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In Topic: Electric Kiln Reviews

20 January 2017 - 08:30 AM

Unfortunately, no independent reviews out there that I've ever found.  When I was looking to buy, I went with my experience firing kilns at the community studio and looking at classified ads for folks selling kilns.  Our community studio used mostly L&Ls, with a couple Skutts; I preferred firing the L&Ls.  Looking at what folks were selling in the classifieds, I found lots of Skutt and Olympia kilns, but rarely an L&L or Cone Art.  That told me L&L and Cone Art were either very reliable,  well made, and kept by owners or they were mostly used by serious potters who believed a few more dollars up front were the better investment long-term.  I bought an L&L from a local distributor (vs on-line) so I could have a local person for maintenance, etc. and to keep the "pottery" dollars local.  Well worth the investment.  Looked long and hard at the Cone Arts.  I've heard good testimonials from potters regarding Cone Art -- especially after Tucker's bought the line back from Shimpo. 


Am sure you'll get lots of responses here . . . with pros/cons for every brand out there.  Good luck on the selection. 

In Topic: I Got My Brand New Kiln Controller!

18 January 2017 - 07:43 PM

Lid closed when firing.  I have vent that moves air, so no need to keep open or cracked open. 

In Topic: Complete Beginner, Epic Fail When Firing

16 January 2017 - 08:39 PM

The clay was over-fired.  Pugging it had nothing to do with the result.


Your shelves might be salvaged . . . depends on how deep the clay melted into the shelf.  Wearing appropriate safety gear, remove the items and grind down the shelf -- use an angle grinder if the clay did not melt into the shelf.  If nothing else, remove/grind away all the melted clay and kiln wash to get the shelf completely clean, then flip it over an use the other side instead.  But you won't know until  the charred remains are removed. 


Is it possible you programmed the kiln to cone 6 instead of 06?  Did the kiln turn off properly at peak temperature?  How long was the firing? 

In Topic: Is Cone 4-10 Clay Fired To Cone 4 Underfired?

16 January 2017 - 01:43 PM

I do not know how potters in the UK keep their sanity. I have seen many posts stating a clay has a 04 to 6 firing range- IMPOSSIBLE!!!



Sure its possible . . . it just will not vitrify at lower cones, etc.  It's not what they are saying, it's what they are not saying.  I've fired Standard's red earthenware to cone 6 -- just to see.  And the test tile came out fine. 

In Topic: Is Cone 4-10 Clay Fired To Cone 4 Underfired?

16 January 2017 - 08:08 AM

i like the fact that reality does not scare you, you have the guts to tell the emperor he is nude.



Unfortunately, the emperors (e.g., clay manufacturers) likely know this and continue to do so regardless for whatever reasons, including the one we continue to buy what they produce.  If they see a benefit to standards, they would have done so years ago.