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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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#120777 Clay For Making Kiln Furniture

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 11:24 AM

Laguna sells a post/stilt making furniture clay body 

#120765 Brent Cxc Wheel Problem: Full Speed At Power On And Trips Circuit Breaker

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 01:41 AM

(it was my house's earth-leakage switch.)


we call that a ground fault on this side of the pond.

To me that means a short.The motor is best guess unless your ground fault is malfuntioning which can happen.


​Does your wheel have one of the older blue motors ?. With non access to the brushes . The motors say from the middle 90s have two twist off access points on side of ,motor to get to brushes. The older motors do not have this  accesses feature.

#120730 Looking For Cress Kiln Review

Posted by Mark C. on 16 January 2017 - 09:17 PM

Cress is in Nevada in Carson City-they will tell you everything you need to know about this kiln-there should be a name plate with the electrical requirements on kiln.

#120728 Complete Beginner, Epic Fail When Firing

Posted by Mark C. on 16 January 2017 - 09:14 PM

The above post covers it all-except getting rid of all that clay and buying clay you KNOW the temperature that it matures at.

As Bruce said above. Do you know for sure what temp the kiln went to?-also next time put some ceramic cones in fire -those cones need to be the end temp you are firing to-say cone o6 if you plan on firing to cone 06.This way you will know what happened temp wise.

Firing clay you know nothing about is like driving with your windshield painted over-sooner or later it will be bad news.

#120538 Too Thin Or Wrong Technique

Posted by Mark C. on 13 January 2017 - 06:31 PM

I suggest not using porcelain until you master throwing a bit more.

Its much harder to work with.There is no easy great throwing porcelain . There is easy great white stonewares.

Stoneware is so much more forgiving.

Try those bowl shapes in stoneware-even white stoneware like b-mix will give you an edge up on throwing forms.

Once you have the forms down then switch over to porcelain-it will be a struggle at first.Thats the nature of porcelain.

#120487 Quickie Question – What Weight Of Clay To Make A Large Bread Crock?

Posted by Mark C. on 12 January 2017 - 07:32 PM

What do you do with that much bread?

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#120484 Wholesale-Know Your Limits

Posted by Mark C. on 12 January 2017 - 05:55 PM

The thing is about having another person or 10 working for you is you have to decide- do you want to manage people? If the answer is yes or maybe than that can be an option. If its no I want to be solo then you need to keep those goals.

I had a friend in the early 80 start a slip business-soon they had 12-25 employees. They where selling stuff to department stores and all over the USA.The business was called overland stoneware. He was master mold maker.They had about a decade before it all went boom-Nobody really was a good people manager and that was what did them in. A few dips in the economy also helped.

You can see the stuff on e-bay now and then-just look for overland stoneware. The forms where made by a not so talented thrower so they where a little soft on form.

He moved away and later made some molds for me in long ago side slip business-long gone now.

So ask yourself do you want to manage people or make stuff yourself?

#120422 Wholesale-Know Your Limits

Posted by Mark C. on 11 January 2017 - 07:43 PM

Here’s a story about wholesale from the early 70s

I had an art professor friend that taught art and ceramics as well for a short time at a JC in our area.

He decided to build a kiln (I was one of the crew that later dismantled it) and get a slab roller and start making flat items. He got some samples together then decided to head down to SF wholesale gift show one winter to get some orders. His plan was to hire students to crank out the work.

He took all the orders he could-at that time I think it was over 80K in orders which is 1972 or 3 was no small number. He came home with several years’ worth of orders to do that spring and fall. He hired whomever he could find to crank out wind chimes and X-mass ornaments etc. In about 3 months he had a mental breakdown as there was no way he could ever get the volume of items needed. He sold all the clay stuff bricks slab roller clay etc. and I got the job of taking the kiln down and the bricks away.

Just stating that one needs to know your output before taking orders of anything.

True story

I can tell it now, as he is not on this planet anymore and theirs a great lesson here.

#120389 Wholesale Marketing Materials

Posted by Mark C. on 11 January 2017 - 02:00 AM

These are spot on posts above.

I have never done this with pots

But did at one time  I did do all of the above in ceramics.

Long ago had all this info on one sheet and another full color sheet of ceramic pins and magnets-all animals/fish that we sold to Zoos and Aquariums  . It all fit in on standard size papers-the order form and the photo form. This was 1980-81. It was an old business that I was partners in with my squeeze at that time. It was called Coruba pins named from a bottle of Rum Label.

I'm not making this up as crazy as it sounds. This business pumped out press molded pins and magnets of 20 different animals/fish. Sold them all over North America-From Canada to Boston and SanDiego to Hawaii.I was the mold maker -supply side guy who figured out the glaze and underglaze stuff-she did the molding glazing and glueing .I fired the kiln-it was a cone 06 business and the whole thing other than the kiln could fit into a fruit box almost. We dreamed it up on a trip to Hawaii in 79-a business you could fit in a brief case we thought.We both just got tired of making the items-they sold well but we burned out.Color printing was pricy at that time but we had a top notch brochure. Of course my brother at that time was a lithographer (professor of Art at UCSB Santa Barbara) and helped us with that super high quality ciba chrome printing process

I have had a rich ceramic background.At times I forget whole areas of experience like my time in cone 06.

I still have some of those critters on the refer.


Like she said you only have once to make a great impression.

#120265 Challenging Undertaking - Outdoor Pottery Workshop, No Power. Advice?

Posted by Mark C. on 09 January 2017 - 12:16 PM

(Practice building the forms before hand using the tools and equipment you plan to take to the festival. )

doing a real dry run would be most advised-just make and fire this way before that festival-do it in same 6 day schedule.

#120197 Broken Ceramic Element Holders

Posted by Mark C. on 08 January 2017 - 06:39 PM

You could use high fire kiln cement to glue them together.Finding small quantities is the harder part.

like this stuff


#120187 Equipment/tool Shaming/bullying

Posted by Mark C. on 08 January 2017 - 05:04 PM

Nerd for those new dentures try additive A it really grips and adds flexibility .

#120167 Kiln Relocation - Any Issues To Consider?

Posted by Mark C. on 08 January 2017 - 01:13 PM

Just as I thought we have not heard back from OP in a week. My guess is they are in a  government kiln relocation program now and we will never hear for them again

#120083 Beginner Clay Questions

Posted by Mark C. on 07 January 2017 - 03:59 PM

That exercise  in my above is from my collage ceramics art class-not for professional potters-just for people leaning to throw-like you

#120076 To Wholesale Or Not?

Posted by Mark C. on 07 January 2017 - 02:53 PM

But Min if I want 100 yarn bowls and pay up front can I get 2% off??


I'm thinking of putting them in Costco on an end cap can you get that price point down?

Our next order will be 100,000.00 of them


I'm putting together a gift basket for retired GM employees and want a piece of pottery in each basket so I need the price point low

how about 1/2 price?


I want to sell them my web site so I need them to be very cheap so I can make at least 1/2 myself.


Ok these sound far fetched but two have happened to me. You must know your limits-Min it good to know that you have this down