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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.
  1. Mark C.

    Accidentally high-fired bisquware

    No it will not.You will need to heat the pieces before glazes so they are warm and they will NEVER absorb glaze well. Meaning they never will work well. Last time I did this I threw the kiln load in trash and made another kiln load. Its a learning curve with ceramics and all the detail matter. Sorry to hear about this mistake. Welcome to the forum
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    Shout out to Glazenerd!

    I read that to-good job Tom.
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    Alternative to Brent motor?

    Brent part prices are really inflated but I have never needed brushes in 40 years of use.Its the other stuff that goes out. I have a motor that Brent gave me to test in the 80's-its one they do not use but I can get the name off the plate as it fits thiermounting bracket . They may still be making dc motors. The best deal with Brent for me is when I send in the whole mess (foot pedal controller and motor-they usually fix it for far less than the parts price on the web site.The ups is spendy but they do quick service and seem to honer their stuff that broke.
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    New to me New Model A Brent wheel

    I would go to that same motor repair shop and ask them for a replacement and what would the cost be? I may have a motor source written on the studio wall-I'll check today.I think I have a box label from a motor company
  5. Recently (January) I drove 500 miles to a family friends 90th birthday. He was an important figure in my upbringing and was still very sharp living at a facility that does not yet care for him but will when he needs it. He was an architect his whole life. He had 2 pots of mine from the middle 70's and I really saw my style had changed dramatically since then. My feet, my forms, my handles -everything. He also has a pot from my older brother who is long gone (died 1971) from his summer class with Paul Soldner in Pasadena in 69. It was a real eye opener. They where bigender pots I made about 6 years into being a potter.One was a casserole -the other was a vase. I had some areas unglazed on the outside and by the looks of things like darker colors back then-the pots where stoneware as well.
  6. Two glaze firing cooling so soon (Friday)the benches are filled with glazed ware that needs pricing.
  7. Mark C.

    Shimpo-West Wheel- (Bats)

    I'm not sure but those pins look non standard (10) inch centers. How about using a vise grip and removing them and drilling standards bat holes and using standard drilled bats from any ceramic shop.? There has been many a thread on this subject-use the search function while on the home main page.
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    New to me New Model A Brent wheel

    See my post on your other thread. Ps no buying or selling on this board-you can PM a person about that but cannot post such things . I do not have just a motor by itself but I answered you about repairing yours locally on your other thread. Welcome to the forum.
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    Alternative to Brent motor?

    Brent has gone thru many motor manufacturers. They settled down about 15 year ago and have used the same since that time. The original ones back in the day where blue and you could not access the brushes like you can in the new motors. Also they use 1/4 hp 1/3 hp and 1/2hp and 1 hp and 1.5 hp and maybe a 2? anyway its a mixed bag depending on the model wheel Your best bet is not working at all they Brent but an electric motor shop-all areas have them-they work on motors for industry. Call you electrical wholesaler (use goggle or a local phone book) to fine one near you. They can replace bearings and brushes glue parts back on whatever. If your commutator is fried then it cheaper to buy a whole new motor which most likely is cheaper than a Brent one.The only thing you need is to make sure the new motor has the same size shaft and has a mounting system similar to Brent motors . This motors are all 12 Dc motors My local shop called Industrial Electric replace my older Brent motor bearings on a 1hp older Brent from the 7o's it cost under 70$. That motor was a free upgrade on m,y old model C they fixed back when Brent owned the company in Healdsburg,Ca. before he sold it to Amaco.
  10. The best ones are Flukes-they are bullet proof I have about 4-5 at any given time . The model I like is a Fluke 51 K/J Thermometer This is single kiln use unit(I also have one with two leads for two kilns at once) These are on E-bay all the time.60$ is to much to pay -just wait and find one that is going for less and put the money into shipping it to the UK. Any type K thermocouple will work with this unit. I just picked up one for under 35$-You will need the two prongs lead (its always a yellow plug)and the 6 foot of wire. Often they come with this or you can but it extra on eBay as well.These handle up to 2400 degrees(you do the conversion to Cel) I suggest buying one of these over any cheap knock offs-these are older flukes but once where top of the line. They take a 9volt battery and you get to it by the 4 screws on the back.That battery will last years. I use this eon my 3 gas kilns and an electric.Also any kiln I'm working with or on as I travel. I have turned lots of potters onto this item and that all have been happy.
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    Flashing Slips

    I to apply over bisque for my salt slips.No issues
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    Woodfiring Clay Bodies

    Laguna clay makes wood and soda clay as well as wood fire B mix. as noted you can just slip coat many bodies so the body is less important .
  13. Send a Pm to (neilestrick) on this site-he will see that right away and respond. He is the moderator on this equipment area so just click on his name on home page to send that message. He is the absolute guy to have every L& L answer for you .
  14. (Your best material is #1 Pottery Plaster from USG. https://www.usg.com/content/usgcom/en/products-solutions/products/industrial-and-specialty/ceramics/usg-no-1-pottery-plaster.html Use their data sheet for mixing instructions located at the bottom of the link above.) Fred is spot on.This is the best for molds.

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