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#21 neilestrick

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

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99% of the world???
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As in 99% of people who fire to cone 10 do so in reduction, not oxidation.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:02 PM

Hi, I'm new here, but been hand building for 20+ years. I've not done much since I've been in San Diego these last 10 years, but I did take a college course in 2009 where I fired a number of large and small items. I live in San Diego East County (CA). Can anyone tell me of anywhere I can fire here locally? I'm older and it's hard for me to take classes as I've had medical problems for the last 11 years, but I do hand build at home in my condo. I'd like to fire some of my projects, which can to be up to 2' X 2'. Most are smaller, but still up to 14" across and 1' tall. Does anyone have any suggestions and what I can expect to pay to have items fired in my area of the country. I'd appreciate any emails with suggestions, Thanks Jannet

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:53 AM

I live in North County San Diego and I have no kiln. I have many years experience in Pottery but my little studio in the garage of my rented condo is no place for a kiln. Not to mention no permission from the rental office. I have a wheel and a slab roller and the studio is cram packed with unfired cone 6 and cone 10 small pieces. I am currently enrolled in the local college so I can fire but I am restricted to their clay and glazes. I have searched for a workshop in the area but haven't found one yet. Or even better would be someone with a small studio that could use another potter to share the cost of firing. My email is darthehues at sign gmail dot com. Thanks



You are on the right track looking for a used kiln. I have a used kiln in my garage and it works out great even in the winter when it isn't soooo cold to go out to the garage that is. I belong to a clay guild and when we fire our salt/soda kiln it cost around $90 for the gas. I almost fell off my chair when I read $250 to fire a kiln. Bisque firing at the guild cost $45 for the electricity. Good Luck, hope you find a used kiln very soon!

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:08 AM

Hi, I'm new here, but been hand building for 20+ years. I've not done much since I've been in San Diego these last 10 years, but I did take a college course in 2009 where I fired a number of large and small items. I live in San Diego East County (CA). Can anyone tell me of anywhere I can fire here locally? I'm older and it's hard for me to take classes as I've had medical problems for the last 11 years, but I do hand build at home in my condo. I'd like to fire some of my projects, which can to be up to 2' X 2'. Most are smaller, but still up to 14" across and 1' tall. Does anyone have any suggestions and what I can expect to pay to have items fired in my area of the country. I'd appreciate any emails with suggestions, Thanks Jannet


Hi Jannet,
Also in East County, might be able to fire for you. I have an electric 7 cubic footer. Reaches cone 6 fine, its a stretch to make 10. you can private message me if you want to take a look. I also have some Med difficulty, we can compare pains if nothing else...laugh

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:17 AM

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Was that the black spot...did you give me the black spot ?

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 06:58 PM

...or not...

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:16 PM

I live in North County San Diego and I have no kiln. I have many years experience in Pottery but my little studio in the garage of my rented condo is no place for a kiln. Not to mention no permission from the rental office. I have a wheel and a slab roller and the studio is cram packed with unfired cone 6 and cone 10 small pieces. I am currently enrolled in the local college so I can fire but I am restricted to their clay and glazes. I have searched for a workshop in the area but haven't found one yet. Or even better would be someone with a small studio that could use another potter to share the cost of firing. My email is darthehues at sign gmail dot com. Thanks



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Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:11 PM

I almost fell off my chair when I read $250 to fire a kiln.


The fuel cost is only a small part of the real costs to fire a kiln. Anyone who charges their firing fees based solely on the costs for fuel is losing money rapidly. R+M and depreciation is an important component. And if that firing fee includes ANY labor to actruall load or fire the kiln....... the real costs skyrocket. SKILLED craftspeoplel's time is worth a lot when burger flipper start at $10 an hour and minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

My real firing costs to fire my noborigama are basically astronomical.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:08 AM

Were you able to find a place to fire? Someone fired some buttons in a gas propane fibre kiln, but please be careful with the ceramic fibre, quite dangerous to inhale or touch.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:52 PM

you must get your clay somewhere. ask them for any notices posted about local classes or such given by individuals. or, may i suggest you check the yellow pages for suppliers, ask each of them if they have a bulletin board, post the problem there, and maybe you will find someone who wants help in their studio in exchange for firing. i know it sounds old fashioned, (even the phrase old fashioned is out of fashion) but maybe that is just what you need. find a potters guild. talk to potters you see at fairs or sales events. check out whether there is an empty bowl event, find other potters!
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:38 PM

I almost fell off my chair when I read $250 to fire a kiln.


The fuel cost is only a small part of the real costs to fire a kiln. Anyone who charges their firing fees based solely on the costs for fuel is losing money rapidly. R+M and depreciation is an important component. And if that firing fee includes ANY labor to actruall load or fire the kiln....... the real costs skyrocket. SKILLED craftspeoplel's time is worth a lot when burger flipper start at $10 an hour and minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

My real firing costs to fire my noborigama are basically astronomical.

best,

.................john


It is the old Shoji Hamada quote, "60 years... plus 15 seconds."
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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:46 PM


Hi Jannet,
Also in East County, might be able to fire for you.


yeah.... original poster missing in action


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