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Kiln Wiring 3Phase To Single Phase

27 January 2017 - 10:27 AM

I'm trying to help an old friend by long distance with her kiln set up and decided to toss this question to the more experienced here on the forum:

The kiln is a Jen Ken 2431 208v three phase rewired to a single phase.  It runs off 70 amp breaker with 6/2 wire (very short run to breaker box). Resistance on element wires is 11.


Has programmable controller ...Orton "Auto Fire" model.


This is a three stack and the electrician involved recommended disconnecting the top element/stack.  Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.




Arrowmont Fire

29 November 2016 - 07:29 AM

Arrowmont Fire
The news isn't good. Pictured here is an image captured while looking up the driveway toward the arrival area at Arrowmont's main administration building.  The historic Red Barn in the background looks to be fully involved.  There is unconfirmed news indicating that two of the residential facilities are gone.
The town was evacuated late last night and everyone is safe (according to the news media).  Many of our CAC Forum people have studied, worked, and supported Arrowmont through the years and this is devastating news.
-Paul :(

Mechanical Gauge Or Laser?

15 November 2016 - 07:03 AM

There is a Ceramic Arts Daily article by Don Adamaitis from late October of this year titled, "Make Your Own Gauge for Throwing Consistent Pots on the Pottery Wheel".  It is a great demonstration on how to make/use a gauge on the wheel for making more uniform sized pots...and it is the way that I was taught.  I'm not certain of the origins, but there are a number of gauge articles floating around on techniques attributed to Japanese traditions.


This morning, I watched a video on Facebook that Michael Wendt (Wendt Pottery) posted where he used a couple of lasers in a similar fashion that one might use a mechanical gauge (in this instance Michael demonstrated plate making)...I can't seem to link to the video, but it was shared in the Facebook group "Clay Buddies".

Here are my questions:

  • What do you know of this laser technique?
  • Are there best(or worst) practices related to lasers/mechanical gauges?
  • Can you point to additional resources on the use of lasers in clay production?
  • Have you tried working on the wheel using a laser as a gauge?


Glazing With Bubbles

16 June 2016 - 08:49 AM

This video from Insider Art on Facebook demonstrates a rather unusual (at least to me) glazing technique.  Has anyone here on the forums tried this?




Keeping my fingers crossed that this will actually display,