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Mark C.

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    Near Arcata Ca-redwood rain forest
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    Diving-underwater photo-salvage diving-dive Travel
    Extreme offshore tuna fishing off north coast of Ca.

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  1. I found two used ones over the past decade-not impossiable but hard indeed-both private parties. I would check all the time -ebay-potters web site-auction sites (gov and states) etc. It takes tenacity which I have in spades I'm told
  2. Another thought is just think how cheap a peter pugger is without the lawyer hourly markups-makes it about free
  3. I love gas kiln pots-always have .Never left gas kilns in the early 70s-I have an electric but only use it for bisque now and again. Reduction glazes lite my creative ceramic soul. I would not go the other way unless they dragged me screaming away from my gas kilns I love the firing the glazing, the results so do my customers. So many things are just right about for for me-I also live in one of the most expensive electric rate areas on the country. Of course 48 doing it with gas makes it a no brainer for me as well My best answer for you is of course you need one.I have 3 and need a few more
  4. I always add new colors every so often. I reacently repalaced a robin egg blue with another blue that easier to work with. Colors keep me involved-either better colors or easier more dependable colors-either way its always on my mind currently using about 12-15 glazes as a standard. I have soemthat like hot and cool spots and get into those in the gas kilns so they are optimum looking
  5. Pres I goggled this Broken arm with Closed displaced transverse fracture of shaft of humerus Lots to read about
  6. It does indeed look bent and you should replace it. Not sure any wobble with change with that. Its a cheap fix either way.
  7. Hang in there Pres-sorry to hear that news. I broke my arm 3 years ago right around this time falling in an apple tree . Just a fracture. This sounds way worse. Good doctors are worth the wait. good luck.
  8. Its a label (look for a metal label on the kiln) not a table The metal plate may have all the info needed
  9. Just move some zeros around on the bill-by your name you should know how to do this already
  10. I had the same bone removed as you in left thumb ,the lower bone, last Jan. 19th this year. I rehabed it and am now only experiencing a weaker wrist and some minor pains now and then The unusual deal is my wife had the same bone removed on May 18th on same hand-same surgeon I asked for a two for one deal but it was no go. That surgeon was trained 20 years ago my my surgeon who did my PRC 11 years ago on right wrist. She is now at Yale and this one is in Northern Bay Area (SF) This clay work has taken its toll on my hands for sure.After 11 years now with my peter pugger I wish I had one 30 years ago. Apple juicing this weekend for us now as well as rototilling the garden with a winter cover crop before i leave for big show trip. Always something around here to do.
  11. Those thermocuples are a hardware store item-easy to replace
  12. Been doing a show in a small town in the desert east of Las Vegas for about 30 years now. It was cancelled last year and I let my fees roll forward and its coming up in about 3 weeks. Last one in 2019 was best ever for that show. Its the most open show in a breezy loction in a grassy park under a huge shade tree. No canopy used as it not needed and usually to windy. I just walk away from booth when done every night as the town is sleepy and no issues ever with theft in 30 years. I am the only one who does this I should add. One whole day to set up (friday) and van is 6 feet from booth and stays there for whole show. show is a early am start usually sales start by 8 am and is dead at 5 pm.Show is easy and I do it solo usually. show is a mix of fine art and real crap not made by anyone locally (buy and sell) Its in 3 parks and I am not in the fine art park. They always wanted me up there but you need to pack your stuff in and no shade tree so I always have stayed under the shade in park with lots of buy and sell and my stuff really jumps out next to junk.People love the shade when its hot and it usally is. I think this will be the last show for me there. I never say never but will fly a sign saying I;m done most likely.The show is just a bit to far as it just over 1,000 mile each way. I no longer need shows outside my area as well. Its part of my slow down plan. Most of my fellow artists have quit the show by now and I'm one of the last hold outs-its been a very good show for me and I always fit in another wholesale drop off after show on this trip in Santa Barbara and I get to vistit my sister there as well. I always fit a medical appointment in SF on way home as well. 8 days on the road this time around. This years whole sale order is huge at a small gallery that only sells pottery in Harmony Ca.I will meet the owner after selling to him for over 10 years without meeting him. We have a stop on the road to fill his forester on the day we head north from SB to SF. in a parking lot. I will have about 20 banana boxes stuffed for him. He always cuts me a check the second he gets the pots -best business man/woman I have ever dealt with. He is also a potter so he knows the drill. His shop carries lost of potters work from all over the USA.Never been there myself-its in a town with population of 10. On the main US 1 highway popular with tourist route up to big sur and Hearst Castle I have loved mixing whole sale order drops with shows over the years as you really get home with a extra large payday. This will be the last one of these for me. Next year I'll take it south and not do the show but still visit my sister and my nephews. Next year my plan is only one out of area show and one local show and my own xmas sale as usual.I'm slowing it down to local sales and even that is going to slow down as I stop supplying a few outlets (I have 9 locally this year)
  13. You need to change glaze or clay body as noted in above post next time test your mugs with boiling water before selling them
  14. These kilns are older and pargon sells some parts for them still. The condition is everything. Down in the lower 48 they sell arount 150-300$depending on the elements and condition of the bricks. If this kiln has broiken bricks and elements are falling out of groves I would pass on it. Post the photos here so we can see what it looks like .Whats he want for it as well. Does it work? Have him take a photo of the spec plate on outer jacket (not the cone sitter) welcome to the forum
  15. Its most likely a dead short in wheel. Does the wheel work at all or just blows the circuit when plugged in and then turned on? Is this a GFI protected circuit that the outlets are on?
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