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Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by karatsupots » Jan 19th 15 4:11 am

Hello everyone,
I've been a member of TeaChat for several years, but have only been able to login recently (due to my computer environment problem, or just plain stupid user syndrome, I don't know which).

So anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself to this forum, and am looking forward to participating!

Here are a couple of pieces from last fall's firing:
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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by Chip » Jan 19th 15 4:16 am

Great, glad to have you here! Looking forward to seeing more of your works here!

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by debunix » Jan 19th 15 4:58 am

It's nice to see you properly here now. I've been enjoying looking at your wares on etsy for quite a while now.

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by Petr Novák » Jan 19th 15 11:24 am

Welcome to the forum, I looking forward to get you know you more through your work.

Nice pieces!!

Petr

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by JBaymore » Jan 19th 15 5:53 pm

Hey Mike-san....... welcome aboard.

best,

.................john

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by karatsupots » Jan 20th 15 6:38 am

Hello debunix, Petr, John,

Likewise, very nice to make your acquaintances!

John, looks like you were pretty busy with that kiln building a while back. How did it all turn out (for you and the kiln). When I built my kiln, I had wrist pain for months afterward. Too many bricks to wrangle...

Mike

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by JBaymore » Jan 20th 15 5:56 pm

Mike,

The kiln structure came out fantastic. The students did a wonderful job.

Yeah... lots of bricks. I made up a 'fun" bumper sticker that I gave them about 3/4 of the way thru the build:
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The students did most of the building work. So my hands and arms were OK. They took ibuprofen :lol: .

The first firing was fantastic. WAY better than any of us could have hoped for. Kiln performed as I wanted, and the fired results were way above what we ever expected. (I THINK I poste a few of mine in my thread here.) Bodes well for the future. Even if the results got no better...... we'd be ecstatic.

On another note...... I designed this kiln to be both smokeless and flameless at the chimney. It worked. First smokeless anagama anywhere that I know of. Basic combustion theory...... focus on air handling capacity and mixing. With a little stoking management thrown in.

best,

.....................john
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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by andrzej bero » Jan 20th 15 9:21 pm

Hi Mike,
your great katakuchi is still in use in my kitchen (even not for sake in a truth). Nice to see you here too (world is so small).

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by karatsupots » Jan 20th 15 10:52 pm

John, I just saw your post up on facebook. Kilns always look better a little black.
Glad you were able to avoid much of the grunt work! Would love to hear about how you made the thing smokeless. Only one of those around here, and it has a complex re-burning system at the base of the chimney. Most people can't afford that, but Nakazato clan can.

Andrzej, glad to hear that it is serving you well!

Mike

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by Jaymo » Jan 24th 15 6:06 pm

Hi Mike. There was mention of your Etsy store. Could you provide a link to it? I'm sure there are people here who would like to look through your wares there!

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by debunix » Jan 24th 15 6:39 pm

You can find his shop here.

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Re: Mike Martino, Karatsu ware from Taku, Japan: Self Intro

by karatsupots » Jan 31st 15 10:42 pm

Looks like someone beat me to it, but here it is:


https://www.etsy.com/shop/KaratsuPots