Jump to content


Member Since 19 Jan 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 28 2013 08:45 AM

#22293 Electric firing

Posted by DAY on 17 September 2012 - 06:22 AM

To answer both of your questions yes i am asking how gradually to increase the temprature, and it is a 240v duncan kiln, i don't know the model or exactly how big it is; it has 1 element and 2 peepholes if that helps.


i'll post a picture of the kiln as soon as i can.

One element- sounds like a "test kiln". They fire pretty fast, and you can't really compare them to a kiln with 4 or 6 elements. That said, test kilns are usually 120 V.

#20529 I'm considering full time production pottery

Posted by DAY on 13 August 2012 - 09:07 AM

Wee Willie Keeler( major league baseball, 1892-1910) said, "Hit 'em where they ain't".
That equally applies to our 'line of work'. Find an empty niche- and fill it!

#20046 Candling and Cracking Early

Posted by DAY on 31 July 2012 - 08:49 AM

Some 'Newbies' may not know the trick of holding a mirror above the top peephole. If it fogs, there is still moisture coming out!
As to "rules" of when to open, etc, there are too many clay/glaze variables for a one size fits all answer. Better to be so busy with other tasks that you forget to open the kiln until tomorrow! Note: this is NOT a rule- with a show to pack for you can usually open the kiln, unload with oven mitts and pack for the show as soon as the ware doesn't melt the bubble wrap.Posted Image

#18165 Spoonrests or Top Ramen

Posted by DAY on 15 June 2012 - 06:21 AM

Here's another "quickie" that helps pay the bills. I call it the "whatever" dish - spoon rest, powder room soap dish, ring rest, what ever.I cut a couple dozen per slab, with a 4" cookie cutter, form them on plaster hump molds. Wholesale for $60/dozen.

Attached Files

#17791 Got Used Kiln for $100, now what?

Posted by DAY on 05 June 2012 - 06:53 AM

All good advice, above. Remember: A kiln is a very simple device. Just a container for wires (elements) that get hot when electricity is supplied- by switches or a computer. No bearings, motors, or moving parts. As Lucille says, "have fun!"

#17685 Witness cone stopped at 3:30, not 4:00

Posted by DAY on 01 June 2012 - 04:52 AM

One wonders how the PBO's(Potters Before Orton) managed to create the works now safely resting in museums worldwide?Posted Image

#17586 Will I burn my house down?

Posted by DAY on 29 May 2012 - 06:20 AM

Lots of potters run their kilns "inside their house"- including schools! Kiln fires are rare to non existent. The danger of fire is in the wiring/breaker box, and is due to faulty/overloaded equipment. If you are tripping circuit breakers in the "heat of the day" it is because you do not have a high enough amperage main. 200 amps is standard in most residential construction.<div>The best place for a kiln is as close to the main breaker box as possible, and outside, but under cover. A kiln is just a tool, and a simple one, at that.</div>

#16902 single firing, cone 6 stoneware

Posted by DAY on 09 May 2012 - 07:40 AM

Potters have "single fired" for several thousand years!<div><br><div>To learn more- everything!- google "steven hill single fire".</div></div>

#16509 Newbie Question about Food Safe

Posted by DAY on 28 April 2012 - 07:02 AM

"In reality, the higher end chain stores are selling low fired, decorated wares with zero qualms. I see glazed terra cotta wares for sale. I see sets of dishes with crackled glaze in my local department store. It seems impossibly confusing to me. "

Good point, Chris!
And we also have to worry about lightning, and sharks, and alien abduction. (also, the Mad Cows are baaaack!)

#16463 Newbie Question about Food Safe

Posted by DAY on 27 April 2012 - 08:46 AM

Not all “bugs” are bad; your gut is filled with friendly little folks that digest your food. TV has lately discovered that they can sell you the same bacteria, (“ProBiotic”) in packaged form!

Milk is Pasteurized to kill microorganisms (such as Brucella, Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, Mycobacterium bovis, Salmonella, etc.

It can be done in 30 minutes at 145F, or “flash” pasturized at 165F for 15 seconds. Your dishwasher gets hotter than that.

Lead glazes are another whole “food safety” topic.

The biggest danger of food safety in ceramics is- in America, at least- lawsuits. That is why restaurants have different criteria for their dinnerware.

Relax- and look both ways when crossing the steet, you’ll live a long time.

#15840 Can I please have another

Posted by DAY on 13 April 2012 - 06:38 AM

I had to read a bunch of replies, before I even had a clue what y'all are talking about! I never noticed those buttons in the lower right corner.
-And I am only posting this comment, so I can look at my buttons. (This is a good spot for an "emoticon", only I consider them crutches for the illiterate, and never use them. Will that earn me a red mark?)

#15629 New Work Table

Posted by DAY on 08 April 2012 - 12:36 PM

For the table top, cover it with something both removable and washable: Oil cloth, or a "retired" canvas from the lab roller. You can wedge on it, and clay won't stick. Take it outdoors and beat it/wash it.

#15618 New Work Table

Posted by DAY on 08 April 2012 - 08:46 AM

My Bailey DRD slab roller has small casters on two legs. I haven't moved it in 10 years, but I can- and it is rock solid.<div>I suggest several smaller tables- with those casters. Pallets are built of oak, and are free. A few 4'x4' tables can be used alone, or put under a 4'x8' sheet of plywood for really big projects. Use bolts, not nails or screws.

#15432 To rewire or not to rewire?

Posted by DAY on 03 April 2012 - 06:09 AM

I looked at a used 208V kiln recently, and was told (by my ceramics supplier) that the only difference between 208 and 240 is the elements themselves. If the price is right, new elements can make it a 240V kiln.
Note: This NOT the case with 3 phase.