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kiln modification workshop (charleston)

updated tue 15 jan 02


Jonathan Pennington on fri 11 jan 02

Okay, so it's not a workshop in the traditional potter's sense. I'm on
a motorcycle list where one guy will decide to rebuild his clutch and
invite everyone over (especially if they've never seen it done) to
watch, gather, whatever. It's a workshop like that. People who are
scared of rebuilding a clutch get to see it done- help out if they
want- and gain some confidence that it ain't that hard.

If anyone is around Charleston, SC this weekend (Saturday, Sunday and
MLK day- I'll be working all three), I'm going to rebuild my electric
kiln--- again. I'm installing some thermocouples in the floor and lid,
and am going to take better pictures for writing an article for Clay
Times on modifying the kiln with kaowool. Price is whatever it will
cost you to drive to my house, and I'm Indian (Native American, not
the "real" kind :-)- which means I'll be working on Indian Time---
very strict--- show up sometime between morning on Saturday and
evening on Monday, come and leave when you want. Not a minute sooner or
later unless you've got a darn good reason.

Email me privately for directions, phone number, etc. BYOB. (Bring
your own Barnard- I just don't have enough clay for everyone)


Here's sort of a schedule of what I'm planning on doing.

Saturday morning:
Take the kiln to bits, install thermocouples and rebuild without
kaowool and other mods. load with furniture and some standard
glazes (glazes will preferrably be *on* pots)
Saturday afternoon:
Fire. (Most likely, this will be inside the kiln). Record temps
and times with digital thermometer.
Saturday evening:
Eat dinner, study, watch movie, kick out loafing potters when
bedtime, put stubborn ones in guest room.
Sunday morning/afternoon:
Pull pots from kiln, take kiln to bits and rebuild with kaowool,
etc. All the while, taking pictures/notes for Clay Times piece.
Sunday afternoon:
Reload with same kiln furniture, same glazes in same places. Fire
again on same schedule and log temps/times.
Monday afternoon/evening:
Pull pots and compare glazes, firing times, thermal gradients,
electricity usage, etc. Ask self what self was thinking when self
came up with that stupid idea. Go to sleep.
Jonathan Pennington |
"There are no pots, there is only clay." -original
"It's hard to take life too seriously
when you realize yours is a joke." -also original