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Mark C.

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  1. Well Laguna west is out of some basic clays it seems- I heard today as I placed a small order for a potter friend. with them . I also heard that a minspar shortage was also making headaches for low fire bodies as well with them. I'm not sure if Min has much pull with the spar they named after her but maybe she could lean on that supplier(only kidding Min) I'm a bit slow on the uptake but zircopax has been replaced as well I'm about ready to order a few tons of Daves Porcealin (4800#s) as it comes full pallets at 2400# each They where out of it last week hope its made soon-this will be spring use as my fakll clay is in clay shed now
  2. when throwing lids off the hump they will S crack I found (like honey pot lids) The 100% cure is to tap the center when trimmed and stll leather hard with a wood rounded tool handle a few hard taps stopes S cracks. Not sure where I learned this .I pick up tips like a sponge over the last 5 decades .
  3. Yes as kswan pointed out these days most customers who deal in cash hate change-I use a cash register which adds tax rate and only use quarters for change-round up or down I always carry a few hundred in bills to have plenty of change as well-I use a custom made leather vendor bag around my waist at all shows with a hidden zipper pouch in rear.Great trade years ago with leather workers
  4. Yes is some areas cash is still prevalent-like my home area of Humboldt county-my xmas show is still 1/3 cash or more.
  5. Usually thumping means a flat spot on belt from sitting to long (years unused) New belt will fix that thumping
  6. The ceramic shop is still in business as I just got a part from them
  7. Defiantly less cash these days but for me it used tio avage about 1/3 cas 2/3 visa. Two weekends ago show was still 1/4 cash for me (I had 1 check which is super rare these days). Of course Las Vegas was 30 minutes away and cash still flows there i'm sure (never go to Vegas myself ). I got lots of 100$ bills many more tap cards now than in years past -makes it easy and fast I really like cash myself for various reasons and having it from shows has always been a perk for me vs the wholesale gallery/market check deal that is a constant. My summer big show was also about 1/3 cash still Square had upgraded software for my August show which as Gep noted was super Quik and a few weeks ago it had again be upgraded again with new look. I still carry a buckle buster behind van seat I think -old ways are hard to die.
  8. If you are using skutt crimps the wire is folded over to fill the crimp. Is the element toucking any spot of the outer jacket? a photo of the arc area would help Hopefully you took photos before cutting wires loose and the reassembly is the same?
  9. Two glaze fires going today-1st day of a rainy period starting now

    1. Min


      We have been getting soaked up here. Had over a foot of rain past couple days. You are more than welcome to it! Time to break out the gum boots, or start a new fashion trend and wear your wetsuit while firing the kilns. :D 

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Our well needs it as does our water storage tanks(6,100 gallons) for summer garden

      Not yet tired of rain but I get it.

  10. We glazed a about 150-200 mugs today in 4 sizes . Used the glaze jet for liners (sprays glaze straight up from 5 gallon bucket )and let dry for a spell then did exteriors-same day-then loaded the kilns with them today You can make that glaze jet yourself for about $30 if you are handy-you need to thread some stainless rod (dies)and cut and glue PVC and boldt or rivet rubber. its on page 55 here in the 2008 issue https://studiopotter.org/digital-issue/116
  11. 2# wait until the interior glaze has dried so that it will absorb well on the exterior? por the inside then wait until dry-depends on climate how long this takes you want the pot to absorb evenly so drying is the only way to get this done often I glaze the insides the day before or at least many hours before the outsides
  12. You can grind down the ring terminals to fit -dremel or regular grinder will work
  13. High heat Ring connectors will work better than the wire bent into a C shape-get the high heat ones and crimp them properly for best results
  14. This was my setup two weekends ago-booth is 10x15 with storage in rear. My van stayed parked in this spot whole show-Its under a huge shade tree in grassy park.I have a box on top of van that keeps my pro panels for flat fish wall art but do not use them at this show(vis do not sell well in desert) also have a large space case on top that holds two 10x10 canopies that live year-round there. I do not use a canopy as noted here -as it to windy normally-no wind this last time It was my last show here after 28-30 years of shows in this space mostly solo show-my wife did the show as well -her last show here with me was in middle 90s. I shove this table out some during show so its out front more.Its about 2x3 an antique girls dressing table. I redid the finish last year for my outside xmas show where it was out front with 3 plexiglass sheilds around it. Solid good wood tables are hard to find these days -I have a few from the old days still. This one is light and has a small drawer which is handy I do not use a canopy at this show and walk away from booth Saturday at 5 pm just as you see it in this park as theft is unheard of in this small town as of yet.Been doing this walk away for over a decade now there. No where else do I do this. The one we sit at is also a taller height that matches this one with a larger drawer and I fit my cash register on top which I use at most shows-I invert the power to 120V with a battery jumper so the register works.
  15. I did a NV show a few weeks ago and wore cloth mask all day about 10-15% of the public was masked at that show. Even though masks are mandated in crowds. My August show in Wa state I also wore a cloth mask and 75-80% of crowd was masked-a far different crowd mentality In most of Ca masks are the norm -in the Valley and other areas of what I call freedom areas most are not masked even inside-areas like Redding Ca or Barstow I got tested after 5 days after each show and all is well In both show I put out a new table that sepeeartes me fron my customers-they place the pots on that table I'm at a table behind that table to reach out and wrap them. Its a solid working separation system and I'll use it at any future shows which for me are only a few
  16. I have developed in m,y 40 plus years of doing shows a top notch system for my workflow Two weekends agao I was at a show 1000 miles away from home . On last day I made two lists one what sold best at that show (thios list gets refered to next year before show to take extra of those items (in this case I am retiring from that show and willnot go back ) I made the list from habit anyway. The next list is what I need to make after the show to keep my inventory up (these two lists are often not alike ) This list is what I am now making for stock-smalls like sponge holders and spoonrests never get on the list as they are a constant making for me in the stuffer space of all fires.Today I made chopstick bowls after selling a bunch and dropping off 84 in a 20 box drop off wholesale order last week on way home from show in NV in San Lois Obispo near a gallery that carries my work This list is my go to in next few weeks as its whats needed to get back to normal inventory for me. Its algorithm has been tested thru time and is bullet proof
  17. I also am like Gep in asking for an order via email. I get some looky lous wanting stuff but not folllowing thru and its a waste of my time. I now have a $100 minimum order posted on web site. That has slowed down the the non seriors customers somewhat I also have mentioned on my website that its for return customers only-not looking for new customers-this also cut out the space cadets who do not respond Weather they call me direct or start with email I get them onto the email venue. Covid has excelerated poor customers for me (not folllowing thru) and I need to weed them out I had never had customers order and never follow thru until covid hit Right now shows are my best of times as well as my outlets and customer email orders are my worst I got this email yesterday for example (I was at the Boulder City show and took your card. I couldn’t buy there, because I was with my wife and wanted to buy soup mugs for her for Christmas, which is also her birthday. I don’t see a way to order on the site. How can I order a set of four for her.) Now I am going thru this so called waiting for a email response after I asked what colors they want (I'm well stocked now as well)-It may or may now happen on thier end It does meet m,y 100$ minimum as well but this customer may vanish just as well so for me its not yet an real order. I will post a photo of my workflow tool later as well-its in studio now. I did just ship out two orders yesterday so my sytem is still working-all return customers from shows in my past
  18. If it ever ices up at the outfeed you can run a slow drip water hose on that part.It will only do that if its really cold out.My friends Giel ran fine off a 120 gallon tank but he lives on the coast of Nor-cal
  19. Bigger is better in this case as stated in Neils post above. The larger the tank the less freeze up issues
  20. Carefull with Magma as a little goes a LOOOOg ways-it can float bricks if you add to much. I mix it with hot water and the copper and keep in a sealed container for use later as well. It really like hot water to mix in and power mixing is best (this is where the blender shines)
  21. I sell over a thousand spoon rests every year (185 last weekend). Folks use them for all kinds of things. From ashtrays to skeet. I just put out piles of them on pedistals with some spoons and still they ask what they are for. No one reads signs much these days same is true with my sponge holders -from business card holders to silverware keepers. Right now just getting pots in front of customers makes for super sales. They come up with crazy ideas on use-some I know will not work but heck let them try.
  22. You have to push in the power button on the cone sitter 1st (it will not go on until this button is pushed in ) This is just to the right of that knob in your photo that goes to 20-then turn on the three switches and see what happens. The light should glow when the button is pushed and the switches are on You also need to make sure that power is to the outlet in barn
  23. Bad idea all around no matter where you heard it. It looses some life every fire. One more is just one less on life span.
  24. Call amaco/Brent and ask I would just have her and throw the regular direction as lefty does not matter as most throw all the same direction no matter if you are right or left handed I'm making the assumption she is new to throwing and just learning-if she is already throwing clockwise then you should get it turning clockwise
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