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Mark C.

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Recrystallized Silicon Carbide Shelves Are Not All The Same

18 September 2014 - 03:58 PM

Recrystallized silicon carbide shelves are not all the same

After many years of firing to cone 11.

I had to trade out two Chinese shelves due to near failure.

I bought two a few years ago to test along with my 50 advancers.

These where the Chinese ones with and without the relief cuts in them.

Booth where used as bottom shelves as well as throughout the load.

They have both warped 3/8 of and inch or more as well as cracked. The advancers are as flat and crack free as the day I bought them. These shelves have hundreds of fires on them. So when you think why the Chinese ones cost 1/3 as much its because you will need to replace them many times to equal an advancer.


Very Powerful Sales Tool

14 August 2014 - 07:42 PM

I was at a show the 1st weekend of August which is near Canada but in US.

One of my customers from over the border had picked out a small pot but was short the cash and had forgot here check book.Her friend had her visa card and was to shed her later that night. I wrapped up the pot and wrote her a I owe you an back of card.

Check came yesterday and she wrote it for the difference of currencies so I did not loose any money. She wrote me a very nice note about trusting her which no one seems to do anymore.

When I do this I have a customer for life. You need to feel the situation out as its not for every forgotten purse.But when its right its very solid.


Throwing Straight Out Of The Pugger-Yes

08 June 2014 - 03:01 PM

Ok after many months using my peter pugger (V30) vacuum model

I started using my wet porcelain scraps thru it 

I threw some 5#-6# 8# bowls straight out of the machine last week

They threw great-had legs and was not at all what I recall from the olden days with my alpine vertical pugger(no legs )

I threw them side ways in direction of the pugged slugs.

as well as a few pugs straight up to see if there will be cracking.

Those bowls are getting glazed on Monday and I'll let you know if cracks occure

I was amazed as how well these clay threw.

I'm slowy getting convinced this pugger is a wonder machine

I had been using it only on scrap from the slab roller.


Remembering Your Mentors

17 May 2014 - 12:43 PM

My University is celebrating its Centennial year and asked for alumni stores

My story is the second one




Molokai Salt Fire Unloaded

24 April 2014 - 02:01 AM

Today the art center as a team effort prepped the pots with wadding and moving the wares and we loaded I think may be the 1st high fire salt fire on Molokai.
Today was perfect as it did not rain during the loading
We will fire kiln tomorrow and will unload on Saturday
We made some soda tacos to toss in as well as the salt
Which will be put in the traditional way via salts ports into flame trough next to bag wall as well a spraying through burner ports.
The best part is every pot fit into kiln just perfect no left overs
I,m pretty excited and as a bonus get to do some early am bodysurfing if the swell comes in as predicted
Before salt fire gets going good temp wise.
Here's the load ready to go.
Well the photo gods are not with me as they rejected the photo no matter what I did
I deleted some to add more space but still it's a no go
It worked last night on this I pad but I have had photo issues before here and will let it pass
So imagine a salt load stacked at least till I get back to mainland and resize the photos .
There are few photos of kiln on the Molokai
Clay events thread