation Color light brown, Reduction Color dark brown, Texture medium smooth, Shrinkage 13.0%, Absorption 0.5%."
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    how to measure glaze consistency

    I use a DuPont M50 cup. Image You can get them at a paint or hardware store.
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    Euclid Kiln R200

    Hi. :-) Try giving them a call/email and see if you can get an instruction manual from them. Euclid Contact Page Good luck!
  11. When I cleared out the space for my small studio, I found a 2' x 2' mirror. I set it on a couple buckets in front of the wheel and propped it up against the wall. Works great. I pretty sure I got the idea to do that from one of Simon's videos.
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    Wiring off

    I will usually have the wheel head rotate once or twice as I use the wire.
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    Snohomish, WA - Meet Simon Leach May 7th

    Had a great time at the workshop, Brian. Thanks for producing and directing the event. Looking forward to the next one.
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    Snohomish, WA - Meet Simon Leach May 7th

    Thanks for the update, Brian. I am going to arrive up there in the late afternoon on that day and could swing by the pottery for the lecture.
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    It Worked!

    Wow. :-) That's very nice. Congrats!!

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