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  1. unloaded two great kiln loads-xmas stock is piling up-Back to working with 5#s of clay now-broken arm is coming along nicely now at 6 weeks .

    1. lgusten


      Good News!!!!  Glad you are mending well!

    2. Rae Reich
    3. Min
  2. Glaze week-spent time last 3 days glazing-arm is slowly getting stronger .Fired small gas kiln yesterday with glaze load -today load big kiln

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    2. oldlady


      glad to hear you are healing.  just do not overdo it.  small things can be lovely.  and profitable.

    3. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      Sounds like you're getting better by doing what you need to do. Best wishes!

    4. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      Have you been swimming? Don't let your shoulders forget their jobs. 

  3. Have to cancel my next weekend art fair due to broken elbow  1st canceled show ever

    (cracked radius bone)

    I was in my old apple tree when a 5 inch limb broke and I fell about 7 feet.1st ever broken bone.Two weeks in sling no clay for at least a month. kiln is firing last glaze fire now.just coming to terms with this setback

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      ok the Bali dive trip is going to be cancelled as I need 6-8 weeks to heal well. no work with arm for 3 weeks but I can use it lightly in 3 more days-just gentle  use.Doc said since I do not drink or smoke and have lifelong love of milk I will heal fast .Friends are toto tilling winter garden with 91 gallons of apple pressings into soil for me.

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Yikes.  Of all the times for something like that to happen! Speedy recovery, man!

    4. Benzine


      Here's to a quick recovery Mark!

      I know, that scaling back on work, might not be the norm for you, but healing is something that you want to get right.

      Hurt by an apple tree.  Now I have images of those tree from the Wizard of Oz, throwing apples at Dorthy and crew.

  4. Big apple juicing event this Saturday at our place. Looks like a tuna trip on Thursday .Big show next weekend out of state-time to play some before work.

    1. oldlady


      and some home made apple cider later, YUM.

  5.  Glaze fire today as well as the demo this am.Another glaze is cooling-big art fair in Nev. in 2 weeks

    1. glazenerd


      The cycle of business continues.

  6. I packed up my small truck with every thing one needs to demonstrate pottery throwing .I am doing a live demo (11am -1pm at one of my organic market outlets in Mckinleville,Ca as its local products demo day . This is the 1st year my schedule has allowed this to happen.I have. not done this in 40 years or more

    1. JohnnyK


      What are the chances of your shooting some video of your techniques while you're at it and posting them here? I and many of the Forum members would love to see you in your medium...

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      chances are zero-sorry I'm  solo at this gig as my wife is in Colorado this week and I do not want to add my  go pro to what I'm already doing.

    3. Min


      Lucky people of McKinleville!

  7. Big local show was a success for all-great weather-huge turnout

    1. Denice


      Time to go on vacation.   Denice

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Actually time to do another out of state show then leave the country


  8. Two bisques out today -glaze day for 3/4 of day in am then I'm a volunteer tuna bbq guy at a local fundraiser-every Labor Day as long as I can recall.Nothing like BBQing for 100 plus folks.

  9. back in full production-two early fall shows and one big gallery order for far away.Glaze day on Friday

  10. packing -packing -packing

    down to changing out boxes of forms in van which is always a bad idea.

  11. Unloading last two kilns on Friday for really big show out of state in a week.Packing dive gear into van as well.Then taking a summer break from clay for few weeks-hopefully catch some tuna during that period.

  12. Glazing 13 fish today so tomorrows glaze day goes smoother

    1. Gabby


      Does a Mark C. fish photo exist on this site or elsewhere?

    2. JohnnyK


      What are you using for a glaze? My wife makes a lemon-ginger marmalade that will work wellB)

  13. Fish making day for Anacortes show in two weeks

    1. Denice


      I love your fish!   I wanted to let you know that I am finally becoming one with my wheel.  I felt like my foot pedal wasn't working right,  I told my fix it husband about it.  He said I had never thrown on a electric wheel I just needed to get use to it.  Someone posted a video about adjusting a Brent foot pedal,  it said if your wheel kept running after you took your foot away it needed adjusting.  Mine kept running.  He took it apart and tuned and lube it,  works like a dream now.    Denice

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Here is all the how to with Brent equipment

      glad the pedal is working well now.


  14. firing two cone 11 glaze fires on a hot day

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    2. Teala62


      That’s great! Hope it stays that way. 

    3. Denice


      The kilns feel so much hotter in the summer than the winter.  There is only a 20 or 30 degree difference in the room temp,  It doesn't seem like you should be able to notice it when your firing in the 2000 degree range.    Denice

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      my kilns are outside in large 30x40 covered roof area.open on two sides.

  15. Glaze day as well as load two glaze kilns.35 cubic car kiln and 12 cubic updraft. Lunch break now .

  16. suns out =high production days

  17. My 45th year of 4th of July local show is in the am.

    1. Gabby


      I am going to try to get to your Anacortes show.

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      See you there -my booth is in front of the rockfish cafe 

      319C, 320C
      Between 3rd & 4th streets in the Center

    3. glazenerd


      Congrats on 45 years- hit the 45 year mark myself. 

  18. Two glaze fires going today-just like last week on this day.

  19. Another Glaze Monday

    1. DirtRoads


      Get a TV in there!   VOD is your friend.  How many days a week do you spend glazing versus making?

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I seem to glaze and load two gas kilns on Monday-at least every other week in my slow time. I did this last Monday as well so thats 5 days making one glazing . I'm doing a 4th of July show and have lots of extra stock-so my plan is take 3 weeks off from glazing-which is an extra week. I need to go fishing .

  20. Summer must be here as the board is slow  with less posts these days

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    2. glazenerd


      This forum is probably the largest repository of information on every aspect of all things ceramics. I suspect people are doing searches in lieu of asking questions. Of the 28,000 plus members, less than 100 post on a regular basis.

    3. DirtRoads


      Yes.  I got 2 responses on my productivity question from people who have never posted here.    They actually went to my website.  One of them has 28 employees.    I have another forum member that's on my Face Book and chats occasionally, who used to post here.  I guess some people don't post on forums. 

    4. glazenerd


      Same here. I get more questions in my PM or direct email, than I do in the forum. Not exactly sure why, but I suspect most members do. Would imagine Mark gets alot of them given his production history.

  21. Glaze day today for two glaze fires

    1. glazenerd


      Total CF of both kilns is?

  22. Roto tilled and a planting garden while firing glaze fire

    1. yappystudent


      Nice to see you take breaks once in a while. 

  23. Glazed day on Friday

  24. Two glaze fires unloading on Friday

    show on Mothers day weekend coming up

  25. Monday glaze day-been nursing pulled back muscle all week

    1. Min


      ouch! Pulled the muscles down my right side a couple weeks ago, still need help loading the kiln and lifting boxes of clay. Hope you heal fast, hard to slow down isn't it?!!

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Could not put socks on for a few days and no I do not heal fast at 65 anymore. I took this week off from glaze firing and am only moving lighter loads.I may take two days to glaze and load two kilns this week instead of 1


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