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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. There are no worldwide standards that I'm aware of. A school class is always worth it for gained knowledge if the instructor is good one.
  2. We'll next time ask to be away from food and music-I always have done it when signing up for new shows where you do not know the layout.. With only 500 people I also would consider it a success as well.
  3. This may be the best boiled down approach to this I have yet to read-it hits all the points as one starts out and grows slowly into a full timer.Great description Callie.
  4. I am on a midsummer break and the bench is empty-just returned form my really big show and a few days of diving.No clay for another week.
  5. I have a couple almost the same from a sell off of ceramic assets a few decades ago-you could also have a metal fab shop make you a few. Mine does not have the bar per shelve that goes across . I just used thicker plywood to support that front.
  6. I know starting your own retail (brick and mortar) for pottery is brutal-most fail. The overhead is just to high.I cannot count the failures. Its the start up costs these days that can eat you alive. I started slow not with a plan. My 1s glaze scale was a piece of wood with two plywood squares nailed to that wood beam balanced on a nail with some known counter weights.A used wheel and a kiln made from salvaged bricks with homemade pipe burners.I did not order any stuff from any online store back then. No new gear at all. A few chemicals bought far away(12 hour drive RT)made going by to elsewhere .A few years later If I sold 250$ at a small event I was stoked.It was a different time. I did any local event and slowly figured out which did better from trail and error. Still NO PLAN-just doing it.Meanwhile I was putting work in shops on consignment -tried a few co-op shops-I did what I had to to pay the bills.Just barely. My big break was getting out go my county and doing SanFrancisco area fairs. That was about 12 years into the pottery for money thing-sell no plan. I found the shows that I did well and those I did not.-no shortcuts even in these modern times. I think of it as the school of hard knocks-you have to do that to succeed . Last weekend I did my 25th year at a show out of state(I no Longer even do SF shows)I was called an institution by my neighbors. Now what this means is I have been there so long doing it. Learn what works where-develope a line of work-refine this line-keep at it -stick to it -you will have setbacks-stick it out.Be patient. Keep cost down as much as you can from the start Good luck-if it was easy everyone would be doing it
  7. Mark C.

    Table Top Wheels

    Brent makes a solid table top Model IE that is a table top and you can use with legs as a regular wheel-great foot pedal. Of course its not a cheap one -but it does both functions and has a real foot pedal .
  8. Yes that is spot on advice .
  9. Your blue canopy may color your wares in a weird tint. I suggest a white top next time you buy one and as Mea suggested weight your legs before the wind hits.
  10. Mark C.

    orton numbering

    Never heard of the B letters but I have many older boxes of cones as Neil said they are all white..Let us know about the B letters
  11. Mark C.

    Bisque repair

    The bisque fix above works very well-I think its the best option. It can leave a white line so glaze appropriately .
  12. Unplug wheel and clean switch contacts.
  13. Typical day starts at 9 am in studio throwing until 12 to 1 pm -putting wares in sunshine (may-oct)break for lunch and expresso. Depending on drying conditions-start to trim/handle wares- after lunch.The idea is to finish all the work that day. sometimes get to throw some for am trimming as well. Try to finish up by 6-630pm In winter pots are forced dry in shop with natural gas heater or if coastal fog come in for days -Like past few days -I light up heater and dry work inside. This cycle repeat's until bisque day which usually has some throwing or trimming in am and firing goes into the evening hours. Load and fire bisque car kiln- while making glaze that day. Glaze day starts at 9-ish and runs long (7-8pm) I load two kilns most of the time and fire them the next day.I have an assistant for glaze day and putting on handles the past 25 plus years as well.I usually do all the kiln loading and she helps with most of the unloading.I usually cool one and 1/2 to two days and we unload the next and pack and price all the wares in one long afternoon.That we glaze on Fridays and I fire on Saturdays-unload on Monday afternoons orGlaze on Mondays I fire Tuesdays and we unload Friday afternoons.(glaze days usually are Mondays or Fridays occasionally Wens) Then the cycle repeats itself.-Been this way for many decades -maybe more- Sundays is usually a day off as the kilns are cooling and I am trying to do less in clay.Sometimes a Market pottery drop off happens on Sundays. Thursdays are also a slower day usually with pottery deliveries to wholesale accounts and loading a bisque and glaze making . Things that affect this schedule are fishing /camping /trips away/diving/off season break/ Vacations/etc.
  14. Always double box pots and make sure you can drop or throw box without damage.
  15. Whatever you use to make a mold from it will shrink to whatever your slip shrinks-say 12% for this example So whatever your finished piece to take a mold from just keep in mind it would shrink 12% more when fired in finished state.

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