[Clayart] lids and bisque/ long.story
melpots2 at visi.com
Sat Jan 28 14:52:10 EST 2017
i have a newish paragon auto kiln..computer
etc. i may prop the lid for a few hours, then
i shut it up and load the top with green pots.
i am firing to cone 09 at a long cycle. 12 hours,
i need a bit more sponge like quality as i layer glazes.
if i am firing pre/heated pots i just turn on the auto start
and leave it alone.
i have purchased...yes purchased two paragon kilns.
small and large.
they only bisque fire. i am in the process of converting
my big paragon into a computer kiln.
(arnold gave me the employee price for the kilns, i turned
down a better deal. i do not take free stuff from vendors.
it is an integrity thing as i own clayart. if we want to
blast a product i have to be able to do it with a clear
i have said for years, paragon, skutt and L at L make great
kilns. they are much the same in all ways.
i still say that. and, the list of other kilns is long and
just as good in most ways.
i always tell folks...if you live on the west coast, buy
skutt...if you live in new jersey, buy L at L.
my 1966 small electric kil`n died a few years ago, and my
ancient L at L electric was beyond repair. so, new ones.
i sent a picture of my L at L to steve lewicky, owner of L at L
and asked him to honor a
lifetime warranty...god he laughed. that kiln was built
before he went to junior high. i got it from a land fill
and rebuilt it. i fired it for 29 years. finally the entire
metal box for the electronics rusted away. was it ugly.
i sent all my guts and foot pedals for my two brent wheels
to amaco, and they sent back all new wiring. they work like
my brent no 1 had a blue motor, that is reallllly old.
i did buy a new electric motor for it. the magnets came
loose from the motor body...the epoxy gave out. odd.
but, after about 10,000 pots made, it was time.
i have a skutt dc-1 wheel. the first wheel to have modern
electronics. that died and i found a small company that
does ac/dc conversions and they made my old wheel brand new
for $50. i gave them a 50 buck tip. the new converter, is
made by the same company's converter in my wheel from 1970.
the new electronic system is the size of a deck of cards.
it works great. they gave me a used converter that was
sitting on a bench in the shop. he said it would work for 40
years or so. i might sell that wheel when i am 97. but,
don't get in line...i might just keep it until i get old.
i sent a note to my facebook friends that i would be having
my studio open for many years to come. i said that i did
not care if you were liberal or conservative, black, asian,
or brown or white. man or woman or any gender you want. all
are welcome as i love you all. even if you are catholic or
jewish, buddist or mormon...
`if you can crawl up my driveway with cash in fist i will
make pots and paintings for you.`
but, as mel brooks said in blazing saddles` THROUGH the
voice of of irving johnson....`let em all come to rock
NO IRISH.` i have to have some standards.
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