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Mark C.

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

  2. 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 

     

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

  6. kiln for sale  Southern Calif

  7. 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.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      One ton chevy extended express. has a 10,000 # load  limit but I exceed that on this show once a year the large V8 handles it well.

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  8. 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.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Van weighed in at 11,300 #s on scale this am

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  9. Hope you got my message to make sure to test #5....I am pretty sure it's your talc and I have about 20 pounds at least

  10. Does the name "Robert Vicker" mean anything to you?

  11. 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.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Loaded 6 tons  yearterday  with help now I'm off to a show will pick up the rest next week.

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  12. 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.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Thats 48 boxes per pallet always from Laguna when ordered in bulk(over a ton )-all 10 tons is special order soft.12 boxes per layer 4 layers high per pallet.One pallet will be a mix of clays.

      I have them trucked to a nearby lumber yard as its about 12 hour drive to LA one way-11 pallets are mine on the 15 pallets coming on my order.$ pallets for two other potters.

      I will have them power loaded (forklift) at lumber yard 2 per trip in my pickup.I have to then handunload into my clay shed(I have a hired helper for part of this job,The 10 tons of clay fits into my shed and the 1 ton of glaze fits in two loctions where I store glazee materials-all of it come off the pallets and get hand move once. The clay is backed up to shed and taken off truck with about 6 feet of max movement-stacked 9 boxes high.

      about 500#s gets mixed into my peter pugger for an 84 year old potter friend who I mix and deliver her clay to her as a friend. She can only handle 25# bags

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  13. Did you say you were planning a dive trip to Bali?  I don't dive any more, but my long time fishing buddy just got back from there.  He also recently sold the most beautiful boat on the west coast, so I am without a ride.  Check one of the picture he sent from Bali and guess what it is.

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    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I have caught  Albacore  past past 23 seasons-from Montery to Middle Oregon. some years starigh out from from Eureka

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  14. Did you say you were planning a dive trip to Bali?  I don't dive any more, but my long time fishing buddy just got back from there.  He also recently sold the most beautiful boat on the west coast, so I am without a ride.  Check one of the picture he sent from Bali and guess what it is.

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    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I have seen cuttlefish ink but not a photo of it-never would have guessed

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  15. Did you say you were planning a dive trip to Bali?  I don't dive any more, but my long time fishing buddy just got back from there.  He also recently sold the most beautiful boat on the west coast, so I am without a ride.  Check one of the picture he sent from Bali and guess what it is.

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    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Looks to be an old fishing net or nylon debris

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  16. Heading out for a well-earned vacation. Goodbye winter! At least for a few days.

  17. moved the wheel back into the basement from the outdoor shed.

    any other cold weather people starting to get cabin fever yet?

    It's a real thing :blink:

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Dropped into the 20s Sat and snowed a few inches-took out the power for two days all over(glad we have an auto backup generator)-snow melted next day and I hope none returns for another decade.I like my snow  melted under a palm tree below 18 degrees latitude full of tropical fish-thats my kinda snow-cabin fever happens after a few staright weeks of rain in the 40 degree range

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  18. That moment you have been making jars with a gallery and also a lid inner gallery that are so perfect that when you wax them they no longer fit inside of each other... perfection. Then that moment where you realize you forgot to turn on a preheat for your greenware to fire in a glaze firing and remember at 540F before you have a terrible disaster in your kiln and you stop it and vacuum it the next day. Thank you Jesus. 

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Lucky dog is right-almost a real large disaster -hey if it easy everyone woiuld be doing it

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  19. Last Glaze day of the year for me on Monday-sale is going strong now at my pottery booth-I'm closing two days to glaze and fire-also I do not want to go 18 days this year  selling only 15 maximum selling days from now on.

  20.  Firing two more glaze fires today

    I build my lockable pottery Booth Friday-start selling Saturday.My 39th year at this shopping center.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      My booth locks up really well.I posted a photo a few years ago of it here.And its in front of our locally owned pet store-has security some of the time as well in shopping center-just not 24/7

      This is my 39th year in that shopping center-not sure how many more I want to do.

      a few maybe. I build the booth in 2.5 hours today then add pottery in am for 1st start day. I made this lockable booth just for this location-store it the whole year just for this .

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  21. Unloaded two glaze fires today

    Backstock is piling up like never before

  22. Unloaded two glaze fires today

    Backstock is piling up like never before

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      More like I had a show worth and broke my arm and cancelled show so now I'm swimming in stock

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  23. Daylight savings time is going away this weekend which means less time in the yard and on the farm and more time in the studio,,,YAAYYY!

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      It ends my drying time outside as the sun has lost its power to dry my pots outside . That means I have the heater going in studio and its hot in there and you learn to work in the heat.T -shirt weather always until x-mas production is done.Shop was over 80 yesterday to dry pots before todays bisque load.

       

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  24. In Honolulu this week. We get on cruise ship on Saturday. 

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      One other off then radar thing is the early morning fish wholesale market-its opens at dark 30 and is worth going to to see them auction off all the days giant tuna and all restaurant fish for all of the islands-I did it 20 years ago and it was a highlite.Check it out

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  25. In Honolulu this week. We get on cruise ship on Saturday. 

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      What no snow and ice storms in November??

      Check out the Bishop Museum in Oahu-really great museum

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