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In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Today, 05:35 PM

Chris, if you buy each other's work, you each have to declare that money as income... and pay taxes on it.





In Topic: Wood-Fired Turbo Kiln

Today, 05:31 PM



Woodifirng in American seems to have taken on an "if it ain't an anagama, it ain't a wood kiln" tone. There are LOTS of ways to wood fire. Don't let the dominance of the anagama and the long fire crowd put you off to wood firing or convince you it is the only "real" way to woodfire. Long anagama firings are wonderful.... but there are "many ways to skin a cat" (sorry for the phrase, cat lovers wink.gif).




Rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd dove-tail on this one.


Along with a couple other MFA students, I've recently been tasked (willingly) with evaluating the feasibility of building a wood-fired kiln for our program. It's an integrated art-design program... none of the faculty on staff currently have ceramics as a primary focus (although several work in clay as part of their oeuvre).


So- we'd like to research and build something within the following constraints...


1) Feasible for a group with some entry-level knowledge of kiln materials and construction (we've all participated in re-wiring and replacing components on gas-fired and electric kilns)... but no background in building wood-fired kilns.


2) Ideally- something that can be fired in a manner conducive to regular participation by undergrads... so maybe not a multi-day anagama-style design.


3) Ideally- something that wouldn't totally break the bank. (Although the program has funds for this, and we're willing to fund-raise externally).


Anyhow, I was curious as to whether anyone had built or fired with the Manabigama design that bciskpottery cites above? The extensive, repeated validation of this design, along with complete schematics available for purchase, is pretty appealing... as is the short firing cycle.


Do people have alternative suggestions?


(We'll be researching this over the next year- probably looking to initiate construction in 2016).



Personally I am not a big fan of the Manabigama design. It is a "pre-packaged" deal, which leads to its prevelance... but I know potters that have soon modified it.


Identify what the FIRING OUTCOMES you desire are....... that will lead you in the right direction as to kiln design. But you may also find that the firing outcomes and the other constraints you listed are in conflict. In that case, you have to figure the tradeoffs.





In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Yesterday, 09:11 PM

The change was proposed.... but I thought it was defeated yet again. Are you sure. I checked this about a month or so ago on the IRS forms/publications... and it still says you (as the ARTIST) can't.





In Topic: Building A Small Cantenary, Mortar Question

Yesterday, 04:38 PM

Yeah... when wet Advancers go.... it is pretty impressive.





In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Yesterday, 03:08 PM

Empty Bowls sometimes.


Generally if I am going to donate... I give cash.


Mark.... have you ever been audited by the IRS? Everything I have ever seen or heard on this subject says that as the artist making the work, you can only take the normal cost of materials (no self labor) that should show up in the Cost of Goods on the Schedule C anyway. Congress killed the "retail value" deduction years ago.


If that is a audit-proof "dodge" to try to get us back to retail value........... I'd really like to know.