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  1. Congrats on the new spot! What's the routine and how do you get paid? Around here consignment seems to be 65-70% to artist and wholesale is 50-50.
  2. yeah it does not take much back and forth to take the profit right out of it does it. Cool though that your customers are missing you at the shows and want your mugs enough to jump through some hoops. They could go to dozens of ecom stores by great potters and buy mugs with a lot less hassle but they want yours..
  3. Hi Joylynn, one way I've found to alert a previous poster without private messaging is to click 'quote' from their last post. That will trigger an email to them if they don't come on the board often. Good luck with your new kiln!
  4. Hey good for you. Ya know the good part of making do with an older manual kiln with no instructions is that you will learn a lot about firing. Have fun!
  5. well it looks like no one has experience with your kiln so you might need to test yourself. Do you feel comfortable it is all setup properly and safe? I have a small test kiln and I leave the top peep out until about 1200 f but never prop lid. Such a small kiln will have trouble reaching temp with lid propped. Some people will leave lid propped on kilns during early temp rise for moisture to escape if pots are not completely bone dry. This is called 'candling' but not sure how effective that would be for a little kiln. I would do these early test with bone dry and mess with that later. The or
  6. Porcelain might be a bit more durable as long as you fire it to maturity.
  7. didn't read all the post but we have 2 whisperers. They are quiet. I am hard of hearing so that really matters to me. Others like the louder wheels and there might be other reasons. If you throw really large pots then the torque might matter but if you throw what 99% of potters usually throw then the quality is prob fine for either as they are two of the most popular wheels for studio potters and numbers wise I think the shimpo is the number one wheel being bought.
  8. ha ha, I thought I remembered your post from years ago, just surfed and saw it and you really put it well both here and this one from 2013. Glass can and will explode off the clay, as they have incompatible COE. (Put simply, they expand and contract at different rates/ratios.) They're a ticking time-bomb. Protect yourself from explosions and litigation. Just don't do it. I think the vast majority of artist just don't know this and its a shame since it can be so dangerous down the road. I was told that often times on a piece that appears to work and is not handled much or moved a
  9. nah, glaze is not glass and glass should never be used with pottery, functional or decorative. They each have different properties and they will not work together, ever. It's not a question of if they will separate but when and when it does there's likely a safety issue of some sort to deal with for the unlucky person dealing with the failure. Might be serious and really not worth the risk. I got this from a high level employee of one of the worlds largest art glass companies and they constantly tried to get people to take down instructions for mixing the two. Their product info on their websi
  10. Ya know it is a prob a fine kiln for the right application just not really right for test firing pottery or even pottery beads. You don't really say why you picked the small one instead of a larger one but you are on the right path if you can't have a larger kiln or want a test kiln, just need to better match it up to what you are doing. I know prices have gone up but I only paid about $800ish for my small kiln a dozen years ago now and it fires no different than its big brother (9cf oval) with the same controller. The trick is the controller because otherwise it would just heat up really
  11. we had one of those we gave away that was used for enameling. Also works to melt silver and gold. Not a pottery kiln. It does not 'fire' really just heats up. I have a 1cf Seattle Pottery kiln that we use for test firing and it is a cone 10 kiln that has a regular controller, couple of shelves and I think it is not much more in cost than that one. It does run on 110 with a dedicated 20amp plug. When you use one of these for a test kiln you generally want it to run a firing schedule that is exactly like your larger kiln so the results would be essentially the same.
  12. Maybe your thing is more art than functional. If this is just for fun with a sale every so often then you can do things however you want but If the mugs were good not sure I understand why you would smash them. I totally get why you might not make them again but good mugs are good mugs and people all have different taste. We have a one-off rack that always gets cleaned out first. People that like pottery seem to love to go through them and the unusual glaze looks that didn't hit the mark to repeat always seem to be coveted by someone and that's cool too .
  13. I would price what the market will pay and you can sometimes figure that out by surfing around and seeing what similar pots are selling for. Try to find a half a dozen and zero in on the middle/high side and see if your pots will sell at that. You can't just re-order so I think its important to only try to sell good pots for as much as you can. You say you make a lot and since you are new you might want to do a gut check and make sure that the pots you sell are pro quality. Don't talk yourself into a bad pot going out. If you have any question in your mind if a pot is good I would toss it beca
  14. It does! Thanks everyone. Great input. I do fire everything flat both bisque and glaze. In bisque though I stack them. My tiles are pressed and my routine so far has been to dry them for a couple of days between sheet rock and then a couple on solid ply shelf and then fire. Haven't had a lot of warping but those two racks of tiles referenced in this post were just left on a solid ply shelf for a few days and fired and they had that hump but they had been flat at one time so there is that. Been debating getting some wire racks for after the sheetrock but since mostly not many warping issues hav
  15. It absolutely is! One of the many reasons I like this board so much. I think I just showed a con for just buying new controller kilns in that they are so plug and go there is a lot I don't learn about firing until I have an issue. We did actually program the schedules in each but then have just used those for years and haven't had to make any adjustments with our kilns but now I know about this and so if I am trouble shooting this will help. One of our kilns is a Skutt 1027 and is what they had for the tc offset in the manul: THERMOCOUPLE OFFSETS It is possible to make individual sectio
  16. ah crap, u guys have now cost me a couple of hours. Never heard of offset and now I have to go and surf on it and that always leads to more surfing and eventually I may even end up in YouTube hell. Thanks a lot.
  17. I do a lot of tiles and have always tossed slightly warped tiles before bisque into a recycle bucket (which I never recycle). I had a couple of shelves of tiles that many had a hump to them due to not drying them the way I normally do (Sheetrock top and bottom for a couple of days) Because I wanted to try some test glazing I didn't toss these and to my surprise many of them (porcelain) came out of bisque perfectly flat and even more completely flattened out during glaze firing. Only a few remained warped and those were almost flat. Now they were not just way off to start but the hump was
  18. so I assume you just thread the top with a bigger top when it's stiff enough to handle it?
  19. You are right on that, bigger is certainly a betterplace to b, at least I think getting to a 6 plus cf. The Skutt 1027 at 7cf does get closer to the 3 grand the OP mentioned with vent, furniture etc but for that you prob have a kiln that if taken care of will last for the rest of your life. Its a great size for most pots except big oval platters and is still small enough that you can run it occasionally. The 1018 looks like a great kiln and really just looses a ring so height and number of shelves takes a hit but you save a few hundred bucks and its close to 5cf. For full disclosure tho
  20. This one is under $1600 delivered and is 18x18. Not huge but not much smaller than that one and goes to cone 10 so good for mid-fire work which is most common these days in home studios. http://www.clay-king.com/kilns/skutt_kilns/skutt_km_818.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwwMn1BRAUEiwAZ_jnEgQ4IMUyxjoqRAFPML85-LuYmGV4121Adr9XOURZAumOdrySjVyrYBoCw60QAvD_BwE
  21. I would think long and hard before I put any cash beyond electrician in this kiln. Old kilns, some in really great shape that don't need elements that are 2x as expensive, all bricks can be repaired and kiln furniture that is more common, come up all the time for a few hundred bucks and a couple thousand gets you new programmable one. I wouldn't let free trap me into throwing money into the wrong kiln. As it is you will be spending hundreds in kiln shelves for a square kiln, I'd clean it up, power it on and access before I even bought the shelves. Something like a Skutt 1027 will need a 6
  22. Hey do you offer to buy back from left over inventory from any wholesale that ends arrangement of just the markets?
  23. Yeah I do see all of that but the one thing that gives me pause is that they have apparently 6-7 vaccines that have hit trials (many are human trials ) which means they work in the labs and the feds (US) are covering the cost of ramping up production of all of them for national distribution with right now the target as January so that the winner can be quickly distributed. If one of them clearly works I just don't see them holding off on a working vaccine that has already been produced in mass quantities until January, just don't. Not debating whether they should, I just don't see this ad
  24. With various states starting to re-open and I would assume everyone re-opened by June 1 when all the renewed orders have expired I am starting to wonder if in fact we might have shows again late summer through x-mas. I know there are some artist here that are involved in some of the shows, do any of you have any current information or have committees started talking about it? Would it be worthwhile to start making inquiry's?
  25. I'd get the Olympic if you are not low fire, at cone 8 it is 2 cones over mid-fire 6 and I've always had the rule of thumb as two cones higher that you intend to fire. We fire to cone 5 and have a 20 minute hold on all the kilns so the heat work is cone 6 but a cone 8 would be 3 rated 3 cones higher than we fire. More might be better in a strict sense but firing a cone 8 to 5-6 I bet doesn't make that much difference in how many firings you get on a set of elements (maybe its 125 versus 150) and that kiln is 16 amps on a 20 amp breaker and should work in any rental place you get. The kiln is a
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