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Mark C.

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#109382 Two Glaze Loads

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 02:29 PM

This was yesterdays two glaze loads.

I priced and packed them took some to a outlet and loaded the large kiln with a bisque load which I'm firing today as well as firing my small kiln with my cat -doing a cremation.

I have some new shino like glazes that turned out well in the big kiln.


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#109224 Qotw: Would You Laugh At Me If I Told You That I Am Using A Gg?

Posted by Mark C. on 22 June 2016 - 09:08 PM

My beef with the use of a GG is people do not take the time to learn how to tap center or center wares for trimming. They just jump past this step in the ceramic learning curve.
For me it's all about a time savings . For most hobbiest this tool is not something you must have.

#109044 Anybody Else Get The New Style Of Boxes For Little Loafers Yet?

Posted by Mark C. on 19 June 2016 - 11:46 PM

Maybe with all the recent flooding the high-waters soaked the tape off.It sounds like they named the clay company after the past flooding.


On a more serious note -I have known every clay company over the 43 years I have been buying clay to change the boxes  sooner or later-its usually a cost savings deal-it's many times is a bad move-thin boxes -thin plastic bags.

The warnings are now much more now than the old days with no mention of warnings .Also the plastic bags go thru changes as well.

Sounds like bummer as I stack my boxes 8 high in clay shed. 

Maybe I'm off base a about the flooding and the HIGH-water is what they are smoking-is this clay made in a legal marijuana state? maybe its the water?There has been a lot of lead stories in tap water back east?

Either way I would give them some feedback on the negative points on these boxes.Like why water down the box quality ??

Out west here I have never seen any high-water clay and the only little loafers are at the shoe store-those will not stand up to even cone 017 temps.

But they do offer them in sizes 4 thru 13 extra wide.

#108978 Website Development, What Do You Use?

Posted by Mark C. on 18 June 2016 - 04:18 PM

Maybe go daddy sold their subscriber list as national geographic has done for years. You get the 3rd party calling to pester you about national geo products and the like-when you push back they admit to just being an affiliate for them as they are not really directly involved-just a sales deal.

Bit like american express sells the list so  you get buried in junk mail right after you join up with them.

#108963 What Is The Most Suitable Clay For Miniature Figurines?

Posted by Mark C. on 18 June 2016 - 11:24 AM

use a spray mister bottle to keep work from drying out.

#108953 Website Development, What Do You Use?

Posted by Mark C. on 18 June 2016 - 12:52 AM

I wixed my square into a round space and site crashed.

I could not help myself on this wixing issue.

#108888 Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones ... Get Potted

Posted by Mark C. on 16 June 2016 - 09:45 PM

Sign up for 15 art show in a year and see if the stress level is down.

#108875 How Do You Price Your Work?

Posted by Mark C. on 16 June 2016 - 08:07 PM

A few things not covered yet.

The price for ceramics is higher in the east than west-meaning ceramics sell for more back east generally I have noticed. The further east the higher the price.

That what I have observed over many years.

This is geared towards art show works-

The things that will affect price is the quality of work (how long  one has been at it and how polished it is)

The setting-or show-or venue

the display

The glazing the amount of work in each piece vs price. Like added stamps or attachments .Multiple glazes vs one.

Also say if one is retired they really do not need to focus on what it sells for vs a professional who is making a living at this


The thing about this is its different for everyone everywhere.

Maybe a better approach is learn to be faster making things and more efficient processing then you will make more profit.

Or another thought is produce so much each day or week.

I know most folks torture themselves with this but I would rather spend the time either making more stuff or doing something else for fun.

For me at the end of year at tax time is where this all comes down on paper-you either make money and pay taxes or lost your butt.No about of number crunching can fix this at the end.You can raise prices to make more with less sales or make  more and sell for less for more sales -its personal decision.

I tend to like to sell pots at shows vs sitting and waiting for an occasional sale so I try to as Joseph said above (or have the perfect price point) for the works so it moves well.


My pots sell for different amounts at different venues-after reading Pugaboo's story about same pricing at all venues-even though one is taking 40% I stopped working about that long ago. I need a certain amount for my work and that sets the price-a show price is different than a wholesale or consignment price.

The prices are close to some degree but I do not sweat this small stuff.


I have always said for those whom are thinking about clay for a living if you ask how much time one spends in the studio you are in the wrong business.

The only way to really know what price is get out there and learn from the school of hard knocks thats where you will fine tune this for your work.

There is really no other way.

#108753 Specific Gravity

Posted by Mark C. on 14 June 2016 - 08:52 PM

Thick or thin it all depends on which glaze on which clay body. No rule of thumb for all. I use thick glazes and thin glazes depending on what I'm looking for.

Testing is the only way to figure it out.

#108692 Stoneware Cone 6/7 Pot Weeps Slight Amount Water :(

Posted by Mark C. on 14 June 2016 - 09:57 AM

I would start listing to my guitar gently weeps by Eric Clapton-turn it up loud while looking for another clay body.


really was this a cone 10 body fired to lesser temps? of a cone 6 body not working well?

#108663 Startup Cost

Posted by Mark C. on 14 June 2016 - 12:10 AM

May I suggest working toward learning many of the skills needed for being a potter-learn plumbing and electrical and building skills along with throwing and glazing

This will ultimately lower costs in the long run

It works out well for me but I also like to learn what makes stuff work especially mechanical things .

Working with a plumber for a few years as well as an electrician  and a house builder also helped .

#108608 Startup Cost

Posted by Mark C. on 12 June 2016 - 09:13 PM

43 years later I'm still putting money into the business.

Just bought a new central hepa vac system for studio.

Plan on it never ending if you are realistic and it becomes your living.

#108592 Clay Studio Hepa Vacuum With Cyclonic Separator

Posted by Mark C. on 12 June 2016 - 12:10 PM

I finished the install yesterday while firing a few glaze kilns.

Tested it and it works like a charm. Today I will start working thru whole studio with new vacuum.

HBP-no comparison vs wet mopping time wise -the only thing mopping is great for is wet glaze spills compared to dust removal.

This does not disturb dust unless its going up the pipe.

Here's the finished system.

The switch in the brass cover plate turns on the Vacuum which is located in center of my studio under sink.

I forgot to mention this low voltage switch has a wire going to Vac unit using 18/2 Thermostat wire solid core copper from amazon.


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#108588 Large Platter Broke In Half In Bisque Firing. Anything To Do With It?

Posted by Mark C. on 12 June 2016 - 11:15 AM

As far as your question what to do with it I suggest tossing it out and make another.This time firing it with some of the above tips.

#108587 Cleaning Kiln Wash Off Kiln Shelves

Posted by Mark C. on 12 June 2016 - 11:07 AM

First if this is commercial wash its usually made with cheaper products and in my option you can make a better wash yourself(see other kiln wash posts in the search function)

second if its cracking its to think-you need to thin it.

Third if the shelve is molding (green) its to wet and needs to be dried out (I do know where you live for climate issues)

I would bring off all this wash make your own dry shelves and start over.

but thats me