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Mark (Marko) Madrazo

Member Since 10 Aug 2014
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#123318 Marking Up And Using Holes As Decoration

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 06 March 2017 - 12:33 PM

Welcome to the forum. I hope you find answers and friendships here. And share your experiences, good and bad with clay. No one is perfect, but we are all perfectly will to keep trying and learning. 


As to your question; I do not have enough experience working with porcelain. So I'm out.


But be patient, I know you will get some help, soon. 


Also, check out CAD video archives. There is a whole lot of good help there as well.


Best wishes and tons of success. 

#123314 Plates - Slump & Hump

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 06 March 2017 - 12:17 PM

Make them. Your family will have a piece of you for the future generations in the work you do.


I think Mea is right about how much time you will spend learning and making your molds. If you have lots of time, go for it, but if the wife is waiting, throw em, so she don't throw you out, LOL JK. 


I don't have any good read, except what the tribe is saying here.


I am going to try Chris's method. It sound like a quicker way a than making mold.


And do not forget that you have to store the molds when not in use. 


Best wishes Joseph.

#123263 How Much To Make?

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 05 March 2017 - 12:16 PM

Mea and few here on PC have plenty of experience with that. Follow their advice. Wishing you tons of success. 

#122907 New Crop Of Flutes. I Need Critiques

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 25 February 2017 - 03:36 PM

Post some videos when you get it all done. I love the sound of native flutes. 

#122879 "glueing" Clay With High Fire Glazes

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 24 February 2017 - 09:00 PM

Make a new one. You'll get more from it. Lessons learned. Who hasn't had mishaps. I have a lot when I was beginning. But now, not so often. It's only clay, make more and have a ton of fun learning.  :D

#122709 Qotw: Are You Throwing Wearing Bling Bling?

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 22 February 2017 - 12:46 PM

Hi Evelyn,


I wear my wedding ring. My wife had it welded on.  <_<  :D JK. I don't think about it and for the most part I haven't had any clay rips in awhile. Besides, if I take it off, I know I will forget to put it back on. And that might get me fried. Although I have thought about making it into a nose ring.  :huh: or an ear ring. I don't wear any other bling blings.  :D

Hope you're doing well.

#122053 Why Is This Happening?

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 10 February 2017 - 02:55 PM

Use a well wedged clay. Like Pres and Marcia suggest.  As for the centering, I make my clay soft. But not sticky. If you are struggling with it it could be to hard. Try making three or four 1-2# balls of clay for throwing, or however a weight you feel comfortable. I think in the size of your hands matter when you are still learning to center and throw. Make each ball of clay a different degree of soft to hard. And give it a go till you find what works best. Remember, the basics of throwing are important. But once you get over that "hump"  :D you can then move on to what pulling and shaping works for you best. Watch other in the CAD videos. you'll see the basics and then something different. Just experimenting can be as fun as it is informative. Best of luck. 

#121331 Youtube Video Potters

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 27 January 2017 - 09:53 PM

There are many good potters on YouTube. I have watch many videos and it has helped me immensely. I have a BFA from Texas A&M University. I even made one. But it's just a simple watch and try and learn vid. I was experimenting with a phone camera and an video app so I could try it out. It was fun. But I am not the seasoned potter. I think what really mattered to me was finding a video that was relative to what I wanted to do, like, throwing a cup, then a bowl, then a plate, etc. I wanted to see how different potters did the same thing. They show the standard ways, but some will show things like hand positions or finger movements, that you just have to catch and try. Man it's a lot of good stuff. I took someone way of throwing, trimming, decorating and tried it. Then another, till I found what works for me. I have actually combined more than one and just adjust or change up when I think I need to. Here's my video. 


 I loved watching, Simon, as you mentioned. I think I have seen all his videos. I love how (youdanxxx) of Ingleton Pottery, throws so quick and with such ease. I love the patience of (Hsinchuen Lin) and his reversed hand pull. I learned how to wedge clay from him. It did improve my wedging 100%. I've watched so many I can even remember them all.


But, you don't have to go far to learn, we also have many fine potters here on Potters Council with expert advice. They have helped me so much in solving many problems I had. And don't forget, the many other potters and clay artist on Ceramic Arts Daily videos. Indispensable for people just learning.


Just have fun, make mistakes, try things you are afraid to do, like making tall pots, thin pots, ugly pots (no such thing, hehe), try different clays, I went from low fire, to high fire (when I worked for a potter friend) then ^6 stoneware. And now, just started ^5-6 porcelain.  


I can go on for days talking about everyone I have learned from, but, as Simon Leach says, Keep Practicing". It's the best way to learn.

#120427 Wholesale-Know Your Limits

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 11 January 2017 - 10:09 PM

You have limits? that's funny, Mark.  But I get your drift. But it's not something I would do anyway. I'm in my mello age and I don't take orders from no one, haha. If  we're talking pottery, I will take an order, but I will not commit to any unrealistic deadline. I have a pension, not a job.  :)

#111559 Qotw: Are You Showing Us The Best Piece You Made When Starting With Pottery?

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 17 August 2016 - 07:56 PM

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This is the first pots I made in my 1st year in Art class here at Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Tx. It became Texas A&M University-KIngsville, in 1995-6. 


I had another one, I made after this, same time frame, but it broke :(  when I was putting my studio drywall recently. It was a tall vase with a flared top, thin neck and round base. About 7" tall. It weighed about 2#'s. I was so proud, lol.  :D


This one, I have pictured, is the first, after many failed attempts that day. It is 1" x 3". Here the best part; this 5 ounce beauty started out with about 2#'s of clay. Oh well. It's my first love, in clay.   :wub:

#109330 Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 24 June 2016 - 04:35 PM

I use to have a problem like this. It is very frustrating. I think it is a  matter of how soft or hard your clay is when you get it on the wheel. For me, I like my clay moist, soft. I have had more success this way. But you need to find what works for you. Try wedging your clay with more water, making it soft. Remember how it feels when you wedge it and then throw it. Try different levels of moist. When clay is moist it can be structurally harder to throw large, but it get easier with practice. But it is easier to center and work with. Works for me. Hope it will work for you. I use Bee Mix 5.

#108515 Startup Cost

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 09 June 2016 - 10:02 PM

I been buying everything I have, piece by piece. It took me a while, but then having more dept than money make it so. Best of luck getting yours going.

#108290 Graybeards 1St Sale

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 06 June 2016 - 11:41 PM

When ever I get down because of sales, I breakout the Zig Ziglar cassette tape my dad left me. Google him, or one of the many other top sales people. Motivations go a long way in helping us see the light at the end of the tunnel.


And I can't forget another great salesman, W. Clement Stone. He motivated me to stop smoking, drinking and to attend college. He change my life. His book, The Success System That Never Fails.


Best wishes for success.

#107768 Rubber Stamps

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 30 May 2016 - 12:13 AM

They work, but they can get clogged with wet clay. I dip mine in WD-40.

#107307 Re-Glaze Tip Of The Day

Posted by Mark (Marko) Madrazo on 22 May 2016 - 07:54 PM

Now come on y'all, I'm gonna feel bad. I think the other way was okay, but I wanted blue. Anyway, they all sold out at the show I was at this weekend in Angleton, Tx.  :P so there :D LOL.