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#1 Flowergirl3365

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:01 AM

I'm considering getting my own kiln, but I know next to nothing about how to operate one, where it needs to live while not in use...nothing!  I belong to a city operated studio for a very nominal annual fee where we can have everything fired at no additional cost, so it might be difficult to justify the cost. I'd like to find a "Kilns for Dummys" type book to learn more....is there such a thing?



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:20 AM

Go to Big Ceramics Store.com and their FAQ's. There is a mountain of free, easy to understand info there on everything.
Also do a search here, many Q's about how to start firing. But do a lot of careful shopping before buying, they are expensive. Ask yourself many Q's about what you want to fire and how often. A kiln too big for your amount of work will make your results take forever to see and learn from.

#3 RuthB

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 09:42 AM

A great way to learn about kilns and firing them is to volunteer to help the studio with loading and firing where you are working. 

 

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#4 akin4843

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:20 AM

If only they made a "Kilns For Dummies" book lol......I'd surely buy it >.>



#5 bciskepottery

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:00 PM

This may be close . . . from L&L but I'm sure all the kiln makers have similar information.

http://www.hotkilns.com/choose

#6 timbo_heff

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

Youtube has videos by Skutt and Paragon and others on how to run a kiln: easy peasy !



#7 MudBug

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 01:34 PM

I am seeking info and pointers just as FlowerGirl3365.

I knowing nothing about kilns yet.

 

But, I do have a brand new kiln sittng in my garage :)

 

Right now, I am the process of researching as much as I can before I get that installed.

I have been pricing materials and labor for the electrical work that needs to be done first.

So, while trying to make this happen sooner than later, I am super anxious to sweat my a** off coming summer in the little shed in the backyard!

 

Thanks for the info so far. I will follow this thread.


Not new to art and design. A complete newbie to Ceramics. Now, in a period of adaptating to the new medium.


#8 Arnold Howard

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:01 PM

I'm considering getting my own kiln, but I know next to nothing about how to operate one, where it needs to live while not in use...nothing!  I belong to a city operated studio for a very nominal annual fee where we can have everything fired at no additional cost, so it might be difficult to justify the cost. I'd like to find a "Kilns for Dummys" type book to learn more....is there such a thing?

If you want a copy of our ceramic kiln manual, I will mail it to you. Just email your address to me. A lot of research went into the manual, and most of the information is general.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Howard

Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA

ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com



#9 neilestrick

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 01:56 PM

300 pages of kiln info.


Neil Estrick
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Owner, Neil Estrick Gallery, LLC
www.neilestrickgallery.com

neil@neilestrickgallery.com

#10 Flowergirl3365

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:01 AM

Thanks for all the helpful hints...I'll follow up on all of them!






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