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About MikeFaul

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  • Birthday 09/19/1959

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    http://www.pottersfire.com (Coming Soon)

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  • Location
    Herndon, Virginia
  • Interests
    Many... Too Many... Too Little time...

    Functional & Sculptural Ceramics
    Hand Building, Throwing, and Designing

    Surface Design

    Firing to Cone 6 Ceramics

    Multiple glazes on a single form applied with an HVLP spray gun

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  1. Shipping about 200 cups to Korea... Who woulda thunk it!?!

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Makes you feel warm inside like when my spoon rests went to China

    3. Denice


      I hope you made a good profit.

    4. glazenerd


      All things are possible to them that believe.

  2. Expecting orders for more than 400 mugs in the next 5 days... Too much fun!

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    2. bciskepottery
    3. glazenerd



      I will be in my recliner napping: wake me when you are done.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      a days work for you aye?

  3. Still looking for a production potter, had my latest no show for work today... Wondering why so many people love clay, but don't seem to like working with it professionally?

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    2. GiselleNo5


      With that work ethic? I bet they're still working at Round Table.

    3. MikeFaul


      What Mark says is so true, we've started working with local schools. I met with the head of the ceramics program at a local university yesterday. We're forming an intern partnership. It will take years to bear good fruit, but I'm thinking its the only long term solution.

    4. GiselleNo5


      Whenever people ask ne for advice on getting started, I say, take a couple classes and then apprentice for a local potter. So valuable and benefits everyone.

  4. I have to re-throw a series of spoon rests for a housing development this morning. I threw them in white stoneware, turned my head to look at this mug on the shelf. It was the mug the customer pointed at for glaze selection. How did I get that irony green rim? Duh! Hazelnut brown clay... 24 hazelnut brown spoon rests coming up!

    1. bciskepottery


      And now you have back stock. You happy with Hazelnut vs 266?

    2. MikeFaul


      I like them both... The hazelnut is 211, a bit darker than 112 and no specs. 266 is almost black, very reactive. We us 266 for flower pots. The 211 we're doing a line of "Farm House" dinnerware. With a Tin Ox glaze. These were sort of freaks. This guy walked in and saw this mug that was left out and loved it because the colors matched their corporate colors perfectly. So, Elizabeth sold the glaze-which is exactly what she was suppose to do. No biggie, I have the almost all done no...

  5. Using our Go Pro to make throwing videos for our new You Tube channel...

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    2. glazenerd


      be sure to post them, I am just now learning that craft. Need all the help I can get.

    3. MikeFaul


      I did buy a head mount and a clamp on mount. I filmed with the cameron on my forehead and clamped onto the basin of my wheel. I plan to splice the two together into one video.

    4. Roberta12


      I still don't know how to post pictures from my phone to this forum, much less a video! I am impressed!!


  6. Finished digging the studio out from the snow yesterday, resuming clay operations today!

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    2. GEP


      I'm still in pain from shovelng on Sunday. No time to recover, still need to make pots. Thank goodness for advil.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I do not like snow unless I'm drinking coffee next to fireplace at a lodge inside

    4. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      I LOVE snow! Wish we had been the ones to get what you got, Mike. I'd gladly take that over the MUD we now have. I miss our clean white woodland snowfall. :(

  7. However, if you have one part of the shelf touching a powered up element,........... AND you then stand on a damp concrete floor in your bare feet......... and you then touch some part of the shelf .. ......... there is a path to ground possible......... through the shelf, through your body and then to the floor. Then we get into the potential resistacne equations to see if the current flow will be enugh to stop your heart, or just give you a major league ZAP. best, ........................john Hmmm... perhaps the concrete floor should be dampened with salt water while an electri
  8. I'm very happy with my Skutts. I just added a third one to our collection. We did upgrade the elements in the production kilns. We fire to cone 6 using a modified ramp / hold schedule. One thing, if you're using the programed cone fire be sure to run test fires. We found some issues with over firing and had to call Skutt and have some offsets programmed into the standard programs to compensate. All-in-all it took only a few short minutes to fix. I've found their service to be very good as well.
  9. Ditto on the Core-Lite shelves... We switched to these and have been very happy with them. I find them an excellent compromise between standard and the Advancer mentioned above.
  10. Unloading our last glaze firing before Christmas this morning...

  11. Merry Christmas Potters!

  12. Trying to resolve glaze faults, throwing tea cups... And, thinking about how I might visit Mea's open studio sale

  13. Finished our first show, made our sales goal... Happy Happy Day!

  14. Photo shoot on Monday... Need to get this glaze firing started before I leave...

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