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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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#113816 New Business Promotion

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 12:54 PM

One last note is you will have to make yourself known online as unique-that may be the hardest part.

I sell face to face (art shows) and thru galleries and some wholesale.I think this is the most profitable (art shows) for me. I like a mix of income.

For hobbyist online may just be the right fit as its less work physically and financially as art shows that fit your work take years to find and develop.

#113803 Multiple Clay Explosions In Bisque

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 10:55 AM

Your work is still not dry when its going in kiln

You can let it dry more or you just have to go longer on the one switch on as low setting as you have-I also suggest a digital pyrometer which is cheap-that way you know whats happing inside . My kiln is like yours -all manual and I never blow stuff up but the pots are dry going in or I let it sit with one switch on low for 3-4 hours.

You are going to fast-its pretty simple go slower

#113738 The Only Absolutely True Rule For Potters. Pay Attention To This

Posted by Mark C. on 24 September 2016 - 08:18 PM

I have a fool proof inventory system in the studio.

I keep all the clay tools and stuff in the studio.

I know its in there not somewhere else.

Its so simple .Now where the heck in there is it???????

#113718 Do You Like....?

Posted by Mark C. on 24 September 2016 - 10:59 AM

I can appreciate all types of ceramics-loose or tight styles

I like them both.

#113716 Studio Safety

Posted by Mark C. on 24 September 2016 - 10:44 AM

My air circulators a Delta but Jet makes them as well.Many are 3 speed.

you can mount them on the ceiling or hang them lower.

Bailey ceramics also has them and they are a bit more spendy

I have adapted my delta by adding a heap filter to the front with a cheap disposable filter in front of that one.

You can either tape these on or fabricate a box in front to hold them.

This filter moves all studio air thru it about 12 times per hour of more depending on your sq footage.


My central vac has ended and sweeping for me . I still should mop some but I hate mopping-I vacuum almost daily as it picks up everything from dust to trimmings.

I'm in my 1st 6 months with this system so I can say about every 3 months it needs new  vac bag but I produce a lot and a normal studio may go a lot longer. I tend to suck trimmings as well as glaze powders every week-I also use it on my grinder outside and any thing dusty I can find.The 10 gallon can is about 1/2 full every 3 months and weighs a ton as the powder is so compact. This is in a plastic bag and goes into the trash if I can lift it.

#113618 Does Ceramic Fiber Deteriorate?

Posted by Mark C. on 22 September 2016 - 09:36 PM

Ok I assumed you do not touch it. You can put a small amount of sodium silicate via spray on it and that will make the surface a bit tougher.

My zircon spray I have posted about here also will make a hard surface (glass blowers coat their glory holes made from fiber with this )

#113511 Instagram

Posted by Mark C. on 20 September 2016 - 10:41 PM

Dirt poor

My smart phone phone turned off our refer and would not let us into our house (via smart lock) -the car got hacked and my instagram wafers went stale.

My Gas meter locked up with the wifi signals and photo bucket sprang a leak. Our house heater on a smart control has been running all summer and we cannot shut it off.

I'd post some of this but my router is old school and needs a chuck key and my modem is out with a case of the twitters.

#113436 Returned To Pottery After 45 Years, Now In Pain

Posted by Mark C. on 19 September 2016 - 08:58 PM

Body positions can vary so widely-you can throw while standing as well. Getting it  with the right chair and height wise is a good start.

#113434 High Tech Scale, Share The Laugh With Me

Posted by Mark C. on 19 September 2016 - 08:54 PM

This one has worked very well for me


Using these scales save a huge amount of time over a triple beam.

I also have the digital Ohaus that max out at 5,000 grams

#113408 My 43 Annual Northcountry Fair-Hope To See Ya-Bob Dylan Was A Part Of It

Posted by Mark C. on 19 September 2016 - 01:51 PM

The show was huge success not only money wise for me but the community had a great time as it was very well attended.

#113299 My 43 Annual Northcountry Fair-Hope To See Ya-Bob Dylan Was A Part Of It

Posted by Mark C. on 16 September 2016 - 02:49 PM

Well it my 43 annual local show-Nothing like it on this planet

Heres the write up  below at link and if you are in the area stop by my booth on the corner 9th and Gst

The Parade is at 1 pm Saturday so get there before that-it will take 1 hour and I promise you this is no ordinary parade .

Sundays Parade is also at 1 pm so come early again

If you never have been consider making the trip it will be worth it as you will see things you only dreamed about.

This is a community event and fun for all-admisson is free

I'm have been involved with this show since day one

I guess I'm one of those aliens in this story below

as well as a same old person

Hey its a zero waste event so pack it out if you bring it in.

You will see Bob Dylan's connection with our event at this link





#113289 Just How Old Is Too Old For A Kiln?

Posted by Mark C. on 16 September 2016 - 10:43 AM

I think I read they found an old kiln while unearthing a tomb in Egypt from the Babylon years . It was an older electric and the elements where toast but the bricks where in mint condition . It still had a papyrus instruction manual that was readable-cone 6 if I recall.Back then they rated them in Reeds not amps.

It all comes round again they say.


Ok I may have been off on that one but my kiln from the 70's still works fine.

#113182 Qotw:how Do They Put Up With You?

Posted by Mark C. on 14 September 2016 - 11:12 PM

I thinks its best to let my wife speak for herself here,


I love pottery and all that goes with it.  Don't mind the clay dust everywhere.  I love going to sleep to a roaring red-hot kiln.  I'd love to do more pottery myself.  His workaholism is a bit much at times, so maybe, just once in a while, we could do something spontaneous, like go to the beach for a sunset, or up to the mountain to see the shooting star showers (hint, hint).  As long as the kiln isn't firing.  - wife of Mark C.

#113171 Selling Pottery 101

Posted by Mark C. on 14 September 2016 - 09:21 PM

Spent my life living near highway 101 up and down the California coast -selling pottery it turns out

Been up and down that road for about 63 years now selling pottery 44 of those years


One thing to keep in mind about marketing (selling pottery) is what works for you may not work for me or vice versa.

A few things to consider that need to be thought about

The market area-is it big city, urban or out in the boonies?

That will dictate to some degree your pricing of items.

What is your skill level? Meaning is the work professional or beginning?

What is the level of craftsmanship?

Is your work tight and focused –meaning lots of hours in a piece or loose and fast meaning you can pump them out?

This also will help you decide what to set the price on.

Another point not spoken about much is where the market/show/fair sale is??

Its been my experience that pottery sells for more the more east you get meaning if I travel from my coast to the east coast pottery sells for more there than here-I have no answer why this is but it’s a known fact for us west coast potters.

The other point is the work production or is it say salt or raku or some other slow process that also will add to the sales amount asked,

Also what is the show the Smithsonian? Or the flea market? That also will impact the price asked.

The other point is this hobby or do you need to make a living at it-this is another price point to consider


The last point I would like to make and my example is a spoon rest selling here on the west coast at a show say in the boonies.

They sell like crazy at $5. They sell but at a much slower pace for $7

You need to determine which you want to ask-If you are a slow thrower and looking to maximize profit ask $7 and be happy

If you are a speedball and want to hundreds sell them for $5.

The other point on this is how fast are you glazing and firing them

As well as do they take up space or are they free space stuffers.

I just loaded two glaze fires and put in 100 sponge holders in the free space not filled but anything else so firing was free gas wise.

These are some of the other points to consider on pricing.

There is no way anyone can guide you other than you doing it.

What works for you may not work for me? and vice versa. I say this again because it’s true.





#113117 Sponge Holder Pricing

Posted by Mark C. on 14 September 2016 - 10:15 AM

For me I do not try to find the most people will pay for these items. I am interested in that sweet spot that folks want to buy them without a thought-often they buy two and more often they add more work to the purchase. Since I can make them fast and have sourced the rubber bottoms down to a very low price I choose to do this as a marking ploy. I have two items which I do this and that pay for the whole show and the gas and the hotel room if I'm on the road.I know the sweet spot price points and I know I could get more but the sales slow down.