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  1. Glaze day on Friday-two kilns to glaze and load .

  2. Annual clay order comes in next week. 33,000 #s total -my share is 25,000#s.I odered a ton of dry glaze in 50# bags my formula-lasts me 5 years-I mix another 14 glazes to go along with it.

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    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      R&L Trucking brings my clay.   All of their trucks have a lift gate.   I have a little landing pad and an asphalt drive to the front of my studio.   My part time worker brings them in ... about 15 steps to inside storage.    I am thinking about a little pole shed there to store.  Right now we bring inside.   Could you have yours dropped at the shed? And I get my shipment 2k pounds a month.   Is there an economic incentive to order more?   I couldn't load that clay.   We take it out in 25 pound bags.  And that is so nice of you to help that friend.   You mix her clay from dry clay?

       

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      @DirtRoads the supplier I use charges less, the more you order.  So for a single box, it costs more, for that box, that it does, if I order ten of those same boxes.  I think once you get to the quarter ton mark, the rate is by 100 lbs.  A good deal, but it confuses me when I order, which is why I ended up with double, what I wanted, in my classroom this year...

    4. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Hmmm have to check this out.   Thx.

       

  3. Two glaze fires cooling now-unloading on Monday, big show at UC Davis coming up Mothers day  weekend as well as a wholesale order that needs to be filled.

  4. Friday glaze day again two loads to glaze and load.last week the cones fell over in small kiln at about cone 8-I fired by the  seat of my pants with great turn out. 

    1. Pres

      Pres

      Temp color charts are great for gross work, but fine tune comes with either cone, intuition or a good controller.

       

      best,

      Pres

  5. Two glaze fires going simo-wholesale order and some small out of state orders-like a dinnerware set, and mug replacements.

  6. Two glaze fires going simo-back at it.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Let production begin!

  7. Making fish mugs with friends today.The plan is give one to Ray Troll when he is in Aracta on  book signing tour later in month

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Sounds like a great time getting together with friends and making mugs.   Denice

  8. Back to work for two weeks then a new hip for my wife-two weeks off for me then to caretake.

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    2. Gabby

      Gabby

      Best wishes to you both, Mark. I hope your wife's recovery is speedy and that she has terrific results.

    3. lgusten

      lgusten

      Best wishes to your wife and you.  Pretty soon she'll be running around with no pain.  

    4. oldlady

      oldlady

      hope all goes well for both of you.   you realize that in the 2 weeks you will work you will outproduce most of us for the year.

  9. Fed Tax prep time-lets gather some numbers-oh boy fun stuff

    State sales tax sent off yesterday-that went smooth

  10. Last day selling pottery today-close booth at 3 pm and take it away.Very strong season this year for sales.Merry x-mas clay folks

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Now you can enjoy your well deserved vacation.   Denice

    2. GEP

      GEP

      Merry Christmas to you and all the clay folks too!

  11. Last Glaze day of the year for me on Monday-sale is going strong now at my pottery booth-I'm closing two days to glaze and fire-also I do not want to go 18 days this year  selling only 15 maximum selling days from now on.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I know you have the count but I was curious: how many plates, cups, spoon rest,  etc. do you make a year?

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I NEVER count  pots-If I did I would have gone crazy years ago. What I can say is I count tons of clay used per year-Its been about 10 the past few years  . This year  its about 7.5 for 2018 . Have not counted exactly  yet but thats my guess.I'm slowing down fast now but that said my guess is a few thousand spoon rests and the same with sponge holders.The rest I do not want to know.

  12.  Firing two more glaze fires today

    I build my lockable pottery Booth Friday-start selling Saturday.My 39th year at this shopping center.

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    2. Min

      Min

      You're lucky you live somewhere that allows you to do this. Also, that nobody vandalizes your cases overnight. Must live in a nice place.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      My booth locks up really well.I posted a photo a few years ago of it here.And its in front of our locally owned pet store-has security some of the time as well in shopping center-just not 24/7

      This is my 39th year in that shopping center-not sure how many more I want to do.

      a few maybe. I build the booth in 2.5 hours today then add pottery in am for 1st start day. I made this lockable booth just for this location-store it the whole year just for this .

    4. Min

      Min

      I remember seeing the photo of it, looked really good. 

  13. Unloaded two glaze fires today

    Backstock is piling up like never before

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      More like I had a show worth and broke my arm and cancelled show so now I'm swimming in stock

    3. Gabby

      Gabby

      Do you have space to store things until the next shows?

    4. Mark C.
  14. 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

      lgusten

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

    2. Rae Reich
    3. Min
  15. 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

      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. 

  16. 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

      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.

  17. 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

      oldlady

      and some home made apple cider later, YUM.

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

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      The cycle of business continues.

  19. 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

      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

      Min

      Lucky people of McKinleville!

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

    1. Denice

      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

       

  21. 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.

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

  23. packing -packing -packing

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

  24. 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.

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

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

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

    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

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

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