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  1. Thanks Mark. Unfortunately I'm not able to have anyone come around to the house, so like so many of us these days, I'm having to cope without the benefit of qualified electricians and plumbers etc. Thankfully nothing in our house has gone wrong so far, but that's at the back of my mind when purchasing a kiln. I don't want to end up with a kiln that I can't use, because it trips my fusebox, and with soggy food (because the freezer subsequently cuts out).
  2. Apologies for the late reply. I've been writing emails to a kiln supplier asking for advice. As in oldlady's post, I can get kiln with castors, but unlike Hulk's post I'm not able to get a ventilation system going. It's been suggested that I could place a fan pointing towards a window to help vent, but in this case the window is actually a catflap. However, the biggest issue is whether the my house fuses could tolerate a firing. The fusebox is a little bit temperamental, so I'm concerned that it might trip, knocking out the kiln and also our fridge and freezer etc. Does anyone
  3. I'll respond more fully later, but thanks for the suggestions so far. Keep them coming, please.
  4. I want to buy a kiln. My only real option here in the UK, given the space I have, is to buy a 13amp model that just plugs into a wall. It will go in a kitchen with a concrete floor. (It won't be fired when there are people around.) What should I buy along with the kiln itself? Is there anything unexpected or 'I should have bought this to begin' with items that I should get? I know I will need kiln furniture and kiln wash, but what else? Also does anyone know of a products taht can help me roll the kiln out of the way when it isn't in use?
  5. A study of tiny clay pots with small spouts discovered at archaeological digs reveals that the vessels were likely used as milk bottles to feed babies. The specialized pots have long been found at sites around the world, and scientists have speculated that they may have been used to feed children or the sick. By looking at the lingering traces of ancient food inside these clay bottles, scientists have finally unlocked their secrets. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/09/25/thousands-of-years-old-baby-bottles-reveal-how-ancient-infants-were-fed/#.XYusPJNKjx4
  6. Get in touch with the Leach pottery; they have a library on site, so perhaps its in one of their books and will spark someone's memory. EDIT - You could also try searching on Google Books.
  7. Thanks for all the feedback on bats, pins, pancakes and other bits and bobs.
  8. Joy - I don't understand what the wallpaper is for. Is it to prolong the life of the bat? Benzine - The teacher at my pottery class is reticent to drill holes in her wheelheads just in case something goes awry. I too was thinking about the repurcussions of the hole being at a slight angle. I don't have the tools to do it properly here, but I know someone with a woodworking workshop so I'll see if they can help. A already drilled wheelhead is a £170, so that's a lot of money.
  9. I bought the Xiem batmate, I think after reading about your experiences, but while initially I thought it was a solution for me I've found it hard to get it to the right moisture to stick properly. A few times when I've been centring it's slid off; it's been frustrating enough for me to put it down. I have used clay pancakes occasionally before, but I suppose I'm looking for a more permanent fix. Perhaps I will try to use them more consistency to see if it can be a part of my routine.
  10. Thanks for all the replies. I manged to get it off. I think the platter is 6-8mm thick and a little over 13" across (my wheelhead isn't 14" as I first thought, so my dimensions were off). I wired off with a curly wire. I had to use a 3mm thick piece of cardboard as a wareboard, so I lifted the platter up a little and placed the 'board underneath. Repeated a few times. WHen the platter was half way on I lifted it gently by the rim and placed it. The rim deformed a little and the platter was floppy, but not as badly as I expected. I left the rim thick, which helped. My
  11. I've got a similar issue - except I've got a 14" plate directly on a 14" wheelhead. No bat. Plate is thin enough that I can see the wire rippling the clay as I pull it underneath. I've covered it with a bag and am going to leave it overnight, so it will have 24 hours or so drying slowly. What tips to getting this off the wheel safely and (reasonably) undeformed?
  12. Good point. I have been writing the clay name if it's one I don't normally use, but doing it consistently would be a better idea. A lot of my foot rings are quite small, so there isn't much space. I might be able to use the trimming date and then a number for each pot trimmed on that date. That way I could keep a log in my notebook.
  13. After I trim a pot I inscribe the date on the bottom.
  14. Thanks for the extra replies. That 2.5" does seem like it would be important, at least if one is sitting down. I think I need to spend a bit more time with the wheel and figuring out exactly how I want to sit with the regular pan. That and, actually, just being more diligent about cleaning as I throw.
  15. Thanks for that detailed reply, What? . How do you find throwing with such a big pan on the wheel? Luckily my Shimpo came with the long Allen key.
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