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Mark C.

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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.
  1. Well this is my first year that I can recall not firing a kiln or loading a kiln on Thanksgiving. I usually for the past 25 years do a show in Arizona and always fire a bisque today and glaze on Friday. I gave my assistant Friday off-as I retired from that show this year. Only a small amount of trimming to do this weekend. This really is my adjustment year.
  2. If its slow enough (sales wise for me to say anything) to say anything I may say let me know if you need any help or have any questions. Functional Pottery sells itself.
  3. I use a bison double ended custom tool for all trimming-its almost exactly like a Kemper 6 inch R2. Phil the tool Bison guy made mine all about 7 inches long. I used to go thru many a gross of 6 inch R2 s-now one tool last many many years. The downside is they are carbide and cannot be dropped. I keep it in a plastic tube at the timing wheel-its either in my hand or the tube.These are not for hobbyists -to expensive and to fragile. One end is squared the other is round-Kemper makes them in 8 inch as well as 6 inch Really its just a matter of what you get used to using at the beginning .
  4. Bottom Depth Tool

    After some practice thowing many many forms you get a feel for this bottom thickness deal and a tool will not be necessary . If you throw and trim say 50 bowls you will get this feel at the end. Nice tool but never needed it. At least with this tool you can eat some hot noodles in a bowl as well .
  5. L&L easy fire front loading kiln

    These kilns appear to be top loader turned on their sides with a swing door. Or they have that look to them.You can see the curve of the stainless on bottom.They look well thought out. Easier to load for sure. Reasonable prices as well for front loaders.
  6. I use my full size blender (thrift store buy) each week almost to mix the rough stuff like Zinc Oxide or any heavy clumping material in a glaze . A few minutes in the blender then pour to thru my talisman 80 mesh into the main glaze I'm mixing up. I'll add the tool part later its late.
  7. You could recut the rim after squaring. I tend to do this on chopsticks bowls and like the raised sides which have cut outs for the sticks. Since you have a lid and its metal the sides need to be all the same level-You could also sand it smooth in the green state and smooth out the rim afterwards.
  8. Highwater clay users

    I know a few potters whom gave up on B-mix then moved to there bodies.
  9. Highwater clay users

    (thixotropic) this happened to some laguna clays like B-mix out west here some years ago. Laguna had changed water sources and it really did a number on some clays.
  10. Keep your seconds as Mea says for other venues not shows. I used to save mine for home sales but gave up home sales after 19 years of them. Now I take them to one local show that is a lot of students whole look for seconds. I now save them for that deal.
  11. I often make square bowls bowls. After trimming and putting a foot on them I rewet them and paddle them square.Just another way to get square pots .
  12. The issue with commercial glazes is you do not know whats in them or how to fix them. I can add that your body cone 6 to then 10 is a big issue but you already know this. The only other point is Laguna makes glazes with the cheapest materials they have in glazes -meaning silica (most likely 200 mesh) etc etc. I know this as they make glaze for me in 1 ton lots, but I specify the materials vs let them use the cheapest which they did the 1st batch. On the plus side they usually are the cheapest suppler around. One last factoid they have a New owner as John Brooks sold it this year.
  13. anyone ever tried the vertical slab rollers?

    I have often wondered about this as most slab rollers come out flat and thats the way I use them so I do not have to move the slab much (distort) In a vertical I think you would have then lay it flat (distort it more?) not sure on this point maybe Doc can clear this up. The best thing in theory is gravity would make it want to self feed.
  14. I usually just greet them being friendly if its slow-the pottery sells itself.