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Mark C.

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About Mark C.

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  • Birthday 03/15/1953

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    Near Arcata Ca-redwood rain forest
  • Interests
    Diving-underwater photo-salvage diving-dive Travel
    Extreme offshore tuna fishing off north coast of Ca.
  1. Well doing shows far away can have advantages. My last show was 1000 miles away in another state. Since I knew this show date about one year in advance I tried to pack in some other errands along the way. This can make the show trip way more efficient. I always have a medium wholesale order twice a year from a pottery gallery near Hearst castle in California so I planned on dropping this order ($2,500) at another potter who lives near and who also takes pots to this place. I also had a Doctor’s appointment in San Francisco (once a year). As a side note my sister lives near Santa Barbara (Summerland) and my nephew Aki was getting married the weekend after show. I was able to pack and drop wholesale order after show on return trip. Spent 5 days working on wedding things (grunt worker) stringing 1000 paper cranes –stacking off venue on beach for 150 guests-taking the chilled sake to venue as well as the glassware’s and table cloths. Made custom sake sets –cups and flasks for both bride and groom and their families for keepsakes. Spent 7 days in Summerland and swam in am in ocean before breakfast. My wife flew down midweek and helped and we drove north after wedding via SF for doctor. Last day was heading thru fire zone in north bay area. Saw helicopters and super tankers dropping fire retardant. Traffic was slow-still working hard on fire suppression in Napa and Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The drive was a tad over 2000 miles. I had a solid show 2 day with 273 customers spending an average of $28.00. Now it’s back to xmas production. Playtime is over.
  2. Firing two glaze fires today-seem like it was only a few days ago but its been two weeks

  3. The BUSINESS of Pottery

    I am currently expanding to more wholesale as I slow down on shows.Its more making and less of the final price-My two wholesale deals are 40% and 35%.very similar to old school consignment deals. I also have one that is 50% of final price
  4. Table top fountain design

    I have made many a fountain and all where portable. The cord goes over the top.
  5. Another glaze day in am

    1. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Nice! When do you break for holiday? 

  6. Reducing thermal conductivity

    Handles work best for HOT fluids-its a fact-all the other solutions for me are lesser. Yes handles are More work and cost more etc but they work the best. The silicone sleeve is a good compromise but its all a compromise without a handle for HOT stuff.
  7. learning to post photos

    Ya you are back-and your photos work
  8. My list of things that do not work-hers a short one. Since I just did a show that included tons of newbies this will be easy now to recall all that I have seen last week Bad attitude -never works-always hurts your sales reading in your booth over talking or sales pitch-pots sell themselves huge weights on canopies- or no weights -usually encroachs on neighbors space, or no weights are a safety issue for wind in outdoor venues make your own 2x2 solid steel bar stock weights-that are heavy about 3 feet long-forget the sand and concrete-you can pm me for details Not aware of others-wether its customers or fellow vendors Do not eat fair food-I never eat fair food as sooner or later you will get sick (the mayonaise went bad-meat undercooked or whatever) and I mean sick-my neighbor last weekend ate fair food and was toast for 1.5 days while her husband manned the booth. I always take my lunches and snacks and have them at booth so not to interrupt sales. I cannot afford to be sick at show. car broke -rent another-Get to show no matter what Be professional-nothing worse than unprepared neighbor asking for a saw or hammer or weights-think all the small stuff out weeks before the show You should never need a saw or hammer at show. Build your booth at home 1st not at a show 1st-know what you are doing-if you do not bring someone who does know for you Do not ask other artistes for change-bring plenty (this is a before show thought along with many others) I carry a money bag with change in rear compartment-1$ 5$ and 10$s keep your booth simple and quick to setup and take down Think about wind (outside shows or lights inside shows)-weights and stakes Work with folks as to load in and out with your vehicle .We are all in it together . Try not to be a as----- and think of others Do not stay with friends while doing a show-Mea already said why well enough Keep a good attitude even though all your neighbors appear to be buy and sell crap-this is a hard one Try and not ask which part of China this stuff is from? ok its a joke but I just had this experience with some import booth next to me.I refrained asking this for two whole days.
  9. I have demo'ed on the whispers and they are super quiet. I threw small stuff and trimmed small stuff . I never threw more than 4#s so I cannot answer your how much is to much but there was a thread years ago on this where John Baymore stated this factor.
  10. I suggest staying away from speedball stuff-just to low end to bother with in my view.
  11. Managing your time

    Since most of my sales come from non internet sales and zero from social media I do not spend time in sales mode on the net.I do get email contacts that turn into orders so I check e-mail a few times every day as well. I tend to check this board every day a few times (before studio time or at much or evenings) to see if any info I have in my knowledge base have may help others. I keep all electronic devices (my iPad to phone or computer or laptop ) out of clay studio. I would kill it to quickly with liquid and dust. My thoughts are work in studio -work in studio or work in studio. ANY SPARE TIME I SUGGEST WORKING IN STUDIO when you are starting out. Along with a heavy dose of working in studio-which for me ends with a line of production work that turns into money. The work in studio is not working on the net ,its making work to sell.This requires many steps and lots of time .I do think the persons these days starting out should use the net tools to get traction (noticed) but do not get caught up in spending much time at this as making quality work is way more important that say a blog. Time management is a key to making the studio work out in terms of a living. As a production potter one learns to spend ones tine wisely . for me sales are based on my brand name (studio name) and years at work turning out quality products and dealing with people directly not the the net via e-mail. Sure after 40 years I get orders from returning customers via the net but its a small potatoes deal compared to all the real income sources for me which are not net related . If you are a hobbist than spending time at whatever really does not matter including social media-but as a production potter with an existing market my time is best used doing the production. I have spent my time being in front of the public with work either at shows or galleries or shops or now markets (mugs) No matter how you approach this it will take time to get known-noways some net exposure will be part of this. My customers for the most part are not 20-30 year olds so Instagram and twitter are not my tools as they are not needed for me.
  12. We have close relatives who are evacuated now and do not know whether they still have a house standing.Its very bad scene now as the fires move around with the big winds.

    1. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Be safe! Hope all is not lost.

    2. Denice


      I have seen the photo on TV they are devastating, people are digging through ashes and then the poor wineries.  Kansas had fires like this earlier this summer,  killing thousands of livestock animals.   It was caused by drought and poor management of land.  We have a invasive cedar tree here that needs to be kept cleared off the land.  They fill the property in no time and  go up like roman candle fireworks when they catch on fire.  They are trying to get landowners to clear them,  I haven't seen any of that happening.   Denice

    3. Benzine


      My thoughts are with all those affected by these fires.  

      I couldn't believe how quickly the fires took hold.  They seemed to come out of nowhere, but of course this could just be because the news didn't initially cover it.

  13. Mixing glazes again.

    I tend to mix and use next day as particles get wetter and glaze can thicken overnight.That said I have used glazes the same day mixed many hundreds of times as well.
  14. PQotW: Week 28

    Ok I'm caving you need the scale for answer #4 so my answer for #4 is #3 since that book was done in 87-
  15. Updating kilns

    Wall mount controller-call Skutt for plug and controller details for sure. Also talk to them about volts/amps/plugs