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Posted 9 May 2013so i got this kiln for free and im not sure what the voltage should be - the tag on the outside say 220 but saw 110v elsewhere and then the outlet plug just throws me (dont mind the cobwebs)...i pretty much know nothing about kilns but am working on a little home studio so any advice/suggestions are welcome.
Follow Arnolds advice and also start reading up on electricity...then call an electrician to do the work. Paragon has an awesome website with all kinds of troubleshooting info...
Posted 9 May 2013I found a used kiln on craigslist, its an older evenheat 24" wide and 30" deep. They are asking 450$ and it includes shelves and some furnature. Do yall think it would be worth it?
All my kilns are CL kiln...look for good clean bricks and a decent sitter...everything else is easily replaced...but I wouldnt pay $450 unless its perfect- here in Austin. I dont know about your area. Here we usually have at least 20 listed at a time.
Posted 31 Oct 2012Buy the best wheel that you can...check craigslist, ebay, amazon, etc...avoid the cheepies!Good afternoon everyone! Currently I am a hand builder and that is all I have done since I entered ceramics. I really want to do some work on the wheel but I do not really want to and can't invest to much money right now. So I have been looking at a few beginning or rather "training" wheels :-) that I can learn on until or if I can, shall we say, take off the training wheels. In other words, I need something that if I do not get the hang of it or end up not finding it to be my cup of tea I did not invest a lot of money into it.
I have been looking at the following Wheels:
Speedball Artista Wheel
11" wheel head, 2 part splash pan included, variable speed (hand control), Micro V-belt for smooth, quiet power and long life. Convenient space for two 2.5 quart buckets, Easy to store. Optional legs available - static or foldable. New 5 year warranty! Comes with 2 free bats, and throwing bucket. It also has an optional foot pedal that can be bought separately.<a name="ClayBoss">Speedball Clay Boss Pottery Wheel
(formerly Creative Industries Clay Boss)
1/2 HP industrial motor Sturdy steel frame 1/2" thick polyethylene tabletop.
(Table Size: 26" x 21") Large 14" diameter wheel head Reversing plug allows quick change of wheel head direction Sophisticated load-sensing control – maintains wheel head speed under varying loads
If anyone has better options that are extremely affordable please let me know.. Thank you...
Adjustable height feet Centers up to 100 lbs of clay Wheel Head Height 19.5" Five Year Warranty Included are...
Free Splash Pan Free "How to Throw" DVD 2 Free bats, Free pair of bat pins
Posted 16 Sep 2012Antoinette's husband is the photographerI have just spent some time throwing and sandblasting some Southern Ice porcelain for new celadon work with overglaze for a solo show opening 22 September. Because of our geographical location there is a distinct shortage of competent photographers in our neighbourhood. Through necessity I have learnt over the years to photograph my own work. I feel that I have succeeded to some degree with my lustre work using a light tent.
However I am now trying to photograph the celadon work to show the translucency and this is a whole new kettle of fish. I am aware that light placement and background colour is very important
Can anybody give me some advice on how to tackle this problem. I would be very grateful for any help offered.
Posted 9 Sep 2012Thanks Chris! Good idea to let them rest....that i dont do-too impatient, I guess. The paperclay is also colored. I was using big blocks (like you do) but that was tying up too much clay at one time. And I was frustrated with the cracking -I knew that it is difficult to slice cleanly with paper in it. Its also fun to make the little canes and mix them up. The warping is also a big issue. For awhile I was mixing frost with other clays. The most promising was the grolleg based clay from Matt and Daves. Unfortunately, it didnt come to market. On Monday morning, I am going to buy my local supplier's grolleg. I am building a small hand operated ram press to help with warping and unevenness. ought to be interesting! Like you, I started with colored clay and never wanted to do anything else! Thanks for the help...Kathleen
If I understand what you are trying to do ... It's probably one of the most difficult challenges around so that's why you are getting so frustrated.
From what I understand ... You are trying to cut thin slices from a colored block and laminate it onto paper clay. You are dealing with extremely different shrinkage rates that will affect every firing and result quite naturally in cracks, bloats, breaks and everything else. No getting around the fact that the two things are on different paths!
In order to make your idea work, you might have to add the colors to the paper clay, not pure clay. This way the shrinkage rates will match and they will work as a team rather than against each other. Check out the previously mentioned page on my site for some of my results.
If I misunderstood and the colored clay is paper too, then you just have to slow down ... When laminating two pieces, I roll them both out then let them rest on a damp towel for at least an hour before trying to connect them. This gives the clays a chance to relax and retract alone before they have to merge. I get best results when I leave them on a damp towel overnight covered with plastic then laminate in the morning.
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