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What Happened Here?

07 February 2017 - 02:01 PM

Here is an interesting happening...

I recently fired about a dozen of these "flowerpot gremlins" in a bisque/glaze firing to ^04.

The dark red on the right was done with 2 coats of pure red iron oxide. The strange looking one on the left was done with 2 coats of red iron oxide and 3 coats of ^06 translucent matte glaze.  Right came out pretty much as expected, but Left was a total surprise!

The "matte" finished glossy and the color just blew me away.

Any suggestions as to what might have happened. The clay was a ^5 B-Mix w/o grog.

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Where To Put The Temp Probe?

23 December 2016 - 05:00 PM

This may be best answered by Neil...but others are welcome to chime in.

I have 2 old Cress kilns, a B-23-H ^6 and an FX-23-P ^10. The latter is a recent acquisition. I've also bought an Orton Auto-Fire digital controller. Where should I drill the hole for the temperature probe on each of these kilns?

My guess would be in the upper third of the kiln rather than the center. The ^10 kiln has a hole in the outer housing in the center from top to bottom. No holes in the firebrick on the inside.

I ultimately plan on selling the ^6 kiln after doing a ^6 firing and then sticking with the ^10 kiln for future use. When I do go to sell the ^6 unit what would be best to plug the hole?


Any help would be appreciated.




Auto Firing Programs

28 July 2016 - 11:11 AM

Hi All...

I just got an Orton Auto-fire programmer for my kilns and would like some suggestions for sources for firing programs from bisque to crystalline glazes and everything in between. Any help would really be appreciated!



Reconstituting Bone Dry Clay

07 June 2016 - 09:52 AM

I bought a used kiln from a little ole lady who was moving and decided to give up on her ceramics hobby. As part of the deal and in an effort to help clean out her garage, she gave me six 50# boxes of clay which are bone dry.

What would be the best way to go about reclaiming these bricks?


Removing Wheel Head

21 May 2016 - 08:54 AM

​Does anyone out there know how to remove the wheel head from my old Creative Industries wheel? The head has a split in it and is not perfectly flat. Not too much of a concern since I have a variety of bats to throw on. Just curious more than anything.

I've also scored a working treadmill with a 2 1/2 hp motor which I may, at some time, look to adapt to the CI wheel. I know it would be overkill since I don't plan on throwing A Hundred Pounds of Clay... B)

Anyway...Any ideas on the wheel head? :huh:


For those who might be curious, that is a splash pan I made from the bottom of a plastic trash can when I couldn't find a replacement for the pan which was missing when a friend gave me the wheel which he found in a barn on a newly acquired piece of property. 


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