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  1. Hello! First post and excited to join. This group always pops up when I search a pottery related question. I have a new home and am setting up shop in my garage. The electrician can (finally) be here next week to run the line and breaker for my kiln, but I am still unsure about the best location for it. The garage is a fairly new extension off of the original garage - it was built 3 years ago to be the previous owners workshop and is 19' x 23'. It is really well insulated and has a propane heater on the back wall which pulls fuel from the pig that heats the house. I am in Michigan - land of scorching hot summers and arctic-like winters. The garage managed to stay pretty cool in August as long as I kept it closed up. We will see how it retains heat pretty shortly here. So, I am trying to upload a sketch I have and we'll see how quick a learner I am. I have located 2 spots to possibly put the kiln. The first is in the back corner. But the proximity to the propane heater concerns me. Of course I will close the valve when running the kiln, and it is has a thermostat, but still concerned about safety. Of course that may be an unfounded concern - and that is not the location I would prefer. I would rather put it up in location 2 near the garage door. I can still vent out the side of the garage and I can just open the garage door when it is too hot. Or can I? It is a metal door, but does have rubber wheels. The kiln is a Skutt 1018-3, so not too tall and well insulated with the thick brick. I would really appreciate any insight you experienced folk have on this. I have been one of 2 people in charge of loading and firing the kilns at my current studio for the last 6 months, so I do have some experience, I guess it is just having a kiln in my home being a new experience that has me worried.
  2. I am wondering how to fire - in an electric kiln- burnished pots brushed with a porcelain/stoneware terra sigillata- or even just burnished! Is this possible? What temperature would you suggest to fire to? I’d like for them to be strong enough to be carried at markets and slightly shiny and smooth on the outside. Any knowledgeable advice and tips would be valued. Thank you V.
  3. Hi there, I'm finally at the stage in my pottery journey where I think buying a kiln would be a worthwhile investment. I've been scouring the internet for several months with no success until I got an offer to buy an old kiln: Skutt Model C181 with all the furniture and other accessories. I already went to check it out in person and the condition was fairly good considering that it was 30 year old kiln but he was asking for $950 CAD which I brought down to $700 CAD. I don't mind buying a used kiln to learn more about firing and glazing but I also don't want to overpay for it. I live in Canada so there's not a lot of pottery equipment for sale but I am willing to pass on this if it's a bad deal. Here are the images from the seller down below: Thank you so much for all your help
  4. Hi all - I recently purchased a throwing gauge and can already see how it will help with precision, but I'm having a practical issue with it that I'm hoping someone can help with: it's getting in the way of making work! As I understand it, I set the gauge to show the height and width of whatever I want to throw. If I'm doing something wide and shallow, like a plate, the actual centering/throwing process is ok, although your hand movements are somewhat restricted, but when I go to take the bat of the wheel, it's hard to do without upsetting the gauge. If I rotate it out of the way, then I have to pause and re-set it to make sure it's in the same place as before, so it's a definite hit on the efficiency. If I'm throwing mugs or smaller pieces, the gauge is in the way during the centering/throwing process itself, as well as the removal. Am I missing something obvious about how to use the gauge? How does everyone else handle this? Thanks! Kristina
  5. Im new to ceramics so sorry if I seem ignorant. If I were to make a solid sculpture, 2-6 inches thick, would I be able to get away without firing it? (I don’t have a kiln in my area) My idea is that I’d let it dry and then just paint it as it is. But would it be too fragile? Are there any adhesives or sprays I could use on it to keep it from breaking and make it stronger? It wouldn’t be moved around much. I'm using earthenware btw.
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