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  1. Thanks those were my thoughts exactly; wanted something to grow into. I threw on it last night...works really well! I'm happy
  2. Although its a bit late to cry over spilled milk, I wanted some expert opinions anyway. I just bought a Brent cxc wheel (my first wheel!) for $700. I found it used on Craigslist. They were asking $800 but I got it down to $700. It seems in decent condition, everything working but the wheel is over 12 years old. It looks gently used and the man I bought from said he'd thrown on it only a handful of times. It doesn't reverse direction but I don't really need it to. It did come with a splash pan and a large box of potters tools of every sort that I haven't gone thru yet. So I'll ask again...did I get ripped off or does this sound ok?
  3. Thanks for your response. I believe that the kiln I'm looking at has an option of making it sectional (could be wrong; looked at so many kilns my eyes are crossed!). I definitely dont want something so complicated to maintain. I'll look into the L&L. My patio is not covered but I plan on keeping the kiln covered with a tarp when not in use. I'm in AZ so we don't get a lot of rain as it is. I would LOVE recommendations for other kilns!
  4. Hi Guys, Thanks for your help with my free kiln conundrum; I've decided not to get either one of them as they'd be more trouble than they're worth. Instead, I'm looking at purchasing a new one. Right now I'm considering the Cress ET28; has anyone had experience with it? Here's what I'm looking for in a kiln: minimum 8 cubic feet 3" brick top loading (would LOVE a front loader but considering the extra cost, that just ain't gonna happen!) It's going to be outside on a small patio so I doubt anything over 10 cubic feet would fit. Thoughts? Ideas? Thanks!
  5. I decided not to get either one of them; i'm looking at getting a new Cress ET28...anyone had any experience?
  6. Thank you SO much for your responses. The home artist sounds great for Raku, which I'm interested in but not exclusively. I've determined that I won't take either of these kilns. I'd rather figure out a solution for a smaller kiln given my limited space but one that could at least fire to full ^6 and preferably ^10. There are just so many choices out there and I'm so lost on where to start. I don't want a kiln that's too big or too small and I'd also like one that could be cross utilized for Raku pieces. Oh what to do? I'm thinking about seeing if one of my experienced instructors will come to my house and help me evaluate the possibilities. Thank you again!
  7. Mark, Thank you SO much for your reply. Here are some more detailed photos of the Cress; let me know what you think. Thanks! Is there another kiln that anyone would recommend for the beginning potter, taking into consideration the kiln will be outdoors on a patio?
  8. Hello Everyone! My name is Jaena and this is my first post on CAD. I'm a newbie and just finished my first semester of ceramics. I'm hooked! I want to set up a home studio and have a small space to do it in; I live in a townhouse in central Phoenix. I have enough room for a wheel and a small wedging table and maybe some shelves for drying pots and I'd love to have a home kiln. We have a decent sized patio with enough electrical out here to operate a 220V kiln so theoretically I could do it. I've been looking at the Paragon Home Artist kiln because it's small and portable, plugs into any 120V outlet and fires up to cone 6 which is fine for bisque and raku. Does anyone have experience with this little kiln? I'm worried about it only being 12"x12" in the chamber; how many pots could I realistically fire in such a small space? If I drop $1000 for this little kiln, it needs to be worth the investment. So my boyfriend and I were taking a glassblowing class today and the owner of the studio found out that I'm an aspiring potter and want to set up a home studio. He promptly took me out back and told me I could have the two kilns he has there for free as he is never going to use them. My first thought was "JACKPOT!!!" but then I looked at them and saw they were pretty old and haggard-looking. I don't care about looks as long as they work, which he said they do. I would be fine if they didn't work but were easily repaired at a fraction of the cost of buying a new kiln. The Cress is ridiculously heavy; my bf and I together couldn't pick it up. The Duncan (Model ES 1029-2) came apart so it would be easy to transport but it's only a cone 8 whereas the Cress (Model FTX-2831P) is a cone 10. Also, they don't make Duncan kilns anymore but I understand Paragon has taken over the servicing of them. Whichever of these I take, the kiln will be outside on my patio exposed to the AZ sun; is this ok or will I have to create some sort of shelter? I assume that because it's outside, I won't have to worry about ventilation...am I correct to assume this? I'm such a beginner and don't know the first thing about kilns or how to operate and maintain them but I want to learn! Should I get the Duncan or the Cress for free? Or just buy the tiny luggage-like Paragon kiln? I would really appreciate any feedback from more seasoned artists. I can also post more pictures if that will help. Thank you so much for taking the time Duncan Cress
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