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#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.

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#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!"

#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!)

#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.