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Mark C.

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#107720 Research Says That The Bigger Your Signature On Your Art The More It Sells For

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 08:42 PM

joseph, just a warning about your intended plan to sell at a "local place".  keep track of what happens to your large bowls.  i have seen them being used in a gallery to hold smaller items  that are for sale.  nobody knows that the large bowls are also for sale.  i could not believe that would happen in a gallery devoted to handmade goods but there it was, wooden trinkets piled into several bowls.  you had to search for the price tag on the bowl.

This is a common practice in consignment shops over time-I have had it happen more than once. Your piece cannot sell full of rubber sharks.

#107675 Technical And Spiritual

Posted by Mark C. on 27 May 2016 - 09:49 PM

Well I asked my wife of 20 some years if I am a spiritual person-she said its buried very deep.I think maybe in the earths mantel section or core.

As far a a state of mind I have had this on my clay hauling boat pulling truck (not show van) for over a decade and its shows my state of mind which since 1997 has been fishing for albacore tuna every season.

Its still my current state of mind.



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#107617 Technical And Spiritual

Posted by Mark C. on 26 May 2016 - 07:21 PM

(Would you say spirituality is necessary to create pottery?)

I'm not a spiritual person at all and I have made a ton of pottery so my answer is No you do not have to be that at all.

​You do need a sense of form and a sense of humor and some common sense helps as well.

#107576 Elmer's Glue In The Kiln

Posted by Mark C. on 26 May 2016 - 10:25 AM

The amaco product called bisque fix will glue the pieces -then you glaze

them on and they stay until the glaze melts


elmers works fine is gravity is on your side. We use titebond wood glues to hold thumb spots on mugs that got knocked loose every week.

there thumb rests would stay as they are trapped on top of handle so gravity holds them the glue makes it so we can dip them into glazes.

#107551 Importance Of Drying Slowly

Posted by Mark C. on 26 May 2016 - 01:37 AM

Hi all,


This question may fall into this drying topic/


I recently threw a large garden planter. It was dried outside. The weather is cooler these day, but the pot was outside exposed to air and medium heat (not in sunlight).  I candled it at 80 deg C for 6 hours.  During the bisque which I fired to 960 everything was fine. I manually shut down when the cone was in the correct position.  However 10 minutes or so later when the bung was removed just to check. The one shelf had toppled.  Later when the kiln was able to be opened I found that this pot had exploded.  I can understand if the pot had been subjected to a fast ramp and also not candled, but if it was too wet surely it would have "exploded" at a temp lower than 500 as super heated steam occurs at around 375.


I would really like to understand what happened as I have to replace the piece and I don't want the same thing to happen.



Your pot was still wet inside. Was it thick walled?Large pots need to get dried out longer than small thinner ones. A slower ramp may help this.

#107493 Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

Posted by Mark C. on 25 May 2016 - 01:22 AM

My cup of grief is overflowing about this. Its my second friend in two weeks to pass away. I never met Tom personally but talked to him on the phone and sent him a studio potter magazine last year he was in and did not know it.We planned on meeting next year in Portland. We both considered each as fellow colleagues and friends-we are both the same age. We had communicated many times via e-mail.We knew some of the same people in clay. He did tell me about his illness but I asked him about it as he was a private person on these matters and would never bring it up himself.I had to pry a bit as he was on the ballot for the potters council and withdrew so I pried a bit about this.  I did not know it was this advanced so I'm a bit set back about this to say the least. Tom shared his life with clay and teaching to me over the years .


The story I will share is this one-

I discovered from one of my studio Potter articles( issue Vol 43  #2 summer/fall 2015) I read that he was an apprentice for Michael Cardew in England (1978-1979) as well as being an Alfred'sCeramics Graduate.I called him and spoke to him about this as I was shocked he never told me about this in his life. He said he did not want to have one view him in any different light about this and feel all the hoopla from exposing this chapter in life to others. I called the editor of studio potter and had them mail him this issue  as a gift.This article was reprint from a 90's copy of studio potter which I copied and mailed him as well.He shared a few things about Cardew that I will always recall but not mention here.

Tom was a very humble individual with a incredible pedigree of ceramic background.I did mention this in a thread once but he played it down.

He explained to me about being a Canadian as Diesel said above and how that was a different view and take on things. I think I got it as best as one who lives down south.


We both spoke on visiting one another at our studios and it was a open question which would do it 1st.

He shared some of his life's trials and tribulations which I will alway cherish .

I have had a lot of loss in my life with family and friends and this news is very personal for me.

I will remember Tom as Friend in all things except meeting face to face

He is kept alive in our memories -his advice his voice his life

I feel the loss myself as well as his families .

#107270 Reglazing

Posted by Mark C. on 21 May 2016 - 05:57 PM

Warm the piece and reglaze the bare spot and add more glaze via dipping or brushing and refire.

#107214 Qotw: How Was Your Clay Journey Until Now?

Posted by Mark C. on 20 May 2016 - 01:15 AM

After working for 35 years at Boeing Aircraft as an executive I finally retired and am spending now my time playing with clay.

I wish I started earlier as this stuff seems to take forever.It's so easy to blow stuff up in the kiln. Glazes run and pit and the whole cone numbers do not make sense cone 08 is cooler than 06 who knew?

I may just buy a glue gun and put stuff together like driftwood sculptures or wind chimes.Maybe an art show is in my future?

I made some pots in 5th grade and took a break and started again in my 60's.

My bridge group suggested clay at the local art center and I signed up-the rest is history.

#107113 Giving Shoppers A Sense Of Scale

Posted by Mark C. on 18 May 2016 - 01:22 AM


I think if I start selling on the web I would put a plastic Godzilla in the photo for scale. That way its clear to all that the lizard is not whats for sale and it must be the pot.

Someone beat you to it, Mark!
As a side note, my former teacher, Mariko Paterson of Forage Studios is in this upcoming edition of Cermaica Monthly. Her Instagram and Facebook pages are a lot of fun.


No plans on starting to sell on the web for me-just saying if I was to Godzilla's my man

#107030 Stilt Rack

Posted by Mark C. on 17 May 2016 - 01:24 AM

Having a good stilt rack is another way to speed loading process I have two of these (the one next to electric is much smaller but same idea)

These have the back compartments at different depths and are laid out staring with 1 inch at the bottom and move up to 9,s at the top.I keep my soaps separately(9 inch 1/2 bricks)

The smaller stilts stack 3 deep in each compartment. This rack is next to car kiln and get used every week.

Once you load kilns a lot you will know what posts to use without a tape measure and how long they are by feel and look.




#107028 Giving Shoppers A Sense Of Scale

Posted by Mark C. on 17 May 2016 - 01:16 AM

I think if I start selling on the web I would put a plastic Godzilla in the photo for scale. That way its clear to all that the lizard is not whats for sale and it must be the pot.

#107013 Kiln Plug?

Posted by Mark C. on 16 May 2016 - 08:01 PM

You need a 20-30% safety overrating and 30 amps on a #10 wire will not work if the kiln draws 30amps.I suggest seeing what the wire size is not the circuit breaker size that way you can figure this out.

You need #8 wire for that extra rating on a 30 amp draw to get your 40 amps-you can still run it at 30 amps on a 30 amp breaker but it may toast it soon-Smaller breakers are fine just NOT larger ones than wire size is rated for.

#106932 Will The Eye Of The Epa Look Further At "art" Makers And What We Use?

Posted by Mark C. on 15 May 2016 - 11:39 AM

Walk softly and have a big fence. Give your neighbors pots .

#106907 Giving Shoppers A Sense Of Scale

Posted by Mark C. on 14 May 2016 - 09:02 PM

Just remember no matter what you do or show for scale some will never get it.

#106774 Critter Spray Gun And Air Compressor

Posted by Mark C. on 12 May 2016 - 03:23 PM

As I said my old small compressor is 3.5 amps has no cfm rating and does handle all my spray guns. I paid 300$ for it in 1980

Its no longer made is super quiet and one can talk around it.It is oiless

Most modern one are louder

Heres my unit 


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