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Mark C.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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)


  3. 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 

  4. 1 hour ago, Crooked Lawyer Potter said:

    Does the pugging eliminate the need to wedge?

    Do you run your new bagged clay thru the pugger as a matter of routine?

    Yes no need to wedge vacuum clay for me out of the mixer.

    I do not usually run new clay thu it unless its to hard and I want softer clay.

    I order my clay in 1 ton amouts and usally order softer clay as well as normal as I like several mosture contents to have around for different forms

    by the way both my peter puggers where bought used

  5. Extruded handles for 40 years now-two  wall mount extruders.

    power jiffy mixers  with thre size heads on three drills -power slab roller-LEd lights-lots of them-studio air filtration system past 25 years-hot tea kettle for hot throwing water-two tub setting system outside for clay sink. 

    I embrace anything that saves time and energy. 

    I love my manuel electricl kiln with old school fire right ramp up. No relays no issues for an occasional bisque fire. I do not glaze fire in an electric.I do 99% of bisquing in gas kiln

    always embraced any thing that saves time.

    all kiln shelves for gas kilns are advancers 

    I have a spare pile of them as well now bought used at good price.

    Bit of a ceramic hoarder for sure

  6. I think you will need more than the 300 brick-there must be some near salt lake as the mills south of town had furnaces-still do I think. You can have them trucked to you as well-new or used.

    also some for sale on Widbey Island (you can drive there -no ferry) on potters web-hard soft and arch bricks. The midwest must also have bricks-Idaho also has had them. You are in the middle of these areas so getting them will take some travel.

  7. I rarely use my triple bean over the newer digital scale-it weights more and is 10 times faster to make a `10,000 gram batch

    I still fire old school gas kilns with only two cones in lower spy plug.New school is the oxy probes and digital pryros also is the older meter on kiln which works without a battery for rough temps. 

    I gave up wet mop for central vac system in studio. It burns up a motor every two years but is worth it.

    I still throw with very few tools-sponge and a stick.

    Old school is my plaster bats for all things 8#s or less

    old school is I use the material bags they came in-unless it smaller colorants

    Old school I clean wheel every year not every day- less water use and better use of time

    old school phone in studio covered with clay from western electric -bullet proof

    old school banana bexes for transporting wares to and from shows, 70+ fit in van-easy to recycle at a show or to get more.


  8. I fire to cone 10 in all my kilns-that said the floors are 7.5 inches thick with a soft brick in the middle of sandwich . If the floor has burners on that level that area can really get hot.

    firing to cone 3 for me is an unknown-cone 6 is also a temp I just go thru.

    Most of my kilns have 9 inch walls-some with soft brick 4.5 inside and hard outside.

    A 5 inch wall is marginal-especially since the hard brick is on the inside.

    It can work but the walls will be hotter.

    Just keep in mind 30 cubic feet is a lot of HOT area not like a smaller electric so the thermal mass is also larger-hence more insulation

    I think you will find thinner walls not a good idea as you are not the 1st to try this-its a lot of work to find out the hard way

    The burner areas as well as the flue exits can really get hot (bag walls as well)

    Let us know how this turns out after a few fires

    In terms of lesser bricks in the chimney the answer is yes. I have just plain fireplace bricks (bought at any lumber yard-they are unregular in shape as well so tghey need mortar more) in my stack starting about 7 feet up (3 feet beyond damper ) they tend to crack more so mortar them together and or use steel supports.

  9. I cannot speak for those two kilns but since I do load a small gas kiln front loader every two weeks with glaze fire (12 cubic feet) and an 10 cubic electric about 8-15 times a year I can can talk to the physical differences . That is the front loader is easier on your body-back  as you are not bent over loading into a hole. In my experience they are not even in the same league. In terms of element change out etc Neil will chine and and he is the best info on that stuff. Since the shealves are rectangles for me that means easier to work with a swell and better to load and unload.I have done repair on a new front loader electric a few years ago that was dropped .It was a paragon and was on a small isalnd in the pacific. Once you get a front loader you will be done with top loaders.

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