mel jacobson on mon 31 jan 05
if you are going to make pots, and you want a kiln,
a pre/made electric gets you going ....right now.
mark asked me to site some examples.
commercial kilns are just fine. work well, and
will last for years. almost instant success.
every potter in my opinion, sooner or later needs
a good electric kiln.
sooner is better than later.
of course, each potter, each person has needs that
are special. but, in general, most potters bisque fire
and on occasion have to fire at lower temps. so a
manufactured kiln is safe, easy to learn with, and
will serve you for years to come.
you can also make money with that kiln while planning
and building a fuel kiln. it just makes sense to me.
i always tell people.
start your adventure with clay combining a wheel and kiln
at the same time. small electric will be just fine.
build your studio over time, add things as your skill
level increases and your passion dictates the direction
you are going to take.
often people start in colleges or art centers that have
salt, stoneware or wood fired kilns...the student has the
view that without these tools your work is second rate.
that is total b.s. in many cases young potters are ruined as
the only view they have is `big,high end kilns`.
one does not need that at home to make great pots.
having your own kiln, studio and equipment leads you
to greater things. many never venture into fuel kilns and
live very fulfilling lives as home potters...totally happy.
so, some reasons.
Mark Tigges on mon 31 jan 05
On Mon, Jan 31, 2005 at 01:20:07PM -0600, mel jacobson wrote:
> if you are going to make pots, and you want a kiln,
> a pre/made electric gets you going ....right now.
> mark asked me to site some examples.
> commercial kilns are just fine. work well, and
> will last for years. almost instant success.
Great comments, thanks Mel.
I was hoping more though for elaboration on your comment that you would
not build an electric kiln.