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In Topic: Finding A Place To Rent Kiln Space

07 January 2015 - 06:54 PM

Before you buy a kiln: Make sure you have the necessary electrical wiring in place, or find out what it will cost to get it done.  Unless you're friends with an electrician, or know how to do it yourself, you could wind up spending more for that than the kiln itself.


It would be really frustrating to get a great deal on a kiln, then not be able to use it because there's no $$ left to get the electrical work done.

In Topic: How To Handle Unidentified Old Clay

01 January 2015 - 06:28 PM

Rather than transferring the dry ingredients you want to keep into new bags/boxes, I would look for plastic storage containers that the boxes will fit into. That way you can minimze the amount of dust you're stirring up - and keep the original labels with the materials.  (For the stuff you don't want to keep, putting the boxes in clear plastic bags will contain any spills, and still allow the labels can be seen without openiing the bags.) 


While you're researching disposal options - be sure to check with your city/county sanitation department, or whatever agency is responsible for trash disposal in your area.  They may have 'household haz-mat' drop-off days that would allow you to take it in at little or no cost. 

In Topic: How To Handle Unidentified Old Clay

31 December 2014 - 06:24 PM

What temp are the glazes ?


It's not a guarantee - but if they're all the same range, I'd say there's a good chance that the clay is also in that range.

In Topic: How To Drill For Bat Pins?

31 December 2014 - 06:21 PM

I would agree with oldlady - don't bother with an oval hole.  Just make sure you center your holes precisely the same distance apart as the pins on your wheel head - and use a bit that is just a hair bigger than the pins.  (If the pins are 3/8", use a bit that's 13/32" or 7/16".)  If you wind up a little too big, you can put a bit of clay on the pin, then press the bat onto it, to take up the slack.


I would use a drill press if you have access to one.  That way you can be sure you're drilling straight - and you can clamp the bat to the 'table' on the press to make sure nothing moves while you're drilling.

In Topic: Kiln Disclosure

05 December 2014 - 06:30 PM

...  If I do ceramics as a hobby, they said it would be ok.  But if it's for business purposes, no.  ....


I suspect you'll find that to be the case with most aspects of a typical homeowners policy... "Home (personal) use" is covered - "Business use" is not.


If you regularly have customers visiting your home to purchase your work - you may also find that a standard homeowners' liability coverage won't pay if one of those customers falls or is otherwise injured...   I don't know that for certain - it probably varies with companies & policies - but I do know that I used to have some car insurance that specifically stated if I was being paid to transport someone/something, I was not covered unless I the vehicle was listed as 'business use'.