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#1 Mark C.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 02:19 PM

I will be be doing some workshops at the Molokai Arts Center for those on Molokai
The dates are April 16th noon to 6 pm
And on the the 19th 3 to 6 pm
I also am converting a 12 cubic gas kiln to a salt kiln this week and we will fire a salt fire on the 22nd 23rd
Or 24th yet to finalized.
These are for members of the Mac as well as a Maui community collage class
But I,m sure non members for a fee would work as well.
The 16th will cover what it takes to support yourself with clay as well as production tips and throwing.
The emphasis will be from a production potters point of view.
So if you're on Molokai this month stop by the MAC in the town of Kualapu'u
Mark Cortright
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Posted 16 April 2014 - 02:02 AM

Made some real progress on salt kiln conversion today and yesterday
Added salt ports and ring pull port as well as protection tube for thermocouple
Shelves got ground-wash made
Kiln sprayed inside
Salt glazes mixed up
Salt fire next week is shaping up.
The centers tech Kathleen has been a huge help
Along with others
Mark
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Posted 16 April 2014 - 07:06 AM

Be sure to post pictures. I was impressed with the system the Maui potters had for showing at various hotel lobbies on a rotation system. Good marketing plans. Sounds great. Enjoy Molokai. 

 

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 05:45 AM

Photos to come to busy today with classes to take any.Maui community collage students this am
Art center folks in afternoon
Salt fire shaping up on the 24
Kiln is almost prepped for salt
This may be 1 st salt fire on Molokai ever ?
Ground breaking stuff
I really like this sleepy art centerand it's participants
It's been a ton of work for many but it will be. Worth it.
Mark
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Posted 17 April 2014 - 03:28 PM

Posting photo seems an issue with I phone or I pad to site-I am trying not to go on rant about the photos with this site
Let's just say
Spent way to long fighting the software
Will post small photos next month from a real computer
Let me describe it palm trees aqua colored warm water
12 cubic foot kiln that needs lots of alterations and spraying
Bag walls and posts need costing steel skin need holes cut as well as soft brick ports
Selves need grinding and washing
Salt glaze and slips need mixing
Hey what about all the other stuff we need bra- oh ya that all needs doing to
New pyro protection tube and digital meter install and 1'ooo other things to bra
Uh- oh it's raining again get it all inside - hey bra it rains about every day a few times
Man these shelves are heavy
Hey when we get to go swimming?????
Big wind again
Palm trees bent over - good kite weather
Let's take today off and go hiking and swimming
Aloha
Mark on Molokai
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:39 AM

Got this photo link working finally
Here is last weeks progress
Cutting salt ports spraying interior
Since then-
I have coated two different coatings
Added a hard brick coated bag wall and have all shelves ground and washed
Added a protection tube and new digital pyro and thermocouple
Will load mid week and fire Thursday

This kiln will have very limited life and will die from salt firing
It's soft brick on the thin edge with 2 1/2 inch wall thickness with steel skin and fiber outer skin
Sprung arch
Downdraft. With 4 natural burners and propane fired
They used to fire to cone 10 in this kiln before it was replaced with an Olsen kit kiln
Kiln was very wet and we have spent some time firing it dry.
I plan on salting -dumping salt thru the ports into flame/ trench as well as spraying salt via a sprayer thru burner ports into the hard brick bag wall
I,ll be easy with spray as it can dissolve sift brick
Not sure how many fires they may get before this kiln is toast
My guess is 6 fires
I just may have to return in a year or two and fire this kiln again
If there is anything left.
I just hope to get it up to temp.
Mark on Molokai

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 12:40 PM

Heres the load ready to fire as well as done-

and all on the table unloaded

 

 

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