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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. There has been lots of questions on belts and foot pedal adjustment on Brent/Amaco equipment lately. I have answered most of them. This page I posted below answers most of them. I'm hoping this will help those in the future with questions-a moderator could pin it in at the top. https://www.amaco.com/equipment_how_tos
  2. Mark C.

    Wheel Quit Working

    Brent motors from Brent are way overpriced. You have two options as Neil said find the specs on the motor plate and then find a similar motor with the same mounting bracket or one that you can adapt. This is a key point Option two just need to take it to an electric motor repair shop and they can find you a replacement .
  3. Yes many of my glazes run and a good foot ring catches them.Its also my signature style of foot. A solid strong foot is something most pots need. learning to make a good strong solid non chip foot is a key deal. I spent a year working with a mentee on her foot style.Most just ignore the foot or half -a--one or do not have one.Good feet are part of good pots.All that said I have a few forms that I do not have feet on. I used to 40 years ago foot everything . In my temp range of cone 11 porcelain many glazes are moving and they fill that foot space above the foot. My pie plates for example are flat bottomed but still have the side edge foot that catches glazes. If you are working in cone 06 runny glazes will not be an issue but a good foot on a pot will always look better.
  4. You need to absorb all the knowledge you can from wherever you can find it. I suggest multiple sources.College art programs vary widely from learning to open jars of glaze jars (thats about all you will learn) to a more hands on approach of making things from scratch like kilns and glazes and molds. Good programs are hard to find .Meanwhile while learning all you can across the spectrum of ceramics -spend endless hours learning to throw well. Start with easy to throw stoneware clay .Learn gas firing, electric firing ,raku firing ,all firing. Learn to make glazes fire kilns and all the while hone those throwing skills-the local art center is just a start, as you will will need more knowledge in the long run.Work for a potter or two if you can find that work. Learn other skills like plumbing and electrical and building as those will make it easier on your later even if clay turns sour.These skills all come in handy for potters. Its not a simple life and its as lucrative as you want to make it.It just takes more time and work to get going than most want to put in to it.Its really not for everyone. If its your passion-its not work and you will go far. If you ask how long it will take well it may not be for you. good luck Mark I have posted a lot of threads over the years on how to make it work-Use the search at the top of the main page to find posts . Good luck
  5. Mark C.

    How to open Venco wheel

    Babs I have done the white pointers (great whites) in Guadalupe Island Mexico in 2005 in cages.Been there done that.Plus the water was 100 foot visibility . Seen my share of whale sharks as well but pets is ground zero for that. And that wheel needs to be fixed.
  6. Mark C.

    How to open Venco wheel

    Hey I can fix it this fall bring it up to Bali-I'll be there diving for two weeks.I'll bring my industrial can opener. Or if you like you can set me up to dive with the whale sharks and I will come to your place after the Bali gig.
  7. Mark C.

    Wide Range firing clay bodies

    Now I'm assuming these are all white clay bodies like porcelain? Next you will say that giant soccer nation of cutter out in the desert is hosting the next world cup . Ok they cannot be iron bearing clays right?
  8. Mark C.

    Wide Range firing clay bodies

    Are you are saying 1% absorption rate at cone 4-10 thought that whole range. And the maturing temp is the whole range as well.Meaning its just as strong throughout that range?Just really hard to think the EU has something that the rest of world has not come across in ceramics? Asia really has us all beat by centuries and the EU sneaked ahead in just the past 15-20 years? Next world cup will hosted by Eskimos in Alaska I hear in 2030. I'm having hard time wrapping around this really all all joking aside
  9. Mark C.

    Wide Range firing clay bodies

    Most of the clays with wide ranges of temps are going to weep at many of those temps.At least thats what I have found to be true. I'm sure there is an optimum temp and below that its maybe working but not well and above that the same may be true and at some point bloating/slumping will come into play. I have only been around of two such bodies in past 45 years and that stated range was really not true unless you made non-functional wares from it. Speaking of non -functional wares its does not matter much at all as long as it holds together . One of the hardest parts is finding glazes that work and will not weep in a clay that is not mature. For functional wares it easier to use a clay at the temp you want to fire to and where the glazes fits well and the product do not weep or the glazes do not cause problems.
  10. Mark C.

    Pottery wheel belts

    Do not cut off anything to remove a belt. Please show us a photo of this wheel-this will make it so much easier to explain. you can spin the wheel backwards by hand and then maybe the post is not in the way
  11. Mark C.

    Pottery wheel belts

    Usually the motor has a belt tightening adjustment-find that an loosen it up and the belt can come off as you manually turn the wheel head. A photo of this wheel would help a lot.
  12. I have older cotton towels for shop use-one hangs on a hook near the door. I have a stack of clean folded ones in studio. They only get used for clay.They vary from hand to bath size.I was them in a. shop cold water only(no soap) washer-its a front loader I bought new a few years ago -I get about 10 years on machines before clay kills them.The last machine wash a hand me down from friend. The water is used as grey water on berry patch in summer from washer.In winter is piped into shop underground rainwater pipes (from hitters) that take it long away from house onto more bamboo. Towels and shop clay cloths are washed in they system removed from house laundry system.No clay in house on cloths or towels.I wash once a week during weekend cheap power. I sponge off surfaces with large sponges. I have a dedicated clay sink with facet on a pipe about 18 inch from sink bottom.Water from sing goes into a two tub settling system outside.That water is hosed via gravity feed to timber bamboo patch year around. since this is a full Time gig all this make sense. For most it makes little sense
  13. I have been around a few of them and they are blast to mess with.Just do not expect a full nice load. They are fun to play with.

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