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How To Fire Cress 25P

21 November 2016 - 08:42 AM

Hi all

I have a cress 25P for the life of me I can't figure out how to run; my pottery teacher said that firing it for pottery isn't going to work, it is more a "hobby kiln", but I am sure they are able to fire to cone 6


it has a temperature wheel, a thumb-wheel numbered I think 1-10; and the hourly timer.


the hour and temperature timer I think I get.

what their instructions are lacking, is information about the thumb wheel


There is also a setting on the side that you can set to fire faster or slower


So, here is the question, how is the thumb wheel supposed to work?

If I fire on the slowest speed, put the temperature at cone 6; once the thumb wheel has reached 10, does the kiln shut off?


ANY HELP would be appreciated - I just can't get a clear picture of how this is supposed to work; have a manual, but it doesn't have any information on this specific configuration

thanks in advance :)




Where To Buy "iron Spangles" In Us

14 November 2016 - 04:35 PM

Hi everyone, 

I have a glaze recipe that is yellow, with dark specks/streaks in it;

It says the specks/streaks are "Iron Spangles"


I googled that, and found that iron spangles:

Iron oxides give a wide range of colours ranging from honey yellow, brownish reds, black, purple dependent on firing conditions. In reduction a blue colour is possible. - Iron spangles are actually LARGER pieces of iron oxide


I can't find any place in US where they sell them, only sites in the UK; anyone know how I could/would get my fingers on some?


Engobes And Mid-Fire Glazes

09 October 2016 - 04:21 PM

HI all

I have been scouring Google, and I can't find much information on using englobes and combining them with mid-fire glazes?  I know the studio I used to take lessons with would for example roll a leaf into a plate, cover the surface with a black englobe and then fire; after it was initially fired, he would then use a combination of mid-fire glazes - 


I can't remember if this was the correct sequence; what glazes work well (cone 6) with englobes, or anything about how to even approach this :)


Any info would be much appreciated!


How To Mark Your Prices.....

05 July 2016 - 08:17 AM

Hi all

I thought I had seen some posts on here before, but I couldn't find them, so forgive me.  I have seen the hang tag approach, and thought that was cute, but ....


When a person has a lot of different items, some functional and some non-functional - what do you feel is the most aesthetically pleasing way to put prices on your work so they do not distract from your work or your booth?


Forgive me again but:

Hang tags:  I hate hang tags: to me, they look sloppy; they fly all over in the wind; they litter your booth floor when they fall off; people always have to turn them over to read them.  Overall, I just think they make my booth look more like a thrift type booth than more upscale.


Round Sticky Dots:

These do have some advantages over hang tags; they don't fly around; however I still find they fall off and litter the floor of the booth; they don't stay on, so if things don't sell, I always have to reprice everything once they get unpacked again for the next show.  They do look slightly better to me than hang tags, but one other disadvantage is they are small; not everyone can read them.


Tent Cards: I tried these, but where I have so many items that vary in price and usage, it was almost like every item has to have it's own tent card; then they don't stay put either


So: What is your favorite method of marking your prices on your items so they still appear clean, professional, and pleasing - yet people don't have to search for the prices, can read the tags, and they stay where they are intended?



Would love to hear what works for you and why.


Different Firing Rate/speed When Firing Pottery Vs. Ceramics?

24 May 2016 - 08:11 AM

Hello all,

I have my own equipment at home (manual cress kiln and pottery wheel) and I also take a class; last night there was a comment that firing pottery is much different than firing traditional ceramics.  (Meaning on average when firing ceramics it would take about 8 hours, pottery should take closer to 12-16 for Cone 6)


Is that a true statement?  That firing pottery is a much longer process than for ceramics?