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Aminah Bradford

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  1. Thanks all! This is really helpful. Yes, I am in high humidity area. My firing schedule is I set it to 06 for bisque and to 6 for the glaze fire. I am learning so much from you all.
  2. Thanks for your thoughts on this. I must have thrown away the box! I know it's a cone six and here are some photos. I will try and bird-dog what clay it is.bubble 11.pdf bubble 10.pdf
  3. Thanks very much, Neil, for this helpful response. I have a small L&L Kiln. I am firing to cone 6. The clay is standard 370 stoneware. The bloats are only happening on slabware, not thrown pieces. Aminah
  4. Hello! i must have had beginners luck for my first few firings but lately everything I take out of the kiln has bubbles bettwen the size of 3/4 cm to 1.5 inches wide. I'm getting explosions during the bisque firing and then during the glaze fire all these bubbles show up I am using the clay straight out of the bag. I cut a slab about an inch thick and slide it through my slab roller. No sign of bubbles and yet after the glaze fire..... bubbles! I am also taking scraps and wedding and then slab rolling and bubbles show up. So i cut and press and cut and press over and over til no sign of bubbles, then in the kiln, explosions and bubbles. I am self taught and feeling discouraged. Any tips? Many thanks! Aminah
  5. I am so grateful for this advice, Neil and Mark. Thanks! I did what you suggested and got the kiln for $2115! For that I feel like it's as good a deal as the slab roller and extruder... Thanks for helping along us newbie potters. aminah
  6. Hello! I have been offered first shot at a little studio that's selling their equipment and clay. 1. They have 1000 lbs of riverside grit (highwater) I've mostly used speckled brownstone and standard's speckled clay 760. Does any one know how this compares ? It's not a good deal if i don't use it. 2. They are offering a Bailey slab roller drd/ll 30G gear reduced s/r +69 in table + Bailey extruder attached to it with lots of dies for $1000 - perfect condition 3. He is also selling a Model e23T-3 Easy-Fire Automatic Kiln with with Multi-Program Three-Zoned DynaTrol + vent system + huge lot of kiln furniture and stilts for $3000. Fired six times. perfect condition. I know the roller and extruder are a good deal. The kiln seems a little steeper but he said make him an offer for all of it. I don't want to low ball him but I'm also not desperate for a kiln as I have a 2.3 cu ft. one although this one is 7.6 and with that slab roller I'm guessing I'd want a bigger kiln. Do you think $3500 for the kiln, roller and extruder plus 500 lbs of clay (valued new at around $160) is a good deal? I'm leary of getting equipment unless I'm fairly certain I can sell it off easily at the same or higher price. I am not sure I'll even keep the extruder as I'm not really a fan. Thanks all. I'm so new and I've been very grateful for others' input. Aminah
  7. okay i will try that. I actually purchased new belts. thanks, Mark.
  8. I bought a used Bailey wheel. Used 5 times and then stored for 15 years. It vibrates, especially at higher speeds. I knew at $200 and no belts it was a risk. Any suggestions? It's not a wobble. The head rotates on a flat plane... But the vibration is pretty bothersome. Thanks for your help! Aminah
  9. Neil, you have come to the rescue 2x already!!!! Thank you. I looked inside. All three belts were turned to flakes and dust! That's a super cheap fix so I feel like I got the deal of a century. And I called Bailey and they do have replacement pans. I appreciate your help, Aminah
  10. Hello I just purchased a bailey st wheel. It was only used for about 5 hours 15 years ago. But in that time and in two moves, the splash pan's plastic hardened and cracked beyond repair and the motor makes a sound when i press the petal but no turning. 1. Does anyone know where to find replacement pans? 2. Any guesses about where to start with the wheel. I took a risk and paid $200 for a non-working but barely used wheel and hope I can make it work ! New to all this, Thanks for your help! Aminah
  11. Thank you so much! I went ahead and took the cone 10 cress kiln for $800 and he threw in a new bailey wheel for $500! I hope that's good. I've only worked on a brent but it seemed like a good deal. Thanks for taking time to share. I think this kiln won't hold me forever but it's new and might be a good test kiln or easy enough to sell off if need be. regards! Aminah
  12. Thanks all, well I was too pokey but your advice is really helpful. I have two other options and really hope to make a decision tonight: 1. a Duncan Teacher's Ceramics Kiln. Model DE -820-2 with working elements and a working 12 button controller $500 probably has about 3.5 CU 2. a new (ran 5 times) Cress Kiln - ET18 and furniture $800 2.6 CU I hear you on the small kiln issues but as a newer potter I don't like the idea of spending too much until i know I'm gonna keep going and could imagine getting another one down the line. I would be all over the Cress (if it's a reliable brand??) except it has 2.5 in bricks thank you soo very much for your help. Feeling a little lost. aminah
  13. oh and one other option is an L & L . It's a 2005, 2.3 Cu FT., fired only 3x. The controller is a barlet with just the 3 buttons. $900 So it's small but not intimidating. I'm inclined almost towards this one.
  14. Hello, I have dabbled over the years but lost access to my neighborhood studio during covid and have decided to build my own studio. Right now I'm looking at either: 1. a new olympic MAS1827HE: V6-CF 40 amp. I think it's about 4 CU FT. inner dimensions are 17.5 wide and 26 deep. $1365 with furniture etc. probably need one or 2 more shelves 2. a used paragon Paragon Janus 27 Multimedia Kiln, relays were replaced last year. All new elements but one which needs replacing stil (cost $120 and partner can do it for me). Brickwork in great shape. Comes with furniture and spare relays and plenty of shelves. I think it is about 2x the capacity. $1700 I would welcome any advice. Is the latter a steal of a deal? Should I bargain down? It is more than i need but I know they say plan for the kiln you need in 5 years. I will be building a shed for it so i don't worry about fumes in my basement. Is that a good idea? Thank you so very much for sharing your wisdom with me! many thanks, Mina
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