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neilestrick

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In Topic: Insuring Merchandise To And From Shows

30 June 2015 - 01:23 PM

I think the bigger question is: Are you insured if your booth blows over and destroys some of your neighbor's work, or if one of your pots breaks during use and someone gets injured as a result? For potters, the cost of materials is generally insignificant compared to the cost of labor. All the pots I take to a show have a materials value that is less than the cost of an insurance deductible. To break it down simply, I can probably fit around 300 mugs in my booth display (not that I only have mugs in my booth, but it gives us a good baseline). With porcelain that costs me about 55 cents per pound, that's $206 worth of clay, plus glazes which might add another $30. It's not enough to worry about. Compare that with a $100,000 lawsuit because a handle broke off your mug and someone got scalded by hot coffee, and you get the picture. You should be protecting yourself against liability to others.


In Topic: Building A Shed For 7' Tall Gas Kiln

30 June 2015 - 11:43 AM

Check building and fire codes regarding clearances.


In Topic: 1960's Rebuild Gas Kiln Firing Troubles

27 June 2015 - 04:47 PM

You don't have enough gas. You need to calculate the total interior volume of the kiln- 12 cubic feet is probably the stacking space, not the total interior volume. It's probably something closer to 18 cubic feet- then you need to figure out how many BTU/hr you'll need based on the materials used to build the kiln. Ward Burner has a good page for that. Then you need to look up what size gas line is needed to deliver enough gas volume to supply the total BTU/hr you need at the pressure you have. I recommend getting someone knowledgable involved, like a licensed HVAC tech.

 

Did you get the proper permits to have this kiln at your house? If there's a problem and the house catches fire, your insurance will probably not pay for it. Make sure you're doing everything legally.


In Topic: Funding Support Donations Help

27 June 2015 - 04:35 PM

You can convert a used electric to gas for less than $1000 and it will work just fine, but you have to have a good understanding of kiln and burner construction. Your gas kiln will work once the bugs are worked out, but it's a very difficult thing to diagnose over the internet. We'll help all we can, but ultimately you may need to find someone knowledgeable who can see it in person.

 

As for the money side of, it sounds to me like maybe you are not at the point yet where making and selling pots should be your only source of income. I recommend you find a second line of work that can help support you until you get your kilns up and running properly. I get that you are passionate about wanting to make pots, but like with most artists, it is easiest if you do it as a part time endeavor until it becomes profitable enough to do full time. Crowd sourcing the needed funds is unlikely to work, because you don't have a product or a story that will inspire people to give you money. Strangers will only give you money if they get something in return, or if they feel very strongly about your endeavor and think the world will be a better place if you succeed. You need a more exciting reason than you're broke. It's worth a try, but I wouldn't count on it. I would look into a part time job that will supplement your studio income for a while.


In Topic: 1960's Rebuild Gas Kiln Firing Troubles

27 June 2015 - 04:18 PM

Do you have a pressure gauge on it? Are you running on standard household pressure (7 inches water column), or have you had it increased? What size is the gas line from the meter? You should be able to get up to bisque temps without even trying, so I'm thinking you don't have enough gas pressure and/or volume.