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  1. Hope everyone is having some good weather to work in. Stay Hydrated.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Nice and overcast in the morning, afternoon will be sunny with a lovely breeze, around 80. Just gorgeous weather. :)

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Looks like we all had some good and bad times with the weather. But one thing that makes it all better is what we do with clay and glazes. Having a better day today everyone.

      Oh, and Giselle, please send everyone some of that lovely weather. You can send me the bill. ;)

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Okay I'll do my best! :) :)

  2. Ordered a 3D printer kit. So I will assemble it and make a clay stamp. Probably take about a week to get it.

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      My son bought a broken one at the DAV and fixed it. Wore it out and fixed it again. Then it was broken in a move and he had to fix it again. They took it to the remote island they live on so they can print our anything they need.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      3d printers are so awesome. My son wants one so bad. Hope it goes well for your mark.

  3. Back to the drawing board. I fired a kiln to ^6 with a pyro barin my sitter. New sitter, new everything, except infinite switches (no long can get), but it never got there. Brand new elements. It was firing fine till last nite. It's still cooling. Going to fire in my small kiln to finish an order. And work on the big kiln. I will fix it or try basket weaving in my padded room.

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    2. GiselleNo5
    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Yup. I just wonder if the weather had anything to do with it. We had some very heavy downpours Saturday when I was firing. No lighting. the barometric pressure was at 30.30. The humidity at 84%. Guess it could be that my kiln was, a bit under the weather, LOL.

       

      I fired the small kiln today @^6 and it went well. Nice day. I am going to fire another load in the big kiln tomorrow ^6. small load. If it doesn't go well I am going to check all my wiring.

       

       

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I will only fire bisque ware in my dad's big kiln. It has too many hot and cold spots. Sometimes there has been a four-cone variation between the top and bottom shelf. Too unpredictable. So I fire many small glaze loads.

  4. Kiln cooling. Happy tomorrow? LOL

  5. I just started working with a ^5 laguna that I took to ^6. got some translucency. but not overall. Guess I need to go thinner. Help

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I have been teaching myself to use less water. I set out one cup of water to throw 3-5lbs of porcelain. It forces you to use less water.

    3. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Going with the original question .. which Laguna clay are you trying to get translucent?? Not all Cone 5/6 porcelain will be no matter how you fire them.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Chris, TBH, I don't remember. I had thrown the box away and without thinking about what clay it was. I know it was porcelain because I maked it on the bag that I had soaked in a 5 gal bucket. Mystery Porcelain:P. I like working with it. I get my clay from either, http://www.roadrunnerceramics.com/ in San Antonio or http://www.armadilloclay.com/ in Austin, Tx. This clay has some translucency in some parts. I would love a recommendation.

  6. Yea, first test, ^04, fired great. I rebuilt my small kiln, Paragon A-82B, new bricks, elements and controller rewired with new infinite switches. Now I go for the gold, ^6.

  7. Had laser surgery on my left eye due to retinal tears. The floaters are annoying me.

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    2. oldlady

      oldlady

      mark, have always had them but when my cataract surgery was done in 02 they mostly disappeared. until an accident when i hit the tree going over the edge of the road. i think the surgeon stirred up the stuff inside the eye.

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Are you recovering from the surgery? Yep the floaters are a pain, but you can still see the clay, right??

       

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Yup, visions fine. And I think the floaters went on vacation, or that lump of clay is a mighty big floater, LOL. But, I'm fine tha k you Roberta.

  8. I had some Laguna ^5 Porcelain sitting around in a 5gal bucket for a year or so. Sooo, I cleaned my wheel of stoneware (spotless) and my tools, so I made some candle holders with in the Mishima technique. Do you think it would be better to fire with a clear glaze of without? I want the colors in the design to be bright.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Yes you can. You will see some color shifts, pending the amount of iron in your stoneware clay. Colors will be brighter, different hues perhaps.

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      again, I concur with the venerable Nerd. I go back and forth from porcelain to a white stoneware.

       

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Thank you, good people.

  9. And, Yea! I finally will fix my small Paragon with new bricks and elements. So happy.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Here a little, there a little.

  10. Anyone miss me? I got locked out when I changed my email.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Actually no, Joel, it was me. I switched my email and had not made the verification, after I saved my new email. Somehow, it made me outcast. But being somewhat tech savvy, I did fix it. So never going to forget this experience.

    3. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      Very glad that you recovered from the switch in emails...and welcome back!

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Thanks Paul. It was scary. I felt so alone, it was cold. And dark. But I'm better. lol. Always good to be here.

  11. Losing heat. My lid has gaps. Any suggestions?

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Mark, yes it is ceramic fiber blanket.

       

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Wood stove shop-must have some in your town?

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Going with Glazenerd's recommendation. Thank you all for the positive feedback. Just don't send me a bill...ok? LOL (marko, yes, good people, my Precious, yes, good)

  12. Doing a ^6 witness firing test. I have a Orton AF3000, that is finishing at 2194 F, so I test. I have also disconnected all the switches, timers and cone sitter. Now it is direct from the elements to the power cord to the Orton control wall box. Hope it works.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I call that seats of your pants firing and I love it. Its the way I fire most gas kilns

  13. Lately, I have been at a loss to decorate, anything. I have no problem throwing, just what to do next. I just look a pots and wonder.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      glazenerd, you're right about looking at other artist. And I did see a post here that led me to learn about Rick Hintze. I love his work. But I am always afraid of doing work like someone else. I feel guilty. And have you been to Joseph's website. He has such a gift. I love how he has come along and made great progress in glaze and pottery style of his own. He must have some Japanese potter blood. Inspired. :)

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      alabama, yup, I'm going this way then that way. My noodles have been fried and MIA. But I hear you and Giselle. I do need to make notes and settle on one thing at a time. I guess it would be better to do a lot of one thing, than a whole lot of nothing. Thanks.

       

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      But one thing is for sure. I'm happy to have friends like you all. Thanks everyone for the support. A kick in my potty pants might help. :P

  14. Man, did you know that uncooked corn on the cob is so good? I love it. No salt or butter needed. Very sweet yellow organic corn. Yum.

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    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Cut the fresh stuff off the cob and make salsa! Yum.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      mmmmm salsa. Doh! Thanks Diesel.

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      I grow some in the garden. I boil it in water with a stick of butter and some milk. Adds to the flavor.

  15. Any recommondations for a digital pyrometer, k type, min cone 8

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I'm a fluke fan myself-model 5200 on e-bay used -cheap and work well-you will need a thermocouple and cork with special plug as well.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I got Fluke k-types also.But for Raku i still use my old analog type.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Thanks guys. I ended up getting: MS6514 Dual-Input Digital Logging Handheld Pyrometer Package

      The MS6514 Dual-Input Handheld Pyrometer Package comes with (2) Low temp thermocouples (Max Temp: 752 F), and (1) Heavy Duty thermocouple (Max Temp: 2500 F).

       

       

       

      This model includes a large LCD display, built in ambient temperature compensation, auto power off and USB interface with included software. The software allows you to export to Microsoft Excel as well as printing....

  16. If anyone is interested in buying my Orton 3000 Kiln controller contact me. Pictures in Gallery. Going to put on ebay.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Happy sales. I have a northstar tile press I have used one time.. Probably should do the same.

  17. Almost done hanging drywall on my studio ceiling. 8 sheet done 4 to go. And singing, "all by myself". Yup, I'll be happy to wedge a ton of clay after this.

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      Marko My husband and son hung the sheetrock in my studio and the garage. I taped and mudded it, then paint and wallpapered the studio. The garage just got a rough coat of mud. We didn't have to mess with the ceilings. They had to be finished when the house was built.

    3. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Oh oh oh, Marko, you are a handyman! Go quick to the newest QOTW and tell us what else you can do with your hands, besides making beautiful pottery!

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Impressive in that heat. You'll be happy working in the walled space. Its worth it!

       

  18. I just replaced all 12 elements. Should I fire empty or with a load?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Changing elements tests just how much patience one has.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I now have a better understanding of just that, glazenerd. But, I actually enjoyed putting it all back together. I should mention that I also changed 2 timers, 2 power relays, 5 12 gauge wires and a power controller. I enjoyed it so much that I forgot how long it took to get parts and how hot the day was.

      But, it took a toll on my back and hamstrings. So I slept in, but then went and did an empty fire, as Marcia and Richard suggested. Then I made a 5 gal of my favorite base glaze and 5...

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      How many words do I get? I keep forgetting and get cut off. Can I get a word counter? LOL

  19. 100 degrees in the studio. 115 degrees put side. And trying to get my kiln fixed. Waiting on parts, again. I think maybe the heats getting to me. I told my wife I wanted to quit.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Got that covered Mark C.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      glazenerd, it happens, even to the best of them, but this is mine and I am a sensitively expressive.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Paragon sent me the wrong bottom elements. Hey, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, just happens, right. Go glazing.

  20. My kiln is down. And I ordered parts from The Ceramic Shop, that ordered the parts I need, but Paragon sent my, drop ship order to The ceramic Shop, that sent my shippment to Paragon. I ordered it 6-2-12. This real suks. I'm so depressed. I live 7 hours from Paragon. So dpressed, I don't want to do anything. Nothing.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Bowls>guns. Good decision. í ½í¸

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Thank you my friends. I'm glad someone took the time to listen when I felt bad.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      That's what we're here for. :)

  21. Got my kiln going after a near two week of the flu. Feeling good about it.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Hope everyone feels better. I hadn't had the flu in many years and then my wife got sick. So glad we're on the end of it. Gosh Mea, you're a trooper. I think I would not have gone. You're a tough one. Get some rest everyone.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Glad your getting over yours. I am about over mine as well. My son was out from school all week with me, took him to the doctor 2 times, fever 103. Finally got in the garage today and got some elements ordered. So much to do. So little time!

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Wow, 103 is bad. Hope he's and you are doing better. I went to 102. And my head felt like someone took a blender to it. My wife also got sick. But she's getting better. I wish I could say the same for my Orton AutoFire 3000. But I'm working with Jim, the head engineer, to find a fix for it. The controller is a stand alone wall mount that I plug my Duncan kiln into. It makes a manual kiln an electric, in theory. But just before christmas it started acting up and cutting my kiln off...

  22. Flu's been getting me down all week, but feeling positive it's gonna end, hehe.

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    2. ChenowethArts

      ChenowethArts

      Take care, Mark. Be a good patient :)

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      eat some soup and rest. This too will pass. I had it right after I got my flu shot.

       

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Thanks everyone. Still not well enough to enjoy making things, but I know I will be soon enough.

  23. Happy Valentine's Day to all you sweethearts, hehe. All we need is love and a whole lotta clay.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Awww, that's so cool Denice. Our kids can do some awesomely nice things. Happy for you.

    3. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      And painkillers. And naps. ^_^

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I hope your hubby makes all your pain go away. I will pray in meditation for you to feel better.

  24. Painting isn't pottery, but my shipping room needed it. Should finish tomorrow. Yea!

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Whooo! Nothing like a clean, bright, fresh work environment. :)

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Painting is done. Now I can get back to the business of pottery. :)

  25. After a morning of do this, do that, I will be back in my studio glazing this afternoon. Hopefully.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Nothing we can't drive through. Just a constant on and off rain. I live in a no flood zone, but lots of other folks got some flooding. Not the worst I've ever seen.

      How did you fair?

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      We got 3 " yesterday afternoon. then just constant gentle rain. Today is windy. Some flooding in town but not too close to us. McAllen and Weslaco got more direct hits.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Glad you're okay. I thought you were going to get the largest US flooding and wind damage.

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