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  1. I had all three kilns going today-two cone 10 gas glaze fires and a electric bisque-solar system near maxed out running the 48 amp constant load-solar offset 37kw on that fire today. still needed some grid power to get it done in 8 hours.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I'm rural and nobody calls-after 48 years firing here wax smoke  and heat is no big deal. The fire dept is in a small town a mile away.New cheif who does not yet know me.

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  2. New kiln was shipped today.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Congrats-I still am in the Stone Age with a Manuel kiln. Enjoy all the time off after the learning curve.

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  3. Glaze day again-two kiln loads to glaze and load today-spring is here as well

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I start pinching this week-no restrictions on the lifting with other fingers. wrist is now getting strong again. I'l doing wrist curls with weights. I cannot center much clay into upper palm yet for months so have learned to center using other hand parts and areas. Will throw some 2# pots today-still using hot wax and ice. only a week or two left with rehab.I'm almost out of greenware to its throwing time again

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  4. roses.  ordered some that will come next week.  first crocus out of the ground today!    (but i know winter is not over)

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      daffodils are blooming now-small warm false spring here now after 2 inch of rain in 2 days

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  5. This production before surgery is kicking my butt-unloaded two galze fires today-reloaded the big kiln and got it going for 3rd glaze fire.I'm starting to feel tired.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I spend every day rehabbing as I cannot make pots or go diving or fishing so its all in on rehab. I did done mention my arthritis as at my age and potting we all have it. E=when They cut you open they scrap it out and its gone for some years in that area. same will be true this time. Carpel tunnel and trigger finger are very fast recovery surgeries. The woman at Yale to see if you think you need hand work is Lisa Lattanza-head of hand surgery dept. I would see her as she is close to you-See will elevauate and only do surgery if you need it .She will not do it if unnecessary-she is commited to finding the issue and getting to whats needed and whats not. Do not expect bedside manner talk just the real deal with your issue. 8 years of pottery should not be to much the holding scissors up can do things.

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  6. This production before surgery is kicking my butt-unloaded two galze fires today-reloaded the big kiln and got it going for 3rd glaze fire.I'm starting to feel tired.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      My left hand thumb is on fire with pain (lower bone in thumb joints) and the lower small bone the Trapizuim is bone on bone for 3 years now. My grip is getting less the pain is getting worse. I have had 3 steriod shots and they are working less(the 1st lasted 1 year the 2nd three months the 3rd two weeks.This trapizuim will be removed and a part of the ligamnet with be attched to mu index finger (look this up underAPL suspensionplasty with Biotenoddesis screw. with goggle) the rehab is 4-5 months. I had a right hand PRC done 8 years ago as well-look that one up as it took 5 months to recover as 3 bones are removed. A PRC  involves excising the scaphoid, lunate and triquetrum bones.Ask me anything you like as it not personal its helpfull to others with same issues.Its actually why I joined this forum 8 years ago to find if another potter has a PRC and could still make pots.I have been throwing large amount of clay for over 40 years and its taken a tool on my hands-the PRC was from some former injury in life as a youg person that I do not recall. This APL suspensionplasty with Biotenoddesis screw is 70% more likey in women than men who get this bone on bone in thumb issue (my wife also has it and will get hers done after I recover. I do alot of research on anything that involes my hands as they are my life. I happened to have the best  specialist at the time do my PRC in SF and she now teaches at Yale. She refered me to the top ones in SF area and I got two opions and hers before moving forward.If covid was not happening I would fly back to Yale in a heartbeat and have her do it. We are friends (both divers ) and I will visit her when this mess  is long gone if I go east. Where are you located rox54

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  7. This production before surgery is kicking my butt-unloaded two galze fires today-reloaded the big kiln and got it going for 3rd glaze fire.I'm starting to feel tired.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      The other 3 options are 

      Tightrope (Yao technique)

      Anchovy

      Carponetaccarpal joint hematoma distraction arthroplasty (temp-wire)-I think you had two of these?

      I found out all the details on all 4 choices and went with what I feel is best.My Yale surgeon and the other 3 agree on that-which is rare

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  8. This production before surgery is kicking my butt-unloaded two galze fires today-reloaded the big kiln and got it going for 3rd glaze fire.I'm starting to feel tired.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Its happening on the Tuesday the 19th next week. After 3 onions -one from my wrst surgeon who now is at Yale and two of the top hand only surgeons (my surgeon trained them both) I'm going with an APL suspensionplasty with Biotenoddesis screw. I had 4 options and this is the strongest . Last kiln is going now-off in a few hours -Just fired 94 cubic feet of glazed wares. One big kiln load went away to outlets today-all eight banana boxes. Money in the bank.

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  9. I have two Ransome B4 burners which have not been used for years as I work mostly in wood fueled kilns. I was interested in selling them but they are rather rusty, surface rust, and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a couple inexpensive burners which need a little TLC. I'd hate them to go into the scrap metal heap because they still work, the valves and they can be cleaned easily enough. Please reply or contact me if you are interested. I have another propane burner set of two smaller burners with valves, gauges and sensors i will in all likelihood be selling later next year if I decide I won't need them. Thanks

  10. 9,600 watt solar system is up and running after 5 months of on and off agin work on it.If the suns out we are gettting prepaid power.24 400 watt panels

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      They have much tougher panels now and the cost is is very low for a panel-I paid $195 for each 400 watt panel.

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  11. 9,600 watt solar system is up and running after 5 months of on and off agin work on it.If the suns out we are gettting prepaid power.24 400 watt panels

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I did the entire job myself-I did get my neighbor to help with his power post hole digger back in April for about 20 minutes.This is a big ground array and can be expanded if need be as well. It covers 40 feet x 13.5 feet.I'll add a lithium battery in a few months as they are working on one that talks to my Sol-Arv inverter (solar generator)

      I am not sending power back to grid.Onlt home/studio consumption 

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  12.  NYC only original tiki mug maker

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Its this an Advertisement ? 

  13. Kristen

    I have done a conversion kiln also. Mine is natural gas though.  Have you got yours running efficiently? I read most of the posts concerning your kiln issues. I think enough primary air was the decided solution. Are you still doing single fire? I tried to gather any info from all the responses you were getting to see if I could gleen anything to solve my kiln issues,  especially the chimney comments. I have an exterior chimney like you do. I really think that is where I am losing too much heat. Anyway I was just wondering if you got it working properly since you haven't posted Im assuming you are making and baking away!

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I would not contact the gas co.. Most conversiuon kilns are pretty small-say 7 cubic feet-Natural gas is a delivered at 1/4 pound presue or 7 water column inches . The size of pipe matters the most in this low presure situtaion. How long is the pipe run from meter to kiln and how large is the pipe?What typoe of burners?

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  14. Kristen

    I have done a conversion kiln also. Mine is natural gas though.  Have you got yours running efficiently? I read most of the posts concerning your kiln issues. I think enough primary air was the decided solution. Are you still doing single fire? I tried to gather any info from all the responses you were getting to see if I could gleen anything to solve my kiln issues,  especially the chimney comments. I have an exterior chimney like you do. I really think that is where I am losing too much heat. Anyway I was just wondering if you got it working properly since you haven't posted Im assuming you are making and baking away!

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Yes an empty kiln fires very differently. You also need room around the shelves and kilkn walls to let heat /flame get up to top..You must force the flame up and thru load.not allowing it to rush out flue and into chimney .

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  15. Kristen

    I have done a conversion kiln also. Mine is natural gas though.  Have you got yours running efficiently? I read most of the posts concerning your kiln issues. I think enough primary air was the decided solution. Are you still doing single fire? I tried to gather any info from all the responses you were getting to see if I could gleen anything to solve my kiln issues,  especially the chimney comments. I have an exterior chimney like you do. I really think that is where I am losing too much heat. Anyway I was just wondering if you got it working properly since you haven't posted Im assuming you are making and baking away!

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Chimney heat loss is fine . Once the heat leaves the kiln its up the stack and gone also creating draw.

      Its more likey the flow is not right in kiln and its leaving to fast-now thats a problem but its not in the chimmney , its the flow layout in kiln.Slow the flame down and force it upthru the load before letting it get out.

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  16. New to this. I have a pugmill question.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      post it in the equipment section 

  17. Been really heavy smoke in our area-but the tuna fishing offshore has been excellent

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      No camping or traveling at all for us -we are taking this very seriously until its lesser . My offshore tuna trips-usually 150 miles  per trip-I invited two same age crew members-we wear masks all day except to eat and avoid one another as best we can.We all are staying home as much as we can.Done boat fishing now-3 tuna trips 49 tuna.Back toi other projects including making pots

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  18. Been really heavy smoke in our area-but the tuna fishing offshore has been excellent

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      We have been in a very dark week since last Tuesday-steet lights on in the daytime stuff. Need a N95 mmask to be outside with smoke .Even a bit worse about 30-50 miles oiut at sea fishing.

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  19. 92 degrees in the studio yesterday evening (no A/C), 112F outside as we battle triple digit heat for the next week in Northern CA. Managed to use a piece of 5" crown molding for an interesting  pot profile...

  20. 92 degrees in the studio yesterday evening (no A/C), 112F outside as we battle triple digit heat for the next week in Northern CA. Managed to use a piece of 5" crown molding for an interesting  pot profile...

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      was 98 a day ago now the fog rolled in and its in the 70s-perfect

       

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  21. There is a randal wheel for sale  NOW on potters attic or the Ceramists attic both are facebook for pottery sales sites

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I meant this as a PM. -sorry 

  22. IN the middle of 100 glaze crystalline tests. No problem with shades of green, shades of blue. Looking for tips on two things. 

    #1 Oxidized red ground or crystals without the use of cadmium ( toxicity)

    #2 Yellows 

    #3 Creation of distinction of ground colors and crystal colors 

     

  23. I have tried several times but my slip will not release from one section of the mold any ideas of what the issue is I have waited over night and it still stays in that one section

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Need more info or photos than( my mold) like what is the form are there undercuts-was the plaster mold dry -has it ever worked before or is it a new mold? is the slip the right stuff. is the mold a solid one or did you drain it out at the right time.

      I could go on but more info is needed 

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  24. Just got my first Bison carbide cutting tool . It will be a little while before I get to using it since I'm in the process of getting my little farm ready to plant. Also working on glazing another 20 or so pieces before I start throwing again.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I keep mine in a wall mounted plastic tube next to trimming wheel. Mine is accustom small double ender. Its either in the tube or my hand no other place ever. Of course I have a few spares as I do wear them out in a few years and send them back for new tips.There really is no reason to burn thru cheap carbon steel tools like butter melting in the sun when you are doing this like i do.

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  25. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you wonderful people.

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