Just taken delivery of my kiln, hooray! It’s now stood outside covered up against the driving rain at the workshop. The cost I am very pleased with! As it’s worked out at £140 quid, with delivery included. The gas burners are being hand-made and tested tomorrow, by a friend of mine. So very soon I will be cooking on gas and cooking those pots. What a good feeling to have all the equipment at my reach to start experimenting with different forms. Now is, the right time for a change of direction into making bowls and other forms.
I have changed clay and produced yet another jug, which is taking sometime to dry out. The reason for the change was no other reason than clubbing together with other potters to bulk buy some clay As I have forgotten the supplier it came from, I also can not remember the clays name: sorry ive got it written down at home. I`ve found it!!! http://spencroftceramics.co.uk and the clay is Fleck Stoneware 1150-1280. Its being a big hit with me as I have found it to be more manageable on the wheel. Its plasticity has enabled my throwing and handle pulling to progress. The marks are made by a machine part cog, which I found in a draw in the workshop. I hope you like! The kiln I mentioned in an early post is still in Chesterfield, waiting to be collected. Although it’s a three-phase electric kiln, it’s going to be converted to a gas-fired kiln. Roll on the new year when I will be cooking on gas.
I have for some time been contemplating getting a kiln. I suppose like most people I have explored lots of possibilities of building or purchasing a kiln. My journey has been full of dead ends. On line sites like gum tree and e-bay are great place for viewing the different goods on offer and getting an idea of price, but no good at real bargains any more I feel. I think there is no amount of people who will bid on a given item like kilns and in the process get caught up in the bidding feeding frenzy. Top dollar and full whack they go for, time after time. Transportation and place are two other factors that come into the mix of getting a kiln and end up pushing up the price. But as I speak I have just seen a kiln on e-bay which fits the bill of bargain corner and is close to home. I might have to eat my words here! But there is still three days to go and usually the price rockets through the roof. As you can see I am still keeping my door open to every possibilities, but I feel that I am going down the road of building a gas-fired kiln, using methods from Joe finch.and a good friend of mine jim Simpson in kiln building.