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#81 Mark C.

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 05:18 PM

The concrete slab the kiln was sitting on blew up???  Was it not cured?

No it was still very much damp and the floor layers where to little brick layers so it got real hot.

This was 35 years ago as well.

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 08:35 AM

Had a dog water bowl I made with the dog name on it.  Doggie has been dead for a long time so I decided to glaze over the name.  Forgot that the bowl had been sitting outside absorbing water.  Should have made sure it was dry....blew into a million pieces in the glaze fire.  Duh.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:32 PM

As I usually only have a few glazes in different colored buckets, I had not labeled them. This early Spring I was disappointed in the glaze surfaces, even though they were OK. So I replaced a white with a new white as at my cone 6 the old white was chalky even though properly applied. I also added a few other glazes to the mix. Next load found that I had forgotten the glazes in the original buckets, and the new mix was again not as pleasing as I had hoped. Test tiles in the load pointed out the problem very well! So next load will show for certain how things go. All of the containers are now numbered lid and bottom to match a numbered test tile. Many of the glazes are meant to go over others, and were being used on bare clay with base glazes over top. Not successful, but not bad.  Lesson learned, really need to not be in such a hurry.

 

 

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 02:49 PM

phone rings during glaze mixing
next glaze fire glaze is wonky from large mistake.
It has happened over 10 times -lessen not learned
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Posted 23 August 2015 - 06:58 PM

I had a bread rack loaded down with trays of bone dry pots. As i was backing down the slight ramp to the bisque room, i realized the hard way that the bread rack was facing in the wrong direction. Every tray full of pots slid out of the rack and hit the floor!! Aaaargh! My business partner found me in a pile of clay and racks smacking my forehead, muttering,"stupid..stupid..stupid..."

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 07:24 PM

One day at the college, the kiln was firing  and I was the only one there.  So, I'm walking around the rooms,

fat, dumb, and happy when I went into the kiln room.  There sat the kiln, blowers wide open and every crack and

cranny was glowing orange from the 40 cu foot Baileys kiln.  I went to the side of the kiln which has the temperature controls

and noticed the lower plug and spy port... the one where you check the large cones.(pack of 4, cones 8, 9, 10, and 11.)

I'm looking around and then I saw right above the lower spy port, an upper spy port with another plug.  I convinced myself

that no kiln company would put in an upper spy port unless you could look inside.  So, I grabbed the insulated plug

and yanked it out.  First there was a FRSSST sound, the kind that lets you know you don't have anymore eye brows.

Then more intense heat and another FRSSST sound letting you know that when you turned your head the hair

not under your cap is gone.  I backed up 4 feet trying not to burn my left hand putting my face and head out, plus

reminding myself, "Must not use right hand" since I'm still holding that insulated plug, which by the way was glowing orange

on the other end.  I'm watching the flame shooting out the side spy port about 8 to 12 inches before it slowly

started to arch in an upward pattern.  All that extra room we had between the kiln and the shelves suddenly

wasn't enough.  I was in a dither, since I needed help but then, no one could find out!!!  My first attempt was direct

trying to put it back in just like it came out, but the heat and flames went around the plug heating my hand... My second

attempt was to come up from the bottom, place the plug at a 45 degree angle on the bottom lip of the "spy port"

and shove it in.....It worked.  No one found out and my curiosity was cured for a very long time.

 

See ya,

Oh, by the way, not sure who first quoted it, but it goes like this,"You're not going to live long enough to learn from

all your mistakes, so you must learn from others."

 

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 07:13 AM

Welcome to the forum Mockingbird!  you are very brave to post on the first day you joined the forum.  It took me ages to say anything.We would all love it if you would take the time to put a bit on your profile.  And pictures of your work...we love pictures!


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