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Mark C.

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Are You Looking For A Geil Gas Kiln?

19 September 2016 - 12:07 PM

I heard about one out west-20 cubic feet -Gas-brick-I do not know the seller and am not associated one bit with it, but it looks pretty clean in the photos.I passed on it myself but if the mods are ok with it you can PM for Details-It was from a San diego school and thats where it will need to be trucked from.I'm just passing on the info.Its 6k. and uses 12x24 shelves.Downdraft and is clean outside-has the DD1 controller .The price is fair as this kiln is 21k new.

Mods if this violates the rules just delete the post.I know this is a grey area? 

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

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





Studio Floor Matts The Best

14 September 2016 - 11:52 PM

Ok thats a statement for sure.

Let me explain

Last week I was BBQing for a few hundred folks at a annual fund raiser for a small village in Nicaragua thats an annual event in Arcata

My small town nearby. The past 30+ years

I'm a tuna guy so you guessed it I'm at the grill with a few friends cooking fresh Tuna for this fund raiser every year

I had to get more sauce and on the way to the walk in cooler I stepped on a matt and was standing in heaven. Later I asked about them.

Now let me say I have stood an many a matt so my feet know something about matts.

these I where told where the best and are indestructible -yes the cost a pretty penny but this week I ordered one of the large and 3 smalls and put them around my glaze area and since today was glaze day I can say YAHOOOOOO they are great.

I have a wood floor but even this is hard while glazing 10 hours on the feet every week . My feet tonight are way better.

These clean up easy and are so soft you melt into them.So if Money is not tight and your stand at a spot for long and you care about your feet I cannot say enough about these matts.

I sold enough sponge holders  at last show to buy these and I like my feet to be happy.


Selling Pottery 101

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.





Covered Pots -Two Oceans Apart

14 September 2016 - 12:51 AM

I tell my customers this all the time so I thought I'd share it here.

Since I sell French butterfishes (butter bells ) I get thousands of questions about how they work-I post a sign over every display and have a user instruction card in each one but still get asked. Sometimes I get tired answering this question  so I say just hold one side up to one ear and another side to the other ear and you can hear the atlantic on the left ear and the pacific on the right ear. Try it and you to can hear this little know factoid.

This is what happens when dealing with the public after 43 years of shows. Hey one is this weekend my 44th annual local art show.