Hi everybody! I'm completely new to the forums here, and while I've gotten a great amount of information through lurking, I'm still pretty new to much concerning ceramic arts. I really apologize for all my questions -- I started working with ceramics back in high school, but I've never truly done it on my own, so I feel like I'm starting all over again!
I have been working with a Flint Hills Cone 6 Buff stoneware, and I'm getting together some practice pots to do my first firing with ever.
My first question -- I don't see any specific recommendations on the box for this clay, so I assume I should bisque fire to cone 06-04? But specifically speaking, would cone 04 be best to fire to?
Also, I have an old kiln that I purchased on Craigslist that states on the machine, do not fire any higher than cone 6! When I get home I can get specific model and maker information, but I do know it's not one of the well known manufacturers like Skutt. Do you think that it will be safe to glaze fire to cone 6 in this kiln later down the road? I will be using only commercial glazes to start with for consistency and stability while I'm still learning how to fire and everything.
I really appreciate any insight that you might be able to share! I never realized how fully indepth and complex ceramic arts could be, so any help navigating the topic would be amazing.