I bought a kiln
16 April 2007 33 Comments
After changing my major from architecture to fine art, I studied graphic design for a year and a half. I realized quickly I wasn’t going to learn all that much from the design professors at the time — all of whom were somewhat lazy — and because I could I switched my emphasis midstream to ceramics.
I really like clay. The medium suits me and the way I work sculpturally better than the many others I toy around with. I don’t plan to cease toying around with other mediums; another part of the reason I was drawn to the ceramics department was that it seemed to be where the mixed media people congregated. But I have been without access to a kiln since moving to Arkansas three years and eleven months ago. Two other opportunities in the last two or three years came and went because I couldn’t bring myself to cough up the asking price for a used model.
Yesterday I finally hacked up the cash — albeit less, by almost half, than the previous chances I let slide. Regular readers received a hint that I was walking the kiln-buying trail, again, last week. My lament still holds true; two bidders had their eye on this kiln and went back and forth — jacking up the price — for three days or so.
They’re probably disappointed today. I snatched up the kiln, assuming it’s in decent working order, for less than a quarter of its replacement value. In the words of a friend, I “sniped” the thing, waiting for the very end of the auction to launch my bid. This is appropriate Ebay strategy.
Now I have to figure out where to fire the thing, not having a 240v outlet in the house other than behind the dryer, which is under a countertop and not near adequate and necessary ventilation. And, of course, I still need to get it to Arkansas. The seller is delivering the Knight kiln (model 103 of this lesser known manufacturer) to my parents home in Grand Island tomorrow. My wife and I plan to be up there in the middle of May.
Here’s a photo from the seller: