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  • New Kiln is Here!

    Hurray, today I picked up my gorgeous new (reconditioned) kiln from Essex Kilns. So I had a 160 mile round trip to Essex - Dad came along for a day out - and we stopped on the way back for a very nice pub lunch. When we got home I spent the rest of the day glazing, then got the old kiln (which was already half packed) started on a firing.

    Phew, it's nice to be back on track...
    Daesul

    http://www.clairemanwani.com
    http://www.folksy.com/shops/clairemanwani
    http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaireManwaniPottery

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    I have just got my first wheel after using the wheels at the local college and threw my first pots on it this afternoon, very exciting stuff!

    My next step is to buy a bique kiln and wondered how you went about selecting the right one as there seems so many to chose from?

    Good luck on your first firing of your new kiln.

    pete

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    • #3
      Hope that your new kiln is even better than your last and makes even lovelier goods!
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      • #4
        Thanks Ros.
        Daesul

        http://www.clairemanwani.com
        http://www.folksy.com/shops/clairemanwani
        http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaireManwaniPottery

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Porridge View Post
          My next step is to buy a bique kiln and wondered how you went about selecting the right one as there seems so many to chose from?
          Hi Pete,

          Actually my first kiln picked me! I bought it at someone's garage sale. Then I bought the next one from someone who saw me selling pots at a craft fair and said they had a secondhand kiln for sale - it was the same model as the first one. So, the one I just bought is the same model again!

          I guess I'm just very comfortable with it.

          It's a Cromartie Hobbytech 40 - not too big (it plugs into a household socket) and not too small for the kind of stuff I make.

          If you're choosing your first kiln, you'd need to consider what temperatures you want to fire at. My kiln is advertised as going up to stoneware temperature but once it gets a bit older, it won't be as efficient at that. I only fire to earthenware so it's fine for me.

          There are some kiln experts on here who could give you much better advice than me; Potpartner and Toppotter come to mind straight away! Why don't you start a thread asking for advice, I'm sure you'll get lots of help on here.
          Daesul

          http://www.clairemanwani.com
          http://www.folksy.com/shops/clairemanwani
          http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaireManwaniPottery

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