Hey all I've been trying to get started on my own here with ceramics. I've secured a kickwheel and am practicing with that and making coil pots and pinch pots with my son. I'll be taking some classes in the fall. What I really want to make is small functional cups and bowls and some decorative Raku and to be able to experiment with saggar and salt firing as well.
I went the raku kiln route and have almost all I need to create a kiln out of a 55 gallon drum with the ceramic fiber minus the burner I havent bought yet. My problem and delima is that going this route assumes that I already have bisquware fired ware and then I would glaze that and then put that in the raku kiln. I've heard from several sources that you cant bisque in a raku kiln as temp rises too fast.
Should I save the money I had dedicated to the raku burner and save for an electric kiln to get started making functional pieces and be able to bisque and THEN get into some raku and building the propane fired kiln? I luckily dont have too much invested in yet. I could use the 55 gallon drum to do some experiementing with sawdust firing.
So many options! How do you guys and gals do it? How did you start out?