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About hitchmss

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    Sam Hitchman
  • Birthday 01/20/1987

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    Cincinnati, OH
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    Making pots, hunting, fishing, making different foods from my harvests. Like to cook and bake. Enjoy music a lot; its a studio must have. Classic cars, working with my hands. I like to build things. Even though I am not nearly anything close to an engineer, I like to play at it; creating new projects for myself that arent clay related keep me from losing my mind. Metalworking, blacksmithing. Nature constantly inspires and amazes me.

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  1. The old studio had a kiln line run which was close to 90'; the new shop kiln runs are around 20' a piece. With all the money I spent building the new studio, buying the proper wire size for a few hundred $ is not a concern. Only AL lines run in the building are the SEU/SER mains; cost difference isnt THAT great, and like you say, the hassles of a bulkier and more prone to corrosion wire offsets that expense immediately. Its great to know that the info provided from the techs at Olympic was misleading! I was basing wire size for Amaco off of what was posted
  2. The new circuit which I had run for the Amaco kiln (proposing to use for Evenheat conversion) is a copper #6 nmb which is rated for 55 amps.
  3. Hey gang, long time no talk; been working on the new shop and finally got it "done" in January. Will post some pics in the near future of the finished shop. Anyways, reason for my post today. During the move from old shop to new, the old Amaco EX270SF kiln had its floor and lid die. The kiln was practically free about 15-18 years ago, and has seen many a miles of good bisque temp service (original elements if you can believe that!). Anywho, looked at a replacement lid/floor for it and I was looking at a few hundred $. Talking with a friend who is moving her community studio to a new bu
  4. Congrats on the new studio build--looks so exciting..and BIG!!!  Looks like Dog approves, as well. 

    1. hitchmss


      Oh mosa has found herself numerous spots which she calls her own. Really if I could just take all my noisy, dusty work outside that would be much better for her! 

      The studio is good sized! 3456 total square feet including a covered parking space for big sprinter van, dedicated packing/receiving/finished goods room, kitchen, bath, woodshop, kiln room, glazing room, spray booth room, main working area, and an office. 

    2. DirtRoads


      Dream building! Beautiful views.  And that dog looks to be one of life's greatest treasures.

  5. I have numerous gel/rubber mats. Definitely decreases the fatigue and strain on legs/neck/back. What health hazards are you referring to regarding "damp" concrete? Excessively damp concrete could lead to mold/mildew growth and lead to respiratory issues but not sure what else you might mean. Floors to have drains in them so I can hose them down regularly to clean so moisture will be added, but not so much that I have concerns about issues relating to.
  6. Ok new album created. Captions to come.
  7. Sorry everyone that I've been MIA recently. Been working on the new studio like mad. Hoping to be finished and up and running by Oct 1. Sitting at a show in MN right now and thought I'd try to upload some photos of the progress. Will keep you posted! Ok will have to try another method to upload images; too much data.
  8. Oooof! During college I tried to rush a bunch of work through for a upcoming show. My slightly damp cone pack blew up, and by the time I reached enough color to notice it, it was long gone. Turned kiln off and unloaded it to get all the shards out; somehow shrapnel from than cone pack made it inside of tight fitting galley style lids. I wish someone could slow motion video record some pots during explosion because it is a force to be reckoned with. I see you've got 3 pyrometers sticking in the side of your kiln which means you more than likely have a "PRHT" function on your kiln
  9. Nope. https://cmtcomponents.com/metal-panels/ Scroll down on the page, right hand side there are some pdf's which have profiles of the panels. I like the idea of using the "V" in front of the chimney to divert the water. We dont get HUGE snow loads here in Ohio, but on occasion we do have a couple of feet. Keeping that snow from "ice damming" up due to the heat escaping from the kiln room, around the chimney, and then consequently ripping my chimney off is a slight concern. More probable is that it would melt slowly enough to eventually work its way into any little crack it can find,
  10. gold lustre also cant go in microwave or dishwasher, so while it may be "food safe" it may not be easy to use. Also, very stinky when applied; lots of ventilation and breathing protection. Also very expensive too.
  11. Your clay and glazes dictate what temp you should be firing to, not what was immediately on hand. Read the labels on your clay boxes and glazes; fire to the recommended cones. Also, if you bisqued to cone 4-5 then your pots likely wont hold the glaze at all; Bisque is usually at the 06-04 range.
  12. Top of arch is approx 5'; damper is located about middle of the chamber, or about 2.5' from the floor. Bottom of my truss is at 10', however, the roof line will be about another 6-7' from the bottom of the truss. I say "about" because while I know where the kiln is going to be sitting, and how much pitch there is in my roof (4/12), without some graph paper and some time, Im spitballing. Also, Im going to try and dodge the roof purlins with my chimeny; until the kiln is in place, not sure how far off my exterior wall the chimney stack will be, which can dictate the height to roof line. The
  13. So as many of you know I am in the process of building my new studio (which is coming along; photos and detailed post to come at the end of it). I am going to move the 65 cu ft downdraft LPG car kiln from the current studio to the new one and I'm wanting to change the way the chimney exits the building. The current chimney has a custom built roof jack which is a series of metal baffles, air space, IFB's, and kaolwool which protects the trusses it's installed in between and the roof sheathing/shingles. It does reduce the chimney from a roughly 12" square (inner dimension) chimney to an 8
  14. The way I look at this QOTW is more about my competency in being able to produce objects on the wheel, and not about when I made "good" objects, whether those be for sale, or in comparison to my other works. I also agree that it is more a measure of intensive, focused hours of practice than it is years of dabbling/making/etc. What I tell students is that in the beginning while learning to throw they are going to be "taking" what the wheel and the process gives them; yes they have input, but once things begin to go awry, they do their best to keep it from flopping, and call it good en
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