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  1. I'm discovering that I'm in love with ceramics a lot more than I thought I would be, my pieces are becoming more delicate as I develop my skills. Previously I would take my pieces to a local ceramics studio for firing, but now it seems that transportation of dried clay by car with intricate and small details is impossible. So I wantto buy a kiln, probably a used one off craigslist, but in order to power it, I need to rewire the electric in my garage to plug it in (I think most kilns use the dryer 220v plug). Does anyone have any idea how much that type of rewiring might cost me?
  2. As a professional hobo, I have limited access to vehicles and it seems that ceramic and clay suppliers are scarce in my area, so I have to do a lot of buying online and have it shipped. I want to try out working with porcelain, but I can't go to a clay supplier and ask questions and then buy accordingly. I've read a little about it online, I think the standard variety of porcelain clay should give me the results I'm looking for. I just can not find anywhere to buy it from.
  3. How To Pit Fire

    I have no idea how to do this, but I've had a few failed experiments. Is there a step-by-step any one knows about, or even a general faq on how to pit fire. I definitely like the results I see from other artists that pit fire their work. Things I need to know, 1)Roughly how long doesthe fire need to go to fully bisque a single piece. 2)What is the general structure of wood that I need to make? My guess is a cone or teepee shape of wood around the piece in the center, possibly some wood under the piece. 3)Roughly how hot do I need to get the fire and how do I achieve this heat? Will the wood alone be enough?
  4. When you look the phrase "starving artist" up on google, the first result is a link to my resumé, portfolio and facebook page. I can't afford a kiln, but I am in love with clay right now. So I've got all these pieces laying around that need either bisque firing or glaze firing. So I think to myself, "humans from before civilization have been firing clay without electricity virtually no problem, why can't I? Presumably, the answer is because I'm the product of thousands of years of devolution since pre-historic man. I can't figure puit firing out on my own and with the great resource of the almighty interwebz, I still can't figure it out. My first attempt was to essentially grill the bone dry clay test tiles, I stacked bricks to create a grill structure with either a wood fire or charcoal briquet fire going underneath. My clay wasn't as bone dry as I thought, it exploded. but the broken pieces did not bisque fire. I tried placing a tin can over the broken pieces to trap heat, still no luck. I then assummed i wasn't getting the fire hot enough, I put a fan in front of the fire to oxydize the wood or charcoals. No results. My second experiment was to lay down brush in a pit, lay my test tiles on top, cover my work with more brush and wood, light on fire. No results. My best guess is that I'm not getting things hot enough. My clay should bisque at cone 4-5, according to the box. Apparently I'm not hitting those kind of temperatures. I was hop[ing that I was at least hitting glaze fire temperatures, so I tried the above with tiles that were underglazed. Still no luck. What am I doing wrong? Are there any ways I can fire my work without dropping a ton of money that I don't have on a kiln?
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