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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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In Topic: Hard Time With Extruder..not Extruding?

Yesterday, 02:41 PM

My guess is the extrusion hole is to small.

1st post so we may never know what happened?

In Topic: Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Yesterday, 10:33 AM

I think for whatever reason now in many endeavors people feel they can just do whatever without the training. For example say climb Mount Everest. No training required where 30 years ago one would climb all the tall mountains first for training then attempt Everest-now they attempt with almost no training just money and a guide.

This is also true in scuba classes these days. You used to learn to swim and then hone water skills before leaning to dive now folks sign up who cannot swim.

Its a trend and its covers many many things-ceramics is just one aspect of this new world.


Paying dues is not part of the process until later when one realizes the complexities of the choices.I feel that this unrealistic expectation is now the new norm in life.

Why can't I be in the Olympics even though I never have practiced-this is the new I can do whatever thought process.


Folks die on Everest who are not trained well-drown in scuba as they cannot swim well and their dog or cat bowl comes out of kiln full of craters and looks bad. All part of the same process.The new norm.

In Topic: Skutt or L&L?

24 July 2016 - 03:40 PM

Pres that link does not work well.

Takes you to a page that moved.


I'm not a big skutt fan after owning 3 of their kilns.

If I ever buy a new electric it will be a L&L for these reasons-the element holders and ease of self service.

Skutt has used the low end stainless jacket that rusts badly and discontinued so many items it is hard to repair older models -you have to hard wire all sections together which makes moving sections a royal pain-this is older kilns not newer kilns.

Since I live close to Portland(8 hours) the parts come fast but after years of replacing cheap screws-rusty handles-bands that snap after rusting thru-I have come to the end of skutt in terms of buying one again-yes they are cheaper on the up front cost but you get what you pay for.

In Topic: Is Terracotta Stronger Than A Bisque Fired Stoneware?

24 July 2016 - 12:37 PM

Diffusers can come apart with the uneven heating-especially low fire ones.I was in that business at one time (for 10 years and made many thousands) and the company that contracted us wanted pots that did not crack over time.High fire porcelain glazed was the best solution for them liability wise as that never cracked or broke.

My guess is the terra-cotta ones will come apart over time unless they are vitrified. Whatever clay you use make sure its fired to its vitrification point . I do not think absorbing the oil is a good thing.

In Topic: Chip Card Readers. How Do You Like Yours So Far?

24 July 2016 - 12:29 PM

Since you are only doing one show and do not own a cell phone your learning curve will be large. Either just take cash and checks and accept a few less sales.

I would suggest borrowing one and getting set up with the square on that phone-after the show delete the square software on the borrowed phone.

Credit card sales are from 1/3 to 1/2 my sales at shows depending on location-my guess its more in a Metro area.Since I avoid those areas I'm no expert in metro.