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  1. Hulk - yep that looks like the pack. I need to dig out my kiln manual to check what temp its happy at. I programmed the kiln years ago when I got it and have not really looked at the instructions since. I can always contact the manufacturer i suppose. I've got a jen-ken kiln with optional bead door and Orton digital controller. I have entered a few different schedules and just press the corresponding number and off it goes. I don't think anyone in the UK sells these kilns and as far as I know when I had this one made it was the last one that would be sent from the US to UK due to breakage in transit. Shame really, I spent about £400-£450 in total (Inc duty, tax etc) for a kiln that would cost £1000 in the UK. The exchange rate was fab back then too. Hitchmss - kiln chamber not massive, about large dinnerplate with a good wide margin for movement, it's pretty deep too. It's a hex shape that many use for fusing small items, bowls, coasters, fused glass pictures/art. Not big enough for any but the smallest of pots. Unfortunately I can't find anywhere round here that does classes or taster days at a price i can afford at the moment, but I'm still looking. Illness of late means I have zero income to buy glazes etc. Tools aren't a problen, I have tonnes of tools for glass that will transfer to ceramic work. Cutters, dental tools, cuttlery, texture plates etc etc etc Tabby - thanks for the links, I will go now and have a browse. ALL. - The main point you all seem to be making is - get stuck in and have fun! Guess what I am doing tomorrow? Lol! But thanks to you all for your help and advice. No doubt I'll be asking many more silly questions soon if you'll forgive me?...lol!
  2. Hi all. I'm brand new to the forum - I usually work in glass but have been wanting to dabble with clay forever really. At Xmas my son bought me a 10kg slab of Gedeo oven bake, fine natural clay for a ceramic kiln 1050/1922°, a small set of assorted tools and a beautifully smooth cake turntable! Now I was only planning on a little dabble at making ceramic beads but I don't know where to start now that I have these items in front of me. I don't want to open the clay in case I waste it, and I suspect the turntable will be good for decorating only ( i think he had plans to fit up a motor!). The kiln is prob ok as I have one for glass but any and all suggestions welcomed. Oh and I have no income at the moment to spend on more equipment, I had brain surgery before Xmas and still recovering so unable to work. So any suggestions need to be cheap lol! Sorry for the big ask....;-)
  3. Oops, just seen how old this topic is! My bad - please ignore me! Lol!
  4. Ok, brand new here so forgive me if I have no idea what I am talking about lol! I work in glass and have similar issues. I don't sell my seconds with my name on but I do give them away or sell them for a token amount. I also wear them myself and have sold beads straight off my neck even when faults have been pointed out in detail. There is little space to sign a glass bead anyway so initials are my only option really, that and a certificate of authenticity with a picture. I am happy to do that for a bead costing £10-£50+ but not for £1 or free! i have given away unsigned work - as long as it is technically ok. This means no sharp bits, no wonkiness, decorations attached firmly and safely etc. If that criteria is met them the bead is technically good - the pattern, colour, surface decoration is a matter of taste. Just because I think it's fugly, well, maybe someone else will love it! If I don't like it I don't put my name on it and anything technically below par is either hammered to death or never leaves the house. So, my fuglies are given away to friends or family if they like them. I also sometimes have a lucky dip or fill a bag for £5 or even a fugly bowl - all items £1-2. I sometimes offer a freebie with a purchase, or pop extras in the post. All these beads are unsigned and probably such a long long way from my usual style that they are unrecognizable as mine. I have to say on occasion the lucky dip or fugly bowl have brought in a load of dosh when big purchases have been quiet - everyone loves a bargain The under valuing argument is thrashed out in the glass community in a regular basis with no definitive answer. I guess that is the same in the ceramic world too? if I were in the position of the OP, I would probably sign the pieces that are technically good but in a way that makes it clear that they are not at the standard desired. So, maybe, your initials - " ABC - Test glaze 1/10". Or " ABC - Sample 7/15" Or "Samp. Yrnbwl style 2b". Anything you can think of that makes it clear it's not necessarily a production piece, so may not be as finessed as the rest of your work, but is still by you and good enough to sell. I've found that people love to know a little about the artist who's work they are buying, and I'd hazard a guess that people would love to know they are supporting a growing and developing artist even more so. Even if the pots turn up later and you are embarrassed, there is always the excuse of an idea in development lol! I would agree on pricing issues though. While everyone loves a bargain, most people have a perception of value and will spend a little more because the believe something is better or more exclusive, valuble, unique, special - even if the item is the same as the one down the road for £20 less! Because this seems to be the case, I would have a good look at your market and maybe not sell at the two different price points at the same time. If you can afford NOT to sell your early pieces, then maybe dont? It's obviously uncomfortable for you (even a tiny bit) or you wouldn't have asked.
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