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  1. shawnhar

    Old kiln for bisque? DUNCAN DK 820X-2

    Thanks Neil!
  2. shawnhar

    Old kiln for bisque? DUNCAN DK 820X-2

    Thanks! It appears Paragon still sells elements for it, but it also appears there are 8 and they are 40 bucks each, ouch! What do think the chances are I could get 30 firings out of it on the existing elements? I would only be using it to fire cone 5. It's not that great a deal for me if I have to replace them all to use it and not sure how to tell the condition other than visual, can I take a ohmmeter and try to measure the resistance on the elements to get an idea of how long they will last? It looks like they should read 5ohm.
  3. One for sale locally for 180, looks to be in excellent condition, looks like I could get replacement element for 30 bucks, rated cone 8, 30 amp breaker. I have no concerns with the power/wiring requirements, only asking if this is a good deal for use as a bisque kiln. The bricks look perfect except one on the top shows wear from the power cord being placed inside and causing some wear every time the moved it around. I was going to offer 150, what say ye? 3 CUBIC FEET WIDTH; 17.5 INCHES DEPTH; 20 INCHES
  4. So true, there is a guy in the studio that drives to Nashville every weekend because no one here will pay 30 bucks for a mug, but they will there. My wife and I have decided to put the idea of a business on hold and just focus on getting to the point I can feel confident doing the farmer's market and a couple of shows, build up some inventory and take it slow. It's only been 83 days since I first went to the studio after all, and my wife has sold 16 pieces for a total of $150, has sold almost all my planters. We went to an arts festival last weekend and I got to talk to some potters and see the wares, that was great to be able to compare my current progress to what they are selling. Made me feel a lot better about where I'm at and I plan to visit a few of them at their studios. Perceived value also goes both ways and I can tell this is going to be a "long row to hoe" for me in regards to "art" and it's value. I am not an artist and have a certain view of it, if I can't perceive the skill, it's not art and has no value to me. I see my pots the same way, I only see value in the skill it took to create it, and right now there isn't much skill, so my mugs are only worth 5 bucks, but, that covers the cost of making it, which makes this a self sustaining endeavor. My personality will always see flaws in every pot, or at least how it could have been better, so I can see that being a barrier for me personally when I get to the point I am going to shows or selling full price somewhere. Right now it's kind of nice just to be able to say I sold something I made out of clay, and be OK with the flaws since they are selling at a discount price anyway. But to me, I still haven't made a pot that would be priced out of my wife's shop, even though she has 50 bucks on one of my bowls and will probably get that for it. Hoping the glazed batch of a dozen or so will be ready tonight and maybe, a few of them will meet my internal quality goal and become actual inventory, maybe.
  5. I had already calculated the cost of making mugs, assuming 20 per bag and 3 trips to the studio required to make one. The cost to make will go up slightly when I get the studio space and a key, but my per hour cost will go down since I can go whenever I want, also not get kicked out at 5 on Sat, and hopefully the per hour creation ratio will improve, right now it's 43 minutes per mug. Item cost cost to make Price for me paid $10hr 25# Bag o clay 16 3.67 10.65 daily drive 6 batch drive 18 studio month 105 studio day 13.125 per 3 day batch 39.375
  6. shawnhar

    Latest fails as of 05.31.18

    I know, pamtastic right? I don't use that stuff but my wife does, those are all different kinds too, olive oil, butter, grill.... That handle works OK, a bit small for my fingers but my wife likes it. Great points dh, I took your input and made wider handles on the last mugs Min, I have tried tongs, doing the inside first, filling inside then pushing it down into the glaze, then the rim, all have different results each time. I found out the crawling on my blue/black was from me rubbing out the bubbles on the 1st glaze before dipping again, finger oils prevented the top layer from sticking. I learn a little each time though, the reason I did the glaze like that on these mugs was our instructor showed us to do it that way. - Cool tip on spritzing the inside! (and the other info as well) Thanks Callie, I've been making the feet wider because it just "feels" like they would be more stable, I like the undercut idea though and did that on my last pieces. I have been in "default" mode for the feet and I agree rolling these would have been better. I am still very much focused on basic shapes at this point. I feel like that needs more work before moving to aesthetic refinements.
  7. shawnhar

    Latest fails as of 05.31.18

    Great feedback Min! Ugggg, the glazing is the toughest part for me now, very few acceptable results. Our instructor said they would be fine with those little bubbles in the dried glaze but obviously it is not. I am going back to trying to smooth over every little bump and bubble. There are a few that smooth out, like you said, but those greens are rough, seem to have lots of water to them. The mugs I dipped holding the handle, I should have left an inch or 2 with the 2nd glaze but I tried wiping off the top layer with a wet sponge, obviously not a good plan, lol.
  8. The "Water Bear", the only animal I know of that can survive in space.
  9. "Failing better every day" is the studio's motto and I am living up to that. Making slow and steady progress though. Almost all the blue mugs glaze ran off the foot and there are pinholes in everything, little spots where the glaze crawled away or was too thin. The 3 vases turned out OK but that big bowl has cracks in the bottom from too much water, not all the way through, but still. Handles got a bit better on the green mugs. The 2 black/blue mugs I think the glaze looks the coolest but that combo runs like crazy. One blue mug is acceptable, it's now my personal mug! Comments, critiques, criticism, tips, tricks and all manner of skulduggery welcomed
  10. Gabby, I like the little planter pretty well, rim is nice, has a little foot band at the bottom and the slightly off balance glaze I like as well, it's a decent pot imo. The mugs are something I have decided I will try to make 5 or 10 every time I sit at the wheel, until I feel good about them. I don't like that they are wildly different, the one on the left has a handle that sicks out way too far and is too thin, and it is not round on the rim, at all. The other mug is decent, handle could be shaped better for my hand and the rim could be a tad thinner, but overall better than most of the previous mugs. Mark I am done with that clay for anything large, and handles are a pain right now and most of them suck, which is why I am going to do a few mugs every time now so I can practice, plus glazing. These 2 were glaze tests of "floating blue", it runs like crazy and have to be careful, but I agree, and my other mugs waiting to be fired have more than one glaze.
  11. Ha! - Lots of people were real impressed with the large pieces I was throwing, but exactly one survived, out of a dozen. The damp box is going on my new shelf space, I bartered cleaning for a shelf in someone's studio space. Got pics of one of the planters and 2 sh***y mugs. Actually the one on the right is my favorite sh***y mug so far, I'm up to around 30 sh***y mugs now...
  12. It's a matter of how tightly they are wrapped. Originally I was using a large plastic bin and they did not dry at all, started putting plastic over them and they dried to much. Wrapped tightly doesn't let them dry. I haven't found the proper air flow so that they dry "some" but not too much, since I am gone for a couple days, sometimes more. Plus with limited shelf space I have to jam everything together or up on a high shelf where it dries too fast. Got the new shelf though and am building a damp box for it with some vents so I can control the drying better.
  13. Thank hitch, I did not think you were aggressive at all. The drying is a real issue as I am only in the studio Mon and Thurs nights and Sat day, sometimes the pots are just as wet as they were when I left and sometimes they are over dry, it sucks. Love the idea of the drill bit, though 1/2" is the largest I own at the moment. Losing some of them is no big deal, I pretty much cont on 30% fail rate right now. Actually only 2 pots out of everything so far have met my standard and all others a "failure", but my standards are pretty high for this endeavor. I don't really care that someone else is selling mugs like the ones I just made. I'm not happy with the quality yet. Getting closer though, every time I throw and I wrangled some more space at the studio so drying will be better. yappy, I ended up going to something called "Bunckombe" and I like it so far. I don't know what a good throwing clay is for me yet and I keep trying different ones. I should have a few finished pots tonight and will post some pics. Decoration is something I haven't really tried yet, gonna try some underglaze on a few of my recent mugs though.

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