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In Topic: Non-Legal Ways To Address Copying Issue

18 July 2014 - 09:40 PM

Energy, both physical and creative, is a valuable commodity.  Letting this conflict suck energy away from what you want to be doing is much more harmful to you than her.  Make your peace with the notion that she can and will continue on her path, and you can either aid her and have some input into how she adapts the process/product to fit her own needs, or you can squander your time and energy trying to prevent the unpreventable.  I would share with her but then, I am a teacher by occupation as well as by nature, and can't keep a secret to save myself.  If I know it, I have to share it.  Collaboration is the lifeblood of education.  If I am excited about it, I feel the urge to share it all the more.  One of the things I enjoy the most about the clay arts is the willingness of potters to share.  A simple example of that is this forum.  Or, like others have suggested, move to a singular studio situation.  

In Topic: Enclosed Kiln But Cold And Snow Surround

30 June 2014 - 08:33 AM

After spending the coldest winter of my life in New Hampshire in 1969 I could suggest moving to a more hospitable winter climate

But I know there are folks who love the snow the heat and the bugs and will never give it up.

I know the state motto is live uncomfortable or die.

My second suggestion is get a real cone 10 rated kiln like an L&L and make sure you have enough amps to power it.


If I remember correctly (I was very very young in 69) it was a particularly snowy winter.  Try us again sometime.  I would suggest August, September, and October.

In Topic: Enclosed Kiln But Cold And Snow Surround

30 June 2014 - 08:32 AM

I re-read my post of yesterday and it reminded me of a local potter who built his kiln on tracks.  It was a fairly large gas kiln and he could roll it in and out of the house.  Neat set up for us folks that live here in New Hampstah.  He moved to Australia, I believe :)  

In Topic: Enclosed Kiln But Cold And Snow Surround

29 June 2014 - 09:41 AM

I live in NH too!  I bought an L&L from Neil and love it.  I have a large covered concrete pad off a building but after much consideration decided to put my kiln inside.  Depending on the snowfall in any given year, the roof can shed upwards of 3 to 6 feet of snow around my pad.  It doesn't happen often but in the occasional year, I get standing melt off on the pad.  If you too have this situation you will need to raise your kiln up a bit, I would think and if it is electric, well…  Beyond that, I chose to put it inside because I *hate* being cold and wouldn't want to lug my stuff out into the cold to load and unload my kiln.  Everything just seems more fragile (myself included) when cold.  However, this morning it is looking to be a warm day and I wish I could move the kiln outside for the summer :)  It seems that nothing is ever perfect.  I think I would like a teeny tiny wood kiln in the backyard, next to my putting green and swimming pool.

In Topic: What Is The Most Dangerous Thing In Your Studio?

16 June 2014 - 06:34 PM

ME is certainly what came to mind for me, and then the clay dust, glaze dust…