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  1. How long will an average kiln being fired twice a month to bisque and cone 6 last? I know there are incredible variables and you can never be sure. Elements need replacing, fuses blow, thermacouples need replacing. It is different from kiln to kiln. I can't seem to find a rough average or generalization anywhere online. I'm mostly just curious! Any input is great!
  2. Hi! I had just bought myself a used pottery wheel, a Thomas Stuart kick wheel just like in the image with the motor attachment and everything. When I originally picked it up the owner showed me how the motor worked, but as I am reassembling the wheel in my backyard I can't get the motor to work. Any help or suggestions would be super appreciated since I really know nothing about motors! Happy to take pictures or anything else. Thanks for reading, Noah
  3. Hi everyone! I have taken a few throwing classes and am in love. I really want to purchase a wheel, but I noticed they can go for quite a hefty price. Does anyone have any budget friendly wheels they can recommend? Greatly appreciate it :)
  4. Folks, no one has posed a new question in the QotW pool, so once again. . . I'll try to come up with one that will interest. Lately we have had questions on about using commercial materials, and other things so it seemed obvious to ask about where you buy. So. .. . . QotW: How far away is your main supplier for all things Ceramic? I get my clay shipped in from Standard Ceramics to Tyrone, which is 115 miles. I usually order #2k at a time, and when I do I also order glaze materials that I may need. On occasion I do travel to Pittsburgh to visit the store, and shop other places in the area. This is my closest full supplier, but there are a few others as close as Johnstown, but I prefer to deal direct from Pittsburgh as I have been with them since the 70's. When it comes to equipment, I have ordered from all over, usually best price, and free shipping if available. My Brent wheel was ordered from a firm in Florida that had a special on free shipping with a good price. I also order tools and bats etc from Bailey Ceramics in NY state, and have been to their store a few times over the years. So once again, I ask: QotW: How far away is your main supplier for all things Ceramic? Best, Pres
  5. have inherited a Gare Kiln Model # 1210 Serial # 10.7.84 hertz 60 volts 240 watts 3120 Amperes 13 inf phase single and I need your help pricing it. It’s better than used condition but not new. I would say used 5 times total and has the stand, all working parts, etc. I have someone wanting to buy it, but I can’t find any information online to compare too. Please help your girl out!
  6. Hi folks, once again no questions in the QotW question pool, but I will attempt to raise another once again. I was making a list of parts I needed to repair my kiln the other day, and had taken off the switch panel of the L& L and taking a few pictures made determinations on the web site using the serial # of the kiln to choose replacement parts. I also had checked into areas of if this burns out, replace it, but also replace x, y. or z. This got me to thinking about the types of things that have made me grow experience wise in the HS studio, and in the shop at home. . . making repairs! I know that many out there have a handy better half that do repairs, others have friends or other potters nearby always handy to fix something or at least lead the way. Still others out there will call in a specialist to repair the kiln, fix the wheel or such. Over the years I have found that my understanding of the equipment is often better than some of the so called specialists that I have had looking at things. Not going further. . . QotW: When something breaks down, how do you deal with it? best, Pres
  7. Hi ! I am so glad I found this forum. I am trying to kick start a ceramic club. Here at our facility we have our Kiln room that is fully equipped, completed with endless amount of supplies. I really hit the mother load, however this room has not been utilized in ten(10) years or so. We have EVERYTHING, but nothing has an expiration date. I've been into ceramics since high school, unfortunately this is just something I am not familiar with. Most of our supplies are either Mayco or Duncan Bisque, I might call customer service to check with them about their under glazes, glazes, paints and such. But if you have any tips, advice on anything that might help. We have our kiln that is practically brand new it just needs love. Also does anyone know if porcelain or earthenware that has been here that long is still good to use and if so how to give it life. I know this is a lot, any help is welcomed thank you in advanced
  8. Week 28 A Weathering order chart of various minerals arranged in order of their resistance to weathering and decay lists _________________ as being the most resistant. zircon magnetite Ilmenite quartz For potters wanting to avail themselves of regional materials where they work, whether being marketed or not, a ___________ is a very important item of equipment. Potters wheel ball mill blunger pug mill To save kiln space is to save fuel, and this is what this remarkable piece of equipment is about. The saving of kiln space using ________________, as opposed to flat shelves, ranges from 20% for squat things like teacup saucers to an much as 60% for certain types of domed lid. Half shelves wadding setters posts My wife, May, and I have used a ________________ for many years to keep a precise control of glaze thickness. Graduated cylinder hydrometer triple beam balance scales measuring cups This weeks questions come from The Potter's Alternative, by Harry Davis, c.1987, Chilton Book Company Note from Pres: Recently there was a Question of the Week where there was curiosity of what book I would have if I only had one. I stated at the time, that it depended on the circumstances. In extreme need, I stated Pioneer Pottery. This book, The Potters Alternative, also meets the extreme need criteria and I believe is even more appropriate in catastrophic rebuilding society types of need. . . heaven forbid. Answers: 4. quartz-Weathering order:quartz, zircon, tourmaline, magnetite, Ilmenite, white mica 2. ball mill-For potters wanting to avail themselves of regional materials where they work, whether being marketed or not, a ball mill is a very important item of equipment. A small ball mill (jar) is essential for experimental work at any time, but a larger mill makes it possible not only to exploit interesting materials which are not being marketed, but also to use valuable materials in bodies - also probably not marketed - that do not respond to treatment in a blunger. I refer to materials that do not slake in water, but offer very little resistance to the action of a ball mill. As explained elsewhere this often applies to potentially plastic materials as well. Incidentally, milling rather than blunging bodies is preferred by industry in some parts of the world. The choice would be governed by the character of the materials available. 3. setters-To save kiln space is to save fuel, and this is what this remarkable piece of equipment is about. The saving of kiln space using setters, as opposed to flat shelves, ranges from 20 per cent for squat things like teacup saucers, 50 per cent for bowls and as much as 60 per cent for certain types of domed lid. Setters are intended for use with high temperature wares, and are not ideal for earthenware - especially where a high-fired bisque is followed by glazing at a lower temperature. Setters are not suitable for items with handles, their essential role being for open shapes like bowls which have their greatest width at the mouth. 2. hydrometer- My wife, May, and I have used a specific gravity hydrometer for many years to keep a precise control on glaze thickness. Many glazes were used in more than one thickness, and this was also the basis of a number of decorating techniques. Striking colour contrasts are possible from a single glaze simply as the result of varying the thickness. Some people might deplore the use of an instrument of this sort, arguing that a good craftsperson should be able to sense these things by touch and feel. However, even when using an instrument such as a hydrometer, there are still many factors that lie beyond its control. It is still necessary to take room temperature, or at least the extremes of room temperature, into account, and to be aware of variations in the density of bisque ware. By using such a tool, a predetermined density, which in any case was originally decided upon empirically, can be repeated with ease. To be able to indicate to an assistant what a previously determined density was, is also useful. This was very much the case in Peru where we had the added difficulty of explaining such things to assistants with no background to help them sense what was required. Note from Pres: Mr. Davis describes several ways of improvising to make equipment, one example being the use of an aluminum curtain rod to make a hydrometer.
  9. I am a novice and just purchased a secondhand Amaco 1-101 (it was very cheap, and I know that it's maybe not the best, but it's fine for now). It came with what seems to be a plaster bat (weird, right?) and I'm trying to get some other bats for it that are not plaster. It doesn't have a pin system, and the wheel head it comes with is 12" and has sides that come up and doesn't look like any wheel head I've seen before. Can anyone help me figure out what kind of bats to get to replace the plaster one I have? Thanks!
  10. Hi All, So we need to fumigate in the studio. I am wondering how much I should move out regarding equipment, molds, clays, etc? I use commercial glazes and prepared clays. My gut says anything porous and probably the clay and glazes. Termite guy says its safe for everything.... me not so sure. Any thoughts on this would be helpful! Thanks so much.
  11. Thought I'd pass this along in case anyone occasionally needs an extra studio "table". I love it when something really works out I was visiting a friend who refurbishes old cars and he had a stand he was using outside to put fenders, doors, etc. on to work on them. I immediately think "that would be great in my studio"! So I bought one and I'll have to say, it has become my new favorite piece of equipment in the studio. It holds up to 200 lbs, but is lightweight and can easily be moved from place to place. Remember TV trays? Works like that……I place two pieces of sheetrock on it for the 'table top' and it's good to go. Whether I'm creating or glazing, I place it nearby for a surface to place pieces on. When I don't need it, it easily folds up and is out of the way. And, it's inexpensive! I caught it on sale for $19.99 and had a 20% off coupon! I've also used it for spray painting …… then I put an old piece of plywood on top…..doesn't matter if it gets paint on it. It's from Harbor Freight and is called a "Portable Work Stand". The picture shows it as I was using it to put pieces I've glazed on…..waiting to be finished with majolica decoration.
  12. Hello all! I am new to this forum and working with ceramics. I am a BA Egyptology student who is making Egyptian Faience for a project. Yesterday I purchased a EFCO 110 kiln. My issue is is that it cannot be operated without a temp controller and thermocouple. Would this be suitable? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111052555116?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT(It is a 2 in 1 I suppose) I cannot really afford anything pricey really, so this is my best bet hopefully. Otherwise I am screwed... How would I wire this up? Any tips, my boyfriend is pretty good with this sort of stuff so he is giving me a hand with that. And from what I know so far it looks pretty straight forward. Any tips or advice would be awesome thank you :-)
  13. I am looking for owner information on maintenance of my Bailey slab roller from the 1980's. It has a dual roller with a single crank which is supposed to raise and lower the roller equally on both sides. It has never done this correctly which I have addressed by using shims. I need to get this working properly. I got some setup information from Bailey Pottery, but it did not have the detail for the adjustments, nor the maintenance for the chain or adjusting the tolerance (gap) of the lock nut. Based on what I heard, Bailey has gone to Nylock nuts, so I want to do this correctly. I also wonder about lubricating the moving parts - or is this necessary? Any help would be appreciated as I am getting into a project where I really want to use this equipment (after all these years The video clips on the Bailey site require Quicktime which is not compatible with my operating system, so I have never been able to view them. Thank you for any assistance....
  14. Love this forum. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to provide your insight. I would very much appreciate your professional opinions on the following for my basement studio which is located in my home: 1. What type of utility sink will be sufficient-will "plastic" hold up? 2. Should I put my cone 10 kiln into a separate room in the studio? 3. About how much room should I leave around the kiln in a separate room for stacking, maintenance, etc. 4. I'm building a 4x8 studio table. Any suggestion as to a material for the top? I am considering hardboard. But would a Formica-like product be better. I am concerned about moisture and warping. 5. Cleaning floors: I know damp mopping is best but should I vacuum up the dust first with a shop vac? If not, wouldn't I just be pushing around mud even if I rinse frequently? 6. I plan on painting the concrete floor with appropriate paint. Should I leave the kiln area unpainted? 7. Which is more desirable as far as venting-downdraft or updraft?
  15. Years ago, I was looking for a stable platform to do some sawing with my circular saw. In a rush, and not really thinking I used the my CXC to support the lumber, started sawing, not realizing that I cut a notch into the wheel head! I beat myself up for months about it. Then realized one day when throwing my patens(plates) on a wooden bat that the notch allowed perfect leverage to remove the bat. . . gently. I used to use an old trim jim, and get it wedged between the bat and the head, but feeling the notch and lifting on the wooden edge of the bat worked better. Would never try it again, but that one time the accident turned out right. Have any of you had something similar happen?
  16. Are there any true wholesale outlets for wheels, kilns, other ceramic equipment, glazes, tools etc? My partner and I just incorporated our new fused glass and clay business and would like to purchase what we need at wholesale? Any help would be appreciated.
  17. I am inspired to post this as I have walked around a saber saw on a stand in my studio for low these past two years. I did not ask for this saw, nor do I know how to use it. It is good for hanging my parka on.The owner got it out of his house. He left with a good feeling, having rid himself of an uneeded piece of equipment. I have been gifted clay, glaze, a gas kiln, more glaze,un-named white powdery bags of something.These are gifts that keep on giving. What have you been given that you didn't want, didn't ask for, and don't need? Merry Christmas. TJR.
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