I want to preface this post by stating : you can point me in the right direction by link or what to search for. I tried to search paper clay and I got everything but!
Here goes: i have an old Paragon A66B that is a 4 switch, off low med and high. . It has 1.4ft capacity, temp to 2300f. I hope to put an Orton stand alone controller on it.
I would like to use paper clay. I would like to go to cone 6 or 7.
My questions.1st Am I being somewhat realistic?
2nd I gather that one can underfire a clay, it will not be as strong but it will be. Not as strong as compared to itself or not as strong as clays that would mature at the cone fired to?
3rd i read here that small kilns loose there heat faster than large kilns and that that has an adverse effect on the maturation of both the clay and any glazes. If this is true , why not ramp and hold and then ramp down?
So if i want to do tile and decorative sculpture , how hard do my glazes need to be?
Also if I want a matt effect that is similar to the pottery designs of the art and crafts movement would I have to delve into chemical composition high fire or can I go with out of the bottle matt .
I do not care about perfect results, I do want to be safe and focus on learning the kiln and clays before I delve into chemicals.
If you feel that I need to look at anything other than what I have mentioned, feel free to mention. I have looked at a lot of books , but I haven"t found a book that I felt was comprehensive enough. If you can suggest any I would be much obliged. Thank You Jolie