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  1. Ok, ok. I'll comment it with the technician. This kiln is a really old econo kiln kr18, gotta contact the company for more information. Current mood: watching the kiln and feeling that it is slow at gaining temperature. What would you people do? My other kiln, at this point would have had the cone bent, but I feel like this one is slowww.
  2. Thank you very much for your response. I would do that.
  3. Update: just put the kiln on its new repurposed sheet of steel, and it looks great. Also bough a vacuum, and vacuumed most of the kiln wash that was on the walls of the kiln. Some questions: is it normal for the coils not glowing? Just put a glaze load, and it is certainly heating, but I can't seem to see a glow. Also the bottom peephole is kinda cool, in comparison to the upper one, that is really hot. I don't know why my technician says that my kiln is "weird", compared to the others. He says that the electric diagram is different, but who knows. Thanks in advance, my best regards.
  4. Thank you very much, I did it just as you said. Certainly new kilns are pretty expensive! It is cool we are able fo find used kilns at an affordable price.
  5. Actually that was what he said about the floor repair, but I guess I can actually do it myself. Gonna get some mortar and have some fun. And about the wires, I don't know what he said because I don't understand electrical things lol, but apparently the upper module of the kiln was adjusted to bring more electrical power, or something alike. Glass kilns are designed to bring more heat from the top, apparently they tried to compensate for it. Wires are OK. The previous owner said she changed them before selling it to me. Well, just before she went to a seven years hiatus, and then decided to sell the kiln. I'm gonna post an update later, it is so exciting to learn about kilns. Thank you so much about your reply.
  6. Update on the topic: the technician came to check both of my kilns, and said the damaged floor kiln would work just fine. Said he had a big STOP sign he would give me to put it under the kiln, pretty cool, isn't it? Also said he would quote a reparation for the floor, but have to hear from him again. The other kiln needed some rewiring, and fGs!, elements are so expensive! If I had to rewire all the 8 elements, gonna surpass the price I paid for my little kiln. He also went almost insane checking the wiring. Apparently that kiln was somehow adapted to work as a glass kiln, so had to check it out throughly. Haven't had the opportunity to fire it, but I'm gonna do it soon.
  7. Thank you very much for the much needed information. That repair of the stand looks great. Just found a tinsmith near to my house, so gotta go when I get back to work in January. Any recommendation on the material? I know about metal, but what kind of metal? Tried searching on the website, but didn't find it.
  8. Oh OK ok, I didn't understood at first what was an angle stand, but it is the one I have. Gotta find someone who make me a custom sheet of metal to supplement it.
  9. Thank you very much for your detailed response. Yes, the rusty one is the bottom of the bottom. I have a stand that is made of pieces of metal, not the ones that have a sheet of metal with a hole in the middle. The upper side is the clean one, and yes, it have been used with a shelf. Then, should I only apply a coat of kiln cement? The woman who sold it told me it worked fine the way it is, but a fellow ceramist told me that it should be repaired and fired the whole bottom in a bigger kiln. I'm not sure of that,
  10. I find that reusing materials that are already in town is better. For example, my friend gave me some Styrofoam pallets, that, while they may not be eco-friendly, were meant to be put in the landfill anyway, so why not put it in good use before that? They work wonders for wrapping the pieces. I also like to reuse bubble wrapping from the pharmacy of my father, and getting whatever boxes from any businness I can. Been struggling to find a balance. Because I would like my package to be aesthetic, with the goal of lasting a good impression. But at the same time, I don't want to make unnecessary garbage. So I sticked with function, and decided to save fancy packaging for one on one deliveries.
  11. They are tricky to find, but the key is consistency. I managed to find both of my kilns and my wheel on Facebook Marketplace. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to get them, as they are bloody expensive bought new. It may sound absurd, but I told the universe what I needed, and on certain times, I felt the urge to check FB, and voila! New equipment. But you may find OK to set up an alarm and be fast, as they are pretty looked for. Good luck!
  12. Hello, thanks for reading. Got myself an used econo kiln L&L. Wall bricks are in great condition, also the lid. The only 'if' is the bottom, it is damaged as shown in the pictures. What are the steps I should take to repair it? Some spaces between bricks are loose, so I don't know if I should fill them with kiln cement first (well, but after scrapping all the scraps). The bricks are in good condition, is the surface that looks so messy (and the space between them worries me a little). Thanks in advance, my best regards.
  13. Hello Saltedfire, thank you very much for your comment. Storage for me is kinda tricky, as my studio space is tight, but as my pieces are little, I'm gonna find place for them. Your experience is really inspiring! I hope I can live from ceramics one day. Regards,
  14. Hello Callie, thank you very much for your kind words. Yes to everything you said. Currently I have my online store and a IG page. I'm planning to build a solid web presence via SEO and my blog, but it is a long path. It is OK, I was no expecting a blast in sales when I launched my website the last week, but it did pretty well for me being a total amateur. Also the people who bought was very satisfied with the product, so it is an indicator of doing things right. Slowly, but steady and constant. And got comissions, so I'm happy that people is seeing some value in my work. I need to open a FB page to promote via ads. The people with money definitely is in FB. Instagram is cool, but I find that most of the following are young adults, so I need to retarget my focus group to people with more acquisitive power. Need to learn more of marketing, but I know that mail is a powerful tool. I'm going to participate in a virtual show organized by my arts college. Unfortunately because of COVID, I lack the socializative aspect of sales, but I think it would help me to promote my project. Also I'm gonna participate in a exposition in november, so another promo shot I'm excited to try. I'm building a collection of pieces that I'm able to make by batch. I tried the unique pieces path, and it is exhausting to take pictures of each one, and listing them in the webpage. I'm gonna make micro flower pots, planters, stuff for art like watercolor pots and ceramic jewelry. I think that for a start is fine, as I lack the experience to make functional ware. I'm gonna leave the unique aspect to artistic pieces, that I'm able to sell when art shows come back. I see that pieces like sculptures are hard sellers, but pieces like planters and a specific type of flower pots are really popular. Haven't got a public review of my ceramic jewelry, but the kind ladies who had used them had helped me to refine the product. OMG. Just when I was typing this, the Woocommerce app informed me of a new sale. So exciting!
  15. Hi Mea, I'm a big lurker of your blog. It is like a bible to me in terms of the monetary aspects of the pottery business, and I'm really grateful for your effort into sharing your valuable knowledge. I'm also a graphic designer like you, but I prefer the studio life, so it is very handy to me. Thank you very much for your reply. I'm gonna make the best I can while having my dayjob. Pottery life is kinda tricky. Today was not my best day throwing, but tomorrow is going to be another day.
  16. Hi. This is my first December ever in my ceramics business, and even though there won't be any art shows, I'm confident in online sales (a man can hope). Any advice on this? I don't know how many of my pieces should I make. I intend to work hard this low months to stock the most popular pieces, and also on my web presence and social media. But since I started this year, I lack the practical experience that art shows give. Statiscally speaking, hopefully there would be a boost in sales, but what do you experienced people think? Thanks in advance.
  17. Thank you very much for your insights, Neil. I have my own kiln. I bisque fire at cone 010 and glaze fire at low temperatures, and it seems to work fine. But I want to mix my own glazes and make functional ware, so I bought this book from John Britt called "The complete guide to mid-range glazes: glazing and firing at cones 4-7", and I was thinking of just trying the recipes as they currently are. It seems it won't be as easy as I thought it would be. I guess there are certain ways to reduce the temperature of the glazes of the book using a software, but I guess it doesn't hurt to make some tests with the earthenware I have. We don't have a ceramics supplier that sells stoneware clay, so I think I have to adapt to what I have here. For example, we are unable to make porcelain using the native kaolin, as it has very low quality. I suppose it is something related to the fact that geologically our land is relatively new, compared to the mines from China, or USA.
  18. Hello. I live in Costa Rica, and in the college where I took some pottery classes, they bisque firing at cone 010. Almost every book I read says that bisque firing should be done at cone 04-06. Any reason our clay is bisqued fired at lower temperature? It is a red clay, with a high content of iron. Our teacher says that iron acts as a flux, so I wonder if that is the reason they decide to fire it at cone 010. I want to make functional pottery and glaze fire at mid range (cone 4-6), because of all the sanitary needs. Stoneware clay is commonly used for these purposes, but it seems that our native clay is earthenware. They add refractory grog to red clay, so I suppose it is a way to make it more resistant to higher temperatures that are required to glaze fire at mid range, but still bisque fired at cone 010. As a topic, there is a trend here to reduce firing temperatures, as it seems to be more practical regarding economic and ecological factors. Functional ware is fired at cone 2, instead of higher temperatures, but I've seen test tiles of cone 6 hanging there. I wonder if this reduction in glaze firing has implications in the quality of functional ware. I'm seriously confused, and I can't ask anyone as we're in quarantine lockdown. Thanks in advance.
  19. Thank you very much for the link, i'll read it later. I mean about stone that they are not in powder form, they solidified. Maybe a more appropriate word is "rock"? I have a lot of it, like 30 kg of feldspar, and 20 kg of the white powders.
  20. Hello. I did a test tile with some materials I don't know their name. They came as a bonus with my old kiln, so I did a test tile in cone 2. I would be grateful on insights about this. I know one is a feldspar (because the box says so), but it doesn't specify what kind of feldspar it is. I also wrote how the material look in raw state. Thank you very much in advance. Edit: The one that says yellow crystal actually dissappeared. I wonder if it volatized, or fell off the tile.
  21. Just out of curiosity, how do I recognize lead in a particular scenario? I bought a lot of old stuff from a potter with my kiln, and while I think it is highly unlikely she used lead, I would like to know what it looks like. Actually, there are some materials I don't know what they are, so I'm not using them. PS: The lady is dead. And her nephew (the guy who sold me the stuff) doesn't know much about it.
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