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Christy Ann

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  1. Thank you Hulk for taking the time to help me out! It's pretty amazing and daunting to have a kiln. First steps will be building a shed for it in the yard vs. putting it in my basement studio. In the meantime, thank you for helping me search for the controller.
  2. I just bought my first kiln, an old Paragon A88B, which only has a cone sitter and settings of low, medium and high. I would like to know if anyone can suggest a manufacturer of a good controller I could use with it . I would also like to know what is involved in retrofitting the kiln to be used with a controller. It has been very difficult finding a kiln to buy, and I hope I haven't made a mistake by buying a kiln that doesn't have a controller. Big thanks to anyone who can help me in my clay journey.
  3. I am going to be setting up a studio in our basement and my husband suggested that I use the double laundry sink as the sink for my work. He says that the washing machine doesn't drain directly into this sink. I thought I read somewhere that this can be a problem. In another house I owned, the laundry would sometimes backup into the laundry sinks in the basement even though it didn't directly spill into this sink. I am also concerned about having clean clothes in the vicinity of a dirty clay sink. Whatever I do, I plan to have a clay trap. I would appreciate any advice others might have about whether using the laundry sink like this will work.
  4. Thank you for the help everyone. I'll check into the cost of a Bailey roller, and lean on my sweet husband for the table. The roller is the main piece of equipment I want for my studio. I will probably just wait on the extruder. Thanks Denice for that helpful suggestion.
  5. I have been searching for months for used equipment for a home studio on sites like Facebook (Marketplace, Potter's Attic, Used Equipment), Craig's List, Govdeals, eBay, Ceramic Arts Network, etc. I've had no success. Is there a site or strategy I've missed? I would like to get a wall-mounted extruder and a shimless slab roller. I would eagerly welcome any suggestions. Thank you!
  6. Thank you everyone. This is very helpful, and I am eager to get moving on this project.
  7. I am thinking about making a dampbox cabinet from PVC with a heavy plastic exterior, and I am interested in the experiences others may have had doing something similar. In particular, I'm curious what others have used for shelving. It seems like wood would mold and warp and metal would rust. Would hardibacker be a good option? Would I need to make plaster slabs to keep inside this kind of cabinet box? Should I keep the box in a closet, or will it serve its intended purpose of creating a slow consistent drying process anywhere in a studio? Thanks for the help!
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