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  1. snowed last night-winter wonderland here this morning.Very rare for us indeed-into the 20's tonight

    1. Denice


      We got a ice storm overnight,  it thundered and lightning and rain a quarter inch of ice.   My son is visiting from Palau and is freezing.  Denice

    2. Benzine


      We should have snow on the ground, and a week ago, we did.  Most of it melted over the weekend, and woke up to thunderstorms this morning. 

      Last year at this time, it was in the 60s and 70s!

    3. Denice


      We had another ice storm last night,  we only had two cold nights last year.  It is suppose to be in the high 50's next week.   I only worked in my studio yesterday for a couple of hours, it was to cold and my heater wasn't cutting it.   Denice

  2. Dropped off work at 5 outlets yesterday-only two more to cover before the tropics-I'm taking the lead that Pres started.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      by this time of winter I am envious. My arms are aching from the snow shoveling. Enjoy the Tropics.



  3. Glaze kiln is cooling for an afternoon unload-next glaze will be in late March-big break

  4. Monday glaze day and tax account day.Last load before my trip

  5. Two kilns cooling today

  6. Took the day off and caught 100#s of herring for bait.Two glaze fires in am for me now.

    1. Min


      Herring rake?

  7. 1st bisque of the year-glaze day on Monday

  8. Mixed up two clay bodies (50/50)for fellow potter who is 83 yr old.Its 500# and I will drop it off to her in next few days .It less than a two hour job with the Peter pugger.I do this every year for her.I hope someone does it for me when I'm 83.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      nice thing to do, Mark. Good of you to help her. 



    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I have used and liked her work for the past 35+ years. We had the same teacher.She can no longer lift a box of clay.

      but a pug she can handle.She gave up shows long ago but still supplies a few outlets.

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      we're all getting older.

      You have a good heart!


  9. Cleaned studio-back to work in clay on the 31st-taxes almost done

  10. This is the week of shipping one mug at a time-its brutal

    1. yappystudent


      Hang in there Mark. 

    2. What?


      I didn't read anything in the Feb 2018 issue of Ceramics Monthly about the brutality Mark C has to face shipping out one mug at a time. Nice write up.  I think a while back you mentioned you were contributing to an editorial. Always nice to see and read articles from people I have meet here and in person.

  11. Last load of clay and dry materials today-this will feel good when done my helper bailed and I moved all 19 tons solo-I still can without hurting myself at my age.Clay is good for the body  right?

  12. Been a strange week of customer requests after the xmas season-swapping mugs-broken bowls to replace-Getting in the way of tax data entry-studio is closed for 4 weeks.

  13. Last crabbing trip today and tomorrow before commercial season opens and crap are all gone. Great trip today on the ocean.Fresh crab tonight .

    1. Denice


      Sounds good, I have had a hankering for crab lately, but they are never fresh in Kansas.   Denice

  14. The forum seems slow must be the cold

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Its the warmest night we have had in weeks its 60 degrees out at 8 pm-starting to rain.

      I realize most of the country is in a deep freeze just not us on the west coast .

      We need rain badly.

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      I haven't been in the studio in 2-3 weeks. I just don't like working when its 40 degrees out there. I am a wussy. I have other things I have been doing so it isn't like I am wasting time though.

    4. Denice


      Mark we are in a drought also, they are predicting a drizzle Sunday but I will believe it when I see it.  My son is coming home for a visit in the middle of February,  his grandmother hasn't been well.   He is afraid she might not be around when they move back home from Palau.  She is having her 95th birthday  in February.   Are you still having a great vacation?   Denice

  15. Shipping last pottery shipment of this year to MO. via UPS.I feel bad shipping these  warmer (55 degree)pots to an arctic chill zone

  16. A few outlets are wiped on stock(yes the grocery stores)

    seems like the day before xmas is a feeding frenzy no matter what I give them in terms of stock-restock in am before heading offshore to get more crabs.Love the ocean and its bounty.

    1. Denice


      Mark are you talking about feeding frenzy of the crabs or your customers.  Have fun!   Denice

  17. Going crabbing today-my white stuff will be crab meat not snow

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      My sister is moving to South Jersey to where we spent our childhood summers and did some crabbing every summer. Crab races in the kitchen while my grandmother prepared to make crab cakes. Great memories and hope to do it again next summer with my sisters. Love crab meat!Enjoy.



  18. Last day of sales-then time off.I have been making at least 3 drops a day to outlets and today is the last day of that as well-ya.

    1. glazenerd


      Been off the last three weeks, and will probably take three more. Trying to decide if I want to hang up my tool belt after 42+ years. Maybe do some flip houses, or perhaps make some clay: or both. 

    2. Denice


      Finally talked my husband into retiring he is turning 67 in Feb.   He's not retiring until the end of the year but at least he is agreeing to it.  He is doing the work of three or four people at his job,  they don't hire new people when someone quits they just dump it on him.  He likes his job but the over load is going to kill him.  His hobby is restoring old muscle cars it would be nice if he could work on them during the week instead of just weekends.  I also want to have him around for a long time after he retires.    Denice

  19. time to order supplies -repair the kiln and get back to work

    1. Roberta12


      Yes, Indeed.  Taking a week to go see the kids  in New Mexico,  then back at it!!  Happy New Year.

  20. firing my last two gas kilns for the year today.

  21. profile gremlins-thats new

  22. firing last bisque of year in electric kiln. Then the last gas car kiln load of year-its a clean up fire as well as a dinnerware set to be shipped next month.

  23.  Last minute customer e-mails coming in now wanting pots shipped past my ship deadline

    1. Denice


      Do you go ahead and fill the orders?   Denice

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      4 small mugs-yes as they are small enough for UPS not to kill right now.

      The two large bowls No, I told them I would ship on the 26th.

  24. Two days of glazing begins today

  25. Electric kiln hard wire connection just gave out after 15-20 years. I had to replace the metal box and rewire the connections.Minor setback of a few hours for a parts run


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