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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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#56650 The Dangers Of Advice Without Experience

Posted by Mark C. on 14 April 2014 - 11:03 PM

My advice is to keep your fingers out of the fan
But some want to see what happens no matter what.

#56440 Low Hand Strength?

Posted by Mark C. on 10 April 2014 - 10:03 AM

I suggest a great physical therapist. Hand strength exercises are going to help
If they can cut 3bones out of my wrist 2years ago and I can now throw fine I,m sure you can rehab this.
Time and work is what you need with some guidance.

#55982 How Are You Managing Your Web Resources?

Posted by Mark C. on 03 April 2014 - 01:22 AM

This cuts to the very heart of what I feel-(as if buying handmade pottery is supposed to be convenient and on-demand. I've decided these are not the type of customer I want to attract. And even when it works out well, I still feel like it required too much time to sell one or two pieces.)

congrats on getting to this point in your career Mea

Your statement is so absolutely what I feel .

I now call it- small potato business


#55943 Election Results-Drumroll ++++++And The Winners Are?

Posted by Mark C. on 02 April 2014 - 10:34 AM

Great so now you NEW guys can tackle the real clay issues 

Heres a small starter list  of top 5 to get the RD going on the big clay issues


Self throwing clay

clean hands clay

self firing clay

enough memory built into the clay so there can be NO ugly pots-this one will take a full double blind test

clay that is 98% lighter in the pug form



#55909 Connecting Vs. Procrastination

Posted by Mark C. on 01 April 2014 - 07:02 PM

My entire business model is built on a different platform than social media.

Its more about personal contact or let the product sell itself

than junk mail in the in box or what I had for lunch. The time it takes to self promote for me is better spent making quality work.

I think this is more about a customer base that I have zero in common with.

The issue I have with much of social media is big business is now married to it as well and its no longer like a personal letter or sudio sale event invite. It all to impersonal on a grand scale.

I do not want to sell my friends my stuff for sale as they already know I make things.

One last note is I think it really depends on who your demographic market is as well.

my 2 cents

As far as procrastination I somehow outgrew all of that in my early 30's. Now If  I can do it now I always do that 1st.


#55374 Pug Mill Recommendations.

Posted by Mark C. on 25 March 2014 - 10:36 AM

Thats a fine machine-(NVS-07) what about parts and service?I think parts will be important later one-so make sure you can get them.

The peter pugger that is close to it is the VMP20SS for a bit more money ($4,600)

If you can get parts go with the shimpo-but at least a set of extra o-rings

Not sure where you live but if its in the west go with the Peter pugger as they are closer

I would definitely get a all Stainless machine if I went with a new one.

I am using a Peter Pugger VMP 30 ( I got it used) but only for past month-Its been super so far.


#55190 How Do You Make Bull Nose Tiles

Posted by Mark C. on 22 March 2014 - 12:18 PM

Heres a few photos go mine-these where done in early 80's-simi matt glaze-stoneware

Sink throw to match as well.



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#55187 Pots Cracking Way After Firing

Posted by Mark C. on 22 March 2014 - 11:42 AM

I agree as this is classic dunting

When you refire a tight glaze piece you always have more risk of problems.

Can you explain why you need to reire these twice-if you can do one glaze fire this may help this issue.

The lead free glaze can go inside as a liner dry the glaze then glaze the outside and fire. Are these two glazes different temperatures? and if so can you fire to same temp?

It sounds like the samebody is used from a year ago?There has been no body changes?

Both glazes look like shiny clears?


#54830 Trimming A Foot For Bowls

Posted by Mark C. on 16 March 2014 - 08:47 PM

This is an easy thing to learn.

In one day Throw 30 cereal bowls next day tap center and trim 30 cereal bowls and before you are done you will know how to tap center and where to stop trimming-its rteally that simple.

Cut a few on 1/2 to see what they look like as well.

Forget patching just cuck out any that are over trimmed.

Pots are not precious just throw more

If you do not have it mastered in 30 do another 30 until you do.

The needle tooling and pin pricks are all somewhat like a crutch and I suggest learning without them-and in the end you will just get it

one last note as to small feet-the best foot is one that feels right for each shape -sometimes overly small makes the bowl tipping as does wide makes them look heavy. Getting it right is an art.

Learning YOUR foot is key. I spent a year  on and off with my mentee on feet. In the end she owned her own foot and it worked and look great.

The only way is lots of feet under the bridge.


#54794 Casual Workshop Questions

Posted by Mark C. on 16 March 2014 - 03:11 PM

This has been full of some great take aways for me

I knew I was missing some ideas and you all have filled in the gaps.

I think this is free workshop for members and will not be fee based-I know its free from me. The economic base on this small Island is not great so my guess is its a free workshop as well

I also will fire a salt kiln for them as thats new territory for them 


#54705 Rubber Slipcast Mold Masters - Need Help

Posted by Mark C. on 15 March 2014 - 12:29 AM

Jeff has the terms right above-thanks

Laguna clay/Axner sells all the materials you will need as well.

The shelf life of those rubbers is short so they need to be used once cast they last for many years.


#54540 Vintage Materials

Posted by Mark C. on 12 March 2014 - 05:51 PM

I have a old school spodume glaze I'll dig up and post for you-works great with the old stuff.


#54413 Doomspiration - Analogy By Robert Genn

Posted by Mark C. on 11 March 2014 - 03:58 PM

I've posted this before:


“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”


Chuck Close - painter







Never heard of Chuck Close but he pegged it-really great stuff

Love it ( Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. )

Back to trimming bowls and drying pots in the sun.


#54396 Artist Statement

Posted by Mark C. on 11 March 2014 - 02:05 PM

My stuff is not written for academia but for juried arts shows

I think you asked 

(I am filling out applications for juried craft shows )

Now as to a grad school apps. I would top load it with some artspeak tossed in just for good measure.

but for shows I keep it simple and direct

I think the simpler/direct the better

#54337 Kiln Stacked 5 1/2 Feet Tall About 1,000 Degrees 6.8 Earthquake Hits

Posted by Mark C. on 10 March 2014 - 10:01 PM

Well I had both my gas kilns cooling last night when we got a 6.8 earthquake.One is a little 12 cubic updraft the other is a walk in 35 cubic car kiln.The quake was over 40 seconds long. Within another 1/2 hour we had another 6-8 aftershocks -largest 4.6

Also during this time 24 hour stretch we had 3.1 inches of rain. I got my slicker on and peered in and saw pots stacked  on shelves instead of the back wall as I did 20 years ago.

Today I unloaded both kilns and all was well. Feel I dodged a bullet. All my stacked greenware in studio was fine as well.

Living In Nor -Cal near the Gorda plate is always exciting