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  1. hello all hope everyone is safe and doing well in these difficult times! i have just joined this community and was hoping you all would be able to help me out. i normally throw on a wheel (where i go take classes) and have been doing so for about a year. i signed up for a membership at a pottery studio because i would love to pursue a career in ceramics. and then this quarantine happened. Sooo, i was maybe hoping to order some clay online and coil build some dinnerware or hand build random figurines. -Do i need a wedging table in order to do this? - how would i go about recycling my clay, should i just dump everything and let it dry out? i am unsure of how to upkeep and maintain things due to the fact i took classes and the teacher would handle all of the hands on stuff. any tips and advice on how i should go about all this would be immensely helpful! thanks in advance :))
  2. Hi, I am new to this forum and I am looking for some advice. My wife and I are looking to install a kiln in our home. She primarily throws on the potters wheel, small bowls & dishes. We have an electric kiln & potters wheel, however due to our breaker box situation, there is no way for us to run a 220V line to the electric kiln without spending a pretty penny to expand and draw more power. We found a good sized, used gas kiln for sale, about $250. Great shape. Few questions on my mind: 1. Can you run a traditional natural gas line (like you would for outdoor grill, fireplace, stove, etc.) for a gas kiln? I see that some of them actually run on propane tanks. 2. If you are running an average sized gas kiln, what are you paying per firing? 3. If you run the kiln with the proper ventilation in the garage and supervision, would this setup work? 4. If you have a gas kiln in Indiana for sale, please contact me. Any other advise for our situation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Edit as of 10/4/18: We decided to go with an electric kiln. Thank you for all the advice.
  3. When we moved, I lost access to a community studio. I just purchased a kiln of my own but I don't have the luxury of a room to myself for a studio. My question is in regards to safety. I've been reading the safety forums and now I'm so scared to do anything and am disheartened as I probably will never have a room solely for pottery. I want to know if I can use hardiboard and work with my wet clay at my kitchen table and then dry my pieces in my laundry room that I can mop? Of course when I leave my table, I would use a damp rag and mop there as well but will this pose a health risk to me and my family? I miss having a studio I could go to and now I'm afraid I'll never work with clay again? Any help is appreciated!
  4. Hello All, I'm in the process of setting up my studio for the first time in many years, and the first time where I'm not in a rural setting with access to a high fire wood kiln. I'm wondering if anyone has advice for a low profile solution to firing in a city setting? I'm thinking Raku might be the way to go, but am open to ideas, kiln designs, or general advice. I'm partial to firings with a fair amount for unpredicability in the finished result--most of my experience has been in the cone 10+ range so I'm trying to find a happy medium between a week long anagama, and a cone 06 oxidation firing. Too much smoke and space are issues, otherwise I'm game to get my hands dirty and build, buy, or tweak something I can fire frequently. Thanks! Nathan
  5. I'm in the process of setting up a studio in the garage of my home. The garage is attached to the house, but there is no direct access from the garage to the inside of the house. Access is by a side door of the garage, then just into the front door of the house. My main issue is that my garage is not heated. I would like to place a kiln in the garage, but am concerned about the freezing temperatues here in Toronto affecting the firings. Any suggestions? Also, what about venting? Since there is no direct access into the house should I bother with venting? The garage has 2 normal sized windows I could open for ventilation. The floor of the garage is painted cement, but i believe I would still need to place the kiln on some sort of fire-proof surface as well? I'm also concerned about heat rising up into the top of the garage. The garage is bricked, but inside the garage it is framed out in wood, but is uninsulated. I want to be sure i'm being as safe as possible, since the garage is attached to our house afterall. Help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Trixie
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