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    Mark C. got a reaction from Hulk in Older Brent Wheel   
    If it a bent or worn out wheelhead just replace it-they bolt right on with 3 nuts-If you can post a video we can tell you whats wrong
    20 years is not old for a Brent wheel. I have one from the 70s and one from the 80s-20 years is what I call a New Brent wheel
    No need for a whole new wheel .
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Roberta12 in Time for a Sticky Wicket. . . . QotW: What are your best sellers?   
    Mugs are my best sellers-I make 5 sizes and 3 kinds-regular -soup-motion.
    Spoon rests -sell them by the hundreds-sponge holders -also sell a zillion
    from there its an assortment of glasses -half glasses pie plates chip and dips
    candle holders cereal bowls and miso bowls -as well as all size serving bowls (very popular) and huge bowls )no one makes them much anymore
     utensil holders-baking dishes a few sizes platers round and oval in many sizes -vases- canister sets
    I make 35 forms and soon will be narrowing it down as shows are going to an end for me in next  few years
    Teapots -flatware are near the bottom as slow sellers
    These two photos are my 2 shows I did this year-Aug and Oct-I have my 43rd annual xmas show (private in a local shopping center) left to do
    shows sell all forms other outlets sell a limited variety of forms like my galleries or supermarkets-much more limited selection than a show
     


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    Mark C. got a reaction from Min in Time for a Sticky Wicket. . . . QotW: What are your best sellers?   
    Mugs are my best sellers-I make 5 sizes and 3 kinds-regular -soup-motion.
    Spoon rests -sell them by the hundreds-sponge holders -also sell a zillion
    from there its an assortment of glasses -half glasses pie plates chip and dips
    candle holders cereal bowls and miso bowls -as well as all size serving bowls (very popular) and huge bowls )no one makes them much anymore
     utensil holders-baking dishes a few sizes platers round and oval in many sizes -vases- canister sets
    I make 35 forms and soon will be narrowing it down as shows are going to an end for me in next  few years
    Teapots -flatware are near the bottom as slow sellers
    These two photos are my 2 shows I did this year-Aug and Oct-I have my 43rd annual xmas show (private in a local shopping center) left to do
    shows sell all forms other outlets sell a limited variety of forms like my galleries or supermarkets-much more limited selection than a show
     


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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pres in Time for a Sticky Wicket. . . . QotW: What are your best sellers?   
    Mugs are my best sellers-I make 5 sizes and 3 kinds-regular -soup-motion.
    Spoon rests -sell them by the hundreds-sponge holders -also sell a zillion
    from there its an assortment of glasses -half glasses pie plates chip and dips
    candle holders cereal bowls and miso bowls -as well as all size serving bowls (very popular) and huge bowls )no one makes them much anymore
     utensil holders-baking dishes a few sizes platers round and oval in many sizes -vases- canister sets
    I make 35 forms and soon will be narrowing it down as shows are going to an end for me in next  few years
    Teapots -flatware are near the bottom as slow sellers
    These two photos are my 2 shows I did this year-Aug and Oct-I have my 43rd annual xmas show (private in a local shopping center) left to do
    shows sell all forms other outlets sell a limited variety of forms like my galleries or supermarkets-much more limited selection than a show
     


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    Mark C. got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Are cheap Wheels worth buying?   
    Many people buy these and find they break right away and the 150$ spent is down the drain
    As you said (essentially garbage) and I might add these does not discribe them well enough they are worse than that.
    You can buy a quailty wheel and if you find later clay and yoj are a poor match sell it for nearly what you paid
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Hulk in Are cheap Wheels worth buying?   
    Many people buy these and find they break right away and the 150$ spent is down the drain
    As you said (essentially garbage) and I might add these does not discribe them well enough they are worse than that.
    You can buy a quailty wheel and if you find later clay and yoj are a poor match sell it for nearly what you paid
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    Mark C. got a reaction from LeeU in Time for a Sticky Wicket. . . . QotW: What are your best sellers?   
    Mugs are my best sellers-I make 5 sizes and 3 kinds-regular -soup-motion.
    Spoon rests -sell them by the hundreds-sponge holders -also sell a zillion
    from there its an assortment of glasses -half glasses pie plates chip and dips
    candle holders cereal bowls and miso bowls -as well as all size serving bowls (very popular) and huge bowls )no one makes them much anymore
     utensil holders-baking dishes a few sizes platers round and oval in many sizes -vases- canister sets
    I make 35 forms and soon will be narrowing it down as shows are going to an end for me in next  few years
    Teapots -flatware are near the bottom as slow sellers
    These two photos are my 2 shows I did this year-Aug and Oct-I have my 43rd annual xmas show (private in a local shopping center) left to do
    shows sell all forms other outlets sell a limited variety of forms like my galleries or supermarkets-much more limited selection than a show
     


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    Mark C. got a reaction from Roberta12 in Are cheap Wheels worth buying?   
    Many people buy these and find they break right away and the 150$ spent is down the drain
    As you said (essentially garbage) and I might add these does not discribe them well enough they are worse than that.
    You can buy a quailty wheel and if you find later clay and yoj are a poor match sell it for nearly what you paid
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Babs in Reusable stencils.   
    Babs Many  fed X large enolopes are tyvec material if you can get ahold of them-plenty large for clay work-free cost adds to the appeal
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Babs in Mailchimp   
    Any time monkeys are involved expect trouble
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Roberta12 in Mailchimp   
    Any time monkeys are involved expect trouble
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Roberta12 in Reusable stencils.   
    Babs Many  fed X large enolopes are tyvec material if you can get ahold of them-plenty large for clay work-free cost adds to the appeal
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Chilly in clay   
    You should cover with plastic so the form equalizes moisture . if still cracks rub the crack out with wooden tool  or a stick
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Roberta12 in Reusable stencils.   
    Babs
    Tyvek is building wrap for new construction -down under it will be another name
    Its thin and easy to work with
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Hulk in Where to find a wooden clay mallet in Europe...   
    You could make one?
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    Mark C. reacted to Morgan in Repurposing forms   
    Ya it’s kinda funny to find out how people use things…as well as people that ask “can I use this for xyz”. Why yes you can use it for whatever you’d like! Speaking of spoon holders I too sell a ton and it’s interesting how much wooden spoon props do for sales by showing their intent.
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in QotW: What effects have the Covid, and the Supply chain failures had on your production and delivery of your pottery?   
    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
     
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pres in QotW: What effects have the Covid, and the Supply chain failures had on your production and delivery of your pottery?   
    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
     
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pyewackette in Thermal-Light Shelves   
    You will really like these. The light factor is good on the bod. especially the back
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pyewackette in Thermal-Light Shelves   
    Yes that will work buy any scraper will do. A rubbing stone is a easy fix as well. you can use a broken piece of any type of kiln shelve as well to rub this off. It comes right off . Th e Dremel is so small a contact area -yes it will work but just rub it off with another flat abrasive piece.-Ever a kiln post will work 
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pyewackette in Thermal-Light Shelves   
    The two suppliers are Bailey (they sell the German models with  more rounded corners) or Advancers sold by Kilnshelve.com
    They are extreemly similar products so price may be the only thing that drives you to choose one over the other.
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pres in Nobody uses cash anymore   
    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.
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pres in QotW: Have you ever used alternative techniques in your throwing or handbuilding?   
    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 .
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    Mark C. got a reaction from kswan in Nobody uses cash anymore   
    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
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    Mark C. got a reaction from Pres in Kiln Issue, Tripping Breaker   
    I bought a bunch of that size -you may have to fold the feeder wire back on itself to make it larger depending on space left (thats what you do on the crimp conectors as well)
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