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  1. I get the sentiment but also like that when a lens is narrow in its ranges that which is in focus is sharply so compared to and everything being softly in focus Personally I kinda like the videos on a turntable to see the whole from coupled with sharp ficus stills and detail shots when appropriate. There was no dis intended in saying the choice of shot was either biased to the pot or to the photo. Sorry it came off that way
  2. When calculating the carbon footprint of the firing, I think we should add in the caloric value of human effort!
  3. This young kid thing keeps coming up.... a needed part? Being two old ladies in the woods makes that electric kiln look better!
  4. Thanks for your replies! We have deep romanticism for a wood fired kiln. Especially the concept of salt firing with gathered beach wood - dreams of indigenous / localized art! Architecture! Hand built! Engineering! Renee would love to simplify her glazes with a solid fuel ^10, and rely on fire and ash + reduction instead of the crazy chemistry stuff we're doing with the electric at ^6. Its fun, but all the fluxes can get complicated. However, like Min has mentioned - many customers in our area are very green. (You've heard the rumors about Portland, OR, right? They're true!) Guaranteed we will get this question often in our demographic, and it needs to be thoroughly researched and done with sustainability in mind. The idea of a per piece footprint would be the holy grail here if we could offer it. Thank you all for the input and the direction in research it is sending us. That article from Min is a tremendous resource! I'll run some numbers...
  5. Our little pottery studio is wrestling with the idea of a wood fired kiln. Many of our friends use them with great success - but the amount of work and wood is phenomenal. Is it truly the holy grail of firing? Luckily, our electrical is hydro here on the Oregon Coast, and quite inexpensive per KW/hr and environmentally low impact (except the salmon!). But there's a lot wood here too! Yet, burning bans exist for a minimum of 3 months in the Summer - and being in the middle of a forest, sparks can be a very scary thing. How could we not fire for 3 months? Also, due to the climate change happening in our environment - I think a carbon footprint calculation is in order. Not only for our living, but in our firing to offer to our customers. How many trees did that pot require? How can it be mitigated? Can this footprint be handed off to the end consumer without discussing its environmental impact and mitigation? With the new control systems available now for maximum efficiency in electric kilns, we can calculate cost per firing. Ramps and off hour peaks can be calculated in for even more efficiency. We just ordered a new Skutt 1027 with their new wi-fi controller, and envirovent system. I am looking forward to the monitoring and calculations it offers. We spray our glazes, and mix them (sometimes up to 5 different ones) for interesting patinas that can normally only be accomplished in solid fuel kilns. It's a fun attempt at working the electric! I would love to hear peoples thoughts on the benefits of wood fire vs gas and electric.
  6. Our impatience is usually kept by our firing schedule with our electric kiln. If we spend the day firing - hit cone before bedtime. We let it cool while we sleep. In the morning it's less than 200 degrees, and yes - it's just like Christmas! We can't even drink a cup of coffee before we run to the kiln in the morning...
  7. Did you do it with the bricks and elements still together (in place)? I'm a bit concerned about whapping it too hard as it all seems very fragile now. I found some carbide bits - we live so remotely that without Amazon, we would spend the day driving to the store and back.
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