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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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    http://www.liscomhillpottery.com

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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. Plaster will last a long time in the desert .The best ones are in Chile and Africa. Everywhere else it collects moisture . The more moist your climate is the quicker it will get lumps in it. Lets see any snow or cold moist air in PA this time of year?The best way is to put it as soon as you buy it in a plastic trash sack and seal that up.I tend to use two bags as that seems to last a bit longer if one gets a hole in it. Once you open the bag it really sucks up the moisture in the air. . That will happen even in an unopened bag as well. The plastic bag will slow down this process. Now if you keep that bag in the rafters above your wood stove in the living room all winter then it will have a small chance of keeping dry.I doubt many do this-and if you do keep that fire burning as wood heat drys out the air,If you are like most its in lesser location. Once you open that bag keep that (outer plastic bag sealed ) and as Oldlady said use it soon or toss it. It WILL get lumpy . For me plaster costs about 16$ a bag around here(#1 pottery) and I always just buy a bag when needed-I try to keep it going in summer but winter is just to moist to keep it here. There has been many a post on plaster here if you need some late night material to read.
  2. I use mold lube soap from Laguna (pure lube)as a release-you want to keep all oils off plaster so the pores do not seal http://www.axner.com/pure-lube.aspx
  3. This is the week of shipping one mug at a time-its brutal

    1. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Hang in there Mark. 

    2. What?

      What?

      I didn't read anything in the Feb 2018 issue of Ceramics Monthly about the brutality Mark C has to face shipping out one mug at a time. Nice write up.  I think a while back you mentioned you were contributing to an editorial. Always nice to see and read articles from people I have meet here and in person.

  4. I was a raised in a creative family-mostly of teachers. Mother taught until retiring High School and Junior Collage Father sold insurance as an independent agent Both not on planet now. Art was something well all did from early age-same with building things , diving,surfing in the 50's-all water sports as well as track and field (had our own pole vault and high jump pit in backyard)and traveling as a family. I had been to Mexico 10 times at age 10. I was the youngest of 4 siblings-3 brothers and a sister-age spread was 11 years from oldest brother to me. My brothers exceeded at art-I could not draw well. In high school I was exposed to clay and the rest is history -bought a power wheel in HS as well.Never looked back.Never thought about the future with clay either. My oldest brother got a scholar ship to Stanford as a track star and was headed to Tokyo Olympics in 65 and later taught art at California UCSB in Santa Barbara in 1966- 1992-they built him a print lab building back then when the schools had money till presnt.Died of melanoma in 1992 My sister taught elementary-all grades for 35 years-is retired in Summerland-next to Montecito,Ca-still surfs every week at 73 Middle brother did art, Track and collage and committed suicide at age 23-had some serious health issues I did art ,track until High School, clay and have had melanoma removed 5 years ago. I'm on get looked at every 6 month program for life for skin cancer. Pottery full time since 76-till present-still diving and traveling
  5. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    No pop up shows in our non urban ,non big city, non mid city sized area. Really only two or three outside summer shows and one winter inside show in the whole area. Our local farmers market which has 40 years of history does not let potters or non food items in it. There are few small art summer venues but they are small and not well attended. I think if you brought a Dragon it may help .
  6. Well the thread on show types got me thinking the various shows out there. I have done several types over my 40+ career Please add your own show types to the list Juried Fine art shows Juried shows-less than fine art Farmers markets Pop up shows (US) and Canada Local events put on my various folks like clubs and organizations County fairs-rodeos City events Trunk shows Private sale -like a studio sale or like my own xmas sale in a shopping center Studio Sales-varoius types-art tours-open studios
  7. Pyrometer Usage?

    You will be pleased knowing the digital temps as you fire-like going out of the buggy age to a car. Soon you will have several of them and wonder how you lived without one.
  8. Shipping season really?

    Packed up 8 place setting dinnerware set-3 piece and some extra stuff. Box was 45#s-pdouble boxed-shipping to southern California via UPS on Monday.(not a UPS holiday it turns out. I made this set at end of last year and just got around to getting back to customers after the busy holiday.This will be nice January check.
  9. Shipping season really?

    I try to keep quantity of sheet Styrofoam in stock I snap up whatever I can find-I also find it at the dump/recycle/transfer place-they keep a bin of just that.I like it in different thicknesses. I also try to keep that sheet soft foam Mea has in photo. I NEVER buy any packing materials -there is so much that gets tossed it easy to divert it. I have a few business's that I stop by -they save it for folks like me.I have a Costco shed for packing stuff and coolers for fishing to store it in.
  10. Shipping season really?

    Styrofoam is broken very easily, how about dropping them into a cardboard box-thats would be super strong. I bring home Santa Barbara frozen lobsters in that container system.
  11. Hump molds are just a bit more fussy than slump as with a slump the piece shrinks away and does not crack. With a hump it can crack as it shrinks. You have to be on it with hump molds to prevent that cracking-Dick has a good point on the edge catching.
  12. The mold needs to be bone dry-the clay should not be sticky wet. whats your climate and is that mold super dry?What is the studio temp? Are you in AZ or Maine?It all matters.
  13. Competing Styles

    Neil is right on this as most shows only allow one category to apply to. Stick to that and your life will work better in terms of sales for art shows. For home sales and farmers markets take whatever you want. For juried shows stick to one theme and product line.
  14. Last load of clay and dry materials today-this will feel good when done my helper bailed and I moved all 19 tons solo-I still can without hurting myself at my age.Clay is good for the body  right?

  15. Vitrification

    Are cone 6 clay and glazes though to get a good match that vitrifes and is leak proof? There seems to always me someone with leak issues in this temp range. This issue can happen at any temp range but there must be a post every few months on this issue at cone 6.
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