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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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#114951 Rim Lock

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 10:02 AM

I always fire lids together when I can. I have bisque a few separate to save space-They usually are turned upside down to be shorter in bisque fires and well as something loaded on top of them.

Lids are something one learns about and try to master.

The alumina in the wax is what I do so they do not stick (porcelain).

I measure all lids in metric and write that on underneath in the clay-the glaze covers this later.All my lids of some forms are all alike so making anew one is easy.

Butterdishes are 17mm all honey pots 10mm. If you do this you will have less issues as they are all alike. Easy to replace.,

#114937 Avatar Issues

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 01:07 AM

My avatar is from a night dive in Indonesia about 10 years ago-its a big fin squid.

Thats the true color.Thats a 35mm slide thats been scanned .No photoshop.

#114791 Qotw: Ceramics In Action Pictures Anybody?

Posted by Mark C. on 17 October 2016 - 01:23 AM

That job would take up a lot of your Tile time-I thought you retired?Now I think your are a type A guy like me who likes a lot on your plate.


Throwing sinks for me was a phase I moved thru-custom work, sinks with matching ceramic handles on the faucets . Now I just say NO.

I did that for some clients who built custom homes. Now not enough money on planet for me to make a sink.Since my wrist surgery I need to do less with wrist not stress it more.I am settling for smaller forms. I already did the huge stuff in my career no need to do more of it.

Its funny the progression of throwing is always towards the larger forms-now it means nothing to me.I can appreciate a small well thrown pot more than a huge ugly vessel that screams its BIG but thats all.

Back to sinks they require lots of things to get right especially the overflows.

#114766 Qotw: Ceramics In Action Pictures Anybody?

Posted by Mark C. on 16 October 2016 - 12:26 PM

Heres one of one of my  thrown sinks and my tile wrap around-I made the tile tub to ceiling in shower on all three sides  and around a window and it flows into the sink-it stoneware cone 10 from the early 80's. This is our bathroom at home.

Its held up for 35 years now.

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#114679 Blisters Worse After Re-Firing

Posted by Mark C. on 14 October 2016 - 01:15 AM

Refires are 50/50 at best

Its hammer time now-just make a new one.

#114671 Tips For A Successful Holiday Season Of Gift Making

Posted by Mark C. on 13 October 2016 - 07:08 PM

Been throwing pots since high school in late 60's-

The question should be -how long do you give ceramics for gifts to your family

1 decade 

2 decades

3 decades

4 decades

longer than 4 decades


They all had dinnerware sets-and whatever else they wanted-

now it zero gifts-much more sane.

It takes discipline to execute this idea and its not for everyone I believe .

#114591 Tips For A Successful Holiday Season Of Gift Making

Posted by Mark C. on 12 October 2016 - 10:13 AM

Its really helped me to Not give and receive gifts-this was a plan I came up with decades ago and its now in full effect-I have a very small family (1 sister) and we no longer exchange gifts at x-mas-Its made x-mas a better season mentally for me. Since I make 1000,00s of xmas gifts for others (my pottery business ) the no gifts in family make the season a bit less stress free.

By the way x-mas is all about stress at least from my view of seeing the public buying pots for that past 43 seasons

#114541 How Long Do You Like To Be In The Studio?

Posted by Mark C. on 11 October 2016 - 03:01 PM

43 years 4 months and eleven days.Still in here today-but since I have two gas glaze fires going  today I get out a bit.

#114540 Oven Safe

Posted by Mark C. on 11 October 2016 - 02:59 PM

Several customers asked me at last weekends art show how hot can these pie plates go to-My answer is always the same 2,400 degrees and try to keep the fire dept from spraying water on the house fire when it gets up to that temp as the water will cool the pot unevenly.

#114531 Oven Safe

Posted by Mark C. on 11 October 2016 - 09:56 AM

I make and sell pie plates from Daves Porcelain.

I used to make casseroles but the market has tanked on them so no more.

The pies need to go into a cold oven and warmed up evenly. I use one at home and always throw it into a hot oven so I know its works.

These pots are fired to a soft cone 11 in reduction.

I have sold pie plates for over 40 years-I have replaced less than 4 but it always some idiot who puts a cold one in a hot oven.

Pies sell well in the fall-I make about 50  or more a year.

You will need to test your clay and glazes to see if they can handle the heat.

I have found tighter bodies do dot work as well and fail more easily.I also make larger baking dishes and use 1/2 and 1/2 from Laguna the kind with grog in it. These are shaped like a pyrex baking dish-a large rectangle made from Daves and WSO which is the 1/2 and 1/2-I also make a smaller one.

You need to test them as well in your oven


A flame proof body is another animal altogether.


Your pots are all fired in an oven of shorts called a kiln-they get hot and then cool off the question is can they do this again with food in them.

A few tests and you will know.

I test them hard so I know what they can take.

#114500 How To Sharpen An Underglaze Pencil And Fill In Letters

Posted by Mark C. on 09 October 2016 - 08:30 PM

(For drawing I always use a knife and then what looks like an Emory board but fatter to finetune the tip. An emory board for your nails would probably work just fine giving you a firm gritted surface to work the tip against into the point you want. The artist board is called a Lead Pointer if Iremember correctly. They last a very long time.)


This is what I do as well. I learned it in art school 40 years ago_ I just use a sheet of sandpaper after a sharp knife .

#114499 Walker Pugmill Gear Box

Posted by Mark C. on 09 October 2016 - 08:27 PM

How about a more powerfull motor??Whats your horsepower now? Did the last owner have issues with this?Is your clay hard as a rock or soft?

#114478 How Is Made

Posted by Mark C. on 09 October 2016 - 12:23 PM

That mold looks like 5 piece at least-I have no idea on that plastic box.

#114475 Anyone Deal With Buying And Shipping A Kiln From Clay-King?

Posted by Mark C. on 09 October 2016 - 11:41 AM

Neil here on this board sell L&L kilns-in my opinion the best kilns made-He is very reasonable you could also PM him and ask about an L&L-they cost more up front but are worth it.I own 3 skutts and have the 1027 model you are looking at. I will buy an L&L next time.

#114459 Anyone Deal With Buying And Shipping A Kiln From Clay-King?

Posted by Mark C. on 09 October 2016 - 01:25 AM

The issue is not wth Clay King or whomever you buy from its the trucking that can hurt an item. If you sign off on the freight delivery then its your problem not the shippers.Thats the way of common carriers since the beginning of time.

So do not sign the paperwork if the box /pallet /kiln is looking damaged.This is true with any freight delivery item shipped by common carrier.

Since Skutt is in Portland that kiln will be transferred a few times-every transfer can damage an item. The less the better.

It can all go smooth or the shipment can have a set of forks put thru it or dropped it. All common carriers can damage any freight or not its always a crap shoot.

I have had mostly good ;luck but also know of some huge horror stories .

Skutt drop ships their kilns so talk to them on the packing and the transfers and carriers.

If you go for it and the box is crumpled do not sign for it. very simple if you sign its your issue. Talk the driver into waiting to see if its in good shape before signing off.It not something clay king packs or touches it coming directly from Skutt-that why they will be of little help once you sign off on the shipment.

In the past few years I have had a few  large freight items ship across country with zero issues but I felt lucky -the last one was a Large Petter Pugger on a pallet.

Check the shipment best you can and only sign the paper if it looks OK when it dropped off.