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Everything posted by StaceyB2

  1. This is beyond the value of your pots- it sounds like you want to make positive contributions to the world and you see making your pots very affordable as a way to do this and you have ethical blocks keeping you from charging their value. Really, if you consider the time and money invested in college, equipment etc you might be losing money on your pots. It takes an incredible money to raise a family and live ethically these days (unless you have your own self-sustaining farm) so if you charged what your pots were worth perhaps some of that money could go back into supporting other local art
  2. When I used to throw in a large studio with a mix of wheels (Brent, Pacifica, Clay Boss Baily, and kick) I would always get there early to try to use one of the Brent wheels. It made a big difference. I start and stop my wheel a lot so I don't like using a kick wheel. My second choice was the Pacifica and if I got stuck on any of the other wheels during class I would just spend my time glazing. To me, it was a huge difference and I had no association with name brand at the time this was just from the experience of using the wheels. When it came time to get my own wheel I got a Pacifica (d
  3. I'm sure I will be limited by my kiln--I don't plan on going past cone 6. BigLou, if you send me the $$ I will paypal you a small priority box of it. I can't guarantee the purity--I dug up some that appears to be unadulterated while my kids were playing (that is the tough part, as you know people have been digging in the yard for 90 years) . Sometimes while I am gardening I make little pinch pots and leave them to dry on the fence. It would be cool to see what it would do in a wood kiln just by itself. Actually, I am editing this. I am curious and if you really intend on tinkering wit
  4. I am newish to the forum (although was staying away for some time because every time I tried to use the site my computer blocked intrusions) and getting back into clay after about seven years off for raising kids/recovering from advanced Lyme disease. As I am youngish, I was not around when Albany slip was readily available. It fascinated me even before I lived in Albany. Before stopping potting, I experimented coating some items with Albany slip substitute in a wood kiln and got some neat results although now I am limited to an electric kiln. I live in the city of Albany with a nice double
  5. So my husband thought it over and went with a layer of cement bricks (about 3 inch bricks with air pockets) with a cement slab over the top. The stand is about 6 or 7 inches off the ground. thanks for all the input!
  6. I was under the impression that asphalt softens around 250 degrees...have read Fahrenheit 451. Not expecting it to get super hot under kiln but who knows as I have never fired it before. I was thinking that the biggest risk is the contact points where the kiln stand meets the asphalt. Likely the legs would just settle in the asphalt if the asphalt were to soften, but the idea kiln possibly shifting during firing is not super exciting to me. I tend to be one of those people that strange and rare events happen surprisingly frequently, so life has taught me caution. I will probably use
  7. Also, would a aluminum sheet between the kiln be somewhat reflective or just mostly conductive? Thanks!
  8. Thanks for the responses. The kiln is smaller 3.3 cubic feet Gare I got it for a dream off craigslist (pristine new condition - only fired a few times/lots of accessories/digital controller). I hope to upgrade to a 5 or 7 cubic foot L & L in a couple of years after I figure out what my needs are. I'm not tall so raising it up will make it difficult but I can probably work around it. The cement board with bricks or pavers is kind of what I was thinking based on my internet searches. Not being familiar with cement board...would I put it under or over the bricks? I was also planni
  9. I've managed to locate a kiln off craigslist (it has a stand) and have had an electrician run a line out to my garage. But now it has occurred to me that the asphalt that someone poured to cover up the cement garage floor is probably a really bad thing around a hot kiln (it was a bad idea in general as it's all cracked and uneven). Should I put off firing the kiln to the spring when I can pour a nice large concrete pad for it? Would concrete blocks under the kiln suffice? I have been throwing like crazy and want to get to firing but don't want to do anything stupid. Has anyone dealt with
  10. Great...thanks for clarifying that. The are both licensed electricians with good references that have been practicing for many years in Albany and would get permits and have their work inspected. One of them said that he "only works with copper" and the other was confounded at my suggestion of copper for the service line! Aluminum should bring the cost down considerably! Thanks for your input!
  11. Okay...so I've got a rudimentary understanding of the electrical needs of various kilns. I plan on getting a ~5 cubic foot kiln but want to wire my garage (detached) for possible future upgrades/power needs . Both electricians I have spoken with suggesting bringing 100amps out there (in addition to what is already there) and I have requested the kiln outlet have a 60amp breaker. The electrician I spoke with today looked at me like I had 10 heads when I said I wanted copper wire from the house to the garage and said the copper wire only needs to be from the "box" in the garage and the servic
  12. You are right, getting service to the garage totally a whole new subject that I didn't think of. I would like to have a business...but at this point I have some cobwebs to dust off. I live in an old house that was updated to 150amps but we have gas everything and no central air/no future possibility of central air.
  13. The sales tax thing occurred to me in my conversation with Bailey. I am planning on having them put in 6 gauge copper wire and a 60amp circuit and running extra power out (to the garage studio) for future growth. I just had an electrician in am still waiting on that estimate. I have no idea what it should cost (garage about 25 feet from house) so I'm nervous about that. Thankfully, we already had decent service coming into the house.
  14. Diane, I agree with you. It's not a perfect option and why I didn't jump on it to start. For whatever reason, their used kilns seem more reasonably priced. At many other places L&Ls are on sale now + have "free" vents with kit purchase and I wonder if this is something I should jump on (although I don't know maybe these sales are normally on all the time ). A 23s would be 2,100 delivered. It would take me a year or two to pay of the kiln and I *hope* I would be able to sell a few pots to help offset it. The digital would be great as I have small kids and would have to fire a manual at
  15. It seems the new kilns are drop shipped so it doesn't matter how close the places are to me. I think my best bet might be to get a used kiln from Northeast ceramics, about 15mins from me. They charge more than their competitors for new kilns and are cranky to deal with. I bought my wheel from them when I was in college about a decade ago and it's still the same people and the same attitude like you are putting them out asking what their prices are and what not. They are so close but I don't like dealing with them (sorry if anyone has connections there but that has just been my limited expe
  16. Okay, thanks again for all the info! It's good to hear that lift gate usually includes getting the kiln in the garage. Pres...my husband and I TOGETHER are 260lbs soaking wet so you might understand how I am concerned!!
  17. Good to hear about Sheffield! I will have to take that into consideration!
  18. Okay, thanks. This is all very helpful! Weather is something of a concern as it rains frequently in Albany. I did speak to Bailey today and for an extra $100 I could probably (but it sound like I wouldn't know until after I actually ordered it and could speak to the truck driver!!) have it moved into the garage. I can't help with setting up the kiln much as I am coming out of a long fight with chronic Lyme and get injured very easily. Illness has also destroyed my network close friends, so I perhaps wouldn't have anyone but my husband to help set it up and I guess we would need to hire peo
  19. Hi...I'm new to the forum. After a long break from clay for various reasons (all the while dreaming of clay), I am trying to get a garage studio set up. I live fairly close to Bailey and very close to another supply company but am still thinking of ording a kiln from clay-king.com due to pricing. I'd like to know peoples experiences having kilns delivered. It makes me very nervous as this will be a major purchase for me and I don't want a huge kiln stranded in my driveway with no way to get it inside. I really have my eye on the L&L 23s but think I will get the 23t because it breaks u
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