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Stephen

Member Since 28 Jan 2013
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In Topic: Newbie Question: Is Modeling Clay Good "practice" Clay?

Yesterday, 04:50 PM

After some time reading and doing the lessons and/or examples you will be buying the stuff you need as you go. Most of the 'how tos' I have read start you out with enough information so you can decide if you want to fire low fire/high fire. Once you decide that then you can get the right stuff to match up to that. Each firing range low, med (cone 6) & high (cone 10+) has all kinds of differences meaning buying all different stuff, everything, clay, glaze, kiln, all of it is determined by what firing temp you work in. Since you mentioned a tea set then I would guess you will end up firing cone 6 or higher.

I agree ur kin that looks like a jewelry kiln and probably won't work for pottery no matter what firing range you pick. We have one that goes to 1800 and that can not really even bisque fire and I don't think even do many of the low fire glazes. Certainly couldn't do functional ware like tea sets.

Don't worry about the cost once you have a kiln and wheel or slab roller. The clay and glaze are the cheap part of the deal. A $20 coffee mug is about $1 worth of materials (1 pound of clay and glaze) at most and probably closer to 75 cents. Making a tea set and firing will only cost a few dollars max. The big investment is your time and you need practice with the rest of the process through the kiln twice and out to a finished piece and these early pieces you make will help you learn these additional processes.

Good luck and have fun.

In Topic: Where To Advertise Sale Of Business

29 April 2016 - 11:40 AM

If you tell all your customers you are closing in August that will lessen their value as it will encourage folks to come up with alternatives.

... only you know if its worth saving. I am assuming your landlord is returning deposits and august is lots of notice so actual cost of moving is probably under 5 grand, right? With that comes some updating and over all sprucing up. Now you have a 20 year business that you can maybe sell for 12-18 months revenue, especially if you offer some financing and training. This might take a year or so and you can help build the number by really doing a push and showing what a renewed effort would do for the business. If its barely breaking even then a small increase goes right to the bottom line.

Good luck!

In Topic: Thoughts on the Shimpo VL Whisper?

29 April 2016 - 11:24 AM

Hey Benzine do u mind my asking what u ended up buying for your home studio?

In Topic: Thoughts on the Shimpo VL Whisper?

29 April 2016 - 11:20 AM

looks like you waded in on an old argument, uh I mean debate. We have had 2 whispers and one Brent for a number of years and the whispers are great. Our throwing though is mostly under 15lbs so haven't experience with larger throwing jobs. Our throwing area is small so the quiet aspect is fantastic and more beneficial than being able to do something we never do.

In Topic: "functional" Low Fire Clay

28 April 2016 - 03:59 PM

I figure a blended average of 100 firings between bisque (1/3rd) and glaze (2/3rds)and a set in my kiln is about $400 or $4 added to about $10 electric for cone 04-6 firings in our 8.7cf kiln. We get about 50 pots out of a glaze load so that's 65 glaze firings for a little over 3000 pots for the $400 elements. That's about 13 cents a pot for the elements. That seems OK. Bunch of large pots cost more but usually I would imagine it all averages out.

The electric savings I guess I could see as a better reason but it's still such a low cost savings it seems like it would be better to go for the strength of cone 6 for functional ware. Maybe Tuckers was really just touting the strength of their low fire clay more than recommending actually using it for functional pots.

When a functional pot fails it a real pain in the A$$ for the person using it. Either something is going to get ruined by liquid seeping all over everything or its going to break while using it, ruining whatever was in it and maybe even injuring someone. Who knows if the person using it down the road has any idea its low fire and just assumes it can stand up to any use their other functional pottery can.