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Stephen

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In Topic: 3" Brick Versus 2.5"

10 May 2016 - 02:06 PM

I am installing a vent and it will be firing after hours when no one is working in the room beyond maybe the first couple of hours on ramp if candling at all.

The other kiln is in another building so its not going to be a factor.

Overall it does sound like the pros of 3" brick are worth the loss of space so I'm going with the 3" brick.

In Topic: 3" Brick Versus 2.5"

10 May 2016 - 01:11 PM

Thanks Neil! We have a larger Crucible 8.6 cf oval so no need to match shelves and based on what you said I guess its worth it to lose the space for the 3" brick upgrade. The new kiln will be next to the throwing/drying stations so the extra heat the 2.5" brick puts off will make that even more of an issue than it is already going to be when firing and drying at the same time. I do have a damp rack so there is that.

It was close but decided to go with the Skutt KM1027 this time.

Thanks!

In Topic: Newbie Question: Is Modeling Clay Good "practice" Clay?

04 May 2016 - 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?