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  1. Have to cancel my next weekend art fair due to broken elbow  1st canceled show ever

    (cracked radius bone)

    I was in my old apple tree when a 5 inch limb broke and I fell about 7 feet.1st ever broken bone.Two weeks in sling no clay for at least a month. kiln is firing last glaze fire now.just coming to terms with this setback

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      ok the Bali dive trip is going to be cancelled as I need 6-8 weeks to heal well. no work with arm for 3 weeks but I can use it lightly in 3 more days-just gentle  use.Doc said since I do not drink or smoke and have lifelong love of milk I will heal fast .Friends are toto tilling winter garden with 91 gallons of apple pressings into soil for me.

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Yikes.  Of all the times for something like that to happen! Speedy recovery, man!

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      Here's to a quick recovery Mark!

      I know, that scaling back on work, might not be the norm for you, but healing is something that you want to get right.

      Hurt by an apple tree.  Now I have images of those tree from the Wizard of Oz, throwing apples at Dorthy and crew.

  2. Cremating my cat in gas kiln today

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Sorry to hear that Mark. We did this for a pet bird a few years ago- my daughter still has the ashes.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I'm very sorry Mark. A kindred loss is never easy. Blessings and condolences to you and your family.

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. Having had and lost 8 cats over the 40 years, I'd like to say it gets easier but it doesn't. I'm sure there is a kitten at your SPCA just waiting for you to bring it home. Hang in there!

  3. neck deep in tax data entry-the dark side of pottery business

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    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      I've been playing the avoid-the-paperwork game.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Well there is one alternative they say

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  4. Packed for Big show-van weighs over 11K now with pots and tanks and lead weight belts and  underwater cameras-its a slow drive north in am.

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    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Have fun!  (I used to teach scuba diving ... if you can believe that ... lol another life time .... omg it took me 7 years to get thru undergraduate I did so much diving)

       

    3. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      and you will come back with a lot less so overload won't be a problem!

       

    4. liambesaw

      liambesaw

      His booth was poppin when we stopped by and it wasnt even 11 yet!  Nice meeting you mark and good luck with the rest of the weekend!

  5. Annual clay order comes in next week. 33,000 #s total -my share is 25,000#s.I odered a ton of dry glaze in 50# bags my formula-lasts me 5 years-I mix another 14 glazes to go along with it.

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    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      R&L Trucking brings my clay.   All of their trucks have a lift gate.   I have a little landing pad and an asphalt drive to the front of my studio.   My part time worker brings them in ... about 15 steps to inside storage.    I am thinking about a little pole shed there to store.  Right now we bring inside.   Could you have yours dropped at the shed? And I get my shipment 2k pounds a month.   Is there an economic incentive to order more?   I couldn't load that clay.   We take it out in 25 pound bags.  And that is so nice of you to help that friend.   You mix her clay from dry clay?

       

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      @DirtRoads the supplier I use charges less, the more you order.  So for a single box, it costs more, for that box, that it does, if I order ten of those same boxes.  I think once you get to the quarter ton mark, the rate is by 100 lbs.  A good deal, but it confuses me when I order, which is why I ended up with double, what I wanted, in my classroom this year...

    4. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Hmmm have to check this out.   Thx.

       

  6. spam attact-the largest I have seen so far-3 pages on events page so far and a few radom threads need a ray gun to zap them

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I'd like the spam, spam, spam, baked beans, and spam without the baked beans, please.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      another attack tonight

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      I wonder, are the attacks coming from North, or South Korea?

  7. My annual clay order comes in this week-the hualing will begin-my order is 11.5 tons of stuff.Includes 1 ton of a mixed glaze.Tired thinking about this move.

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    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Hmm I just arranged a u haul truck for one of my clients last week ... recall that a 20 ft truck holds like 14 tons. Rental was only $39/day and 69 cents a mile ... you would probably pay for it in trips save?

       

    3. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      (we needed a little more cubic feet so for like $30 rented a cargo trailer that we pulled with the truck)

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I think renting a truck would be worth it!

  8. Have a nasty winter cough/cold

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    2. Min

      Min

      yuk! I had that in Nov. Best cough/sore throat with no side effects medicine, if you can find it is Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. (Chinese herbal). get well soon!

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      That will teach you to go crabbing in below freezing weather...

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      it was worth it

  9. 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.

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    2. rox54

      rox54

      Thank you for the reply as I have concern for noticeable arthritis in my hands. I've only been a part-time potter for 8 years, but also a hairstylist and have a family history of arthritis. Both of my thumb joints ache as well as my wrist; fortunately not all at the same time! I don't feel I'm at the point for surgery but it's good to know you'll be able to find relief. I've had carpal tunnel and trigger finger surgery and those were a walk in the park as far as rehab. My other surgeries were longer recoveries and self-induced; a titanium plate and pins from playing roller derby and knee surgery from Ultimate Frisbee. I was back to work in 3 months and on the frisbee field in 5. I live in PA and found a good hand surgeon at Hershey Medical Center, tho I'd travel further for someone like your doctor. You seem like a committed potter, so how do you  plan to spend your rehab, for the sake of sanity?!

    3. 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.

    4. rox54

      rox54

      My hand doc didnt have bedside manner either but that doesn't concern me. Best wishes to you!

  10. Seems like I cannot add a profile photo still.

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    2. GEP

      GEP

      Thank you Giselle. Using a gallery photo worked for me too.

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I just did it. Upload the photo into an album, publish it and go to options and "set as photo"

       

    4. Marcia Selsor
  11. Summer must be here as the board is slow  with less posts these days

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      This forum is probably the largest repository of information on every aspect of all things ceramics. I suspect people are doing searches in lieu of asking questions. Of the 28,000 plus members, less than 100 post on a regular basis.

    3. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Yes.  I got 2 responses on my productivity question from people who have never posted here.    They actually went to my website.  One of them has 28 employees.    I have another forum member that's on my Face Book and chats occasionally, who used to post here.  I guess some people don't post on forums. 

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Same here. I get more questions in my PM or direct email, than I do in the forum. Not exactly sure why, but I suspect most members do. Would imagine Mark gets alot of them given his production history.

  12. Back from a 3 day eclipse trip-it was super-I took some shots with my 300mm and a 1x4 teleconverter-to tired to look at them after an 8 hour drive

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      we drove down from Red Lodge 180 miles. Had 2 minutes of totality and not much in the way of traffic.

      looking forward to your photos. I used a digital camera for a totality shot.

    3. karenkstudio

      karenkstudio

      Viewed eclipse at local living History Farm Museum.I set up a small display

       

    4. karenkstudio

      karenkstudio

      .....helped in their gift shop, and sold a few things.Viewed the eclipse until the last sliver of the moon cleared the sun. Many hit the road after totality creating bumper to bumper congestion.

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

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    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      So it is easier to "smoke" your salmon?:D

    3. Min

      Min

      "Bad for mental health not to get a yearly reboot." Very true! Does the same thing for me getting away from everything.

      We only got in about 1/4 the camping this summer that we usually do, mostly because it was next to impossible finding spots, partly because of the Canada/US border being closed to non-essential travel. 

    4. 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

  14. last of the pots dropped off at outlets-only some last minute packing then some serious jet lag

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      got the melatonin ready-twelve flights on the whole trip

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Have a wonderful time.

       

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  15. Visited the Japanese sponsored pottery with climbing kiln today in Cambodia -threw a pot there as well

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      It was stoneware very fine grain threw great they gave me some and I'm drying it out to lighten it as I have 150#s of camera and dive gear already on this trip for the two weeks of diving ahead in Indonesia

    3. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Oh Marc, you are in Cambodia? You lucky guy!! We need pictures.

    4. jrgpots

      jrgpots

      Ditto on the pictures

  16. Been raining all day 1.5 inches so far-21 inches since Oct 1st

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      would trade the humidity for a week as I have cracks in my fingers from our dryness.

       

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      over 22 inches nw

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      humidity meter in shop says 37%-the heater has been on for weeks

  17. Glaze week-spent time last 3 days glazing-arm is slowly getting stronger .Fired small gas kiln yesterday with glaze load -today load big kiln

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    2. oldlady

      oldlady

      glad to hear you are healing.  just do not overdo it.  small things can be lovely.  and profitable.

    3. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      Sounds like you're getting better by doing what you need to do. Best wishes!

    4. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      Have you been swimming? Don't let your shoulders forget their jobs. 

  18. Pressed 120 gallons in 4 hours with 24 helpers

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      orange press mold for sale-- you supply the oranges, and I will do the pressing.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      We kept 7 gallons the rest went away in 1/2 gallon containers

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  19. 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

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    2. 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.

    3. Denice

      Denice

      That is a  good price,  I think the small replacement blocks were a couple hundred apiece twelve years ago.  It would be nice to do something with all of the sun we get in Kansas.    Denice

    4. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Exciting stuff here.  What brand solar panels do you have?   I've been looking at Renogy.     If you don't mind, share more specifics?  The big ground array 40x13 ... is that a shed?   What controller you use?  Where you house the batteries and controller?   AGM batteries?   Thanks.

      Looking at 4800 watts for $6500 system ... just looking ... no decision yet.  The 9600 sounds more useful.

      Waiting for the governor's office to get me this small grant.   They said after Christmas because I need time to put specifics in my proposal.  Also, the power company said they would send someone out ... in case I wanted to recycle excess power (like you doubt I would have any). Or just to advise, they have someone that has the experience, once I have an outline of exactly what I will buy.

       

  20. Mixing glazes for fridays glaze day -just like last week'Fall shows coming right up-van is packed for 1st one.

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Madse the same road drive over 100 times with 3 shows that way-nothing fun about it.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I'm sorry it not fun, but it must be worth the drive, yes?

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      The show is fun the drive is work

  21. xmas production is going thru 400-500#s of clay per week now

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      mostly smaller wares as well as a lot of 6-8# bowls

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      how do you do that? I can't even imagine.

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      throw hundred mugs dozen pie plates -20 whip pitchers-30 cereal bowls a dozen chip and dips-a few dozen large bowls-200spoonrests-100 sponge holders-its all takes clay and lots of it

  22. Driving home from 2400 mile show best show of my career so going to to give it up in a year and start slowing down

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    2. Babs

      Babs

      LOgic behind this?? Can't handle the success??:-))) Or just jackhammer blues on the Highway?

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Best wishes and thank you.

    4. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      No, way. I want one of your mugs, dangit! :)

  23. Dropping off 27 boxes of pots to Mendocino gallery

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Love it. Your so awesome.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      made the drop-I posted a photo on a thread as well

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  24. The forum seems slow must be the cold

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Its the warmest night we have had in weeks its 60 degrees out at 8 pm-starting to rain.

      I realize most of the country is in a deep freeze just not us on the west coast .

      We need rain badly.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I haven't been in the studio in 2-3 weeks. I just don't like working when its 40 degrees out there. I am a wussy. I have other things I have been doing so it isn't like I am wasting time though.

    4. Denice

      Denice

      Mark we are in a drought also, they are predicting a drizzle Sunday but I will believe it when I see it.  My son is coming home for a visit in the middle of February,  his grandmother hasn't been well.   He is afraid she might not be around when they move back home from Palau.  She is having her 95th birthday  in February.   Are you still having a great vacation?   Denice

  25. Forums was offline for a day or two-now its back?any ideas on what happened

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    2. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      And here I thought it was just me and my PO$ Windows 8 giving me problems again! You weren't alone in uninstalling and reinstalling stuff left, right and center Babs! :P

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Going to the forums page was like going to the coffee pot and finding it empty!

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      It was another hack I'm guessing

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