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Anyone Know Of Us Kiln Manufacturers That Do Anything Like This?

30 May 2014 - 01:55 PM



Looks like a pretty nifty little downdraft kiln. I've been thinking about doing an Electric -> Downdraft Gas conversion project, but this is essentially one that's build specifically for the task... And it's on wheels, which would be great in a studio setting for me (move outdoors and monitor it for firing, then store it indoors).


Sadly, I'm in the US and they're in the UK. I'd love to find something similar in the states (I trust someone else's kiln-work much more than my lack of kiln modification experience).



-- Will

Frustration Finding A City Workspace!

08 May 2014 - 12:29 PM

Sorry for the venting (no pun intended), but I'm just really frustrated.


I've been looking for months for my own space that I can install a gas kiln in, and it's just ridiculously difficult in a city (I'm in San Francisco).


And every time I find a place that's OK with me installing a kiln, they don't have natural gas service and there isn't enough (non-publicly accessible) outside space for a large propane tank. 


I shouldn't complain too much... I have a place in a nice group studio that has a few mid-fire electric kilns, but I just really miss high-fire reduction, and would love to work in my own studio at my own pace.


It would be different if I had the money to buy a place, but that's just prohibitively expensive. Renting is all I can do. I keep looking for warehouse listings, artist studios, basement workshops, welding spaces, etc....


Has anyone else gone through this and have some words of encouragement or wisdom?

Black Mountain Bisque

18 February 2014 - 02:21 PM

Hey everyone -- just a quick question hopefully.


I'm using some ^10 black mountain clay for my first time (not the sculpture), and just did a bisque load including some bowls and a few test tiles.


It was thrown in with my studio's normal bisque cycle (^05-06), medium rate, along with a bunch of the normal ^6 clays that we use.


And it came out feeling VERY soft / porous. Is this normal for black mountain? It obviously has a higher vitrification point than the rest of the clays in the same kiln, but it feels softer than our normal bisque.


It does "ring" when tapped, but I was able to snap one of the test tiles in half pretty easily.


Thanks in advance!

-- Mr