I got a call today from the kiln repair guy and it's costing me less than $100 to get the old Paragon kiln running.... the one that was given to me by the people I bought my wheel from.
I'm super excited, but now I'm a little bugged.... I don't have the faintest idea how to run the thing.
Hubby is going to run the wiring for me.
I've never even watched someone load a kiln.
I don't know what additional equipment/supplies I need.
Can any point me to a resource... like "Kiln Operation for Dummies"
Since I got my wheel at home, I'm noticing that my right shoulder has an ache.... kinda right inside the joint and sometimes the dull pain goes down to my elbow.
I'm 100% certain it's related to more time on the wheel. I asked my friend, an orthopedist's assistant, about it, she said it was probably tendonitis/bursitis of that shoulder tendon/bursa.... But there's not a lot that can be done, short of surgery, which I'm not anywhere close to needing.... that, and NSAID pain relievers (Advil does help).
Surely, some of you all suffer from the same issues. Does anyone know any exercises that can help reduce stress on that joint? I'd rather not grow reliant on Advil. I don't like to take meds if I don't have to, and would prefer a more proactive route to helping with this.
So, until this week, I didn't really understand the hubbub about having tools for different clay body colors.
But now I'm starting to understand why.
I can see how you could have a whole complete studio set up for different clay colors: canvases, bats, wheel, trimming tools, etc.
But really, what is necessary?
Sponges, buckets and wires come to mind. As do bats--at least the non-plastic ones.
I've also come to the conclusion that if I'm going to work with different clays, I should probably clean out my splash pan more often. Or, should I just keep slop buckets for the different colors?
It seems like this could get to be kinda space prohibitive.
So, I returned the Artista wheel yesterday and got a previously owned, but never used Clay Boss for a good price that I found on Craigslist.
The guy says, "if you want that, you can have it".... pointing to a small kiln in the corner of the garage. Looked pretty old... not sure of the year. Hasn't been fired in at least 6 years as the family has lost interest in clay and glass.
It's a Paragon A66B. I called a (different) local company and the technician was very nice. He said I could call him with the particulars and he'd let me know if it's still service-able and whether it was even worth my time. I asked, "so, what if I take it and it's not worth servicing to get it up to par? How do I responsibly dispose of it?" He said, "then I'll recycle what I can for you and what is still useable, I'll keep in my 'graveyard' for when someone might need to service a similar model". Nice!
I picked it up..... well, the seller loaded into my minivan for me. And I'm going to drop it off at the shop next week.
I've still got it in my van, so I asked my instructor this morning, to give his opinion. He said it looks decent. The kiln sitter is missing a prong or 2
It has no stand, I'm not sure if it would need venting or not and hubby would have to run electricity for it.....
I was sooooo not prepared to even THINK about a kiln.
I've never even helped load a kiln, let alone, fire one!
So, I bought that Creative Industries Artista. My local clay supply place had one on floor model where the owner matched the internet price. I felt good that I was keeping my money local, all the while, appeasing the hub who tightly controls purse strings.
Well, I bought it on a Satruday. 8 days later (this last Sunday), I took her for her first spin. Boy was I disappointed. When I was at the supplier, I noticed a slight wobble, but the sales guy (not the owner) told me if I located the high spot, I could whack it with a mallet at home. I asked if that would make the wheel non-refundable, to which to answered "well, Mike doesn't want to take it on return if you're paying by CC, cuz we'll be out the card processing fees". When I unpacked the wheel, I saw the date 5-25-2005. Good gravy, that wheel has been on their floor for 7 years?
Well, when I threw the first ball of clay, it was impossible to center and pulling a wall was even worse. Now, I've emailed the owner asking him to refund my money. I do not want to pay to ship it to Speedball (Creative Industries merged with them a few years ago) for repairs. I don't want the supplier to repair it (ie, whack it with a mallet), cuz in my mind, a new wheel, "that has never been used" should perform properly right from the getgo. I did offer to pay for the credit card processing fee as a re-stock fee.
The owner hasn't returned my email after 2 days and now I'm getting nervous that he's not going to be amicable with the deal.
I don't know what to do. I just want to walk away from this wheel and get the Shimpo VL Lite I should have gotten from the start.