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About oldlady

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    single firing an electric kiln to cone 6
  • Birthday 08/30/1940

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    harpers ferry west va and pinellas park fl
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    architecture, old Sears mail order houses, cocker spaniels, name a subject, I will love it

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  1. top cage assembled

    if you remove the burner after turning it off, what flame are you worried about? never having been in charge of raku firing, only a helper, i cannot remember anything flaming except once it was put into a metal post firing container with the lid not yet put on top. (that is what i was doing)
  2. Ideal studio setup

    what a wonderful future you will have working out exactly what you want and then actually using it! congratulations, and happy thoughts to you. there was a post a few years ago that asked what your studio was like. many people responded with photos. you might be able to find that info if you search. looking at youtube videos just to see what the potter's studio is like is very helpful. a recent post showing one of our late potters, tom roberts, included a large view of his space with many horizontal surfaces available for work. i have 2 studios, one very large and a small one here in florida where i spend the winter. i am actually allergic to cold and react the same way other people do to more "normal" allergens. and oil is very expensive and i come down here so i do not have to heat the big house. anyway, each studio has some unusual features that you might find worth copying in your space. if you click on my avatar and go to my profile page, look at albums for photos of the ideas i use. i am retired so i cannot afford to buy the fancy pottery supply items that many people have. everything is used, from a thrift shop or made by me. just think of what you will be doing at each step and lay out the floor plan so you walk in a single direction from clay arrival to finished work leaving.
  3. if you find that there is no kiln available within a reasonable distance, maybe you could try something really different. there are people all over the world whose work is too big for a kiln so they build a kiln around the piece and fire it with wood or other burnables. i remember the ceramics monthly article years ago about the horse sculptures in India that were done outside with help from an entire village. it was a celebration and i think the horses were built for that event. steve mattison has a section showing an in situ firing in his book, The Complete Potter. see pages 206-7. this was an international effort with the artist from denmark, a kiln builder from usa and the huge sculpture was fired and left in portugal. a smaller scale firing might be just what you need.
  4. Summer Opportunities?

    if you are seriously looking, please put some real information into your post. you have nothing of value in your profile or the actual post so how can someone evaluate your skills or even location from their work site? there are many, many potters in Virginia. and lots of other clay related businesses which might need someone with skills in some area. advertise and sell yourself to them.
  5. Doll Test Kiln

    you are probably looking at a timer. those are hours showing on the dial. nothing to do with temperature. it is a fail-safe for the very unlikely event that your kiln sitter, equipped with the proper cone resting on the round bars and the rod resting the cone itself, fails to turn off when the cone bends from the heat work. the timer is set with a number of hours that will turn off the kiln. if you have the timer set at a low number it will turn off the kiln without allowing the cone to bend. your sitter needs a cone in it to work. if you do not have cones, how are you doing anything? pictures would help a lot. there is a ton of info here if you can let us know more so we can steer you straight.
  6. i know a potter in leesburg, va who uses this kind of space. he is looking for a new house because he is tired of the hassle of the stairs and the limited space because of the sloped ceilings. maybe you can trade rooms with someone on the first floor, a kid, maybe? yeah, like that is going to happen.
  7. South Seas Boy (2).jpg

    would like to see all sides of this. what a great show it is for you! hope lots of people saw what you made.
  8. hardware cloth is half inch squares for keeping rats out of things like chicken houses and places for trash, the under side of porches and houses and vents under houses. it is really not very strong standing up unsupported.
  9. Shopping for My First Kiln

    yappy, you can have a second outlet installed next to the one for the dryer. you just cannot use them both at the same time. yes, ask what the electrical supply store code number is for that plug. and look on their website for a photo of the plug. it should be there.
  10. Peter Pugger VPM 20SS

    have used my bailey pugmill for years. the easiest way to mix the pieces that are hard with the pieces that are soft is to dip the hard ones in water just before tossing them into the hopper. put one of each as you go until they are all in there then close and pug. pouring water into the hopper is not necessary unless something drastic has happened. cannot imagine what. i usually put them through twice because i want to throw with the pugged clay and want it softer than what usually comes out of the bag for my slab pieces. have been at a standstill for several months because the new clay is too wet to use for anything. very discouraged.
  11. Shopping for My First Kiln

    glad to know you are moving ahead. i started with a 18x18 paragon and used it for years. it will take some time for you to make something so big it won't fit inside it. don't forget, you can fire a single large piece by itself occasionally. get full size shelves, they are not heavy. AND..............sometimes the electrician does not want to do the job at all and will give a ridiculous price to keep from having to do something he/she does not want to do. kilns are scary for some electricians.
  12. marcia, the kiln shown in the latex resist video is just like the one i want to build. metal trash can lid, 1 inch by 2 inch wire, brick support. i notice a pyrometer attached to it and have one that i have never used. thanks for the idea of using it on the side of the raku kiln.
  13. to be able to bend the wire you use, look for fencing at your local home building center or hardware store. the common 1 inch by 2 inch grid works just fine. it will bend easily enough but it is strong enough to stand on its own as you lift the whole thing from the fired pieces. i plan to make one, too. i have the metal trash can lid to wire the fencing to and some day i will get the wire in the same width as the insulating fiber so i do not have to cut it except for length. i have a weed burner and propane tank but need to make the buttons for holding the fiber to the fencing. i guess i could work up a little enthusiasm for raku pieces, too. hope yours comes out great.

    the photo shows handmade items, right? you did not use a potters wheel to make them, did you? what potter's work do you admire and wish to try yourself? sometimes a potter's website lists where and when the next workshop will be given. try entering a potter's name, then a comma and the word pottery to see if there is a website listed.

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