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Cone 5 Clay And Glazes

20 April 2015 - 02:02 AM

I use many of the Laguna Morroccan Sand glazes. They can be bought dry which is very cost effective. They are cone 5. The clay I am using this week is cone 6 to 10. At cone 5 it is under fired. But many of the glazes cannot be fired above cone 5. With further research I have found several cone 5 clays. My pottery supplier just wasn't carrying them. Oooh The angst. What does Chris say? Try, fail, repeat, learn. That would make a really great t-shirt. So next week I will be asking my clay supplier to provide additional product selection for those who want our clay fired to maturity at cone 5.

Dressing Up The Display

11 April 2015 - 01:41 PM

I am working on my booth. I want to add a skirt to the display table. I have seen it done with Velcro, coming undone and falling off. Can anyone tell me how they keep the bottom of their tables covered? Of course I want to do this in the most economicly way possible.

Rope Impression Decoratio

05 April 2015 - 08:16 PM

I would like to know of various ways to decorate using rope. I currently want to use the effect on the rim of a plate and side of a cup. Any info would've be helpful.

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Ravenscag Slip - Have You Tried It?

19 March 2015 - 08:44 AM

I was just reading about Ravenscag slip over at Plainsmanclays.com.


Has anyone used this?  I want to try it, but would have to order and have shipped.


I would be using it on cone 6 white and red stoneware.


Kiln Vent Operation

14 March 2015 - 12:19 PM

I built a kiln vent.  For ease of construction I am using the bottom peep hole for exhaust instead of drilling holes in the bottom of the kiln.  I think the peep hole was to big on its own.  I took a hollow peep plug and drilled four holes through the end tip.  The kiln vents through these.  The end of the vent, 6" expandable aluminum, fits snugly against the side of the kiln.  It is held in place with wire from the two plugs above it.  This all works great.  No odor at all during firing.


Prior to the using the vent my kiln always fired one cone hotter on the top shelf than the bottom.  I was thinking the vent would help even out this difference.  It hasn't.  After two bisque firings, the top shelf is still one cone hotter than the bottom.  I am glaze firing today.  I have several glazes that are cone 5 only.  They will blister at cone 6.  So I make sure this glaze is in the bottom shelf only.  I put my more flexible glazes in the middle and top.


Question:  Could this temp difference simple be an element issue?  I have never had to change my elements.  At this time I am OK with the temp difference due to the different glaze temps.  But in the future what can I do the get more even temps.  I want to try some controlled cooling firings.  I am worried how these will turn out.


I appreciate any help offered.