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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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#89809 Throwing Thickness

Posted by Mark C. on Today, 01:49 AM

This is my story-When I was in Art school I tried to make potato chip pots-ones that where real thin. That was a goal .It was the esthetic to strive for at the time.
Later in business I found they broke if you looked at them wrong from my customers. I gave that up when folks would bring back broken wares to order more. Since the 80's I have made wares that are thick enough for daily use. This may mean different things for different folks. This is not a one answer fits all deal.But as to your question does wall thickness equate to quality -well no it does not.
What I have found is a pot should feel as thick as it looks. So if you expect it weigh nothing it should look that way and vice versa. I make my pots for the rigors of daily use now. Yes I can throw potato chips but have found out the hard way not to. I want my customers to enjoy the wares for many years and super thin pots are not going to do that.
As to widely held beliefs from buys well thats a pie in the sky deal-most buyers are just not that aware I have found.sorry if this is so blunt but its my truth.
Now if you like thin pots make thin pots as its what you like to do. Thats really the best thing.
I decided to make thicker durable wares about 35 years ago but I have no issues with that as I'm making pits that I feel will hold up over time and like that spot just fine. I always trend to thin and have to correct myself during production runs but I think about this every week as to how long they will last.

#89727 Firing Glazed Plates

Posted by Mark C. on 28 July 2015 - 07:41 PM

Sometimes the customer is not right.



#89607 Turning Off Kiln Prematurely

Posted by Mark C. on 26 July 2015 - 06:28 PM

This looks like a bisque fire and the fish had some paper inside form and its burning out-which smells and looks burnt? If this is the case go ahead and fire no big deal.


#89481 Pots in Movies

Posted by Mark C. on 23 July 2015 - 09:59 PM

My mug on Mike Rowes somebody has to do it is top featured compared to this low budget film -Humboldt County.


If you want your pots in a film I suggest doing  lots pottery for about 40 plus years and sure enough it just happens,

#89419 Adding A Lid Element

Posted by Mark C. on 23 July 2015 - 02:19 PM

This is a basic thought process-elements in lids want to fall out from grafity-so they must be pinned in -at cone 10 (the range that I have 40 years working in) is extremely hot and elements will want to sag big time-simple physics.
As to casting tell us the process-you poring in metal or doing burn outs or something else?More info on what you are doing would help.

#89415 Pots in Movies

Posted by Mark C. on 23 July 2015 - 01:38 PM

Mark, it can't be that terrible a movie.  IMDB ranked it 6.4 out of 10.


I'll look for it, since the counterculture is a particular interest of mine.


"I have pot in a movie its a bad movie at best called Humboldt County-"


I'm just guessing, but I bet a lot of people in that movie have pot.


(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

The move has a pot theme(not ceramics)-my bowl in on dinning table in one scene in house . The only way you can see it is freeze farm-my wife noticed it .


#89299 Are There Any Laws Of Pottery?

Posted by Mark C. on 22 July 2015 - 10:00 AM

There is a law like- what I have discovered over time is
In this order
If you really want or need it the chances are large it will fail
The more you care the more its about to blow up
If you rush it its doomed and will fail
if its a custom piece the chances it will fail are large
if you could care less it will make it no issues

These are guidelines more than laws that hold a certain truth
I'm not a superstitious or religious person but these laws hold true for all things ceramic.

#89298 Total Newbie Struggling With Gare 1820A With Kiln Sitter Lt 3Ks

Posted by Mark C. on 22 July 2015 - 09:52 AM

I use that fire right control-I wired it into my skutt kiln.

Heres the deal. put your final cone in sitter.

push in kiln start/power button on setter.
after two clicks on controller (light on fire light will light) then dial the dial to whatever hours tou want the kiln to be FULL on . Like you said 5 means in about 5 hours the kiln will be on full on all elements. then it takes whatever time to fire. So think of the contoller as a soak time or candeling time. I set it to 4 when all my work is bone dry and leave the lid cracked until 3 hours goes by then drop the lid.
If you have sculpture thats thick set the dial to 6-8 so it candles longer.
I hope this is clear.
I bought a spare one of these from E-bay as they are cheap and the instructions are in the box. I could send you a copy if you PM me your address
This unit is the pre computer controller that allows you to ramp up a kiln and have it shut off whitout doing it yourself.I only bisque with this kiln and tend to use 4 and 5 on dial depending how dry my work is.

#89104 Kiln Fibre Board Or Brick

Posted by Mark C. on 18 July 2015 - 11:33 AM

I would avoid a fiber electric even it was free as pretty soon its just a large piece of non working junk.
Go with brick.

#89075 Painting On Sinks Found At The Big Box Stores.

Posted by Mark C. on 17 July 2015 - 02:42 PM

Liile off topic but stll in the bathroom.
I have found TOTO toilets still use glaze on thier sanatary wares. I cannot say enough great things about thier design and funtionability on thier low flush lines of toliets.We own 2 of them now and mant friends have them. They are Japanese designed and made world wide.
No I do not work for them and am not paid in any way-actually its the same pay scale as on this chat board for me.
PM me if you want any details on a medium cost fantastic toliet as they make so many.
The place ships for free and the cost is around 300$.

#89066 Overfired Gas Kiln Today

Posted by Mark C. on 17 July 2015 - 01:23 PM

One of the benefits of porcelain is it can take heat

I had 11 runners from this fire-as you can see cone 11 is toast the cone next to it is cone 10.

My satin matt is still buttery which is what I aim for.

Some of the pieces are spectacular as you would expect-zero body issues.

I'm feeling lucky


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#89058 Overfired Gas Kiln Today

Posted by Mark C. on 17 July 2015 - 10:04 AM

No solenoids just a few simple valves-one for the pilot ring two for 6 burners.
I have the door open and it looks ok I can see few runners-its still 200 degrees. The bottom fires hotter-I loaded the hot glazes there and they look ok.
I'll unload and post photos later-we shall see what the whole story is. Cone 11 is flat on top shelve.

#88894 Going Price Of Mugs

Posted by Mark C. on 14 July 2015 - 10:20 AM

If you are going to be in a mug busiess as Gep said you need to be able to produce them VERY effeciently. No trimmers extruded handles and simple forms without a lot of details making at least 20-25 mugs an hour. If you are a slow worker and like to spend time on each mug than a higher price point will be needed.The best way to see all this is go look at a ceramic outlet and see whats out theere at what price and try to get a feel if it actually selling well.

#88802 Designation--"Master Potter"

Posted by Mark C. on 13 July 2015 - 01:15 AM

I saw a potter at a show who went by the Worlds greatest Potter-make checks out to the worlds greatest Potter the sign said.
I could only get about 20 feet from booth as his ego was about that large. He now goes my another name for his business.
truse story on the name part.

#88584 Quality Of Work Sold?

Posted by Mark C. on 08 July 2015 - 11:06 PM

I think too many potters are convinced to start selling before they are even close to understanding anything much.

Make a few pots and someone will try to get you to justify your efforts by trying to put a $$$ price on it. "What are you going to do with all this stuff?" "You should sell some, it's really nice." "I would pay for that!" Then you get bad pots shoved out into the world.

When I voiced this opinion that no one should sell any work their first couple years, I was accused of being afraid of the competition. No, I was afraid of what I was looking at ... a platter's glaze had crawled so much there was none left on the food surface ... or a raku fired pot sold as dinnerware ... Dishes so heavy and badly formed they could be weapons.

There is nothing wrong with waiting until your work is up to your standards and resisting other people's need to attach their outcome to your effort.

This gets to the heart of it. I see a lot of stuff that should not see the light of day. Take the time to learn the whole deal no matter what the meduim. Practice makes perfect they used to say not sell it and make more.
There is far to much work that gets put out before the public (they are not even close to understanding anything much)as Chris said.
Thanks for stating this as I was thinking I'd flame up folks by stating this.