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Mark C.

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  1. Bottom Depth Tool

    After some practice thowing many many forms you get a feel for this bottom thickness deal and a tool will not be necessary . If you throw and trim say 50 bowls you will get this feel at the end. Nice tool but never needed it. At least with this tool you can eat some hot noodles in a bowl as well .
  2. L&L easy fire front loading kiln

    These kilns appear to be top loader turned on their sides with a swing door. Or they have that look to them.You can see the curve of the stainless on bottom.They look well thought out. Easier to load for sure. Reasonable prices as well for front loaders.
  3. I use my full size blender (thrift store buy) each week almost to mix the rough stuff like Zinc Oxide or any heavy clumping material in a glaze . A few minutes in the blender then pour to thru my talisman 80 mesh into the main glaze I'm mixing up. I'll add the tool part later its late.
  4. You could recut the rim after squaring. I tend to do this on chopsticks bowls and like the raised sides which have cut outs for the sticks. Since you have a lid and its metal the sides need to be all the same level-You could also sand it smooth in the green state and smooth out the rim afterwards.
  5. Highwater clay users

    I know a few potters whom gave up on B-mix then moved to there bodies.
  6. Highwater clay users

    (thixotropic) this happened to some laguna clays like B-mix out west here some years ago. Laguna had changed water sources and it really did a number on some clays.
  7. Keep your seconds as Mea says for other venues not shows. I used to save mine for home sales but gave up home sales after 19 years of them. Now I take them to one local show that is a lot of students whole look for seconds. I now save them for that deal.
  8. I often make square bowls bowls. After trimming and putting a foot on them I rewet them and paddle them square.Just another way to get square pots .
  9. The issue with commercial glazes is you do not know whats in them or how to fix them. I can add that your body cone 6 to then 10 is a big issue but you already know this. The only other point is Laguna makes glazes with the cheapest materials they have in glazes -meaning silica (most likely 200 mesh) etc etc. I know this as they make glaze for me in 1 ton lots, but I specify the materials vs let them use the cheapest which they did the 1st batch. On the plus side they usually are the cheapest suppler around. One last factoid they have a New owner as John Brooks sold it this year.
  10. anyone ever tried the vertical slab rollers?

    I have often wondered about this as most slab rollers come out flat and thats the way I use them so I do not have to move the slab much (distort) In a vertical I think you would have then lay it flat (distort it more?) not sure on this point maybe Doc can clear this up. The best thing in theory is gravity would make it want to self feed.
  11. I usually just greet them being friendly if its slow-the pottery sells itself.
  12. microwave proof?

    Another issue for microwave is iron. If your clay body contains iron that will heat up the pot and if its a rich iron bearing clay it can damage the microwave . The usual effect its a very hot pot with typical stone wares bodies.My Porcelain clay body since its iron free microwaves well.
  13. name this glaze?

    I think you got it Pres since most likely its not a mug intact after all those years.
  14. name this glaze?

    Looks like a cone 10 reduction fired glaze on a stoneware iron spot body-very popular in the 70's . The satin Matt is the hard part. maybe a waxy white ?mine was called Billy Joes butter white and looked very close to this if fired in the right conditions (reduction) on the right clay and glazed the right thickness in application. Maybe from Laguna in their cone 10 glazes in dry powdered form. Always mixed my own.
  15. I also would keep your price at even numbers . You can add tax to that price during the sale. I have done this for over 40 years. People these days really distain change.I actually round up or down often to the nearest quarter most of the time when giving change. The exception to this is grocery store pricing where they always end the price in 9.
  16. What are cone temperatures

    Cones measure time and temperature (also called heatwork) Since they are in kiln along with your pots they are the most accurate . Controllers recreate this electronically . These work really well but the downside is they can break but the risk is low as Neil says he has 2500 firings without cones. They use thermocouples to get the info and these can wear out and can give false readings. Type S thermocouple are the most accurate and cost the most and last longer . Most kilns use type K thermocouples. I consider thermocouples to be the weak link. In my temperature range and atmosphere (above cone 10 in gas reduction) these thermocouples are less accurate. I use platinum thermocouples which cost the most. I suggest using some cones spread around your kiln and learn whats going on in all those locations before giving them up. Just as Mea says in above post.
  17. fixed it-they are now keeping those animals out of store
  18. I reached out about a year and half ago to get my work in a natural foods market that was going to open.They gave me an end cap at just the right height. As I found myself wanting to do less road art shows and this seemed like a good idea. That market has worked out very well for mug sales and sponge holders. Today I find myself in 3 markets.This display went up yesterday in my home town co-op.My member is #12 from the 70's so I have some history with these stores. I'm in both of their stores now . One started two weeks ago. I wanted to try some other forms as well as mugs.I make a weekly drop off to all stores (one store has a courier to their other store)so its only one drop for two stores.These are straight wholesale deals. I sent the final price and they took 35% of that. The thing with all grocery stores is all price points end with 9. No matter if its 10.99 or 24.49 its always a 9. On Thursdays I make my rounds like bread delivery truck only with pots. My distant town store shoot me a photo of the display with a whats needed list so I can have it boxed and invoiced for the courier to take to other towns store. I have experimented with pricing at my first store and found the sweet spot for steady sales.I have always offered to buy back any work and this has yet to happen but I know it will in the future when some forms will just be to slow. I then will just take them off the next bill of goods I take them the next week. The store cannot loose. This has been a NEW business for me and since I have been in this pottery business since time began its feels nice and fresh . If you can make a quality line of work and keep enough back stock ready at all times and are dependable this can work out very well in terms of steady dollars The one store sold 19 mugs last week so you can see its adds up fast. This is shift from road dogging it 2000 miles to Arizona art show to a steady stream of weekly or every other week drop offs. I'm driving the pottery van around once a week now and its been good. I thought I had saturated my local markets here but now I really have as i'm inside them now as well as the outside shops.Now lets see how long until i go nuts baking all this bread. The photo is top shelve right sponge holders and soap dishes Main Shelve is cereal bowls, 5 sizes of mugs-french butterfishes candle holders and salt cellars-thanks to Min.
  19. Dipping Pots into glaze

    Some pro tips to glazing mugs are to blow the glaze with your mouth right after dipping or pouring at bottom of handle to they get thinner and do not pool (run ) at this trouble spot .
  20. when I use wadding its always mixed up in a sealed plastic gallon bag. It firm but moldable. never wet, I use it in slat kiln and to retire salt pots in reduction kiln. I use brown shelve pieces in all dimensions to stack the shelves. I have a bunch of small 3/16 advancer pieces and some 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch mullet and carbide pieces . They are all washed and do not stick to posts. I have called them nerds for 4.5 decades and no matter what you call them they are nerds to me. I never use wadding in my weekly reduction or electric firings-I could but its no need as the stacks are solid .
  21. Big kiln firing tonight-little kiln cooling from yesterdays fire.Outlets are moving pots as the season is starting strong.

  22. For me its was my Giffen grip which was under $100 so many decades ago. My second tool is my bison custom made double end trim tool which back then was less than $100 but now its more as I have 3 of them -3 giffens as well-each is set up differently. I had 4 but gave one to an art center. an honorable mention is my mud cutter from mud tools. I use both types a lot .
  23. Bailey Electric Slab Roller

    If you need grip on the bottom board you can buy a few tubes of silicone caulk that fit a caulking gun-you could use a tile trowel which come in different teeth Heights . 3/16 or 1/4 inch apply the silicone ant trowel it with gives it a groved appearance . Make your drive board out of whatever daily uses for their drive boards.They do use mdf for the table tops on there slab rollers so that may use it as drive boards-I'm sure that will tell you.
  24. Bailey Electric Slab Roller

    I have an 30 inch electric Bailey and I never have used any type of drive board-I use slab mats only with the clay in-between them. You can also use canvas. Call Bailey on the drive board as its not something that I have seen. I bought my slab roller about 15 or so years ago -maybe longer? Its a lot newer looking than yours but it was not made to use a drive board . If I needed that I would make it from a two sided piece of hardwood plywood-you could glue a rubber Matt to backside but how about using it without a drive board.
  25. Table Top Slab Roller

    http://slabmat.com/about/ You can call them direct and buy the seconds and trim them down. I did that and have many of them. They work great. I think Bailey makes the best slab rollers but that personal bias .