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  1. hi y'all--it's great to hear what other clay lovers have to work in and with. the clay co-op project is coming along now as an 8x12 foot shed. i bought two 5x4 sliding and one 3x4 single-hung windows 35% off at lowe's (low-e but not enough for the current tax credit). should be nice and bright inside! chris is looking for french doors on craig's list. till then, joe our construction guy can make his own. concrete pour may happen this week (we're getting estimates). re: getting a wheel/kiln/pug mill, you never know. chris' sister-in-law just had a baby and forsees being too busy for her wheel, thus loaning it to chris for a while (possibly to sell or as a gift). another neighbor is moving out of town and gave us some great 8-ft. shelves. serendipity happens:) can't wait to start working with clay again, especially after reading different posts on these forums...
  2. i wanted to thank each of you for taking the time to give your input--what a great way to "meet" people with similar passions and learn so much. here's an update: yesterday we moved the 5x8 low metal garden shed (and some resident native geckos and cockroaches) over to the nw corner of the yard. now its easier to visualize the new shed. we're still leaning toward an 8x8x8 (possibly up to 10 feet in length) structure, though now it has morphed into a more substantially-built building with either good siding or corrugated metal outside, insulation and drywall inside, a possible wall a/c, and a sealed concrete floor. the north wall will be close to the existing cement block wall that surrounds 3 sides of our property. we'll have 4x4 casement(?) windows on the east and west sides, and two 2 1/2 foot doors on the south side that swing out--plenty of light and ventilation. because of space limitations in the yard, we decided to keep the 2x2 foot kiln inside, most likely with a vent, since any location for it outside would be either closer to our 600sf adobe home, which we'd like to avoid, or right next to the studio (in which case the bad air would be close by anyway). the 18" away from walls that skutt recommended will be achieved by putting the kiln on a metal pad with lockable casters/wheels on the bottom. we figure we can move the kiln to the center of the room when firing (we really don't plan to be there when it's firing---vent or no vent! too hot to be around for long especially in tucson's heat right now). our thinking is to have most items easily movable, like a central work table on wheels that can be moved out of the way when firing, perhaps even taken outside when the weather is right. well, that's the plan on paper anyway--! all this started out as a simple kiln covering in order to fire some tiles from a neighborhood park bench tiling project...then i thought, why not have space for a wheel, and then...
  3. thanks for the feedback. perhaps it would be better to have the kiln in a separate small structure protected from the elements yet open enough to allow ventilation.
  4. hi everyone--i inherited a small cone 10 skutt kiln (KS manual kiln) and a brent wheel. a friend and i are thinking to form a small clay co-op. both of us have taken ceramic classes but are not professional potters. another friend has offered to build an 8x8 studio shed in my backyard. we'll either buy a pre-fab kit or he'll build one himself out of wood or siding, have a plywood floor set on cement blocks below, and place the kiln on cement pavers. there will be two large windows on the east and west walls and a double swing door to the south, so i'm thinking a vent isn't necesarry, though after reading the forum discussion on this topic, i might change my mind. we don't plan on working in the building when the kiln is firing, though i suppose we'd need to check the cones. any design recommendations/advice on building a studio would be appreciated. we'll have electricity in the shed, but no running water.
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