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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
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    Diving-underwater photo-salvage diving-dive Travel
    Extreme offshore tuna fishing off north coast of Ca.
  1. The BUSINESS of Pottery

    My advice is to start to throw in series-working up to larger numbers.Most only want to make a few items then drift off to something else.I think discipline is key if this life is for you. Production seems to be a dirty word but thats the name of the game in functional wares .Sure you can make a few pots and ask a lot but that market is very small compared to what people want to use every day in their lives.
  2. A few tips on Magma use-I mix some up and keep in in a sealed container. Its looks and feels like snot.The small amount of copper keeps it from going bad. I make it with HOT water. It mixes in glazes best with warm water.You can add it to say a small amount of hot water then into the cold water in a glaze bucket once it diluted. Just make sure your glaze is already not top thin to add water to. I often heat a little glaze in an old pan and add this to that if the gravity is already right.Then it dissolves well and add that back into larger batch.
  3. The best way to find shows is go look at the show and talk to other potters about the show.This takes time but pays off.
  4. If I recall those instructions are on the big ceramic store web site. If not I can post them
  5. The BUSINESS of Pottery

    This is the true -about as condensed as you can get it.Its spot on. (It is easy to be successful at ceramics. All it takes is a lot of really hard work, some serious persistence keeping at it despite a lot of setbacks, and a decent plan to guide you thru those setbacks. Then, in a bunch of years,.... you'll see that it is "simple". )
  6. The BUSINESS of Pottery

    Chris is right Never been a better time to have a quality handmade product to sell.The business of functional wares has never been better. My sales are all up the past years. Very few folks making an effort to fill my shoes so the market has space for many others. The planning is key. I also say take a class -U-tube is not a class. In ceramics the personal learning -asking questions and hands on education is key Plan on it taking at least 5 -10 years to gain traction.
  7. Kiln brick question

    The thing about determining common fireplace bricks is they are not named stamped on sides and are more irregular in dimension and are much lower duty temp wise and should only be used in cooler chimney areas-they are also a bit more porous looking.You can see them at lumber and building material supply stores.
  8. They do not but the public often participates in the parades as we sponsor workshops for mask and animal costume making.
  9. What if there was a show where people came to listen to music or dance or be in a parade or buy hand made goods or just hang to have a good time-Where there was a celebration of life with all creatures with an all species day parade. Where the next day was a Samba parade with dancers and drums. You could get good food or just sit on the grass. Where the entertainment was non-stop and the energy was on high. How about a show that’s fits that description and has been going on for 44 years and is a big part of this community where I happen to live. This gathering is what is known as the North Country Fair and just happened last weekend in Arcata Ca. This year’s event was spectacular. Of course I have a tainted view as I’m on the board that puts this on and have sold my wares there for 44 years. If you are lucky enough to be in this area on the 3rd full weekend in September come to the north country fair as you will not see an event like this anywhere else on this planet. (Remember me to one who lives there) Bob Dylan http://www.madriverunion.com/the-hum-the-north-country-fair/
  10. Hump and Slump Molds

    Thanks Neil for that clarifacation as thats is what I meant by that soap comment.
  11. Hump and Slump Molds

    If you go to the trouble to make molds use 1# pottery plaster-mold soap can act as a release as well. Cement will have its own drawbacks and the cost is not much different than quality plaster . Never used cement as a mold surface-its great to wedge on. Its more weight than dried plaster and will hold water longer. This maybe reinvent the wheel stuff and I have yet to see square wheels work better than round ones. Let us know how the cement works-it could be the next new thing?
  12. Wedging Table Design...

    Up against a wall-the best
  13. wet sponge and wipe wheel is all I have ever done in the last 45 years-Its always worked. Never seen black oxide on a wheel head-alumunum will for an oxide coating over time but its not black. Any wheel -all wheels are made to get wet and be sponged off.