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Mark C.

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#105969 Etsy Sale Confusion

Posted by Mark C. on 30 April 2016 - 03:51 AM

Got to love the web for ceramic sales
This sounds like 7 or 8 emails and still will not be right
I would not have any photos of anything but the exact thing you are selling
Welcome to customers who are clueless
Because of this you need to be more clear than you now are on what is offered and how they are photographed
You eat the costs and make her happy or explain what's the deal and hope she gets it,some will never get it.


#105766 How Not To Pit Fire

Posted by Mark C. on 27 April 2016 - 12:49 AM

Grey beard
After collapse of the A.Orange empire most knowledge was lost except for a small tribe on Tonga
They handed it down one generation to the next
Quite by mistake they discovered pit firing back in the day buy dropping a piece of clay into the fire while walking on it.
In more modern times say in the middle 1800's a whaling ship blew offcourse and made landfall looking for water and saw wonderfully pit fired pots
They in turn brought this Tecnique into the modern world
The early whalers used to carve on these pit firedpots of clay and developed a process that latter became what you may have heard as scrimshaw
When they ran out of pots to carve on long voyages they starting using whales teeth.
These long lost histories are still carried out in Molokai where I have heard many of oral histories of not much known knowledge pasted on generation thru generation
When you're are on an island isolated from other clay folk your imagination can at times get away from you.
But seeing that A.Orange pot from yesteryear brought it all together


#105719 How Not To Pit Fire

Posted by Mark C. on 25 April 2016 - 11:06 PM

Once you have mastered fire walking barefoot pit firing will be a snap.
Now I suggest a few weeks in Tonga to gain the nessacary fire walking skills as they are one of the masters in this field.


#105691 Mea Is In The Smithsonian Craft Show!

Posted by Mark C. on 25 April 2016 - 12:29 PM

Mea next year rent a larger van for 40$ a day for more stock
Great news on the sellout but also missed $s if you had more work on shelves.
Now it's time for putting your feet up a few days


#105649 Catenary Wood Fire Kiln Stalling? Eveness?

Posted by Mark C. on 24 April 2016 - 01:15 PM

Wood kills are all about air flow
The shorter and smaller wood at end should supercharge the heat climb.
Stalls can be from as noted already to tight stacking that slows air flow or stack that does not draw
Wet or to large of wood at end of fire
To much ash build up or to much dampering
Always end the fire with lots of dry small wood that has lots of surface area to explode in flames and burns very quickly hence the short stokes


#105588 Mug Bottom Discoloration

Posted by Mark C. on 23 April 2016 - 02:30 AM

Clay that is has that large of range of temps is most likely not vitrifing at that low end of cone cone 6 temp.sounds like you cured it by switching to a clay that is vitrifing.


#105521 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by Mark C. on 22 April 2016 - 04:41 AM

I seem to wear out needle tools.i go thru them every year or so. They wear down and get to thin.
I use the pro kemper
I try to never lose them as they can hurt you.
I stick them in wood at the trim wheel
And on the deck of throwing wheel
If I,m missing one I stop and find it right then
I,m trying out a few stanless Xiems now they have a thicker point and shaft
I buy them in quantities on sale.
Making tools is most satisfying but needle tools s not one I choose to make
Now skunk tail brushes is another story I love them and make them.
Here's how
Grow bamboo,I suggest at least 4 types
Find road kill skunk and with throw away gloves cut tail off
Let hang to dry for about a year out of sun and rain outside
Tied up high so critters cannot get it.
Pull off the long hairs and try up with nylon heavy thread and epoxy this brush into a dryer pice of bamboo
Glue a nylon string loop to handle top so the brush can hang down from a hook to dry after using and is rinsed.


#105494 Bowl Signed, Studio Pottery, No Clue What It Is Please Help Id

Posted by Mark C. on 21 April 2016 - 05:25 PM

Jeez Mark!!?!gbeard

I have a vivid imagination grey beard
Good thing I do not drink or use drugs but long ago got addicted to clay
About the time of the calapse of the A. Orange empire


#105475 Slip Casting Moulds

Posted by Mark C. on 21 April 2016 - 03:04 AM

You could make mugs from a slab of clay as well around a form and slip off before it dries and make them the same ( close enough)
Add a bottom and handle.
Not wheel thrown but will work fine.
You could extrude them as well fron an extruded if you have access to one.


#105472 Bowl Signed, Studio Pottery, No Clue What It Is Please Help Id

Posted by Mark C. on 21 April 2016 - 01:48 AM

I think it's a dog bowl or since there is no scale to size it it could be a cat bowl.
A. Orange was one of the first to pioneer the pet bowl India trade over the Yacamomo mountain range range back before the spice trade picked up.They shipped them out after the grueling two week trek by mules by the boatload.
Some vessels rounded the Horn of Africa and a few others rounded Cape Horn with a few lost horns as well.
Many bowls where lost at sea when no amount of horns could save them from the reefs.You may have heard that phrase all horns on deck which directly comes from the A. orange bowl fleet that sailed the 6 seas long ago . In fact long before the 7th sea was discovered.
My guess and it's just a guess is this bowl was bound for Easter island and was blown offcourse and ended up in a thrift shop near you.


#105471 Molokai Art Center Workshop

Posted by Mark C. on 21 April 2016 - 01:33 AM

Adult workshop called tips and tricks is this Monday 9 to noon at the Molokai arts Center
If you are in the area drop by
Shoes are optional


#105470 Alternatives To Plaster For Slip Casting.

Posted by Mark C. on 21 April 2016 - 01:30 AM

Today I walking on lava near Kalaupapa leper colony and thought that lava would be a good clay absorber.
When you see lava it has varying degrees of bubbles so a fine bubble stone may be perfect for your use. It's not plaster so that fits your non plaster clause. It's not plastic so maybe this does not fly for you. I suggest someplace other than Kalaupapa to gather lava from as its not accessible by car or boat. You hike in or ride a mule or take a small plane. You are not allowed to gather lava. You can take lava fron other islands but there may be a karma tax for doing so as pele is not happy with those that take here gifts away. Her gift is lava in Hawaii.
Now there are many lava beds out west you could source from much closer to you.
This material can be c&cd and the voids could be filled for smoothness and is highly absorbent.


#105469 Slip Casting Moulds

Posted by Mark C. on 21 April 2016 - 01:17 AM

I personally would not go thru the work of mold making for 4 mugs
The idea of mold work is to make many items of the same item. It's a lot of work to make a mold.
Now as to the how of mold making you cannot have any undercuts so theoretically you could do a two piece mold if the form is perfect with a flat bottom. You make another mold of a handle and add that when they are still just right with slip.
It will be easier to make a wood or plastic jig of the mug profile and you throw a cylinder .you press this to shape as the wheel spins which creates you form perfectly. Much easier than making a mold for 4 items.


#105322 Qotw: As A Discerning Potter, When And Why Do You Buy Handmade Pottery?

Posted by Mark C. on 17 April 2016 - 01:08 AM

I like to use other potters mugs ,bowls
We have at least 50 to 75 in kitchen
They are double stacked
I buy and trade for them or I used to as we cannot fit much more.
I have about two of my own in kitchen
We use my plates and a few bowls
I.m like you pres reminds me of the folks whom I met and bought or traded from.
Been doing it for past 4 decades
I will do it agin this week as I,m going to a far away friends studio soon


#105320 Need Fast Answer

Posted by Mark C. on 17 April 2016 - 12:49 AM

My answer is not to drive fast but slow and safe
Babs I will try and behave and soon I will have an app on my phone that will fire my toaster to cone 10 and let me know up to the minute results from wherever i,m at.
The phone app I,m really excited about is the one that will wrap ,box and ship the pots to whomever I say all on my phone.