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In Topic: How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Today, 11:19 AM

We use about 1100' spread out on our property.


Had been just the double garage 500', dubbed the garagio (I know real original). Just added and bringing online a 300' free standing studio with a cedar deck along the front for spring/summer drying. The business has also absorbed two bedrooms for another 300' for office and staging/photo/packing and shipping.


I will be adding a brick patio 'kiln' area housing a pit, raku and gas kiln and will be adding and additional 200' building, finished out and used initially for stock and inventory.


It does take over the place but wow it saves a fortune when compared to renting 1200-1500 feet of studio space and paying monthly rent, triple net and utilities.  


We live in a neighborhood of 1 acre homes sites so we are not much bother to our neighbors. The new kiln area will be about a football field from anyone's house (except ours :-) so I am hoping it will continue to not bother anyone. Most of our firing will remain cone 6 electric so this should work.

In Topic: New Kiln Questions

25 August 2014 - 12:08 PM

I always think of a kiln load costing about $10. $6 for the firing cost in my case and $4 for the element replacement every 100 or so firings. Even if yours is a few bucks more or less electric is the cheapest way to go and once you factor in a kiln load of ware it is pretty cheap on a per piece basis. I do get that in some high cost electric areas you might ant to change the time when you fire somewhat.

In Topic: Rewiring For Kiln Costs?

25 August 2014 - 11:49 AM

I would add that the electrician you call will really impact the cost. When I bought my house I looked and finally found an electrician willing to do work on my house at an hourly rate. He charges $120 for the first hour and $80 an hour after that and EVERYTHING is way cheaper than the job guys. When I added a 9 cubic foot kiln he came out and added a dedicated plug for it and was there for a couple of hours and my bill was a couple hundred bucks.  When I had a 2nd patch panel for my generator to plug into to run my house in outages it was a few hundred bucks when two other 'bids' both exceeded $1000 and a third one came in at $3500.


Ya really need to beat up price. there is no reason for an electrician to get what often works out to hundreds and hundreds of dollars an hour.

In Topic: Setting Up A Kiln

20 August 2014 - 06:01 PM

That's not a particularly small kiln and you are venting harmful gases and they really ought to be vented to the outside. Is there a way to run the vent through the garage but end up outside without the whole door propping routine? At least if the kiln was in the garage it would be crystal clear what was going on, the way you outlined it just sounds like it would be so easy for someone to be working in the garage on something and have no idea that harmful gasses are being piped in.

In Topic: How Do You Select The Equipment You Want To Purchase?

12 August 2014 - 12:02 PM

We ended up buying everything new. Used pottery equipment is widely available in my area, since its a large metro, but I buy new because of the added value of being able to match the equipment to the task as exactly as I want to research it and starting out with no miles on anything. I've learned over the years to buy new cars if you can as well.  


I will say that once I have figured out exactly what we want I always check to see if there is a used option at a cheap enough price not to start out new. I  have yet to find one on my purchases but I will always check. I think its because at that point I am just being specific right down to the model number so it would be unusual for it to be available. 


Now we were in our late 40's when we really started seriously outfitting the studio and have been transitioning into clay from professional careers so dough has not been the biggest factor in any of our decisions.


Now if we were in our early 20's with our milk crate bed side end tables I would probably find the biggest kiln I could find that would fit on my dryer plug, a couple of the best running electric wheels for cheap and steal a few things like rolling pins and such from the kitchen and start potting.


My advice is buy the best and most expensive stuff you can afford. If it cost more, it is more than likely better in some way, not always, but normally.They say youth is wasted on the young and money is wasted by the old <_<



At the end of the day isn't it really just a small factor? Whether you work in a nicely outfitted 15-20k studio or a piecemeal $500 one what comes out of the kiln is 95% potter, right? Don't let money hold you back and don't get stuck thinking you are limited because you can't afford something.


There's always a way to make do.