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  1. Kiln brick question

    Have any info on the Phil Rogers test kiln for salt ?
  2. Kiln brick question

    We realized it wasn't wise to use such heavy brick in the end so we used it for the chimney only. We were building a cantilever arched kiln, and used regular hard brick. In hindsight I would have probably used high temp soft brick. Things to consider are how long it will take to get the kiln to temp. Super hard furnace brick is going to take alot longer to heat up from what I recall. However, if you're going to use it for salt, the tougher the brick the better I'd assume. Salt takes a toll on bricks.
  3. Wedging Table Design...

    So, I'm getting tired of my noisy and shaky outdoor make-shift wedging table. It's basically a 2x4 frame with 2" of cement and a scrap marble top sitting on a metal bench. Actually now I just use the bench top that's covered with vinyl drawer material. None the less it's noisy and less than stable. Wedging tables in the past I've used have been heavy wood construction with a frame filled with plaster. I use to wedge on the cement floor but those days are over (knees). Looking for a solution that's sturdy enough not to dance across the floor and stable while I'm slapping 15 pounds of clay when prepping slabs or kneading. Seems like a simple deal but I'd like to see what ya'll use. I'm thinking 24" X 36" in size. My studio is uncovered and outside.
  4. Kiln brick question

    We salvaged bricks for our first kiln in 1972 from a some sort of smelting oven out in Trona, CA. They were hard alright...and heavy. Turned out to be 3000+ degree bricks! Big diff from regular hard bricks. Curious to see what you have.
  5. Seeing Cones

    ...so, um...what do you use?... I have certified infrared kiln glasses, and guess what, (on subject), I still can't see the cones at cone 10. A lot of it has to do wit the size of the peephole. On my big gas kiln It's alot easier with 2"X2" peeps. On my Olympic toploader with the little 1" holes no way Jose'...
  6. Word dat. Glad you clarified your intent to post thus article. I'm not familiar with 'Skinny Artist' or it's purpose. Kind of appears it's directed at' those in learning to be'. Otherwise it's just more internet fluff... ...you should see some of the student's work that comes out of my wife's high school art class, so much natural talent!
  7. Pottery Back To A Sideline

    For what it's worth to the OP, Stephen, it kind of depends on what you're trying to do/accomplish I guess. JB's statement about how the craft faire circuit was an easy gig back in the day, that is so true. Entrance fees where as low as $15! Best part was one could eek out a living making stuff. You didn't need no day job workin' for the man! Really a low overhead dealio. Load up, drive there, set-up and sell. Sleep in the van. Been there done that but, now I suffer from fear of what this new market holds. With social media and the resurgence of appreciation for handmade goods, it's become a real business, like it or not. High overhead, lots of work even after all the work it takes to make stuff. So much more work alone just doing the social media aspect! I don't care what anyone says, making pottery is hard work! The well documented production of those like Mark or Mia shows that it can be done, but it's got to be a grind... All power to those that are successful and survive. It's the same value judgement as back in the day, not having to work a day job. Making a living making clay. Me, I'm not so sure I even want to get out and sell stuff. No, wait. I'm sure I don't want to...I think I like the studio sale and cottage showroom approach. This year I took off from the studio, part due to the weather, part due to other interests. Low count on the blogging and Instagramming (is that a word?), but you know what...I'm not going to worry about it. I do have a day job. No interest in becoming a production potter for myself or anyone else. To my thinking, that's the opposite of why I make stuff out of clay. I like the process, and I like doing something I'm good at. When the process becomes a grind it just becomes work. But maybe I digress. The working model is great for those that want that. Best approach I've seen is Mia's, subtle branding, succinct product line, minimal display. Very nice indeed. But the old days of hauling your wares in a van to a mall or street craft faire for cheap are probably long gone. (Marks been doing it for so long he's probably immune to the grind ) I wouldn't expect to sell a dang thing except maybe a few coffee cups. I'd rather give my work away than sell it cheap...but then again I have fear of the unknown...
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    A place to show stuff ...
  9. Seeing Cones

    ...thought it was just me but yeah, looking into a high fire reduction kiln the last couple firings, I could not see a thing. Tried blowing into the peep but dude...either I'm loosing lung capacity or just facial hair, or both. What's the answer ?
  10. new forum, what i dislike

    ...Guess I haven't been around for a while. Thought I was in the wrong place. I like it! Much easier on the eyes. Congrats on the upgrade!
  11. New Kiln Burners

    I'm terrible at this math stuff...according to the Ward link my 2' x 3' x 4' downdraft requires...?...I'm never sure. That said, my kiln is only 4 1/2" softbrick thick with a 1/2" outer layer of fiber blanket sandwiched within sheet steel and a 7" softbrick flat roof and about a 12' chimney. I have two squirrel cage blowers on with 2" Sticktite burner tips on about 12" length pipes with the appropriate propane sized orifices. My propane tank is a 250 gallon that has 1" gas pipe running about 22' away from the valves. It takes a lot of adjusting and monitoring to get this puppy to cone 10 which is why I decided to go with cone 6-7 clay and glazes last year. Per Ward's formula 2' x 3' x 4' x 30,000 BTUs/cu. ft. = 720,000? At any rate, I can do a strong cone 7 firing, fairly even in 8-10 hours.
  12. Show Me Your Handy Dandy Spray Booth

    ...agree with that. Expensive equipment out there if you want something that's large enough and actually pulls enough air. Cheapest I've seen is $450 for a used unit. I'd like to just contain the overspray a bit. Since I work outside anyway it's not really an issue but it makes for alot more cleanup. I do some large platters that require some space around the piece as well. Anyhow, thanks for the input all.
  13. Show Me Your Handy Dandy Spray Booth

    Like! I reckon I could use my squirrel fan up top for even more pull.
  14. Though I work outside, spraying gets pretty messy. I spray more stuff than I dip these days, platters up to 18", bowls of all sizes etc. I've used a cardboard box with a squirrel fan but that didn't last long... Outside of spending a big chunk on a commercial booth just to pull away the fog, I'm seeking an easy-up idea that will hold up to outdoor weather. PVC and plastic? 2x4's and plastic? A plastic trash barrel? What's your 'brilliant!' idea?....
  15. How Do You Mark/sign Your Work?

    ...sig stamp plus cone and/or clay body for my reference...