Tagged: chesterfield

I have bought a Kiln

I have bought an ex school Kiln , and from e-bay. I was saying in my earlier post about the trouble with e-bay and people wanting top dollar for kilns, had priced me out of most of the biding on the site. But last week I spotted an ex school kiln with a starting bid of a £100.00 pounds and with two days to go and no bids. The kiln was not very well photographed, in that it missed out on a lot of the finer detail of the inside of the kiln. The description was none existent  on the item, only giving basic details of “school kiln”. It was described as three-phase, which I knew would put a lot of people off as it would be expensive to get it plugged in. So why have I bought it! A few reasons really, one being that I was contemplating  building a gas-fired kiln which would have taken more money and time. Also my friend jim who lives only three fields away in Chesterfield from where I have purchased the kiln is an electrician and potter. So I have two  possible paths to go down, in that I could get it wired in or I could get it turned into a gas kiln.  That last bit is a bit spooky,  in that my friend had talked with me at his home in Chesterfield at great length  on the possibilities of getting a kiln or building one. Then one turns up three fields away from where he lives and goes walking  on his sunday walks. “Wait and it will come” said my friend,and it has! I got it at a very good price Of £100.00 pounds. I should have up to date photography’s soon which I will post very soon. Here is the image from e-bay of the outside of the kiln which was followed with another one of the inside. What a difference a couple of days make, just have to get it from Chesterfield now.ex school kiln


recycling clay

 Matsakazu Kusakabe wood burning kiln

What a weekend I just had over in Chesterfield. One of the reasons to go to Chesterfield was to get my pots fired in Jim Simpsons kiln.The pots made it over in one piece, and I was all set to get on the wheel at Jim`s  to start throwing two-pound pots. But it all went a bit pear-shaped which is down to myself confusing Jim with too many suggestions to what I needed to get done. Jim had started showing me a few techniques on the wheel to speed up my throwing. Which I was supposed to practice soon after, but we had a tea brake and got distracted with recycling the clay I had brought over with me. To put the clay through the pug mill we first had to take it a part and clean it which took some time. On the whole we got a lot of things done like recycling the clay and making up some slips. The pug mill has returned with me to Glossop and will be a great tool in my workshop, also a money saver. Two weeks and I should see the results of the firing of my pots, which hopefully will see the handles still on!

pug mill