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  1. Agree with Neil. Buy the kiln you'll need in a few years. After all, spending a couple of bucks now will give you more versatility later. I have a Skutt 1231 and find it surprisingly short when I need to fire lots of pots. On the other hand, I need to be careful loading the first level as I don't want to fall in!
  2. No, my platter did not have any stress cracks (pinged nicely before I placed into kiln); I think that my firing was a bit too fast and I don't plan to do any refires. Agree with a higher bisque. I think we need to know why he fires that high in the first place.
  3. Hello, it's been awhile since anyone commented. Have you made any changes? Are the results the same? Recently, I refired a large platter on the chance that the refire and re-glazing would correct some of the pin holes and voids. Unfortunately, the platter cracked apart completely and the crack was very similar to yours. Why do you bisque fire at such a high temperature? Have you tried a bisque fire at a temperature lower than your glaze fire? What were the results? Would it be possible that your first fire brings the clay to near vitrification and the second glaze fire stresses the clay such that you have the cracks?
  4. Newbie Help On Buying A Used Pottery Wheel

    I purchased my used Brent C ($750 - paid 700) that was advertised on Craig's List. The wheel was unused for many years and was in good shape. When testing look over the outside and underside for general condition. No clay or torn/broken parts or excessive rust or peeling paint. If the owner keeps it clean, chances are the wheel is in good shape. Turn on press pedal for resistance or lack thereof. Listen for thumping motor or ring cone. While the wheel is turning at low speed look for hesitation or noise from the motor. Good luck!
  5. Pictures Of Your Studio

    can you explain the tubs recessed in your tables? do the tubs hold dry materials, wet glaze for dipping, or are they simply catch basins for pouring? other? i like the flip-up work surface you have on them, at first glance i thought they were plaster slabs that you can flip over (like if you worked with different colored clay bodies) but then realized they're painted wood. The tubs are for glazes - I used to use 20 gallon trash cans as I HATE five gallon buckets. They are recessed into the table and the flip up covers double as work/temporary space. I store dry materials under each table. The tubs are wide enough to pour glazes on my 24+" platters and dip other smaller pieces. No exposed plaster surfaces in my studio as I have a phobia about plaster in my clay.
  6. Pictures Of Your Studio

    Here's my studio. I occupy half of a two-car garage. When the wife leaves for "work" I push the glaze tables out and go to it. Yes, it has a TV, but I do need some background noise or music.
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