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clayart digest - 14 jul 2004 to 15 jul 2004 (#2004-197)

updated sat 17 jul 04


Wes Rolley on fri 16 jul 04

At 12:00 AM 7/16/04 -0400, you wrote:

>It is important to think about the aesthetic
>outcome you would like to achieve. Then find the kind of firing and
>the type of fuel requried to achieve it.

This is an ideal. It may depend on whether it means enough to you that you
will move. In my case, Home Owner's Association regulations will not let
me build a detached structure on my 0.52 acre property. Local fire
regulations will not allow me to even use a gas/electric reduction kiln (as
descried my Nils Lou and Mel), and being in violation of local fire code
would be disastrous for my home owner's insurance.

So, I end up "kicking the hell" out of my Skutt, as Mel would call it. I do
many things that are not conducive to long life...I even believe that I
will soon have to replace the lid handle due to the corrosive effect of
gasses coming out of the top peep hole. But, those are my choices and I do
not complain about the cost of new elements.

Nor am I willing to move. I have two much effort invested in a backyard
orchard (5 apples, 3 cherries, 3 plums, 2 figs, 2 pomegranates, 1 ea.
pluot, nectarine, peach, lemon guava, a hedge of pineapple guava, 20
assorted citrus and, for the first time this year, an avocado producing
fruit) and a wonderful lake view.