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  1. I called up my friend who's a bookkeeper, and she's coming over this week to set it up and train me. I'm looking forward to having this taken care of! Thanks for the input, everyone!
  2. Now that it's 2015, it's time to upgrade my way of doing business. I remember reading in one of the CAMs, one of the artists featured had found an accounting program which was more arts/crafts/art fair friendly than QuickBooks. Does anyone happen to know which one that was? I am truly tired of how intuitive QuickBooks is *not*! Dammit, Jim! I'm an artist, not an accountant! Thanks for the input.
  3. Oh, and? This might make a nice article in the future. Just sayin'!
  4. Thanks, guys! I was thinking of the instant-on type. They looked to be relatively easy to use.
  5. I've decided it's time for me to get a torch for speed-drying during throwing. My heat gun is great for some things, but I think it's time for an upgrade. Any recommendations for torches? Pros and cons you've discovered? Thanks for your input! Shell
  6. As for those Advancers....drool....I would personally just stick with regular alumina shelves until you are ready for another big investment, since you're looking at investing in a kiln now. Lol! It's funny how some folks drool over cars and jewelry and whatnot, and we drool over kilns and studio space! HA!
  7. Has anyone got the Bailey electric kiln? I'm looking at the 2327-10, just out of curiosity. http://www.baileypottery.com/kilns/baileyelec2327-10.htm I'm wondering what people's experiences are with this kiln. Are the elements easy to change? Pros and cons are appreciated. Thanks!
  8. I have to say that when I saw a price of $237 for one shelf, I about had a heart attack! http://www.continentalclay.com/detail.php?cat_id=195&sub_categoryID=43&PID=895. (Plus I'd have to find not-rectangular shelves for the kiln I can fit into my garage...) I don't make enough sales at this moment to make that pay for me. They will most definitely be something for which I'll start saving, because I no longer have the back of a 20-year-old, myself! Thanks!
  9. Did he get that service from L&L, or from the distributor? I'm sorry if he was treated that way by L&L. They strive to have great customer service. What sort of problems did he have with the kiln? I believe he got that service from L & L , in fact I sent him an email after this conversation started up to confirm and he said "they have terrible customer service." I know he contacted them several times to get everything straightened out, so I assume he spoke with several different people. I honestly couldn't tell you what was wrong with the kiln. It happened before I was a student and if I asked what had happened with it, I can't recall what he said! What he did say after my email is that they weren't built well. I know he had one of the square ones, but couldn't tell you more than that. And it's very possible that it was just bad luck with this one, individual kiln. That does happen!
  10. If money and space weren't a factor (let's go, lottery!) I would get a Bailey front loader. No lotto money as of yet, though! I was also thinking of the Skutt because of the KilnLink app you can get for the iPhone to check on your firing if you're away from home. I'm somewhat surprised to hear the consensus on their kilns, though.
  11. Three phase is flat out not an option, and I'm just a regular person who owns her own home. I have to stick with single phase, which is obviously going to come into play during firings. I need to re-check my amperage because I just can't recall off the top of my head, and neither can hubby. I am lucky in that I recently got a job as an admin in a construction company, so get the "friend" discount on electrical, but obviously that depends on what kind of upgrade I'm talking about. I'll check on amperage and re-post. And thanks for all the input. These are things I need to take into consideration!
  12. There is no issue to this business than the lawyers talking. IF someone did this...... they COULD get electrocuted. Yes. It is like the warnings on the plastic bags that tell you not to place them over your head, and the stuff on McDonalds coffee cups that explain that the coffee is hot. Yes... there could be an issue. It likely woyuld be experienced by one of the Darwin Award contendees. best, ........................john Wait, wait, wait! You mean you can't put plastic bags over your head?! Wow! I wish I'd signed up for these forums sooner! LOL
  13. Had he been the kind of guy who would say, "Don't you know who I am?" Trust me, the person he's dealing with at any kiln manufacturer almost certainly didn't know who he is, even if he had spelled his name correctly and cited his exhibits and journal articles. Art appreciation is a very high level of expectation for somebody employed in a minimum-wage job. It would be like chef Alice Waters hoping to be recognized at a McDonalds. I think his issue was with the attitude, not ignorance. Several different people (if I remember right, which I may not be!) had a solid attitude of "I don't care." I have a hobby-level Cress and I like it. It's been a little workhorse! It's just time for a "grownup" kiln, and one that I can fit into my space and not have to upgrade my electrical. (I've been quoted $5000.00 to run another line out to the garage, and then they don't call me back because the job is too small , so I need to stick with my current 220 [get it? current? LOL]) I'll look into the L & L some more. I haven't had the experience of elements popping out of place, so that's a "fun fact" to take into consideration! I'll do some research on the Advancers, too, just out of curiosity.
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