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Posted 19 May 2013I love the visual of the rooster waiting for a chance at an exposed ankle ... How boring my life is!
I don't think so. I've given a few so I know that workshops can be lots of fun, you're doing incredible work, and I hear you like to go fast on a motorcycle down gravel roads--that last may just be a rumor, though, I don't know.
Posted 19 May 2013Hello everyone! I have just graduated college & I spent my time here as a cermaics student. My family is talking about a graduation gift & have suggested a kiln. I'm excited & want to get as much information & helpful hints as possible from people with experience. So here's the deal ... I work mostly in porcelain & some stoneware. I'm thinking that oxidation will be the best bet for me now & I'll need to experiment with it now. I'm wondering which kilns are best for that & which glazes/companies make good oxidation glazes? Also ... I'm thinking to get a shed for it to keep in the backyard. Does that sound like a plausable idea?
Thanks for any help you can give me!
Congrats! Do a search of the forum to find lots of threads about buying new or used kilns. Your best bet is to look carefully at all available kilns. Don't limit yourself to what your closest ceramic supply store stocks. You'll probably get a better deal online with free shipping and even if you buy locally it will probably still ship from a factory far away. Unlike used kilns where this is not the case, for new kilns you pretty much get what you pay for. L&L are expensive but worth it if the extra isn't extreme (under say ~15%). Olympics are inexpensive and good basic no frills kilns. All the others are in the middle. Don't forget Baily. They copy everybody but sometimes they also improve on what they copy. As for the shed, Dolomite Neal (an L&L rep and kiln expert) reminds people not put a kiln where you wouldn't put a computer but I like the shed idea. I have 3 sometimes 4 kilns in a tin roofed shed that all the sides are tarps that roll up and down. It's great because I can control the air so easily in the shed from no tarps open to all four open and it's like firing outside so I don't need an expensive vent on each kiln and I can do sagger firing in them producing lots of smoke. I'm in Georgia where the humidity is always high so I usually keep a bit of plastic over one the computers on two of the kilns, but doubt that is necessary.
Posted 19 May 2013
Posted 19 May 2013Jim,
I hope you are OK. You seem a bit stressed lately. Enjoy your summer off. I hope the semester is over for you.
Thanks, I'm just having fun. The only stress I have is my rooster with 3 inch spurs keeps hiding in bushes so he can jump out and stick a spur 2 inches into my leg while I'm carrying a wareboard full of mugs to the kiln. But I am a bit concerned about you. The last time I was in school semesters were quarters.
Posted 19 May 2013BTW, I seem to be stuck in neutral. Even with trolls like Stephen and his wife hovering over their minus button I'm only at -7 reputation. So please people even if you agree with a post of mine, hit the minus button so I can see what is below neutral.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
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