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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. I suggest staying away from speedball stuff-just to low end to bother with in my view.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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-
  6. Updating kilns

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

    The Brent yoke system is a draw back for sure-I just prefer the Brent cap system so I modified my Scott creek buy wielding the Brent taps onto the steel Scott Creek barrel and put a Brent cap on that. I also have a full Brent unit-we use them both every week The Bailey is also a great extruder as President mentioned.
  8. Can I save this mug?

    The better question is -Should I save this mug? that answer is easy -no.
  9. Extruder recommendations

    Use the search function as this has been covered many times-I myself like the Brent cap system-they cost more.For hobbyists you can get a lesser brand.Scott Creeks are nice . I have one thats been modified to accept a Brent Cap-I use two extruders every week.
  10. Can I save this mug?

    I would toss them and start over.
  11. Just got an order for some specialty glazed tumblers and mugs for new to open shop in Burlington VT. Its a friend who has a store here locally as well that I sell to .

  12. PQotW: Week 28

    I'm in a quiz mode this am-I do not have this book. 1 2 3 1 Another #4 answer is -you will need a triple beam to make this measurement but a digital scale is also a new modern version that will work as well My guess is this is the answer that you are looking for as the book is from the 80's
  13. tuff to choose-I will have to think about this-it may be a kiln building book as gas kilns are my thing.
  14. Weight/size Charts?

    I weigh the clay before throwing never after firing. My weights may be published soon.