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  1. BobM

    I just read a comment you made regarding clay for outside use. You mentioned bird baths and that's exactly what I am going to make. Can you recommend a clay body you like for this use? Could I use a cone 6 glaze? Thanks so Much

    1. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Hi @BobM, If you check DAY’s profile, they haven’t returned to the forum since 2013. If you post your question in the main forum instead of the personal status updates, you’ll get better, up to date information from active members. 


    2. Pres


      I threw a couple of bird baths 2 years ago, I used the SC Hazelnut clay for these, and fired them to ^6 for the glaze. The owners have been very pleased with them. One was a hanging bath, and the other was thrown to match the diameter of a commercial concrete stand. 



    3. BobM


      Thanks Callie and Pres. I am a newbie at this forum and help is always appreciated.


  2. I put the underglazes on "wet" clay- fresh from the slab roller.
  3. Some people collect antique cars. I "collect" antique L&L kilns! The serial number is the day/month/year built, and I consider anything before digital controls to be an antique. If one is patient, the kilns owned by little old ladies who only fired it on Sundays to cone 06 can be found on craigs list in the $100-$300 range. 20- 30 years old, but fire like a brand new kiln. As Neil says, they are easy to work on. The small ones are great when you want to fire a few items to test a new glaze.
  4. Buy one of those prefab sheds that dot back yards all across America. Or, if it is really "isn't very large", get a Rubbermaid trash container, and put it over the kiln when not in use. Keep it there with a kiln shelf. Or two, depending upon the sizes of your 'monsoons'. A third option, since you can unplug it, is to put it on wheels, and only take it outside when you fire it. (checking with Accuweather first, of course)
  5. Kilns are simple 'machines', but very heavy, hence shipping is a substantial part of the cost. BUT: there are also steep discounts available to dealers, including 'free', when they order multiple units. I also suspect that they are very similar to each other- except for the L&L element holders.
  6. Neil has covered the bases. The only thing I can ad is the Serial Number is the date of manufacture; last 2 digits is the year. And, at around $50 a pop, an old kiln can be pretty costly in a hurry.
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