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  1. Removed overgrown rose to make room for electrician to access the outside wall of metal shed. Still not enough room! Will have to change where the kiln goes. 

  2. Rain. Rain. Rain. Some wind also. 

  3. Snowed last night, melted this morning. Frozen roads tonight. Cold/damp. Brr. 

  4. Ordered my first kiln, the KM818 from Skutt. 240v configuration. 4-6wks. Yay! (I hope). Thanks to all for their input on my choice. 

    1. Min


      Congrats! Good choice! 

  5. Posted pics of the ancient paragon my shopping for a new kiln thread. TY for opinions. 

  6. So I'm buying a kiln. Probably a Skutt from Georgie's. How do you like them bananas? :)

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    2. Denice


      Make sure you get a kiln that is in sections, they are easier to rewire.  I have had a big Skutt for thirty years,  the only thing that bothers me is that I have had to replace the lid three times.  L &L kilns lists  scratch and dent  kilns on there web site,  the government auctions is also a good place to look.  I missed out on a good one near me, they were clearing out a ceramics studio at a air force base.  They sold 3 computer control Skutt for a couple of hundred a piece.   Good Luck.   Denice

    3. Benzine


      A very worthwhile, and rewarding, purchase.  Congrats!

      I like Skutt, and they do their job.  If I had money to spare, I'd probably go for a L&L.  But then I'd also go for a Thomas Stuart wheel, a wall mounted clay extruder, a slab roller a...

      My first classroom kiln was a Skutt, computer controlled.  It worked well, but it seemed to burn through elements quickly, and that was at Cone 04 max.  I was a that District for six years.  The elements had went bad twice, in that time. 

      My second District, used two Skutts, with kiln sitters and a back up timer.  They worked great.

      My kiln at home is a Skutt, with just the sitter.

      My current classroom kiln is a L&L, computer controlled, and I can't think of anything bad to say about it.  It fires spot on every time.  The computer controlled Skutt I used previously, I would occasionally have some glazes that didn't quite mature, leaving bubbles, that didn't have time to smooth out.  I will say, the height of the kiln, with the stand, requires me to stand, on the stand, to reach the bottom.  Obviously that means, that I have plenty of space for student projects, but it also means, that I have to hang over the edge to load some projects...

      Regardless of what you get, I have no doubt you will be happy with your purchase.

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Make sure you think about what your end goal is for how large of things you want to fire. I have a little kiln and its brilliant and I love it, but I can't make big platters or tall vases. In retrospect, I wish I would have gotten either wider or taller, but not much bigger. That being said any kiln is 100% better than no kiln, or a kiln you don't have control over the firings. 

  7. Worried my kiln for hire is going away. That would leave me to buy a kiln, -never had one- or drive a long way (4 hrs round trip) and pay a fee. 

    1. Denice


      Before you even start looking at kilns you have some research to do.  Wiring and location to start with and if you have a location will you be living at that location that it would be worth the cost of setting up a kiln.  Sometimes it is cheaper to take a pottery class where you can have work fired when your in limbo.  I  have bought two used kiln and one new test kiln in the last 45 years.   My paragon has finally gotten too old to rebuild and I just rewired my Skutt.   I use a dual digital Skutt thermocouple set up if I want to do any down firing.   Like I said a lot of research to do.   Denice

    2. Min


      I can't imagine the time and work involved in doing a 4 hr round trip every time I wanted to fire pots. The control to fire how you want to, the convenience, glazes not getting dinged in the transport etc would make your life so much easier if you had your own kiln.

    3. yappystudent
  8. Made it over to Georgie's pottery supply in Eugene yesterday with a friend. First time I've been able to hand pick my stuff. Friend who owns pottery store still firing my stuff in exchange for trimming. Switched from jewelry, just not my bag after giving it a good try, to mosaics. I like the fine art aspect. 

    1. DirtRoads


      I buy a few things from them.  Looks like a fabulous operation.  Nice you are close enough to go there.

    2. yappystudent


      If you ever get a chance be sure to hit them in person with enough time to browse, we only had about 20 min before they closed. I heard the one in Portland is bigger and better. 

  9. Joined the local Artist's co-op gallery and ended up as secretary board member...trip to Humboldt on hold 'till January. 

  10. Rushing to put work together for an interview for a local co-op gallery. 

  11. Bartered some time trimming slip forms at the local store that fires my work in exchange for kiln services. Only broke one piece! 

  12. Cold on it's way out but not gone. Once better I have some work to pick up and will be bartering work time for kiln firings at a local shop. 

  13. Have a cold. Think I re-caught something we used to call the Humboldt Crud, there must be a southern Oregon version. Not getting a lot of anything done. 

  14. Hi Folks, sorry I'm back. How's everyone been? Mixed bag for me the last few months while I sold/bought places to live and moved from ID to OR.  No time for clay until recently, found my motivation with renewed interest. 

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    2. Min


      Back to clay sounds waaaay better than moving! Glad you are back! Are you on the coast?

    3. yappystudent


      Yes Min, southern coast. Very rainy and blustery but I like it so much better than the upper great basin!

    4. Min


      Beaches are so beautiful along there, lucky lady!

  15. House closing escrow, trying to ...oh it's just too complicated. Moving is a madhouse. Haven't done much clay lately.

    1. glazenerd


      Get through this, resettle and then you can really enjoy clay time.

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I completely agree. It has taken almost 10 months and still not completely set up to full capacity in my shop. Two largest kilns not functional yet.


  16. I painted today: put a layer of gold craft paint on my scuffed up paint-splattered Birkenstocks, yay! Everything going to hell in a handbasket otherwise.

  17. Really need to work on something, but slaving night and day to get my house ready for sale. Have to set a couple hours by for art, I'm feeling it's loss. (Of art, not the house ^^)

    1. glazenerd


      If only life allowed us to do what we love most.

    2. yappystudent


      Yes, and WHEN we love it most. -TY

  18. Right now all I can think about is my impending move out of state. Surrounded by piles of small bisqueware and no means to fire it. Argh!

  19. Stoneware in the kiln at the college, should have a couple pieces to pick up soon, then a bit more later. I'm thinking about taking the summer class too, it was a good experience.

    1. Pres


      Oh OH, You've been bitten! Life will never be the same!

  20. Last pottery class this week, got my raku back, meh. Folks felt such a connection someone suggested we meet again next wk to pick up and glaze our final works outside of class time. I have some stoneware left to glaze. Maybe I'll finally make/get a successful mug with my own hands.

    1. Pres


      First throwing class, saved nothing til the last construction week-9 pots. Mugs, still have the first in parents home-terrible reminder of wonderful first days on the wheel, Look at it and remember fondly even though the pot is for crap.

    2. Benzine


      I still have all my wheel thrown wares, from my first Ceramics class. The bowls aren't too bad, the mugs on the other hand... As my instructor noted on one of them, "Well, that's insulated!"

    3. oldlady


      yappy, that is the exact way that the Shenandoah potters guild was started years ago. nobody wanted to stop being together.

  21. Spent way too long in pottery lab decorating and attaching handles. Went in bright-eyed, left grumpy and tired. They better not be garbage when they come out!

  22. (*rewrite) -3rd pottery class last night. None of my work worth mentioning had been bisqued so I sat out the stoneware glazing to practice on the wheel. Bummer. Going back in to make some handles today.

    1. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Wheel practice more important than glazing anyways. Don't fret! = )

  23. *Bisqued, not glazed, derp.

  24. 3rd pottery class last night. To my disappointment none of my greenware had been glazed so I sat out the glazing demonstrations at the wheel practicing cylinders. Going back in to put handles on them today.

  25. Second pottery class tonight. Saw a raku firing done for the first time. Threw another pot, started a hand-built berry bowl and sig stamp. got to show off a couple of my self-made jewelery molds. Glazed my things for raku firing next week. Fun times.


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