Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I checked the weather reports and low and behold we were supposed to have cooler weather all this week. Perfect firing weather. I had it all planned. I was going to launch into a firing marathon. I"m talking full speed ahead. Bisque, glaze, bisque, glaze, can't you just hear the hum of progress. I'd be all caught up. Oh, what a thought that was. Everything was prepared and ready. I was feeling like Super Woman.
I was already dreaming of all the work I could show you here. You may not know it, but you all are great motivators to me. Just knowing you are there, reading my blog, encourages me. But then I hit a brick wall. The kiln wouldn't even turn on. Just when I was on a roll, when I had big plans. Isn't that just the way it goes though. Today I felt like this was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Originally my plan was to have two kilns, one as a back up. Later I also reasoned it might be efficient to have one for bisque and one for glaze. My theory was, while one was cooling down, I could be firing the other one. My other thought was I could fire other people's work. Is this faulty reasoning, I'm not really sure. What if I had deadlines to meet or was teaching a class, what would I do. If my car breaks, I can rent one. There aren't any kilns around here to rent, or potter's who rent space. Well there is a place 1.5 hours away, but that isn't cost effective. I like to plan ahead, plan for contingencies. Somehow, though, I didn't get my backup kiln.
Well, tomorrow I am going to look at two used kilns. One is a Paragon 99 B and the other is a Duncan 1027 potter's kiln. I found out you can still get parts for Duncan kilns from Paragon. Perhaps I can barter for something, there is no way I can afford even a used kiln, let alone a new kiln. And of course I don't really need another kiln because I am sure it is something very simple I can easily fix on my Skutt kiln. But I am going to be creative. If you knew what I paid for my Skutt kiln, you would be amazed. I am bound and determined to move forward in clay no matter what. It can only get better from here, right?
My kiln is an ancient Skutt, strictly manual. If it won't turn on, it sounds like it isn't getting any power, I just have to find out why. So far I've checked the breaker, I've checked the sitter. Next I'm checking the electrical. It worked just fine the last time. Several suggestion have been made to me about changing the breaker, looking for spiders, checking conductivity. I guess I was meant to learn about my kiln the hard way, troubleshooting at the very beginning. Wish me luck, heck I don't need any of that, I'm Superwoman. Comments and advice are greatly appreciated.