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Mark C.

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#91777 Qotw: Which Song Plays There In The Background?

Posted by Mark C. on 31 August 2015 - 10:18 PM

The dream system means lots of conduit buried to out buildings and wires run everywhere under and in house Attic. When you gut the walls or build on this is prime time to think about just such details on your home.
As far as the studio that was high priority after a radio in the early 70's got old fast-then on to a reel to reel tape deck which clay dust killed went to a car stereo tape deck-went thru 3 of them-then on to a buried conduit for sound from the house (dust free)worked thru tapes then onto cds-now I would not trade thia for my i pad or smart phone-its my music the way I want it. Never touch a thing except volume control all day long.
When the trench is open put in a few spare conduits as you never know whats ahead-I ran phone line later and cable tv(not used )not a tv fan while studio working.
water trench is also good-along with a few hundred amps in another trench-all needed for good studio work.
If you build a few houses along the way this also helps your studio skill set.Plumbing skills will also aid you as a potter.
It helps to be stable as well and not move around the country.When I feel the urg I just listen to a few traving tunes.Like the Waifs new album or Grace Potter

#91736 Qotw: Which Song Plays There In The Background?

Posted by Mark C. on 31 August 2015 - 12:47 AM

two 300 disc CD players in the house feed my studio speakers (have volume controls on many sets of speakers) on a set in studio and a set in kiln loading area- set on patio-set next to salt kiln-set in office set in living room set in kitchen-hey did I say I like music????

No dust no rust-no clay-put it on shuffle and forget it for a week. Have a 8 set speaker switcher box and remote volume controls on system .One of the bennies of being a jack of trades-Potters need skills I was told at a young age.No song outplays the rest on shuffle play. I'm serious as to music systems just like a power wheel I need it every day.


#91725 Brent Foot Pedal--Ugh.

Posted by Mark C. on 30 August 2015 - 03:48 PM

In my 42 years with Brent wheels (own 5 now ) The controller is my only beef. The decks are solid as are the motors bearings heads-shafts.
The original foot pedals (older design-had bad potentiometers in them) then they switched to the newer built like a tank foot pedals. The high/low speed potentiometers have always been cheap as they all are (there are no great ones). The weak spot has been the controllers (in on/off box) on side of wheel. These have gone thru many changes and come full circle to the original controller-so of like Desoto deciding the 1st one was a hit so lets bring it back. If they would make a solid controller at a reasonable price that would fix my only complaint.
Now as to Amaco/Brent they bought Brent out long ago.
Now's here is some history for you history buffs
Back in 1970 I wanted a solid made potters wheel-I had learned to throw in the late 60's on an few kick and power wheels-Oscar Paul’s and Amaco's and a few homemade.
Brent was the new kid in this market in 1970-I drove up to a small 2-3 bedroom house in LA he had started his business in-He was a wirily red headed fellow-he had a guy in the garage wielding steel decks and to legs-one bedroom was all motors and the other was full of wheel heads-the 3'rd a few guys where putting them all together in. One room was the office sort of.
My model c back then was $270, which was a lot in 1970 dollars. I picked it up in a VW bug -we all had long ponytails and if I recall loud rock music was blasting everywhere.
I moved north the next year to Humboldt County in 71 as did Robert Brent-he moved to a commercial space in Healdsburg Ca. about 5 hours south of me. He got into the clay making business as well-the place was full of hippies like me-I bought clay there for some years heading north-and took a wheel for tune ups-they taught me how to repair them. At lunchtime everyone headed out to the tracks to smoke and it was not tobacco folks.
The place the time the era was early 70's-free love peace and joy where the rules of the day. That place gave me more free clay/parts and advice than one can buy today. I have found memories of Brent in the heyday before he sold out to Amaco.I had a long term relationship with one of the last repair guys from the day at Amaco/Brent-I recall his name was Bob-he’s long now and techs come and go like everything these days.
After he sold it all he (Brent) bought a car dealership in Santa Rosa as I passed that place for years heading to S.F.He sold out after a few years Then decades went by until I saw him in a Brent ad a few years ago.
The rest they say is-----


#91597 Brent Foot Pedal--Ugh.

Posted by Mark C. on 28 August 2015 - 10:11 AM

Two things-the foot petal needs ajustment-that flimsy piece you installed has two adjustments on it one is blue one is red-use a straight blade screwdriver.These always need adjusting when installed. These two start the wheel and control the high end speed. Take the foot pedal bottom plate off and with wheel turned on adjust these two plastic knobs. This will cure your issues.Now since this is a new thing for you it may take a few go roounds to get the relationship betwwen the two adjustments as they effect one another.Set the start knob 1st(low end speed) then set the high speed knob. Then the low speed may need to be changed-once this relationship is set right-you can forget about it for decades.Brent has had this part in its foot pedals for 45 years.The guts of a shimp wisper are far worse than this solid aluninum pedal.
If this does not fix it call Brent as it may be your control board (I doubt this but its the next thing)Its a bit more work to install as its a mother board so I suggest someone who works with electronics.or wiring.
I'm sure this is s simple adjustment as there are never right out od the parts bag.

PS SHIMPO IS NO LONGER MADE IN JAPAN its all china and the quality you remember is gone.
Brent is still a USA made deal and the quality is checked.Yes you had a bad part but it happens now and then.

#91572 Blog Advice?

Posted by Mark C. on 27 August 2015 - 11:38 PM

I suggest viewing the orginal movie the blob as that is where all blobs started. If I recall steve Macqueen was in it.

#91571 Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes

Posted by Mark C. on 27 August 2015 - 11:35 PM

The harp you are refering to is a mudcutter from mud tools-which are sold at many clay suppliers or you can order direct here.
All mud tools are well made and work well-I'm not affiliated with them. I just like most of the tools.

#91478 Cheers To Art Teachers!

Posted by Mark C. on 27 August 2015 - 01:20 AM

( Some of you probably have no idea of the sad state of some public schools in Mississippi) its also that way in many other states now as well-cheeers to all teachers in my book.

#91176 1800 Degrees....looking Good.....snap, Sparkle, Fizz, Pop. Dang!

Posted by Mark C. on 20 August 2015 - 08:51 PM

Any corrosion and looseness will always end badly with that much amperage. Drawing those amps will alway reveal any flaws.

#91092 Members With Etsy Stores?

Posted by Mark C. on 19 August 2015 - 04:39 PM

Looks like you sold a bong.
Thats one toke over the line.

#90689 The Arts Festival Plan

Posted by Mark C. on 11 August 2015 - 11:13 PM

I'm away now on a show trip-left last Wenesday for Friday Saturday Sunday show-took a liesurly two days to get there-now am spending three extra days scuba diving in Puget sound in a dry suit taking underwater photosmini vacation with a fellow diver) and will drive home on Thursday-so 8 days away. No kids juat a wife and a cat. Most shows are gone 7 days total out of state.

#90003 Double Dip Flakes Off When Drying

Posted by Mark C. on 01 August 2015 - 09:17 PM

325 will flux (melt better)I gave up 200 decades ago.
Allowing your 1st glaze to dry completly will help with any double dipping.
Cobalt glazes are notorious for crawling. I know thats not your issue-your glaze has no clay in it to make it stick.So in the big picture it may be your issue.
I have no idea why your calcining zinc?
This is usually done to epk so it does not shrink to much and flake off.

I do not think the 200 mesh to 325 will do a thing to your flaking
You have such a high % of feldspar and silica and so many colorants this is bound to get powdery with no clay to stick it.
All I can add is what did you do different?

#90001 Studio Lighting Led Bulbs To Replace T-8's

Posted by Mark C. on 01 August 2015 - 09:07 PM

I do run my lights lot so half the cost makes sense to me.Since retrofiting is so easy-thats why I'm posting this energy saver. They also run cool compared to ballast lights.Another asspect is outside in cold weather they do not flicker at all.

#89975 Studio Lighting Led Bulbs To Replace T-8's

Posted by Mark C. on 01 August 2015 - 12:16 PM

I read an article in home power magazine about LED florescent tubes. They bought them on e-bay to replace T-8s for about $12 each.The t-8s draw 46 watts the led use 20 watts.
I have a boat load of t-8 fixtures in 4 and two bulb configurations.
Since then I have replaced about 9 fixtures most in studio and some in kiln loading area. I still have about 5 left to do but am now testing them. They come is warm and cold lights and clear and striped (diffused).I have mixed some warm and cold in the studioand the light quality is good . Outside kiln area I want the most light so I chosse the 6500 clear bulbs. These are all plastic lens and are made in china. They say 50,000 hours.
These bulbs operate on 120 volts and you need to cut the ballast out of the circuit. So one end of fixture wires to the nuetral the other end wires to the hot wire. You can leave the ballest in place or remove it.These tend to be brighter or as bright as the t-8s.In our area we have expensive power so this will make sense in the long run-within two years the bulbs will be close to free..

#89932 Can This Piece Be Salvaged?

Posted by Mark C. on 31 July 2015 - 10:37 PM

The more you want it the less it will make it thru.
Just saying-


#89881 Source For Wine Glass Tops

Posted by Mark C. on 31 July 2015 - 01:48 AM