Saturday, May 22, 2010
Kiln On Order and Tiki Two
My kiln is on order. I'm decided on a Skutt 1218. It's the newest in their line, is an oval shape that's 28 inches wide and 18 inches deep. This size should be easier for me to load with my bad back. If I make something taller than 18 inches I can always get someone else to fire it for me. Taller than 18 inches, who am I kidding. I shouldn't have said that, now I'll probably have to challenge myself to make something really tall.
Remember the first tiki I made? Above is Tiki Two, which is about 11 x 5 inches and has a removable lid. Our house remodel is costing more than we expected plus other things too. Isn't that always the way it goes. I am now trying to decide if I should put the kiln inside the garage or build a little lean to outside the garage. If I put it in the garage it will be less expensive than building a lean to, but then there is the build up of heat in summer and safety issue of having the kiln in the garage. Everything in Florida must be anchored to the ground and engineered due to hurricane potential so there's that to consider which adds to cost.
I got more mason stains because I never did find the other colors. I did find the blue, green and black stains. Now that I've read Tracey Broome's latest post, I really must make some test tiles. Tracey has inspired me to get more organized with my glaze and stain experiments. Since I wrote it down here, you'll be expecting to see the test tiles which will be an added impetus for me to get it done. I did have those ornaments I was going to use as test tiles, but I used some of them in that raku firing.
Well back to work, the vinyl we removed has left a rubbery paper backing stuck to the floor and we have to chip a little away at a time. I saw we, but actually Gary is doing most of the work. The entry tile left all the thinset and Gary has been air chiseling it out a bit at a time. We decided to have tile put in and we need a good base to lay the tile. If you have any hints on how to make these jobs easier please let me know. Comments and suggestions are welcome.