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Mark C.

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Do You Eat Off Your Own Pots Everyday ?

23 November 2015 - 03:48 PM

My dinnerware thread got me thinking-Do you use your own wares to eat off every day.

I use my own flatware -plates and some bowls but I use other potters mugs and bowls to drink and eat from.

what do you use?

Handmade pots or commercial wares?

We own very few commercial ceramics.


Old School Dinnerware Set For Customer

18 November 2015 - 03:34 PM

Nobody orders 12 place settings anymore.Its usually 4 or 6 or 8 of whatever. I took this order in March to bring to a show in December  (out of state show) for a 3 piece 12 place setting. Glazed in landscape.

The set just came out and every piece was flawless. Thats something that NEVER happens. I have 13 place settings in flatware and 5 extra bowls.

The plates are 10 inch the salad are 8 inch and the bowls are 6 inch. Porcelain fired to a how cone 11 in reduction.

I think she will be pleased as it looks as good as these glazes and get.



Clay Shed Is Almost Full Again

11 November 2015 - 12:51 AM

My annual clay buy came in last week and it took 4 days to get it  moved now its done.

!st time i ever had help with a clay move (Friends high schooler son). Was able to get it all in shed with a bit of room to move around in.

The shed holds 6 boxes deep 8 high -this pile is 9 tons on right and about 2 tons to the left. The orange striped boxes are 5 tons of softer clay that I will get to later after going thru the firmer clay1st-the 9 tons are Daves porcelain .This will last just over a year unless I slow down some more.

The clay on the left is other bodies like Babu and 550 porcelains and a few misc bodies like 1/2 and half.

I decided next year to do all this in the dead of winter as my x-mas season is to busy for moving and billing others for clay-I order for some other potters as well and do some of the paperwork-I'm a slow learner and my back hurts


Kiln Foundation-If You Get It Wrong Use A Jackhammer

25 October 2015 - 12:37 PM

Years ago after needing to move some concrete I realized a 90# jackhammer was the way to go.You can rent them at a tool rental-comes with huge trailerable compressor and long hose and a real heavy jackhammer.

Thing is you need to weigh about 300#s to control it. I came up with a new way to keep it glued to the concrete,

This new technique takes awhile to get the hang of but you can get gravity on your side.If you where a gymnast in a former life this will help-I was not one by the way.

Looking back on this this may have been one of the many things that ruined my wrist.

Now I must add my usual do not try this at home disclaimer .



Moth To A Flame-Or Jumping Into Fire-Great Idea?

21 October 2015 - 12:46 AM

You ever noticed insects always seem to fly directly into a fire?Not much thought just jump right in. It got me thinking about having the right suit do do this safely in. The trouble is many of my past attempts  at suits where to rigid.They seemed more like wizard of Oz tinman suits. What is needed is a flexable suit and a face mask to keep out the sparks-with the right idea one could take a flying leap if you will at a large fire and come thru still smiling. Its been an age old problem for mankind. When you recognize a problem and solve it for mankind everyone wins.
I have been kicking around a few ideas-brainstorming really.If I can solve this vexing issue and still come away alive with a photo I will post it. If you do not hear from me again for awhile its well you know a failure and I'll be in a skin graft ward for months-may even miss the whole x-mas season.

I have a large fire planned soon when the rains hit and am busting to try it out.