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Re: [teacherartexchange] Kiln Questions


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 19 2006 - 16:40:42 PST

Two years ago I was able to purchase a Skutt kiln and I am VERY happy with
it! I was SO confused over all the technical aspects of purchasing a kiln,
so I went to the building construction teacher (who was very knowledgable
about electricity) and had him figure out what kiln I could get that would
fit the wiring I had access to. We had just undergone extensive remodeling
and my kiln room had just been wired, so I knew if re-wiring was involved I
wouldn't get a new kiln. The BC teacher figured out exactly what I needed
and I have had no troubles with it. I did go to a nearby pottery store that
services kilns and they shared tips and tricks on kiln maintenance and how
to prolong the life of your kiln. Probably the most worthwhile workshop I
have ever attended!
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> After 7 years of asking I have finally received funding to purchase a new
> kiln. (Ironically they finally fixed the old kiln last year after 6 years
> of asking but I am not giving up the funding!) However i am confused about
> the wide variety of kilns available. What is the difference between a
> single phase and a three phase. honestly i only do the very basics with
> the students (HS) but I still want to get my money's worth. The kiln i
> have now is a kiln sitter model (ancient) and I thought it might be nice
> to get an automatic kiln with a kiln controller. The Skutt kilns seem to
> fit into my price range ($4000.00 CND) but i thought that i would ask for
> some advice before jumping in and buying the wrong thing.

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