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Amelia

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    tacoma, wa
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    pottery, knitting + sewing, herbal/folk medicine, gardening, walking my dogs at the beach or in the woods, baking sourdough bread

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  1. Thanks @Bill Kielb! Very good call. Most multimeters work on kilns right? i.e. I can just pick one up at the hardware store? I’m going to pick up my new elements Monday and honestly think I’ll just switch them all out while I’m in “kiln-repair mode”.
  2. Just got off the phone with a skutt tech and he is thinking it is the thermocouple. I ruled that out because I always heard kilns will overfire if it is a thermocouple issue- but I guess he sees the opposite with people doing cone 6 firings (if I heard him correctly). Definitely need to repair the elements soon (ordering them now), but I can probably get a few more firings beforehand if I just switch the thermocouple out. Figured I’d give an update in case anyone else runs into this in the future!
  3. @Mark C. Thanks for the reminder on the bisque firing temp range! That totally makes sense. I’m assuming my elements are in need of a change and I just waited a little too long.
  4. I just opened up my 04 bisque load to find that the cone packs I put in barely moved at all and didn’t change color! I haven’t had this happen before. The pots look good (same color and “ping” like they usually do after the bisque), it took 14 hours (on slow and with a little preheat), and the review says it reached 1941 F. I’m a little nervous to do a glaze firing if something is up. My elements are on their way out- but definitely still have life in them. It’s a skutt 1227 for reference. Curious if anyone has seen this or has any thoughts. Thanks! (not sure why this photo uploaded sideways...sorry!)
  5. @neilestrickwow thanks!! I appreciate the tips so much!
  6. @oldladythanks for the info! It is a skutt 1227, so honestly I probably couldn’t fit it into the back of my Subaru outback (with 2 dogs!). But perhaps I could put some parts in the back and then pad the sections very very well to put in the container . I’m assuming we will be using pods.com or some other type of portable shipping container system. My last move I used them and everything got there safely and without much movement inside. I guess there is always a gamble, but perhaps packed well enough it could be worth it? I’ll have to do some test packs to see what I can fit in my car.
  7. Hello! I am in the beginning stages of planning for a cross country move and I was wondering if anyone had any insight as to whether moving with a kiln and pug mill cross country would work- or if it would be wiser to sell them out here and buy back east. We will be using something like pods.com and it seems like both of these pieces of equipment (wrapped and secured well enough) are pretty sturdy...but I keep going back and forth and curious if anyone has any experience! Thank you! Amelia
  8. A while back I had some very minor flooding in our basement. Two kiln shelves were leaning against the wall with the bottom edge sitting in maybe 1/2” (or less) of water - and this yellow/green discoloration appeared. Has anyone else had this happen? Not sure if it was something in the kiln wash that reacted or what- but I’ve been hesitant to use them in a firing. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  9. It's so interesting hearing all the systems people have in place! I have been making a decent living as a potter for about 4 years now, and I will just throw in my two cents: making the pots is such a small facet of the workload. Emails, social media, packing, other office work, etc. are really the time-suckers and what inevitably brings business in (after dabbling with hiring assistants, eventually decided I liked working alone- so of course it is much different for folks with steady help). The amount I am physically making always fluctuates though depending on the season and also how I am personally feeling. I tend to base my workload off of shop updates/preorders or other deadlines and work backwards from there. With little rests in between. Less day-to-day goals and more of a firing-to-firing goals for me. Likewise, many weeks I set out with throwing goals and they get completely squashed with other facets of the business that need more attention, haha. It feels more like "throw what I can each week" rather than "how much can I possibly throw in a day". Sometimes I wish it were the latter . Going into it I thought I would need to be hyper-organized and time myself to do the math, make "x" amount a day with stagnant consistency, etc. because I saw that is what other "successful" potters did, but over time I just have a flow which feels good for my body and mind and worked with my annual revenue "goals". I also quickly woke up to the much smaller amount of actual studio time I get than one might think a full time potter would have!
  10. Anyone have thoughts or tips on refiring a bowl with a small spot that has crawled ? I’m pretty sure I just glazed it a little thick in that area (I haven’t had any crawling with this glaze- hundreds of pots later). Thinking I can just apply some glaze to patch the spot and refire? But not sure if once it crawls, there is no fixing. Any tips appreciated! Thanks!!
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