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Stamp Maker Recommendation

09 February 2015 - 01:35 PM

Can anyone recommend a stamp fabricator / maker?I used to use Jett stamps but it seems they've gone out of business.

Getting Kiln Wash Off Shelves

17 December 2014 - 10:16 PM

My kiln shelves are warping and I'd like to turn them over. However, I'm having a hard time getting all the kiln wash off them. I tried scraping and a little sanding. Neither worked very well. I don't want any flakes of kiln wash falling on glazeware....Any ideas?

Water Vapor In Kiln

04 October 2014 - 01:53 PM

I loaded my glazed pieces in my electric kiln when they were still pretty damp and may not have candled enough as I usually do in that situation to dry the glaze. I also suspect my electric kiln does not have enough (hardly any except 2 tiny holes drilled in top with vent on) air flow, and am wondering if the water vapor in the kiln could account for the slower firing the kiln experienced yesterday. It usually takes 9-10 hours, and I turned it off at 13 (going to cone 6) because I was surprised it wasn't off. The elements are not popping out of the tracks, etc. and the inside of the kiln looks to be in great condition. It was firing like a champ previously. Has anyone experienced an delay from glazes being too damp in the kiln? I'll unload tomorrow morning and am hoping not to find a mess. Urgh!


Your Favorite Pottery Videos?

11 September 2014 - 05:50 AM

I'd like to start assembling a list of good and inspiring pottery videos to show to my high school class, but there is an overwhelming amount of stuff on the internet. Which ones are your favorites?

Questions About Firing With Peep Out

05 September 2014 - 08:16 PM

I recently got a new (to me) kiln and find myself with a few niggling questions. It has a manual kiln-sitter shut off:


1) the kiln manual says to fire it with the top peep out. However, I have a down draft vent, and I am wondering if this would create too much airflow? If I do fire it with the peep out, should I close the peep for cooling after the kiln reaches temperature and shuts off?


2) my glazes were more glossy, and less matte, in my old kiln. I am thinking that the old one perhaps cooled more quickly because it was a smaller kiln with thinner bricks/ not so much insulation. If I glaze fire it with the top peep out and the vent on, might this help bring back some glossiness? Should I leave the peep out and vent on during all or part of the cooling? Or would this create problems because of too much airflow during cooling?


Thanks for any thoughts or feedback.....