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  1. @HulkYeah there is a store about 30 minutes from me that I need to go check out. I'll try to check out that store and then post back here by next week. @neilestrickIt looks like the Brent wheels only have the round splash pans? The Skutts, some have built in splash pans, though it looks like you cannot remove them? Such as the Revolutionary 1/2 vs. Elite 1/2. Seems like these two have the same exact features except for the splash pan? Why would one want a splash pan that cannot be removed and cleaned?
  2. I wanted to open this up to advice and suggestions to purchasing a wheel. I have read that Shimpo, Brent, and Speedball wheels are the most popular for beginners. I have browsed through the specks on the clay boss and big boss wheels, Shimpo VL Whisper, and the Brent Model IE-X. They are all pretty similar. I would prefer a wheel head at 14" so that I can create larger plates and bowls when I gain enough experience. I want to be able to throw more than 25lbs so that I can really put my weight and throw some big pieces later. I am looking for something that will last me probably the rest of my life (I am in my mid-20's). Reversibility is not that important to me since I am right handed (though I have heard that you can make unique designs with the reversibility function). Is there any other information that I should be considering? The Shimpo and Brent are fairly similar in price, but the Speedball is about half. Is this because of quality? Are there any other models I should be looking at? What other suggestions do you have for me. I'd like to narrow my choice down to a couple soon so I can start saving properly.
  3. @neilestrickI am unsure about the if the car port and barn panels are sub-panels. I'll have to give that a check. I think that I should hold off for a bit on buying a kiln. I found a relatively close by facilities that rents out their kilns in the mean time. Though I do want to purchase a wheel soon.
  4. Does the supplier need to be locally? I mean can't I just get basically any type of clay off Amazon? I believe I wan to go with the lighter colors such as white. I read that those colors pop a bit more. I do want my stuff to be food safe. Ultimately I want to make all my dishware (not utensils) and eventually move up to vases and pots. But I would like my dishware to be dishwasher safe and microwavable. So it sounds like I should use a grog white stoneware clay at least for my first one to two bags. Any recommendations on brands?
  5. Thanks everyone for all the great information. Sounds like to need to do some more research first about the kiln that would be best for me and then second all the electrical stuff it requires. All that electrical stuff still confuses me a bit, but I guess that's standard since I'm not an electrician. Once I get my kiln choices down to a few, I'll post a new question to get some more advice. Thanks again so much! This has been the most educational forum page, I've ever used!
  6. Wow that seems expensive for a shelf kit . For the vent, the kiln will not be in a basement. It would either be in a car port that has two doors and two windows that can be open when needed or it will be in a "barn" (cement flooring) with the doors open when need be. So if it is in a pretty open space, is the ventilation system really needed. I don't mean to sound cheap, just trying to understand. The house I am in has three breaker boxes. One for the house, not sure all the amperage for that. One in the car port and one in our barn/shop. The car port has a single line that allows 125 amp (so not the whole system). Sorry could you explain what you mean by a single phase service vs the 3 phase service? Wow, there is a lot more that goes into buying a kiln than I imagined!
  7. I just checked my breaker box and found that I have a 125 amp line. I didn't see anything about voltage, but I would have to assume that something with that kind of amperage would have at least a 240V outlet. So I think I am good on the electrician, though I will still have them look at it to make sure it's all good. neilestirck, where are you getting your kiln setup numbers from? The skutt 1018 and 1022 are less than 2500.
  8. Wow, yeah that was more than I thought. So just to be clear, I should get a quote on a 240V outlet and a 60 amp line and that should cover pretty much all the large kilns (of course not the industrial size ones)? I was thinking about creating my own shelf kit. I've got a bunch of lumber laying around that I can use. As for the ventilation system, is that typical? The kiln I was looking at was just sold unfortunately. I think that's pretty good advice neilestrick (saving up for a few more months and getting something that will last me probably my whole life). If I take care of my wheel and kiln, what's the longevity? I'm in my mid-twenties.
  9. So I never mentioned a budget because I wasn't really sure where to start. I've found wheels to be about $1000, but when it comes to kilns the range is significant. I believe where my studio will be set up, the power and amperage for a larger kiln should not be a problem. Meaning I probably wont need to hire an electrician, or if I do, it will be for something minor. I was initially thinking $3000-$4000 for everything (wheel, kiln, tools, clay, electrician, etc.). My ultimate goal is to be able to make all my dishware instead of buying it (mugs, cups, plates, bowls, platters, large serving bowls, etc.). I would also like to get into vases, pots, gardening pots, etc. I would assume once I get the hang of it, I'll be making a lot of Christmas and birthday presents. This would purely be a hobby and not a business. The course I took in college was two or three years ago now and I haven't been able to get back into it because I was traveling for a while and everything is kind of shutdown right now. If I'm the kind of person that likes to get one thing and use it until it dies. I don't mind upgrading, but don't want to be upgrading constantly. That is why I mentioned the Brent wheel. Throughout the above comments it seems that it might be best to buy a new kiln and wheel that will last me a life time???
  10. Story of the kiln: Owners wife got it from a friend for his wife to start ceramics, but never got around to do it. They are moving and do not have room for it in their house. Here is a link of the manual that the owner found: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:13456665-b745-4a7a-b831-3797e3ee1d04 Picture 1: Kiln stand, boxes are full of molds??? Not really sure what he means by that. Picture 2 & 3: Inside dimensions. Picture 4: Inside. Looks pretty nice. The cracks on the bottom to me look like normal wear and tear. Correct me if I am wrong. Picture 5, 6, 7: panel and information. The asking price is $700. From the research I have done, that seems a bit expensive. Though I am sure you all know much more about kilns than I do.
  11. Thanks for the feed back. I've been checking craigslist and the facebook market regularly. I have found a Cress FX23P on sale, but have not had any luck finding that model on the internet or through Cress's website. Does anyone know of this model?
  12. I am new to this forum and am looking for some advice for a beginners wheel and kiln. I have watched a few YouTube videos and they have suggested the Brent ie and Skutt KM 818. I was wondering if anyone else had any recommendations? I took a pottery course in college and loved it. Now that I have a job, I'd like to really dive into it. I will still be making the basic bowls, cups, glasses, etc. But I would like to get into some of the larger stuff such as vases and pots. I read that the Brent ie has a 75lb center capacity and that should be sufficient unless I want to throw something really really big, which wouldn't be the case for a while. For the kiln, I want something relatively small because I wont be doing this for work, just as a hobby. But I want something that can handle more as I get better. Both of these items were recommended by Earth Nation Ceramics.
  13. I have been vigorously researching purchasing items for my own studio. I believe that I will purchase the Brent ie wheel and perhaps that Skutt KM 818 as recommended by Earth Nation Ceramics. I am stuck with the type of clay I should use. I have read that there are three main types: Earthenware, Stoneware, and Porcelain. I've read that Earthenware is best for hand building. Stoneware is best for beginners and porcelain is typically used by intermediates. So I believe I will want to go with stoneware for at least a while (I did take a college course). Though I am not sure what kind of stoneware I should purchase and would really appreciate some feedback and suggestions.
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