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  1. Kiln Install on Deck

    Hi all! I'm currently in the process of installing a kiln. I live in the city and the kiln is going on our outdoor deck. I understand there is a fire hazard. The plan is to install a base steel sheet, a layer of cinder blocks, then a layer of bricks, and lastly another sheet of steel. This would then have the kiln stand on it. I have a small L &L easy-Fire 2.6 cu ft electric kiln. I fire to cone 04 at hottest. It will have sufficient spacing from surrounding walls. It will also be protected from weathering. I'm looking for advice on raising the kiln. Does my plan sound sufficient? Is it overkill? At most I will be firing this kiln here for a year. Thank you for your help! Warmly, Kaylee Anderson
  2. Hi! First of all, I am very very new to ceramics. Nearly not startet (only made a wall piece for myself), but I have plans to learn and make it my profession. I do know quite a lot of theory by now since I have been crawling Youtube almost non-stop lately. I want to try to make sculptures. So the question is: Is it possible to use wood instead of metal as a frame/skeleton for a ceramic sculpture? I ask because I do not know and can not find out what will happen to wood during firing. Will it expand and crack the piece? That is what I am worried about, you see. If it expands, is it something I can do with the wood to prevent that? I do not have a kiln, so I will fire using alternative methods like pit-fire or saggar or barrel firing, or everything at once. I may use saggars in a pit fire in a barrel, and use charcoal to get the temperature going. I guess that will be how I will fire the pieces. I am totally in love with the surface decoration that is possible to achieve with saggar or pit-fire. I use homemade paperclay. I live in rural Norway (Scandinavia), and here it is impossible to get a variety of clays. Well, it is possible, but the freight cost will be so high, so I really have only two options: Red clay or blue clay. I know it is not called blue clay in the US, but I don't know what you call it. It is blueish grey and fires to a pale yellow. It is a low-fire marine clay, and it is said to be very good for throwing (because it is so plastic). That clay will crack easily, so I hope I can prevent cracking in a non-controllable firing like pit-fire, by use large amounts of paper pulp in the clay. I have not fired a single piece yet, so I really don't know if that is the case. It will be too expensive to buy a raku clay from Oslo and get it shipped up north to the arctics where I live. I tried to process local clay. It does look quite easy on Youtube, but our local clay is not like the "youtube clay". We have this blue clay, and it will not dissolve in water. Some will, and it floates. I does not sink, whatsoever. I managed to process some, and then a bunch of sheeps came and ate my clay, and stepped on it, making a total mess. That was the point i gave up and promised myself that I will never use local clay again. It is a shame, we have lots of it all over the place. Actually it is 25 meters of clay under the ground here. A construction company found that out when they drilled for a foundation for a building block. They did it a few days ago. I might get the clay from the drilling hole. Maybe it is so pure it can be used straight without processing. Hmm, will give that I try. Well, I write a lot of here about nothing. But the original question was about wood as a frame for a sculpture. Is that a good idea or not? I have some artistic plans, you see, that involves wood as a skeleton. So metal is not an option by now. For other type of sculptures I can use metal, but not for this particular kind. I hope you experts can help me with this Kind regards Rune Thomassen
  3. Wood Fired Raku

    I’m now a believer! My experiment with a wood fired Raku kiln was a success thanks to the information and suggestions from knowledgeable people on this forum. I ripped apart an old electric kiln and used the ceramic fiber blanket surrounding the fire brick to build a light weight kiln. Since there was no breeze the day I fired, a squirrel cage fan was used to improve air flow. Pictures show the kiln and results. Oh yes, the marshmallows were great!
  4. Hello potter community! I'm trying to figure out how to attach a chunk of antler (sustainably sourced, of course) to the side of a stein to act as the handle. I've never done anything like this before, so I'm feeling really cluless as to the best way to go about it. Currently I have two lugs coming off the stein (top and bottom) and I was thinking of fastening the handle to the mug with leather strings that tied around the lugs and the antler. I'm making them for a medieval themed event. Is there a better/more professional way to go about this? I have been unsuccessful with trying to find tutorials online for this.. I've attached some photos of what I've got thus far.. they're still greenware so there's room to change things. Thanks in advance for your insight! Cheers! Erin Tiny Cat Pottery
  5. I am building a wood kiln it his year in Cassville Wisconsin. I have 30 plus years of firing with wood and building kilns. If you would like to be involved with this kiln at any level please let me know. I'll need people to help build and fire so whatever rings your bell there is an opportunity for you. If this sounds interesting contact me at kbichell@gmail.com. Also visit the kiln progress web site at http://thekilnproject.com/kiln-progress.html . I'll look forward to hearing from you. .....Ken Bichell

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