Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Together

The new kiln is in place!
It is so pretty and shiny and full of promise.



and some days you just need some color in your life.



Cheers!
M

15 comments:

Linda Starr said...

They do look happy together, they just want to be warmed up now, ha.

Tracey Broome said...

So shiny and new! I was thinking last night that I would like a nice simple electric kiln, sigh... one day!

Mel said...

Congrats on your new kiln! Do you have any estimate on how much you pay in electricity for one firing? I fired my new kiln twice in January and our electric bill went waaaaayyyy up - but I am not sure if it is because of that? Just trying to get an idea of what it might cost - hopefully not $200 per firing??

Laurie said...

Oh, I love these!! How fun are chickens and happy bugs?!

Maggie said...

Congrats! I just bought a tiny LL jdh the one designed for crystalline. It has 4 elements in each zone that are so fat they barely fit in the grooves. rated to cone 12. I will only fire 6. This thing will last forever. It is only 2 cubic ft tho. But i love it. have fun!

cookingwithgas said...

200 to fire seems very very high! I don't think it comes any where near this we average close to 100.00 a month when we are firing the electric kilns and closer to -80 when we are not.

Mel said...

i thought so... will have to look into this. thanks so much for answering!

cookingwithgas said...

oh- we do have a separate building from the house- but the house is always higher then our work building.
Cost most when we are running the A/C

cindy shake said...

Oooo pretty new kiln. Look at it just calling to start firing all your beauties! I LOVE the tiles -how fun and those glazes are great.


Sounds like Mel has an electrical issue -first thing I'd check is the Hot Water Heater. We had that happen on a rental... Even using my kilns, welder and plasma cutter with 220 int he shop doesn't cost that much.

jimgottuso said...

lovely tiles and what can be better than a new kiln?... nothin'

Gary's third pottery blog said...

ooh, tiles!

Anna said...

I really want to make tiles! Yours are terrific. In my studio the sheetrock is up and being taped, HVAC and final electric is tomorrow. Time to call for the kiln to be delivered!! I was glad to see the question re: firing cost.

smartcat said...

This is a formula my engineer brother gave me to give me a rough idea of kiln firing cost:

Voltage x Amps = Watts

Watts divided by 1000= Kilowatt

Kilowatt x Hours Run = Kilowatt Hours.

Look at your electric bill; figure the cost of one Kilowatt Hour; multiply by Kilowatt Hours and you will get a rough idea of the cost of a firing. I find it is close enough to give me a pretty good idea of what my electric bill will be.

Hope this helps a little.

Mel said...

@smartcat very helpful, thank you! glad i brought up the question and got such great answers :)

cookingwithgas said...

thanks all for such a great discussion- this is one of the reasons I love all the blogs- good help and information.