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  1. I think mine is a 6320xl, which is maybe the same but bigger? I bought mine very used, but it came with all the manuals. Can you post a pic of your controller so I know if it's the same?
  2. As a new potter, I bought a used kiln (I'm sure I posted a million questions on these forums about it) brought it home, and plugged it into my 220 in the garage. Fired two loads of bisque, no problem. Then fired a glaze load. Went out to check it and I could smell something burning before I even opened the door. The whole electrical panel had blown! It was black and melted. Sooooo glad my garage is NOT attached to my house. My husband called an electrician who came out and re-wired and replaced the box. I have been using the kiln for two years now with no problems. Whew. As for insurance, we have Farm Bureau and they had no problem with the kiln. Maybe because it's in a detached garage? We also heat our entire house with a wood-burning furnace (NOT a wood stove) and they have no problem with that, either.
  3. I am currently setting up my studio in my non-attached garage. It's a good space, with work benches, cabinets, heat, and shelving, etc... The big drawback is that there is no water supply. I am looking for creative solutions that don't involve trenching my yard and hooking up to my well. Thanks in advance for your replies!
  4. Since someone else resurrected this thread, I will update. I have since fired another bisque and two glaze. It's exciting and disappointing to see the successes and failures, but I learn something each time. I have actually sold a couple of pieces; spoon rests, sponge holders, yarn bowls... nothing too brilliant, but still encouraging! On the downside, I have been working a LOT, and have not had any time at all in my studio lately. I gotta fix that.
  5. Couple of things: First, I wouldn't lump all potters in with any other group, and I wouldn't lump all potters in the SAME group. Everyone is different, and I wouldn't put anything past anybody. We have had numerous artists trespass and steal from our farm in the name of their art. I don't think any of us could say with 100% certainty that no potter would ever steal horse hair. That's just not realistic. That being said, I agree that even if there are some potters stealing horse hair, the numbers would be so small that it certainly wouldn't contribute measurably to this problem. Second, if you do have a source for your horsehair, please consider offering them a little something for it. We supply hay to many horse farms in our area, and because of the nation-wide drought, the cost of feeding those beasts has risen drastically. Horse owners are hurting right now. That is all.
  6. Check craigslist for used kilns. I got a great deal on one there!
  7. OR... I could just make my husband roll out my slabs with that!
  8. I am definitely going to try that wet sponge/twisting method. The studio at school where I learned used hot wax in an electric skillet. After doing some research, I read that using soy wax instead of paraffin was less hazardous. My waxing is done in a very well ventilated area, so I don't worry about it too much, but it's something you could look into if you really like waxing. One thing to note, the soy wax has a different consistency than paraffin, but to me it works just as well.
  9. It shouldn't be too hard for me to find a used one then, since I live in Ann Arbor, home of the Hash Bash!
  10. I have been looking into purchasing a triple beam. In checking the reviews on Amazon, the scales in my price range are not given good reviews. Is there a big difference when purchasing a scale in the $80 to $150 range, as opposed to those in the $200 + range? I will probably not ever mix more than 1000 gram batches.
  11. Good idea! Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I love reading about all the different ideas and experiences!
  12. Yes, I'm thinking that's what mine is going to look like when it's finished.
  13. Has anyone here ever made their own slab roller? Or seen plans for one? My husband is super-handy, and we have every tool imaginable, so he insists he can make one if I find a plan for it.
  14. Eavestroughs are on your house, gutters are in the street. Just depends who you ask around here.
  15. Sawing; One thing that you can do which Lucille did not mention-great advice by the way, but you can turn your shelves over for each firing. This prevents warping. I don't do this myself, as I am the only one firing my kilns. TJR: Thanks, TJR. In the studio at school, they only used one side of the shelves so I assumed that was how it was done. Since I am the only one firing in my home studio, should I stick to the one side?
  16. Let's just say that there is plenty to offer if you are a potter here! I have to drive a whole three minutes to get to my supply store.
  17. Does anyone have any advice as to how to take good care of my gently used, but new-to-me, kiln?
  18. I've wondered if this would cause my stuff to crack. My damp basement studio takes forever to dry things! I may just give this a try next week.
  19. Some people are jealous because they want to live near the A2 Art Fair, and some hate the A2 Art Fair! Either way. Riorose, are you moving to the Ann Arbor area?
  20. This makes so much sense to me. Even though I am just starting out, my costs are roughly the same as those of very experienced potters. My work, however, is not the same. Regional influences also need to be taken into consideration. Because I live in Ann Arbor (don't hate me) I have to be realistic about what other potters in my area are making/selling/charging.
  21. I did the paper test; all the elements are heating. The thermocouple looks good, too, so I guess I'll give my friendly neighborhood kiln repair man a call. Thanks, all, for your help!
  22. Howard and Neil, you two are a wealth of information! I will try the paper thing next. Thanks again for all your help.
  23. OK, started the kiln at the pre-programmed Cone 6. I let it run for 10 minutes. Only the top two and bottom two rings of coils are glowing. That's bad, right?
  24. Thanks for your reply, Howard. We did have our electrician come and check everything out before I even plugged it in. My husband is paranoid about the electricity on the farm!
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