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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.

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  1. Mark C.

    slab mat

    I use my slab roller table as my surface which is a large steel table with mdf as the surface-On that I use slab matts. For small work I put the slabs on paper covered wood squares-the paper wicks the moisture out. I used to before my electric slab roller use plaster slabs to roll work out.
  2. Mark C.

    Why make functional ware?

    I always keep my left mugs on the left side as well. The upside down cereal bowls are the hardest to make-you need a wide lip to hold the milk in when its upside down. Since we are talking about idiots here-I should add that the only two customers I refused service to where both men. They both got mad when I told them the could not buy any of my pottery (they would never have anyway). I'll take a few insults from the public but after a while I'll just pull the plug on someone who goes to far-done it twice in 45 years. Felt great about it. My wife did it once as well.
  3. One tip on molds -NEVER sell or get rid of the masters.No mater what you may think you will do with them.
  4. Mark C.

    Why make functional ware?

    The public is hard to deal with at times. Or at least thats my experience. Some do understand some not so much. Nothing like street fair to expose one to the general cluelessness of society. Its great to have great customers but sometimes you get the fact that we all came from cavemen society.I have more trouble with stupid men than women as a generalization at shows . The stupid man thing gets to me after a few of them say things that they really are not long from the caves mouth.
  5. Mark C.

    Why make functional ware?

    Hand made functional ware has a better ascetic to it than commercial wares-Your fellow who missed this point is not a deep thinker and has no feeling for ascetics. I started to make it because I like it ,now its more about making a living as others like it.
  6. If you have the chips use waterproof wood glue to glue them back in. It works well. I doubt you can save them if the chips are gone.
  7. Mark C.

    slab mat

    clay will stick to formica but its a washable tough surface for a table.put whatever you want on top of it.Canvas tabletops are dust collectors.
  8. Mark C.

    slab mat

    I think its poor choice for table cover-better choice is tyvlk hose wrap or like product-sponges easy-formica is maybe the best choice-cleans easy comes in large sheets-glue it down
  9. Harder clay usually throws taller cylinders-its a bit harder to center if you are new at that. Opening is the same.
  10. firing two cone 11 glaze fires on a hot day

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    2. Teala62


      That’s great! Hope it stays that way. 

    3. Denice


      The kilns feel so much hotter in the summer than the winter.  There is only a 20 or 30 degree difference in the room temp,  It doesn't seem like you should be able to notice it when your firing in the 2000 degree range.    Denice

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      my kilns are outside in large 30x40 covered roof area.open on two sides.

  11. Mark C.

    Natural clay

    I added my location to that statement as location is key to what temp range it can be. Wish We had high fire clay naturally around here,
  12. Mark C.

    Thoughts on Pricing

    Callies point on have enough stock for good display is a key point-so make sure that happens.
  13. Mark C.

    Spooze Question

    bisque fix made by Amaco works the best on cracks as long as they are not to big.
  14. Mark C.

    Steaming Electric Kiln

    yes fire it which will dry it out-leave a upper spy plug out to let steam out. very normal to have water in bricks on long unused kiln.
  15. Mark C.

    Natural clay

    Most found natural clays around here (nor Cal) are lower firing and testing is the only way to find that temp range. I would start at cone 06-low fire and work up. I have done what you are doing in collage and its a ton of work figure out what temp-its all trial and error.I developed a cone 10 body finally with that clay but I have to add lots of ingredients to make it not flux at lower temps. Good luck.

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