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books, kilns, stuff

updated fri 18 oct 02


Lily Krakowski on thu 17 oct 02

Sincere apologies to Joyce who wrote that this already had been posted, and
I was posting a second time. I normally do not have the ego to insist but I
think the info useful, hope it is, and my e-mail seems a bit out of sorts
these days....Joyce, thanks for your patient generosity.

Ketchup time.

1. It is totally totally beyond me why so many people write in and ask for
advice that can be researched at any good clay library. I am NOT being
reproachful, critical, or that current nonce term "judgmental"
But is seems to me that if you are about to spend $1000 plus on building a
kiln, on buying a wheel, you should take the time and $200 and go spend a
day at a college or similar that has back issues of Ceramics Monthly, Clay
Times, Pottery Making Illustrated and all the clay books you could want.

OF COURSE half a dozen of us can give advice. But there is no way you can
decide on a costly investment this way. You need to spend TIME and EFFORT
with lots of options and read and reread and think in between.

Some people write in and ask about books. Many of the good ones are OP, and
pricey on the used book market. Robert Fournier's book on electric kilns,
for instance. But my PL will interloan it. It seems to me that buying
books is penny wise pound foolish. Yes, yes, yes, I buy lots of them. Sure.

But I am not a newbie. I know what I am buying in the sense that I know
when I buy cookbooks what I am getting, that I will use the recipes, that I
like and can afford the ingredients, etc.

Someone asked about kiln plans. Well there are plenty in Olsen, in Rhodes,
and if one built all the kilns Ceramics Monthly has written up one could
fill the runways of Atlanta's airport!!!!!!!!!!

A road trip is good for the soul anyway.

Lili Krakowski
P.O. Box #1
Constableville, N.Y.
(315) 942-5916/ 397-2389

Be of good courage....