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Equipment/tool Shaming/bullying

19 September 2016 - 10:17 AM

I would like to address something that is troubling to me. I see threads on this and other forums where potters put down other potters (pros and hobbyist) for using automation type tools.


I really think perfectly nice people are not thinking this through (mean people you can't reason with so this thread will mean nothing to them).  If you find yourself doing this I really think you should ask yourself why you are doing it? Is it to make yourself feel superior or are you purposely trying to make others feel bad about their choices? Do you realize that many chose centering and opening tools because their age and/or health dictate it to be able to continue to enjoy their craft. Splash pans, bats and trimming aids are all choices folks make for many reasons the least of which may be the skill needed to not use them. 


Hamada used coil throwing for even cups, I wonder if he was ridiculed as not knowing how to center and pull. 


Me I just think its awful and hate to see it. I'm a pretty confident guy and really don't give a crap what others think about how I chose to pursue my passion and I will happily and boldly tell someone to their face or in a thread the same BUT I was the one of the bigger guys in school that beat the crap out of bully's when I saw it happen (yeah that makes me feel good about my younger self as a kid) but I think it is shameful when I read it because so many people on this planet are not strong enough or confident enough and when they get put down it really hurts them. Often it hurts them a lot. 


OK off my soap box but this board is a professional board read by many thousands of artist and I hope maybe a few may rethink it before they throw that jab at a fellow human being just trying to enjoy something that is so much fun and will fight the urge to take the shine off their day just to feel smug or worse just to be mean.

Just How Old Is Too Old For A Kiln?

16 September 2016 - 09:24 AM

Per a few of my recent post I am assembling a new studio and used kiln shopping.


Ran across what appears to be a fine kiln for $375 (Olympic 2327) with new elements 4 firings ago and supposedly works great.  No visible cracks and really not that much wear on the bricks. The price with the new elements is of course fine but the age gives me pause. I emailed the serial number and got a very prompt and helpful response from Olympic and a link to a pdf manual for it. It was manufactured in 1979 in Redmond Washington and parts are still available. Hell they were a bigger company than Microsoft at the time. 


I realize a kiln with a kiln-sitter is pretty basic and if seldom used and/or kept up over the years will have a long life time but what is the functional limit?


Brick, wires and such still age even if duty is light and not all parts are going to be replaced and many really can't be easily replaced or updated. Since I am buying a bunch of stuff at once I like the ideal of saving money on one of these relics and a wall mounted stand alone controller to plug one of these old kiln-sitter kilns would give me the ability to use my glaze firing schedules and half of the investment would be somewhat protected in that piece of new equipment.


BUT having a kiln fail or screw up a load can be very costly so I don't want to be stupid to save a few bucks.


What is the age limit some of you would place on a secondhand kiln? Once I get moved and things settle down I do plan to buy a new larger 9-10 cf kiln and figured this stop gap one would then become my bisque kiln but I may well need to use it for my main kiln for a year or even two or three. 

Converting Kiln Sitter Kiln To Electronic Controller

11 September 2016 - 11:10 PM

I am filling a number of sudden equipment gaps all at once and money is an issue, I just can't afford several grand for a nice new kiln.


Although there are lots of used kilns out there in all price ranges, finding a nice one with an electronic controller on my limited budget has become a challenge. I have a 1 cf test kiln with a Bartlett electronic controller. This kiln has been fired very sparingly and the controller should be in great shape. I need to get a larger 8-10 cf kiln in place in my new studio and I am considering changing concentrating on finding a cone sitter kiln (much cheaper and readily available) with good skin, brick and working elements and swapping out the sitter controls with my Bartlett controller from my little test kiln. 


Anyone done something similar or have any words of caution? 

Adding A 2Nd Medium To Booth

07 September 2016 - 09:21 AM

I am adding wood to my booth and trying to formulate an approach. I get that I need to jury in on both clay and wood and I am making up some banners that show the handmade process on both mediums to drive home the point that nothing is buy sell. Beyond that I am trying to decide whether to mix the two together on my shelves or separate the two into their own display space.

Pottery Clasifieds

31 August 2016 - 01:39 PM

Like a lot of potters I have several pieces of equipment from projects I didn't do gathering dust. A bluebird mixer used 3-4 times for a colored clay project that never got legs, axner power arm and plate jiggers used once etc etc.


I am going to post on CL and I know about potters web, does anyone have suggestions for other options? Not willing to dump at whatever price so eBay seems like the wrong approach.