Saturday, December 4, 2010

Buying a Kiln and opening at the NCPC

In February of this past year I posted questions about buying a new electric kiln.
I had a lot of good advice from good peole.
There is nothing like hearing straight form the source about buying a kiln.
We are back at that point now.
Having gone through the year nursing along our aging kiln- one more fire baby , just one more.
Its like an aging horse or animal come on one more breath or hill and we can let you rest.
Well, now I am back reading  the suggestions and narrowing down the choice.
I am looking at buying an L&L, we like the small one we bought for tiles 2 years back.
Now it is size and model.
I really don't want a kiln that is too big, nor do I want one that is too small.
I want one that is just right.
Hey- there is a fairy tale in here somewhere!
So here are my choices:
e28t3 10.2 cubic feet- so far this one is top on the list.
Anybody have any good solid reasons to go with something else?
Now I am comparing prices- sales and free shipping are my plan.
I have also looked at used kilns but seems I have some of those and I am making plans on how best to use those.
Maybe a little wood kiln or soda kiln with the leftovers.
There are plenty of ways to use them I just need some motivation and a good back.

There are several kiln openings in the area today if you are out and about in Seagrove.
We are open our usual hours 9-5.
This afternoon is an opening for a really GREAT show at the NCPC.
This show is done from the prospective of a collector.
I was able to see pots yesterday that I only dream of.
Good grief there was a Webster there that was just wonderful.
And close to that a salt glaze Jug that I am going back for another look and pictures.
Since I was with a group I did not get to read the tags.
There were pots calling my name from all directions.
I find that I am still drawn to those old shapes from those old kilns- salt drips and kisses.
Oh, they need to have a touch day up there and let potters come in and hold these pots.
Now that would be the ticket.
From the NCPC website:
This exhibit will explore North Carolina pottery through pieces selected by seven North Carolina collectors.  The collectors in this series are Monty Busick, Steve Compton, Bragg Cox, Leon Danielson, Joe Foster, George Hoffman and Joe Wilkinson. This exhibit presents an interesting perspective on North Carolina pottery. This is the first of the Collector’s Eye series that will begin the visual journey around the state through the collector’s eyes.
Monty Busick, an educator for 37 years and currently a consultant for Wake County Schools, is the current president of the NC Pottery Collectors’ Guild. His collection is from the Seagrove and Pittsboro areas, focusing on Mark Hewitt’s apprentice’s work.
Leon Danielson, an Economics Educator at NC State in Raleigh, and wife Sue moved to NC in 1972. They collect NC art and utilitarian pottery generally with emphasis on Hilton Pottery from the Catawba Valley. Their collection of Tobacco Road Pottery is remarkable; they established this business with a partner in 1979 utilizing the turning skills of C.B. Craven and the artistic talents of Ernestine Hilton Sigmon.
Joe Wilkinson, an Antique and Fine Arts dealer from Spring Hope, worked summers in the early 1970’s with Dot and Walter Auman at Seagrove Pottery, developing a concentrated interest in pottery. Joe collects Transition Period Pottery 1916-1930 and utilitarian pottery being transformed by Arts and Crafts influences.
Steve Compton was first introduced to North Carolina’s pottery traditions in the mid 1970’s while on assignment as a photographer for the Mebane Enterprise-Journal. Steve collects 18th to 19th century earthenware, utilitarian salt-glazed and alkaline-glazed stoneware, and early to mid-20th century art pottery. Steve is currently District Superintendent for the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Bragg Cox, a North Carolina native, has collected NC Pottery for twelve years; he collects early utilitarian, transitional, art and figurals from North Carolina and focuses on pieces with exceptional glazes, decoration and form. Bragg also collects Southern decorative arts including folk art.
Joe Foster is a self taught potter, having begun as a pottery collector. He began working for Archie Teague around his shop in the 1990’s where he learned a great deal. When Archie died suddenly in 1998 Joe found himself with the increased responsibility for the day to day operations of the shop.
George Hoffman, originally from Delaware, Ohio has been collecting pottery for twenty five years. He began collecting North Carolina Pots when he was traveling down Hwy 220 from Ohio and stopped in Seagrove at Seagrove Pottery on his way to Seven Lakes. He collects early Jugtown, early Ben Owen III, Billy Ray Hussey, and candlesticks.
The opening reception is Saturday, December 4, from 3:30-5:30 and is being sponsored by The North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild, Raleigh, NC. The Reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will be open November 23, 2010 through February 12, 2011.
Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pack a bag, your warm clothes and walking shoes and come on out!

PS- There is the opening for the Green Hill show tonight- so much to do!
I think I need a nap!


Anna said...

I just bought myself my first kiln (I always fired at LibertyTown in Fredericksburg and have since moved away). All the advice I got pointed to an L&L. Reliability and ease to work on yourself. I do know that as of Jan 1 L&L is raising their prices on their kilns 6% so dont wait if you are buying new! The best prices I found were at Bennets in Florida. DEFINITELY check them out. The kiln I was looking at was $1000 cheaper!!! But I cant take freight delivery at my house so had to go a different direction. I know you will have to pay shipping. But at THAT price!?!?! Good luck!

cookingwithgas said...

Thanks Anna ----I am going to check them out!

Alex Solla said...

As the owner of 5 different models of L&L kilns, I can safely say, you cant go wrong with L&L. I love them and would buy another in a heartbeat if I was still making pots. The EasyFire vs Jupiter decision really comes down to how often you need to separate rings of the kiln. If you only do it once every 10 yrs and have no need to ever move your kiln, then the EasyFire is a fine choice. Personally, they are a bit under powered for my taste. I always want more power to push through heavy loads. Ends up being cheaper in the long run too since firings can be shorter and such. I also like that with the JD2927, if you need to have work done on the controller, you can just pull it off in about 5 min. VERY easy. Can you tell I think the JD2927 is the better kiln? Guess what we still have here in the studio? Want to buy a used one with a free set of heavy duty elements and an spare set of all three thermocouples?