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In Topic: Qotw: What Kind Of Kiln Vent Do You Use?

Today, 09:45 AM

I do use a vent, L&L downward draft coming out of the bottom.   Because we built the shop and then put the kiln/vent in, we were able to put the vent where we wanted it.  So, a hole was cut through the side of the shop and the vent mounted and everything around was sealed up.  Like Neil said, the heat is welcome part of the year.  And in the warmer months, I open windows, doors, and run a fan.  I have always used a vent, so I really don't have a comparison.  Looking at dhPotter's pictures though, that tells me that there would be a difference!



In Topic: Are Farmers Markets A Good Place To Sell?

Yesterday, 09:01 AM

It really depends on your farmers Market.  I live close to a major ski area/summer destination.  That farmer's Market is AMAZING!  New crowd every Saturday.  So there is always a new opportunity for sales.  In my town, the farmer's market is small.  My town is small.  The crowds are there for food and consumables mostly.  I don't do this one, I am concerned about oversaturation in my small burg.   But it could be a great event where you are! 



In Topic: Is Anyone Going To Nceca?

20 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

I am going!  I will wear my respirator Sheryl Leigh, so you can recognize me! :rolleyes:   I went last year to Kansas City and it was such a wonderful experience! 



In Topic: Does Anyone Use Continental Clay As A Supplier?

19 February 2017 - 03:17 PM

I have used Continental clay and loved both the clay (for throwing and handbuilding)  and the supplier.  However because of the wide firing range, I was having problems with my clear glaze and a couple of other translucent glazes fitting that clay.  I realize now, that clear can be an issue for some clays, I used Super white at a clay camp and it was so nice to work with, however once glazed, all my pieces crazed.  A lot.  I used the mid fire white stoneware and I had crazing with it.  I have used a box of the buff stoneware and did not have any crazing with clear.  And it was a pleasure to throw!  I  glaze fire to cone 6 and bisque to 04.  I guess my test is "how does this clay work with my clear?"  I don't use clear exclusively but I do use it quite a bit.  So if you have a clear that might fit the clay or if you don't use a lot of clear, Continental could be a great clay for handbuilding and throwing.  After having read a number of threads about the wide range of firing temps for some clays, I have tried to use clays with a more "dialed in" firing temp. 



In Topic: Table Top Slab Roller

15 February 2017 - 03:20 PM

I have read on this forum before that North Stars are not as popular as some, however, that is what I have.  Very easy to pack up and take with me.  Has been very sturdy at least to this point and I have had it 3 years.  I use my slab roller A LOT.  It is an 18 inch wide roller.  If I had to do it again, I would go up the next size.  I didn't realize where a slab roller would take me.  And yes, it is a double roller.