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  1. "Happy Cat Pottery" is the new name for my fledgling pottery business...

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      are you going to ask for a cat drawing to use as a logo?    that might be fun, even if the suggestions are ridiculous and you never use one of them.   i can see an oblivious cat slinking along with paw prints behind her in freshly made plates.

    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Interesting thought, but I do have a happy cat with a smiley face on the first rendering of the business card...1296151250_CerBizCard5sm.jpg.5522119970a12f8bfaab86bd06e6b4b0.jpg

  2. Hey, Pres, How 'bout this for QOTW: How do you see yourself in clay?

    One of the things about taking college level Ceramics courses it the challenges you are presented with. In the last course I took on Raku the professor had a thing for Xian warriors...the terracotta army unearthed in China. One of our assignments was to sculpt a version of one of these figures...with a twist. We had to incorporate some aspect of our current life situation into the sculpture. I don't consider myself a sculptor, but I wanted to give it my best shot. Since my primary interests at this point in my life are ceramics, farming, and photography but none of the statues were suitable for the pottery or photography aspects, I chose the farmer idea. It was a real challenge, but a productive one. Here is a photo of my Raku "John Warrior" self-portrait. , and the challenge..."How do you see yourself in Clay".1299123587_JohnWarriorsm.jpg.30ea4bb345e990b1968990a252eab7b1.jpg

     

  3. Finished the tri-tube bud vases and will be gifting them this week...

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    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Gave on to a potter friend and she thinks I ought to sell them...Hmmm...

  4. Started to glaze the bowls but got an order for a dozen medium, tri-tube bud vases too...the first job for the extruder...

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Pics please when you finish. 

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Pix of the latest glaze run...the customer bought 13 instead of 10 bowls. 18-54,55 2nd is the same glaze pattern after removal of a defect in each bowl and firing again. All are Amaco PC glazes layered for effects. In some cases Duncan's RG704 Shino Cream was banded to create the white edge runs...

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    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Clever use of glaze: creates visual interest. Well done!

  5. Will be bisque firing all those bowls along with a bunch of other stuff today...glazing will start this weekend...pix to follow...

  6. Got an order for 10 medium bowls for Christmas gifts...when asked about color, the customer said "Just work your glaze magic!", sooo...pix in about a week or so.

    1. Benzine

      Benzine

      Apparently word of your "Glaze Magic" has spread far and wide...

    2. shawnhar

      shawnhar

      Congrats on the order, and the magic!

  7. Daylight savings time is going away this weekend which means less time in the yard and on the farm and more time in the studio,,,YAAYYY!

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      I like having light, when I wake up in the morning, and get ready for work.  But I DO NOT like it, when the sun, seemingly, goes down at 4 in the afternoon!...

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      It ends my drying time outside as the sun has lost its power to dry my pots outside . That means I have the heater going in studio and its hot in there and you learn to work in the heat.T -shirt weather always until x-mas production is done.Shop was over 80 yesterday to dry pots before todays bisque load.

       

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      Mark, how long does it, to dry pots, this time of year, in your toasty studio?

  8. A great auction! KVIE sold the trio of pots for $350...way more than the retail of $120!

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    2. LeeU
    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      wonderful!   (do you know that this forum says you do not accept personal messages?  if that is your choice, i respect that but i wonder if you know about it)

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I did not know that...how do I change that? Thanks !

  9. Big weekend coming up as my trio of Horsehair Raku jars goes on the auction block at the local PBS KVIE station's annual Art Auction. At the preview Gala on Monday it already had an early bid of $150 against an asking price of $120. My segment of the auction will air in the 1PM hour on Saturday...

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    2. Gabby

      Gabby

      When my work is good enough, I hope to contribute it to auctions, not at the level of a PBS station but more of a local non-profit.  I am so glad when I hear that people whose work can really make a difference choose to donate it in this way.

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      Wait, if it's made out of horse hair, wouldn't that be considered weaving?!...  I kid.

      Great work, for a great cause.

    4. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Citrus Heights is one of my old home towns, nice to see a CAD person doing the neighborhood some good. I lived in one of the apt blocks on the east side of sunrise mall when Alexander Calder stabiles and sunlight sculptures were still part of the mall's architecture, before it's makeover anyway, many hours spent at the movies and hanging out.  

  10. A pile of pots is in the kiln for a bisque firing...managed to fill the kiln to within 1" of the top...half of it belongs to a couple of friends. Will open in the AM

    1. Benzine
    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Have been enjoying your most recent works. Visually appealing.

  11. Farming season is over...I get to spend more time in the studio!

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Thanks for reminding me I just got home from vacations and need to check my tomatoes.   Denice

  12. Opening the veggie stand today. Will also be selling pottery...

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Stopped at a road side stand yesterday in search of sweet corn..

  13. Getting ready to open the vegetable stand in a couple of weeks...the farm is producing well. Just waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. it's a good opportunity to sell my pottery, too!

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Wished I lived close by so I could shop at your stand.  I swear a lot of the stands around here buy their tomatoes from the grocery store and doubles the price.  They don't look like homegrown tomatoes or taste like home grown ones.   Potter. 

    2. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      I used to live in Citrus Heights, in the second apartment complex behind Sunrise Mall! I miss central valley produce but not the summer temps. 

  14. Just had a trio of horsehair Raku pots juried and accepted for a local PBS TV station's fall Art Auction!

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Congrats Johnny: always nice when your labors bear fruit. Well done sir!

    3. Pres

      Pres

      Good exposure, and stop strutting around!:)

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      Congratulations!

  15. Met Mark today at the UC Davis Whole Earth Festival and had an in depth conversation about his product,( which were outstanding}, and his general philosophy of product pricing and customer interaction. Thanks for the insights, Mark!

  16. Hey Mark,

    You said recently that you are going to be at the upcoming event in Davis this weekend. Where are you gong to be set up and how many days are you going to be there? If I can break away, I would like to come by and meet you...

    JohnnyK

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      My booth number is N7 on the north side of UC  Davis quad.Show is this Friday-Saturdaty and Sunday-Sunday am is the sleepiest  time. Booth is Liscom Hill Pottery_I'm doing the show solo.

      The show starts at noon Friday and runs until 4 pm on Sunday -closes at 6 pm Friday and Saturday .

      You will need to walk in to campus. 

      Been doing this show since the middle 90s

      Only have a few left in me. Looks like this will be warm weekend.

      Mark

       

    2. Min

      Min

      If you just look for the long line of people queuing up to pay you'll find Mark.

  17. In the process of designing and building a portable Raku kiln. Will be doing a bisque firing of the blanket buttons as well as some pots to fire when the kiln is done...

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Sounds like fun I have often thought about turning a small old electric kiln into a raku kiln on wheels.  I have another old electric kiln bite the dust.  I will hang on to it for awhile in case I get ambitious.   Denice

  18. just opened the glaze firing and am blown away by the pieces. Some will be refired to enhance the look!

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      gotta post some gallery images when you say things like this!...

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      yep-what he said

       

    3. glazenerd
  19. Waiting for my bisque firing of 30+ bowls, jars, cups, sponge holders and jewelry to cool so I can start the glazing processes. Biggest run since Christmas!

  20. 25 bowls in...25 bowls out without any cracked pieces...great! Next is firing of test tiles to come up with a couple of glaze combinations for application to the new bowls. Potters Choice layering is what I'll be using...

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Always nice when things go well.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      that's true! glad your firing went well. 

       

  21. Just completed a bisque firing of 25 bowls... waiting for the cool down so I can get to glazing. Will be running a glaze test tomorrow or Friday to come up with some ideas for glazing these Christmas presents...using Amaco's Potters Choice for layering...

  22. Just completed a Raku course at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA...What a semester! Completed with an "A"!

    1. Pres

      Pres

      Excellent. . . .beyond the A, it sounds like you have that sugary sweet bourbon like taste of accomplishment! EXCELLENT!

       

      best as ever,

      Pres

  23. Just started a Raku class at Sierra College. Can't wait to start burning things!

  24. Surgey went well. No pain 2 days later. looking forward to a complete and successful recovery...Thanks for your well wishes!

  25. Minor hand surgery tomorrow to fix a "trigger finger". Will be out of the clay for about a month.

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      good luck with the PK afterwards

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.

    4. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      best of luck with that surgery. Let us know how it comes out.

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