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About Bradleysonofhagen

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  • Birthday 07/13/1985

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    Greenville SC
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    Pipe tobacco, banjo, coffee and beer

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  1. Sounds like the sealing characteristic of milk bathing is the fat content in the milk. I am now curious what half and half cream or heavy cream would yield due to a higher fat content. It was mentioned before what yogurt might bring to the table as well. Also, I am curious if this process would be a good option for sealing a pit fired pot. Perhaps a vase you would want to have water tight for flowers and the likes. I am thinking a sealed interior, not a surface for eating.
  2. I have a lead on a 6 year old kiln called a Nabertherm 150. It is a bit difficult trying to find in depth info on this kiln. We are talking a front loading kiln bartlett controller and usually costs 8,000 but I am looking at it for a fraction. The kiln looks really good in the photos, except the coils are wound on a rod and they look a little tangly. The owner has noted that one coil needs to be replaced for about 200 bucks. I was wondering what you all might know about this kiln or front loaders for that matter.I can't find personal opinions or experiences with this company in the ways of their products or customer service. Any information will be very helpful. Here is some company info about the kiln. http://www.sheffield-pottery.com/NABERTHERM-N150-KILN-p/nn150.htm
  3. I have been looking over both L&L and Bailey kilns. I had my mind made up with L&L until i started reading up on what bailey has to offer. I am looking for an electric kiln between 7-10 cu ft. (I can't make up my mind there) the ability to hit cone 10 but only want to reach cone 6 consistently. I also want a solid controller to drag out the cool down and extend the apex temperatures. From what I can tell Bailey has some great things going for it like 3.5 inch brick with extra insulation to boot. Coils in the floor. Stronger than your average coil. Also, they are dishing out some sweet package deals right now on these energy saver kilns. Don't get me wrong, I think L&L makes a fine piece of equipment, I know lots of folks feel this way. I really only have one question, why do I not hear more about these Bailey's kilns when they appear to be so good? Below is the link to the bailey kiln and the L&L kiln I am comparing. http://www.baileypottery.com/kilns/baileyelec2327-10.htm http://www.clay-king.com/kilns/l_l_kilns/l_l_jd_2927.html
  4. First and foremost, I am looking for the happy medium of cost effective and time saving glazes. I have experience with mixing my own glazes for a classroom studio. I am shooting for cone 6 glazes. I am starting up on my own for the first time with a gas kiln. I want to avoid the cost of buying pints and the likes of wet glaze. I am asking you all what would say is the cost and time saving difference between premixed dry glaze by the 10lb and 25lb versus gathering all the seperate chemicals and following good recipes? I think i already know the answer. Also, I want to get the point where I am making and tweaking my own recipes, but I am content with limitations for the sake of not being overwhelmed. My goal as a part time potter is to do a glaze fire every week to two weeks. I have this lingering guess that mixing my own is going to eat up a fair amount of precious time and that dry mixes are a good meet in the middle for the mean time in regards to money and time used effectively.
  5. The other side of me is saying what you are saying TJR. For all of my adult life I have avoided taking on excess "stuff." By the way TJR, are you the fella on craigslist who is trying to dish this stuff out. Similar story. Just saying. Seriously, thank you for your wise and practical words.
  6. First, I must say thank you to all who gave sound advice a couple of weeks back about my brent vs. bailey wheel decision. I actually held back on both and was blessed with the opportunity to pick up a steady 6 yr. used thomas stuart legend wheel for a song. Now I am looking to answer my kiln needs. Seeing how I am starting my first studio I am sticking to my guns with used equipment. I am on the hunt for a good size electric or gas kiln. I am currently not going to be going any higher than /\ 6, but I would rather not be limited, although I can't be to picky about used equipment. I know a few questions to ask like age of kiln, last time fired, last time elements were replaced etc. What I don't know is the severity of certain issues. For example: if an electric kiln hasn't been fire in 3 to 4 years, then what are the impending problems to come? If a kiln has quarter sized chips in the brick and no cracks, then what kind of problems could happen and what is the cost of repair? I ask this specifically because I might have found an exceptional opportunity. I met a fella looking to get rid of a slew of potter's equipment and resources. He wants to clean out his basement and isn't looking to line his pockets,vjust wants to make a little scratch. From what I have seen through photos he has: large oval top load electric kiln, pug mill, fat stack of bats, foot pedals for wheels, motors for wheels and few clay and glaze resources. I should find out soon what the brands are of the equipment. None of the items look to be in great shape, but for the right price they might be worth snagging. So I ask you kind people for some smart buying advice. I am cool with you all saying I am dummy for going strictly used, just make a sound point for it. BradleysonofHagen
  7. Here is a brief back story on me. I have got the educational background as an amateur potter and i am looking to establish a humble studio for myself. I currently have the opportunity to purchase a 8 year old but only one year used brent cxc wheel for 700 bucks. This wheel is located about 5 hours away. Everything appears to be on the up and up with this wheel. I am considering a bailey pro-xl wheel. I like the warranties and the large stationary splash pan with a drain. I know i can pick this wheel up for 900 shipped. I know the brent cxc is a long lasting "workhorse" of a wheel, but i also know that lots of folks have had success with their bailey wheels. I am flexible when it comes to wheel speed and I would only throw anywhere between 1 lb. to 25 lbs. at one time. So my question is, should i go for the brent cxc or the bailey pro-xl? The brent would cost me close to 900 bucks in 10 hours of gas and vehicle wear. Where the bailey is new with warranty.
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