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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

I can up load pictures to Gallery.
Mar 16 2017 07:41 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    Can or can't? Not sure if you're happy or having trouble! LOL
    Mar 18 2017 02:19 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Hahaha, couldn't. Must learn to spell check more. I'm ok. LOL
    Mar 18 2017 03:28 PM
  • GiselleNo5's Photo
    GiselleNo5
    Ahh. Did you figure it out? The gallery is so finicky. :(
    Mar 18 2017 08:22 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Ordered a 3D printer kit. So I will assemble it and make a clay stamp. Probably take about a week to get it.
Mar 11 2017 10:14 PM
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    Denice
    My son bought a broken one at the DAV and fixed it. Wore it out and fixed it again. Then it was broken in a move and he had to fix it again. They took it to the remote island they live on so they can print our anything they need.
    Mar 13 2017 12:59 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Smart kid.
    Mar 13 2017 03:56 PM
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    Joseph F
    3d printers are so awesome. My son wants one so bad. Hope it goes well for your mark.
    Mar 13 2017 03:57 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Back to the drawing board. I fired a kiln to ^6 with a pyro barin my sitter. New sitter, new everything, except infinite switches (no long can get), but it never got there. Brand new elements. It was firing fine till last nite. It's still cooling. Going to fire in my small kiln to finish an order. And work on the big kiln. I will fix it or try basket weaving in my padded room.
Mar 05 2017 12:10 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    :( :(
    Mar 06 2017 08:08 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Yup. I just wonder if the weather had anything to do with it. We had some very heavy downpours Saturday when I was firing. No lighting. the barometric pressure was at 30.30. The humidity at 84%. Guess it could be that my kiln was, a bit under the weather, LOL.

    I fired the small kiln today @^6 and it went well. Nice day. I am going to fire another load in the big kiln tomorrow ^6. small load. If it doesn't go well I am going to check all my wiring.


    Mar 06 2017 08:30 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    I will only fire bisque ware in my dad's big kiln. It has too many hot and cold spots. Sometimes there has been a four-cone variation between the top and bottom shelf. Too unpredictable. So I fire many small glaze loads.
    Mar 07 2017 03:33 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Kiln cooling. Happy tomorrow? LOL
Feb 22 2017 12:48 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

I just started working with a ^5 laguna that I took to ^6. got some translucency. but not overall. Guess I need to go thinner. Help
Jan 30 2017 10:18 PM
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    glazenerd
    I have been teaching myself to use less water. I set out one cup of water to throw 3-5lbs of porcelain. It forces you to use less water.
    Feb 03 2017 08:23 AM
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    Chris Campbell
    Going with the original question .. which Laguna clay are you trying to get translucent?? Not all Cone 5/6 porcelain will be no matter how you fire them.
    Feb 03 2017 03:28 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Chris, TBH, I don't remember. I had thrown the box away and without thinking about what clay it was. I know it was porcelain because I maked it on the bag that I had soaked in a 5 gal bucket. Mystery Porcelain:P. I like working with it. I get my clay from either, http://www.roadrunnerceramics.com/ in San Antonio or http://www.armadilloclay.com/ in Austin, Tx. This clay has some translucency in some parts. I would love a recommendation.
    Feb 04 2017 06:27 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Yea, first test, ^04, fired great. I rebuilt my small kiln, Paragon A-82B, new bricks, elements and controller rewired with new infinite switches. Now I go for the gold, ^6.
Jan 21 2017 12:52 PM
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    glazenerd
    Happy prospecting!
    Jan 22 2017 12:28 AM
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    LeeU
    Nice!!
    Jan 22 2017 10:23 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Had laser surgery on my left eye due to retinal tears. The floaters are annoying me.
Jan 15 2017 01:58 AM
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    oldlady
    mark, have always had them but when my cataract surgery was done in 02 they mostly disappeared. until an accident when i hit the tree going over the edge of the road. i think the surgeon stirred up the stuff inside the eye.
    Jan 15 2017 11:49 PM
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    Roberta12
    Are you recovering from the surgery? Yep the floaters are a pain, but you can still see the clay, right??

    Jan 16 2017 09:08 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Yup, visions fine. And I think the floaters went on vacation, or that lump of clay is a mighty big floater, LOL. But, I'm fine tha k you Roberta.
    Jan 16 2017 09:40 AM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

I had some Laguna ^5 Porcelain sitting around in a 5gal bucket for a year or so. Sooo, I cleaned my wheel of stoneware (spotless) and my tools, so I made some candle holders with in the Mishima technique. Do you think it would be better to fire with a clear glaze of without? I want the colors in the design to be bright.
Jan 10 2017 04:07 PM
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    glazenerd
    Yes you can. You will see some color shifts, pending the amount of iron in your stoneware clay. Colors will be brighter, different hues perhaps.
    Jan 11 2017 07:38 AM
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    Roberta12
    again, I concur with the venerable Nerd. I go back and forth from porcelain to a white stoneware.

    Jan 11 2017 08:52 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Thank you, good people.
    Jan 11 2017 09:55 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

And, Yea! I finally will fix my small Paragon with new bricks and elements. So happy.
Jan 07 2017 09:44 PM
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    glazenerd
    Here a little, there a little.
    Jan 07 2017 10:25 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Anyone miss me? I got locked out when I changed my email.
Dec 28 2016 08:25 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Actually no, Joel, it was me. I switched my email and had not made the verification, after I saved my new email. Somehow, it made me outcast. But being somewhat tech savvy, I did fix it. So never going to forget this experience.
    Dec 29 2016 08:49 PM
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    ChenowethArts
    Very glad that you recovered from the switch in emails...and welcome back!
    Dec 31 2016 06:15 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Thanks Paul. It was scary. I felt so alone, it was cold. And dark. But I'm better. lol. Always good to be here.
    Dec 31 2016 10:52 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Losing heat. My lid has gaps. Any suggestions?
Nov 20 2016 04:24 PM
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    Marcia Selsor
    Mark, yes it is ceramic fiber blanket.

    Nov 21 2016 08:29 PM
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    Mark C.
    Wood stove shop-must have some in your town?
    Nov 23 2016 12:09 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Going with Glazenerd's recommendation. Thank you all for the positive feedback. Just don't send me a bill...ok? LOL (marko, yes, good people, my Precious, yes, good)
    Nov 25 2016 10:51 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Doing a ^6 witness firing test. I have a Orton AF3000, that is finishing at 2194 F, so I test. I have also disconnected all the switches, timers and cone sitter. Now it is direct from the elements to the power cord to the Orton control wall box. Hope it works.
Nov 17 2016 07:49 PM
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    Mark C.
    I call that seats of your pants firing and I love it. Its the way I fire most gas kilns
    Nov 17 2016 11:27 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Lately, I have been at a loss to decorate, anything. I have no problem throwing, just what to do next. I just look a pots and wonder.
Aug 31 2016 09:29 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    glazenerd, you're right about looking at other artist. And I did see a post here that led me to learn about Rick Hintze. I love his work. But I am always afraid of doing work like someone else. I feel guilty. And have you been to Joseph's website. He has such a gift. I love how he has come along and made great progress in glaze and pottery style of his own. He must have some Japanese potter blood. Inspired. :)
    Sep 02 2016 09:58 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    alabama, yup, I'm going this way then that way. My noodles have been fried and MIA. But I hear you and Giselle. I do need to make notes and settle on one thing at a time. I guess it would be better to do a lot of one thing, than a whole lot of nothing. Thanks.

    Sep 02 2016 10:02 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    But one thing is for sure. I'm happy to have friends like you all. Thanks everyone for the support. A kick in my potty pants might help. :P
    Sep 02 2016 10:04 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Man, did you know that uncooked corn on the cob is so good? I love it. No salt or butter needed. Very sweet yellow organic corn. Yum.
Aug 16 2016 06:27 PM
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    Diesel Clay
    Cut the fresh stuff off the cob and make salsa! Yum.
    Aug 17 2016 09:25 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    mmmmm salsa. Doh! Thanks Diesel.
    Aug 17 2016 09:46 AM
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    Benzine
    I grow some in the garden. I boil it in water with a stick of butter and some milk. Adds to the flavor.
    Aug 20 2016 08:05 PM
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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Any recommondations for a digital pyrometer, k type, min cone 8
Aug 06 2016 02:08 PM
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    Mark C.
    I'm a fluke fan myself-model 5200 on e-bay used -cheap and work well-you will need a thermocouple and cork with special plug as well.
    Aug 06 2016 11:56 PM
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    Marcia Selsor
    I got Fluke k-types also.But for Raku i still use my old analog type.
    Aug 07 2016 10:01 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Thanks guys. I ended up getting: MS6514 Dual-Input Digital Logging Handheld Pyrometer Package
    The MS6514 Dual-Input Handheld Pyrometer Package comes with (2) Low temp thermocouples (Max Temp: 752 F), and (1) Heavy Duty thermocouple (Max Temp: 2500 F).



    This model includes a large LCD display, built in ambient temperature compensation, auto power off and USB interface with included software. The software allows you to export to Microsoft Excel as well as printing....
    Aug 08 2016 04:31 PM