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Mark C.

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Business Liability Thread? Do You Recall

03 July 2015 - 01:00 PM

I recall a cheap one day insurance place a few months back that was mentions for vendor insure-Does anyone have a link to that thread?

I need to pass that info on to a chamber of commerce if I can locate it.


Stuff Your Bisque

28 June 2015 - 09:11 PM

This ones about as full as I can get it.


Lessons From Another Potter

18 June 2015 - 10:49 PM

I learned this from another potter long ago.
He makes more pots than I do as he is very prolific not that I'm not he is just a madman-well ok we both are.
Anyway I was asked on another thread about keeping track of my pots at a consignmet gallery.
His method which I to have adopted is once they have them and I have trust in them as owners I never keep track. His attitude is once dropped off-go make more and move forward the pots you made are thier problem (that is to sell). I have found this for me is the best path. On a side note this is for long term existing outlets not one you are just starting.
So say on a gallery I have been dealing with for 20 years keeping track of inventoiory -well thats not my
Job-my job is to supply . Make quaility work and keep them supplied in a timely manner.
Its also a trust realationship and its up to them to let me know in a timly manner whats needed before they run out. I only have a few of these outlets but this is how I run them from my end.
For wholesale its never your issue to keep track.

Iron Crytalline Glaze Cone-Oxidation Or Reduction-Cone10

01 June 2015 - 08:38 PM

OK this is arare event-a glaze in magazine that turns out exactly as in the book.

I was reading last months CM (ceramics monthly) and saw a iron glaze that caught my eye

So I mixed it up as a sample in 1,000 grams and tried it in a reduction fire to cone 10 and a half

It also works cooler as well in a cone 9 area of the kiln-slow cooling=more cystals

WOW it turned out eactly as in the photo-now thats a rare thing folks.

Heres the recipe out of May CM issue

Its credit goes to emerging artist Alex Thullen-not sure if its his creation?


Iron Crystalline glaze cone 11-12 Oxidation


Synthetic bone ash----12%



Custar Feldspar---------48

EPK Kaolin----------------6

Silica (325 mesh)--------16


add Red Iron Oxide(synthetic)-11.5%


I suggest using these exact ingredients for best results

get some high purity iron and the right bone ash

most should have the rest lying around in the studio

You can see his photo on the May issue page 87

Heres some of my work after a few more fires using this glaze and mixing up a 10,000 gram batch

one last note this stuff will stain your clothes if you get it on them-I use glaze clothes every week but many may not have a set-you will after working with this one you will have a set.



PS could a moderator please move this to the glaze forum as I posted it in wrong space-thanks

A Far Away Gallery-How To Supply

30 May 2015 - 04:53 PM

I have had an outlet that is about 3 1/2 hours away from my location. Thats one way so its a 7 hour drive.

I have had this gallery for many many years and trust the folks.

I used to go thru this area but due to  some show changes it off my path now.

So once a year I drop a huge load of work off and then a few other tiomes a year when friends head thru I send them a few boxes. I should mention this is consignment gallery for me so they mail me a monthly check.

I collect work for several months and a few days ago I made the round trip drive to drop off 45 boxes at there home/shop. This was a fullpickup bed(8 feet stacked two full layers tight.

This arrangement works for both of us as I only have to go there once a year.This drop is worth 18-20K retail and is the most work I take a gallery at one time.

They have a summer tourist season (Mendocino in nor-cal)and a slow winter season.

This gallery is my best consignment outlet the past few years-they change over time as well.

Now I started off with more drop offs years ago and this has morphed into this once a year deal as it makes the best use of my time.