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  1. Josephe Fireborn I have connective tissue disease that affects my nerves so I am starting to think that is part of the reason i am reacting a little differently. Muscle memory and neuroplasticity are wonderful things. I think my throwing will be okay but I am a bit more nervous about the impact on my sculpting. This whole process is sort of pushing me to depend on my tools more which may not be such a bad thing. What i enjoy most about clay is direct contact with the medium. The sensory experience of doing art is what I enjoy _ immersion. Thanks you for sharing!
  2. Foxden it is weird. I keep reading about sensitivity but they arent sore but less sensitive. I am learning to lighten how hard I am pressing down. That seems to be changing a bit. Maybe the sensitivity will change over time and I will have the same outcome Funny about the iphone probably not when you are trying to log in though. Thanks for sharing!!
  3. Thank you! I was hoping it was possible to adjust. I will try those things also.
  4. I am not sure where else to post this. I just started learning how to play acoustic guitar. I am wondering if there are any otherS who also play instruments that affect sensation (calluses). I have noticed that he change in sensation in my finger tips. Light/delicate work is what is changing ... throwing rims/lids and sculpting facial features. Any suggestions on how to do both without negatively impacting my pottery/sculpting? (Crossing fingers that someone is out there) Thanks!!!!
  5. BAHH just saw the MultiQuote You are right. I figure I am pretty in the clear for the setting up at home. There are other artisans in the neighborhood who work in their garages and/or driveways. Hopefully the frequency I am working in the driveway won't make a difference. The other people are normally working on evenings and weekends. ... I have the bylaws ... I could go look in there just to be sure though
  6. Thanks neilestrick! I'll look into that! I'll have to look up in the crawlspace to see if it is doable. Otherwise I may be stuck with horizonal venting. The wall the kiln is on is concrete block stucco and putting hole in that isn't an easy pretty cut job. Maybe I need to ask around to see if there is a tool for concrete like for cutting the holes for door knobs/deadbolts.
  7. No CroneRanger Deed restricted community. I plan to set up my booth (once I get it) outside to work sometimes and they will probably have a fit BUT I am not asking for permission
  8. Thank you all for helping!! I have been busy this morning. I just read all of the replies and my brain has them all bouncing around. I do have an vent system for downdraft. I did not plug it in because my electric box is maxed out and the closest plug is too far away and the kiln took the last slot. I did not know that it would make that much of a difference with removing fumes. I looked online and I only have the fan that is on the bottom of the kiln but not the part that connects to the wall. The lady I purchased the kiln from had two kilns and I am pretty sure she kept the other part. I am guessing that the fan on the opposite end is completing the task of getting the air out of the duct (flow). I would rather it go out a vertical vent but I was supposing that the air would be to warm and I couldn't put the "flue through the roof". How does that work with the same materials as an exhaust system. The A/C folks are coming for the annual check this week. They bought out the company we had install it a few years ago. When they came a few years ago the first thing they told us is that it wasn't sealed properly and they would not have installed it at the same height. However, they were not going to eat the cost of 'correcting' a problem the business they bought out made. My thought is that if you buy out the company you eat the cost of their mistakes - but fixing their mistakes would probably be to their advantage. Thing is that we researched the first company and they had no complaints filed locally. We did not know what to believe because we had so much difficulty dealing with the first company that by the time the second company told us that we were frustrated. GRRR!!! hate to revisit this one ... BUT ... if the vent solves the problem It may not be an issue. Well ... that is if all fumes have an odor. :/ --- if you can't tell this was not a good experience and trying to fix something that I paid someone to do right in the first place is a serious case of pet peeve. (Stepping of the soap box) I have a call into the company who installed my box to give me an estimate - dispatch will be calling to schedule for this week. I also called another contractor to get his electrician to give me an estimate - waiting for the contact number. I eventually want to have a three phase to save on electrical costs (assuming what I have read about less power is accurate). Would it be better to get three phase with a converter and when I am ready remove the converter? Going to ask for cost to run a new box with more slots, a dedicated line/breaker, and dedicated line with three phase with converter? Hoping those are the right questions. There is a little light coming into my laundry room if the garage door is up so I'll be going to get a seal for that. The idea of not having to 'be presentable' to do pottery is very attractive - especially since I am nocturnal . Going to give this another try because I would prefer to work at home - I just want to do it safely and have my health as a first priority. I also thought ... $650+ worth of materials is a lot more CLAY, glazes, brushes, tools, videos, books, booth fees, tent, lumber for shelves, .... Oh ... I did call the landlord to recheck the electrical I am pretty sure he said 110amps. He mentioned one person adding three phase to her unit for some big piece of equipment. Going to look up the business terms and look at the website. I think I have seen it before but forgot. jolieo - My doctors told me before everything hit the fan to take time out to recover. I didn't because I thought I was slowing down trying to avoid coming to screeching halt. Didn't compute that they were saying take time off of work - even though that is what they were saying. I didn't have the liberty and needed my job. I had to retire way to early and I still have my life ahead of me. My goal is to have something that I can do to start making a living again, not be limited financially and be able to take time off when I need it. I do have to remember to take it slow so I don't crash and burn again. I have only been feeling better for a month or two. After struggling for five years two months seems like forever!! You are right about the fear factor. Thanks for remind me to take it slow!! I'll keep you posted and MAYBE my post wont be a mile long!! Thank you all again for imparting wisdom!!
  9. I have been reading endlessly but can't find any posts about renting private studio space. I partially set up my studio in the attached garage and felt comfortable until I started noticing a smell creeping into my house while firing. I started thinking about it and realize it smelled like that the first time too. I crack the garage door and have a fan circulating air out. Now am not comfortable firing out there anymore. Note: I have only fired twice. I keep telling myself that I should just keep trying with the hope that the smell will disappear. (I know - Wishful/foolish thinking). Granted there are typical health hazards that come with firing, I am a bit more sensitive to chemicals than the average person due to a hyperactive immune system. Now that I am starting to feel well enough to continue doing pottery this is putting a major damper on - change careers - do what I love - make a living - have a dream for future .... you get the idea. After all this was my ultimate goal to change careers, embrace my artistic self and immerse myself into what I love. It just didn't happen the way I planned. I would describe where I live as suburban. Our neighborhood is deed restricted so no building structures outside. The local firing spots are expensive and/or I have had pieces damaged during firing; which is what helped me decide to set up at home. I can't fire outside because the wiring will not permit the distance. Opening up the house and have air flow through the whole house could be a solution but challenging with Florida weather and the times I would be firing. I have been looking around for renting a space to make my studio. I found a place that is $650/month for 1200sqft. It is more expensive than being out in warehouse/industrial area ($400) but less expensive than the ideal place within walking/biking distance ($800-1000). It is not too far from local er, has police presence and two other artists producing with other media. Lease terms is one year. There is a private bathroom, 12x14 a/c office, a 10x10 garage (the only thing missing is a shower ... hahaha). . The building has fire walls and construction is mason. There is not security system, no fire system and no sprinkler system. Everything is wired for phone, internet and security. The buildings have 110Amp service - single phase. I don't plan on having a lot of traffic - liability issue. I have a few places in town to sell. The insurance isn't worth it for the equipment I have at the moment (about 1-2K). When I feel more comfortable I'll probably have an open studio (appointment or call in only). To have 15k worth equipment covered (dreaming of a front loader) and 300K liability it is roughly $90 a month. So here is the dilema ... I don't know if I am thinking clearly or just feining to have someplace to work and feel safe doing it. The logical business approach is don't spend more than you earn. The thing is that at the moment it is more hobby until I start making enough to call it a business. My health is improving and I don't want to stress myself with 'business' at the moment. Due to my health improving the money that I have been spending on medical treatment will be shifted to this. I would like to give myself a good year to establish myself and make the transition to 'business'. From my artist heart - I want to invest in me and I have never enjoyed a medium so much. Working in ceramics I don't feel confined or stretched thin. It feeds all of my muses and also tap into my analytic thought process. The people in my life have responded in two ways - not logical from a business standpoint and go for it you will be successful. I am pretty sure (or at least hoping) that I am not the only person who has come to one of those crossroads - take risk - scary I don't know what to do places ... Am I overlooking any costs (rent, supplies, power, insurance, fuel for car - (water is included-If I remember correctly)) Opinions? Advice? (about the Space or making the decision) Share space to cut cost? - bring your own equipment (limited) with written terms? Past experiences? (I keep trying to remove the emotion but I cannot be that objective to having a dedicated art space.)
  10. Thanks!! That all makes perfect sense I am glad that you all brought up identifying old pieces and having separate buckets. (That was something else in the back of my mind) I have been thinking about just mixing what i have together just to use for making molds instead of trying to identify and reclaim. The challenge with that (having no pug) would be to have a consistent texture so I don't get sagging in more defined areas of the mold - longer air drying may help a little with that. I'll try it and see how it goes.
  11. I have been exploring a lot (finished pieces and videos) on the internet. Is there is any way to know what kind of clay body the artist used - when you can't seem to locate on their website? I may not be using the proper term. I don't mean particular formulas - but earthenware vs stoneware vs porcelain. I thought I was pretty clear on knowing the difference between terracotta and stoneware. I realize was just associating high grog with terracotta; which is not necessarily the case.
  12. Mark – Yes that was a major concern. It took me a while to actually find something official on the manufacturer websites that addressed ceiling height. Marcia – I am glad you brought this up (drying not according to working plan). That has been a concern because I sculpt but still have a lot to learn in that area. It was one of those thoughts that occurred tome briefly but figured I’d make adjustments. Sculptor Pat – That is precisely what I am debating. I am running into some financial costs that Idid not anticipate. I would feel more comfortable with ventilation from above to remove heat and fumes in addition to pulling out below with envirovent. Meanwhile trying to fire safely and within budget. Denice – Yep feel better safe now than sorry later. I want to have good habits in place for when we start our family. I plan on doing this for a while and want to be healthy. Debating getting estimate for installing a window in the garage – or just making adjustments to the garage door like Pat did. Mea – I do have to look up what adjustments to make for the smaller kiln. I know that holes are drilled at the floor but need to do more research. I don't want to ruin a perfectly good kiln trying to experiment. Roberta – Sounds like cracking the garage door is a definite yes. John – hmmm that is something I need to look at differently. Thank you all so much for replying and sharing your experiences. I will be calling the insurance company. I tried to stop by there to day while running errands but they relocated and I did not know. Takeya
  13. I am converting my garage into studio. I have read several places and talked to many potters. I am not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to firing. Some say it is safe others say no way. I have a two car garage and it is the same building I live in. I am concerned about fumes. One kiln has an envirovent and the smaller one doesn't. Do I really have anything to worry about if I have fans going and the garage open or even if I have to lower it down to 1ft open? I have safety plans in place but this part is what makes me so unsure. I am still a little nervous about high temperatures but just remember that I don't touch the stove burners, open the door and stand in the way of heat trying to escape, or just reach in without something protective on my hands. Fumes ... especially those we don't smell ... is much more dangerous in my mind. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  14. Hello Everyone, I am new to pottery. It will be one year in January. YAY!! I am converting my garage (which is for everything but a vehicle) into my studio. Going to the community art studio once or twice a week for 3-4 hours is just not enough anymore. I finally found a kiln on craigslist that is in good condition, heats up, and does not seem to need any repairs. It was $250 with the original manual, some furniture, slip, glazes, stencils and some ceramic magazines. The woman I purchased from was so kind and cautious selling to someone who has never fired before - I don't blame her. I ordered a rolling stand and a furniture kit from Paragon. So total maybe around $500. Still on the prowl for wheel and slab roller that won't break the bank. I did enough research to find that $250 was not bad for a kiln that worked and looks like this one does. I figured even if it stopped working and I could not afford to replace all of the elements I could use it as a raku or saggar kiln. So ... now I am a little nervous about firing and the electrician has not even given me the estimate for installing an outlet yet (later today hopefully). I am having a hard time getting functional information about this kiln and am not sure what it is capable of helping me accomplish in my art. It ranges from 600C/1112F to 1260C/2300F which confuses me. I get the impression that this is like an all purpose kiln for glass, bisque and glaze. Is this why it is called a teacher kiln? If I have done my research correctly it is cone 022 to cone 8. I have cone 6 clay from class but am not comfortable pushing the kiln to the upper end of firing. I may have to buy lower firing clay and use it for non-functional pieces. (I was hoping not to need to buy another kiln for funtionalware any time soon - or at least until I made some money from my pottery.) I noticed that the top and bottom of this kiln are made from from the kind of material they use on the space shuttle. How safe is this? If I want to replace with firebrick what is the most cost effective way to accomplish and be safe firing? Has anyone had any experience with this kiln? What kind of things should I look out for that are specific to Duncan kilns (or this particular model)? I am not sure why Duncan went out of the kiln making business so I am wondering a little more if I should have waited a few more months and purchased a Skutt. Thank you so much for any opinions, help or suggestions. Takeya
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