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Mark C.

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  • Birthday 03/15/1953

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    Near Arcata Ca-redwood rain forest
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    Diving-underwater photo-salvage diving-dive Travel
    Extreme offshore tuna fishing off north coast of Ca.

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  1.  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.

  2. 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!

  3. You dow not want your whole house heater to get silica dust in it Heres what I did in my studio (I converted also a woodworking airborne dust air handler(Jet and delta makes them) for my studio. It handles the air you breath. It is in the rafters.It has a cloth bag inside it and a few air filters on the front-the inner one is a heap filter. I run this when making dust (glaze mixing) or feel there is dust around . It turns the small studio air very quickly. The trick is to find a heap filter that fits the existing units -they are all about 12"x24"I found the hepa filters online and tape them to the standard filter-Run a regular filter in front of the Hepa filter and change that more often.) If you have a room in your house you need to really keep any dust just in there and not spread it. There are two thoughts on dust -one is use a heap vacuum the other is collect the airborne dust with a heapa air handler-this does not pick up ground dust but airborne dust. I use both systems but I also do this for a living. Hepa filters clog fast so they are poor choices for whole house heater systems.
  4. Sorry about the the link -goggle is your friend here is the link to my friends http://www.onedreamdesign.com check them out at a show near you (west coast states)
  5. Soap/lotion pumps outsell soap dishes for sure But soap dishes are a perfect stuffer-I wholesale them and they sell in all 9 of my outlets.I like making them as well. I make about 1/2 of them with drain holes I now use the metal covered (stainless heavy duty flat head pumps-)on my lotions and charge $5 more for them. I no longer offer plastic pumps. The metal tops made sales pick up.I buy them in $500 lots (I buy them in 200 lots to save $$ that saves a few dollars per pump)from some fellow potters I know who import and resale parts as well as they are high end crystalline potters. You can view them at http://www.onedreamdesign.com
  6. If its stoneware it will get wet easy so no need to dry it out more just add water. Porcelains are another story. stoneware is easy to rewet. add some fines from your splash pan . Thats what I use to make my joining slip for handles-it works the best.
  7. Brent thought using exposed particle board was a good idea. It was a very poor choice, The holes that the 3 deck connectors(carriage bolts) penetrate also need to be sealed. I siliconed mine. I should add that I only trim on this wheel so not wet stuff happens on it.
  8. Mine are mini vases and mini bowls-sponge holders and spoon rests -small cat bowls-extruded soap dishes. Smalls are where I make the most money selling as they sell to everyone.
  9. When it comes to scraps-they are different if dried. The fines that Min talks about are also a key component. I never pug dry clay scraps-but thats with porcelain.Stoneware is more forgiving.I only add my wet clay to pugged clay. If you want better results with dry rewetted clay add the fines and a little vinegar -pug it and let it sit for a few months. It will never have the legs (meaning throws better)as original clay but it will throw better that what you have now.
  10. Mark C.

    Orange Red Iron Glaze

    (It looks fantastic on Porcelain) Thats why I use porcelain-the glazes POP-also its very hard and chip resistant.
  11. If you go laminate -I suggest a thinned soak coat of oil base polyurethane than another two to 3 coats. I taped off the top on my two model A's they have same tops as yours.
  12. Yes the handles do need work but you are on the right path as nothing beats making and making and did I say making more. The glazing will come as thats another Bunch of doing over and over.
  13. What country are you in? whats HTP? also what is Iceberg kaolin's alumina content-if you had say epk (Edgars Plastic EPF from Florida it has enough alumina to keep warping down-you could just as say 3% more but since I have never heard of Iceberg epk I do know the contents of it? When our cone 10 slip cast products slumped we cured this by a cheap fix of just little more alumina which was in the epk.
  14. Use a chamois on the lips as this will help round them over.
  15. I'm unclear on why the plates are upside down?They should be fired on their feet rightsize up.Also are you firing them to fast or cooling to fast? A kiln load of plates should be slow fired and slow cooled. These look like prefinished bought plates?

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