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  1. Propper shelf size?

    Thank You so much everyone! Yes, it is indeed an electric kiln and I am very excited that my new shelves are the right size. They in fact fit better than the original shelves! YAY best, -Mary
  2. Hi, So I made a treck to Baileys Pottery Supply in Kingston, NY today and unexpectedly picked up 4 kiln shelves. I say unexpectedly, because if I had expected to get replacement shelves I would have surely measured my old shelves. But as it turned out they had some "Seconds" 65% off. So not only were they seconds, but on top of that they were 65% off! How could I pass that up. I felt pretty confident since I have handled my shelves so much that I cold guess the size if I held it. So I thought the 18" x 18" shelves were perfect and I got 4 at like 20 bucks each. I get them home and they are a full two inches wider than the old shelves. The old shelves left 2 inches all around between the edge of the shelves and the kiln wall. These shelves leave only 1" between the edge and the kiln wall. Is 1" sufficient for air flow? I sure hope so because it was a long ride! best, -Mary
  3. When firing an electric kiln with a kiln sitter and 4 nobs down the front each nob having settings from low to high, is it ok to control temperature rise by turning up two knobs at a time?
  4. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    Thank You! This is awesome. Going to try these also with clay from the Hudson River Banks
  5. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    Thank You so much everyone! I live in the Hudson Valley and this research into Albany Slip has me thinking about the local clay that lines the Hudson River. The walls of the Hudson are full of it. I am also going to try some recipes with this local clay and see what happens
  6. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    Thanks Pres, I will do that
  7. Does anyone have any Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes? I have a bucket labeled "Albany Slip" that I've had for 20 years and I got it from an old woman who could no longer work with clay for health reasons so I think it may be the real thing. I have heard there are a few yellows you can only get with Albany slip. I'd like to test out some recipes to see if it is in fact Albany Slip.
  8. Thanks Chris, I hear you and agree Some of the shards you see in the Pic are from a parrot bowl which needs to be very thick and heavy so strong birds can not pick it up and throw it. I have fired them without issue before. But I do also see that one piece that is quite uneven from bottom to top. While I agree I have to become better at throwing, The main cause here was moisture.
  9. Thanks Everyone, So moisture it is. I am leaning.... always learning
  10. I seam to be making every mistake in the book. It would be nice to have a successful firing in-between disasters. This time I had loaded the kiln for a bisque fire quite close to the lid (Not sure how far away you should stay from the lid) After warming overnight with the vent on (Kiln is vented from the bottom), I turned all to low in the morning. My kiln is an old Norman kiln with a kiln sitter and four dials on the front. Two peep holes. Shortly after I worried, maybe the pieces at the top were blocking enough air from entering through the three holes the vent installer drilled through the lid to allow air in as the vent drew air out through the bottom. So I opened the top peep hole for a bit and then decided that I should stick to the vent instructions which clearly said “Never open the peep holes when the vent is runningâ€. I finished the bisque firing and opened the kiln after cooling to find piles of bisque fired shards of clay. This wasn’t just an air bubble that blew out, but every piece except for maybe one piece on each shelf was in crumbles. (See photos attached) UUUUggggh! I had some real favorites in this load. This is becoming a very emotionally taxing hobby I found a local ceramics studio and have contacted them to see about taking some classes. I think that would be hugely beneficial. ​I am going to have to be careful about vacuuming out the coils too as their were shards of clay sticking out from the coil area so I am sure there is plenty that fell down in there.
  11. Firing Disaster

    Not sure exactly what went wrong here but pretty sure it had to do with opening a peep hole while the vent was on.
  12. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    I ordered the vl-whisper Can't wait to get it. Probably end of next week.
  13. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    Good point Ronfire. I am not that mechanically inclined, but I can take a look on Youtube for some videos
  14. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    Thanks Mark, It is very clear. The only difference is that I have a bat mold which is open top and bottom. It makes plaster bats that fit perfectly on my recessed wheel head. Since it is open top and bottom I have to be sure to pour on a level surface... I learned this the hard way. I have decided to hold off on a new wheel for now since I just ordered a 50lb bag of Hydrocal to make more bats for my wheel. It's still working so I guess I'll keep it until it craps out completely. I reserve the right to change my mind again tomorrow
  15. Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    Do you check to make sure the pie plate is perfectly level before you pour the plaster? I made a bunch a while back but a few were not level and are tricky to throw on.
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