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We are a new, open-to-the-public, teaching pottery studio located inside the local mall. Our business plan was developed with an underlying premise that we would be able to offer wheel throwing, hand building, glazing instruction to anyone who walked or rolled through our doors. The studio is laid out to be as wheelchair accessible as possible. Now we just need that wheelchair accessible wheel. The Amaco 16 is way, way out of our budget. Does anyone have any ideas? We are wondering if attaching the leg mechanism from an automatic standing desk to a wheel attached to a work table might be viable?
Let me know what works for you as far as prioritizing gifts that need to be thrown or hand built for the holiday season. This will be my first season making gifts for friends and family and I have a long list so far (at least 20 to start with). Any tips on making it a stress-free endeavor? Signed, The Newbie
As some of you may know from my other thread.. i'm working on building my own propane kiln and a woodfire kiln so i can have access to multiple firing methods at my home. I also wanted to be able to cast my own metal molds so i could press clay easily, so i built a crucible with an empty propane tank (it never had anything flammable in it), a couple bags of quicrete, a 2 and one half foot steal pipe and a bellows (hair dryer works good to). it works GREAT(i'll give greater details if anybody is interested)! But that's not why i'm writing this thread. While watching videos on YouTube.. I came across a guy that built a small woodfire kiln with 8 concrete blocks (the thin type), 1 steel screen (for the second level shelf), 4 bricks, 1 small steel plate/sheet and a butt load of wood chips/shavings. all he did was build a 4 block square, filled it with pottery, stuffed it with wood chips, laid down the screen, placed 4 more blocks, filled & stuffed (as before), placed the 4 small bricks kiddie-cornered on the edges, lit the chips on fire, placed the sheet on top and walked away. the video didn't show him pulling the pieces out so i didn't get to see how well it worked. Have any of you ever tried this method? If not.. What backyard kiln methods HAVE you tried (if any)? Once again.. Any and all feedback would be most welcome Thank you in advance.