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  1. Mike.Kelly

    General Kiln Questions

    Thanks Arnold.
  2. Mike.Kelly

    General Kiln Questions

    Thanks Arnold. That' a very good point I didn't think about the electrical components overheating . My plan is to keep it covered when not in use and cool enough to cover. I plan to do the first firing this weekend on slow bisque per the manual. It does say that I could put the shelving in for this first firing. It doesn't however mention anything about the shelves that I have put kiln wash on. Is it ok to put them in do you think?
  3. Hello, I have just purchased a new kiln and after reading the very long manual I have a few questions I am hoping somebody here can assist with. One of the items talked about in the manual is to be careful about storing the shelves in a dry place. I live in Virginia and the kiln will be in my garage. I was wondering is the humidity a concern? I also do a lot of woodworking in my garage which can get very dusty. I am guessing the fine sawdust could get in the kiln and also cause unexpected results. Is this a concern? Thanks Mike
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    Firing Pots With Lids

    Yes that's pretty much what happened. The lid was on the pot and that's how it was fired. If it was explained that way before or after the pots were fired I wouldn't be as upset. I was told it just sometimes happens. I would think a lid and pot that is glazed and then fired would always glaze together :-( Its not the first trial by fire incident at my local studio and not what I would expect after paying for lessons. I have learned more from youtube and I am sure now from this community. Looking for an excuse to buy my own kiln. I think I found it. :-) Attended 10 lessons and I absolutely love every minute I get to spend on the wheel. Electrician has been scheduled :-) wife took some convincing though.
  5. Mike.Kelly

    Firing Pots With Lids

    Thanks for the quick response and yes buying my own kiln is a top priority for me. Thanks again.
  6. Hello All. First apologies if this is in the incorrect forum. I am new to throwing pots and have been working with a local studio who takes care of the firing process for me. Recently I made three cookie jars that I glazed both the lid and the rim of the jar. Fully expecting the two items to be fired separately because I would think they would meld together during the firing process. However all three pots were fired with the lids in place completely joining the two pieces together. The studio said that this sometimes happens and I now have several new door stops. I was kind of taken back by this. It was suggested to freeze them and perhaps I could separate them after they have been in the freezer for a while. it seems to me it would be easier to have fired them separately. Can I get a sanity check? Is this really the process that people follow when firing items with lids on? Thanks in advance. Mike

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