Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Front Loading Kilns ?
Please give me advice on front loading kilns. I told Gary about an L&L Hercules front loader and he just about had a fit when I told him the price, which is only the price of a good used car and think of all the use it will get in it's lifetime. I want to get a front loading kiln since they're easier for me to load with a bad back.
Then Gary said what about a used one. I've never seen a used front loading kiln, even top loading kilns come up very infrequently. Maybe at that price I should forget about electric firing and go back to Cone 10 reduction, but then I'd need to get a propane tank. Maybe I can find a studio assistant to load my ancient Skutt? I just want to get all the pieces I made fired and make some more. I never did go to a place to get them fired because I thought I'd just get them fired when we move in to our new home. What to do?
For the past two months I guess we've really been snowbirds in Ocala, Florida. We're in an RV park which has 55 spaces in each row A through J, which is 540 RV spaces in just this one park.
It's kind of amazing thinking of the number of folks who go South for the winter or North for the summer in so many states, thinking of how they affect the economy of each state. So here's a toast from my latest mini goblet to all those part time residents in each state of America, no matter what month of the year it is. I won't tell you what Gary said about the stem of this goblet. I actually meant the stem to twirl around several times, but I couldn't manipulate it into that shape this time.
This is another one of my wrapped boxes. The lid fits down into the box. I made the lid by attaching a flat piece to the underside which slides inside the box. Then I made a similar attachment on the top of the lid to give it some height.
After I made the flat part of the lid I attached the handle on top of the lid. Next I wrapped the piece of clay all the way around the box which created the second part of the handle and then I cut through that piece of clay at the front and back of the lid so it would open.
The paper is to keep the lid from sticking till it dries. I have the whole piece taped up with electrical tape till it dries because I can't find my paper tape. Comments and suggestions are welcome.