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Hello, CeramicArtsDaily Community, Been lurking around reading a lot of stuff here for the last few months and have a question that I haven't been able to quite get a clear grasp on. I do ceramics as a hobby - mostly hand building but lately have not had any success in finding somewhere or someplace to fire my work. I do not have access to a kiln and have not been able to get my work fired lately so I've been researching, mostly waiting for a good deal, on small 120v "test" kilns, like the Paragon Caldera. A full-size kiln really isn't an option for me at all. For the type of work I do, I think these smaller kilns are almost perfect for me. I have done some researching on this site and see that a lot of you use those small test kilns as only a test kiln and not for production work. Is this because they do not fire as well as a regular sized kiln with venting, or for what reasons exactly is that? If you only had access to a small sized kiln, are there any good reasons why it could not or should not be used as your one and only kiln for work ranging up to cone 10 - which is important for me. I work in mostly earthenware for sculptural work and stoneware for functional work. Mostly everything is for personal use but if I had my own kiln I would certainly sell some work. Would a small 120v kiln such as a digital paragon caldera for sufficient for me or are full size kilns really the only way to make "professional production quality" work? Thank you in advance for any tips and help!
I've just received my new Skutt 8x4 LT test kiln and thought I'd take it out for a spin. I plug it in, it beeps, flashes "idle" and the temp alternately, but when I push the start/stop/enter nothing happens. Then I try the Up View Segment button and it gives me a Opt message. And there it stays, locked that way. Nothing in the error messages nor regular messages says anything about "Opt." Help!
(Sorry in advance if this is a duplicate...original post seems to have disappeared.) I picked up a tiny 30 or 40 yr old L&L Econo K14 which had probably never fired higher than 05 or 04 in its long life at a community center. I'd like to re-purpose it as a test kiln for a batch of glaze variants. I think these little babies were originally rated up to 2300, but I'm not sure that's realistic, especially considering its age and history. I'm testing mid range glazes, 5 and 6. Am I being overly cautious? Thanks for your perspective.