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In Topic: Anyone With Experience Firing An Olympic Updraft Kiln?

08 January 2015 - 11:24 AM

I started with an Aim updraft 10 cu ft kiln with 3 burners in the center bottom with a bottom shelf about 6 in above the burners. It worked fine for bisk and could only get to cone 7-8 with bottom hotter than top for glaze firing, it was a great learning tool.

If possible find a manual on the internet or call Olympic for instruction on firing,and shelf placement.

There's a learning curve that is going to take some time but it's only Gas($$$) and pots($$$$) and time.

A gas updraft will work well and not fall apart on you as long as you are reasonably careful.

Study how they fire their kiln, ask question, take notes before you head off on your own.


In Topic: How High Did I Fire?

17 December 2014 - 05:15 PM

old thermocouples lose integrity as they age and it maybe the T?C is wore out and not reading the proper temp. if this is the case you need to change the t/c. several things could give this result, t/c and or elements


In Topic: Quick Consignment Deal - Need Confirmation :)

14 December 2014 - 04:59 PM

Has he done this before, ask for other crafters names  whose worked with him before for references , and all the above.

Good luck


In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

10 December 2014 - 01:04 PM

no need for 3 phase, just get another 11 cu ft, better return on investment. When you mentioned hand building, are you slabbing the clay , cutting out a template, and wrapping it around a form, then attaching a bottom then handle? If so, where is your bottleneck. 


In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

10 December 2014 - 09:36 AM

To give you an idea of labor cost, a contract potter in Seagrove, NC, who turns for several potters during the week, works at about $1.25 to $!.50/lb of clay. The clay is weighted and ready for him to turn, no handles,no trimming, just turning.

As suggested above rolling the bottoms save time

Since these contract potters work  by the pound, they must produce enough to prosper, a hundred lbs a day is common.

At 3lb of clay labor and clay equal to $6/piece +/-.

Clay can be thrown and covered so your production can exceed your daily demands as well, store in damp box..

If your hand builders are making just the tile badges that are applied, these too can be stored by wrapping and storing in a damp box.

If you don't have an extruder, get one for handles, you can make the die out of 1/4 in lexan and cut the handle pattern out with a drill press and a jig saw. Extrude the handles and form them on a board to firm up. There again keep in a damp box till ready to apply.

You can make 200 handles in an hr if needed.

Next get a larger kiln to add to what you have. If you have the power to handle the amps and the margin to handle the expense.

Just a few thoughts, hope some help, no idea if these fit your situation.