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  1. Would this work for cone 6 midrange stoneware? Or is it strictly for high fire?
  2. For as long as I've been working with clay, I've had a great big blind spot about wedging. Regardless of whether I wedge using the spiral or ram's head method, I often end up with muddy bubble wrap rather than nicely compacted, even textured stoneware goodness. I don't know if I'm just not doing it enough (I tend to stop well before 50 kneads per direction) or if I'm putting too much or too little pressure on the clay when wedging or if there's another magic secret to this process that has eluded me so far. I'm also wondering if I really need to wedge clay if I'm pulling it straight out of a brand new bag of clay. Any insight y'all might be willing to share would be super helpful. Thank you, -Kristina
  3. We recently did a test firing of some cone 6 clays in our old-time Skutt kiln (model 1081 or 181?) to cone 04. The pyrometric bar in the kilnsitter melted to a perfect u/v shape & turned off the kiln, but the 04 witness cone we placed near our test tiles apparently didn't melt at all. Also, the test tiles in this kiln sound less bell-like when we tap them against each other than the ones in our Skutt 818 programmable kiln. 1) How do you tell when a piece is completely bisqued? 2) (Assuming our test tiles really aren't completely bisqued like I think they probably aren't), what should we do to be sure the kiln is doing enough heat work? Should we put 03 bars in the kilnsitter? I'm a tolerably experienced potter, but a total newbie at firing, so any and all advice from those of you with more experience will be very much appreciated. Thank you, -Kristina Vatne
  4. @LeeU Thank you for sharing! I love how your space is organized.
  5. @Pres Thank you for the suggestion! It looks like I omitted an important detail from my post, though: the footprint for our studio will be in the neighborhood of 12ft x 16ft. And, at least at first, it'll be strictly a one-amateur-potter, wheel-focused studio. The posts in the thread you pointed out appear to be focused on much larger, more-professional environment. I'll search some more for other threads, and thanks again for the advice. I'm looking forward to learning from this online community!
  6. My husband and I are planning to build a small studio next to our house this summer. We've identified our location and space, and we have ideas about where we'll put things, but there are a few key building decisions that we're still unsure of: * Are there prefab studio/shed kits that work well for this kind of thing, or would we be better off designing/ building from scratch? We live about 10 miles from the Oregon Coast, so our studio will need to be able to handle A LOT of rain, and our building season is limited to about June-August, so we'll need to be able to put it together quickly. * What kind of flooring works best in a pottery studio? If my Skutt 818 kilns are in the studio, is marmoleum/ vinyl flooring an option, or would that be hazardous? * What kind of wall & ceiling material works best for a studio? Thank you in advance for any wisdom/ insights y'all can share. -Kristina Vatne
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