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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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Good Rubber Stamps

28 September 2015 - 10:05 AM

Its always a good idea to have a few rubber stamps to mark your outgoing mail

One is my logo the other is a potter throwing. On outgoing bills I use my circling shark fin stamp.



42Nd Annual Art Show This Weekend-North Country Fair- Arcata-Photos Added

18 September 2015 - 04:36 PM

Well if you want to feel like you are older than clay do an art show consecutively for 42 years. This is our annual big event in our small town (15K). It's more than an art show really its an event for all-Samba Parade all species day parade-kinetic sculptures-music-food. Folks come from all over to this event, as it’s a long-standing bunch of fun. This show is one of the best energy wise (public fun) I do.

You can see past events here.



It’s my 42nd year as I started doing this in collage the 1st year it happened.

Now I’m a board member as one of the same old people a non-profit group who does the show and an artist at show.

I'll try to take a few photos this year.




Production Tips For Production Potters

18 September 2015 - 03:25 PM

I know there a few production folks out there on this board-feel free to share your ideas to save time.

I threw a few bowls this am for a gallery order as I have a big show this weekend and wanted to be dry soon and I thought about some production ideas.

Mine start with the clay in boxes-I tend to think about 25# pugs.

That is how I think about it-12 -2# forms from a pug or 16-1/12#s etc. Just by the way you cut it.

That is- weigh all the clay to start with then over time you know what that weight is buy cutting it from pugs and you no longer have to weigh it.This alone will save you time.

Having a good scale will help you

For example a pug cut top to bottom in quarters then sliced longwise is approx. two-pound balls. The extra 1# of the 25#s is spread out thru 12 pieces.

The other tip is cut your end off a cutting wire (yes cut the handle off one end on a new wire) –that way you can cut to the bottom of the pug and then pull out the wire without wasting time lifting it. Having a one-ended wire as well as a two ended wire will be or great use once you master this skill. Seems like a small point-try it-it makes cutting a pug into 48 pieces for spoon rests very quick or 12- 2# balls or 4 -6# pieces or whatever.

Once you master this wire and the cutting you know longer have to think about it.

Next is use ware boards next to your wheel-that way you are handling more ware at every time you get up. After the pots get off the ware boards use bats or boards that hold a lot of pots so you are moving them in mass-this all saves time. When you are moving one pot around you are not efficient.

I use plaster to throw small stuff on but whatever you use have plenty of them, as you do not want this to limit you


I use the sun (during the sun season) to speed drying and after trimming them. I can dry pots outside until Halloween and then again in April when sun gets hot enough mid day to do some good. I have racks under cover next to car kiln as well to dry pots. Late fall and mid winter its heater time in studio for drying. Today I threw this bowl order and trimmed it and they are now drying all in same day.

Add your production tips for others to learn from.


The Marks Project-Get Your Signature Recorded

14 September 2015 - 10:37 PM

In the latest Studio Potter Magazine there is an article on the Marks project that was introduced at Nceca this year.
You can add your make here- or look at others.



Business Card Holders And Receipts

12 September 2015 - 12:47 PM

In an earlier post Bruce spoke about a professional presentations.
This is mine
I use a small sales table and this card holder is on that table along with this receipt book-These have my logo and contact info. I also drop a business card in every purchase. This card holder was made for me by a fellow artist-I supplied the cone 10 unglazed pot. It is loved by kids and is always a conversation piece
The seastar reminds me of my underwater life and was left on my table at one time-in fact almost every thing has been left on my sales table at one time from purses to car keys to drinks to books to kids toys-to to much money .
The same logo is on my van with magnetic signs that are 3 feet long-last van had them painted on. Moon over bamboo with red teapot-had this logo for over 35 years now.