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Bill T.

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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In Topic: What Sort Of Stirrer Do You Use.

09 February 2014 - 08:36 PM

I picked up a stick blender at a garage sale cheap.  It works great.  I like it because it will get to the bottom of my containers to stir that up.  I don't mix buckets of glaze just about a gallon size container. 

In Topic: Firing Schedule, Cone 6 Glazes

05 January 2014 - 01:19 PM

Here is the MC6 suggested firing schedule (with a slow cooling if you want to use it).


                    Deg F/hour          Temp & hold

Ramp 1           100                       220/0

R         2          350                      2000/0

R         3          150                     2190/15       or where cone 6 is bent correctly, depends on your kiln

                                                                         mine bends at 2185

To continue with slow cooling cycle

R         4            -500                   1900/0

R         5            -125                    1400/0



"For bisque firings we recommend slow firing (100C, 180F per hour from 100C to 900C, 212F to 1650F).  This is when chemically combined water and organics are burn off.  This is especially important with iron bearing bodies to stop any reduction of iron which can over flux clay."  " For bisque firing a 5-10 minute soak at the end of the firing cycle can be advantageous......."   MC6 John Hesselberth & Ron Roy.    


My glaze firing with at Skutt 1027 pretty full is about 8 1/2 hours and bisque about 12 1/2. 

In Topic: New On The Greenware Shelf For The New Year!

01 January 2014 - 09:41 PM

My wife has been telling me to make some pitchers cause people like to collect them.  Kind of got away from them, but one I happened to have I glazed just before Christmas and it sold within 2 days.  My New Year's present to myself is hot water in the shop!!!

Already had water but it sure is cold in the winter.  My son-in-law had given me a small 6 gallon 110 V  heater several years ago, and I finally got around to hooking it to the water supply and electric in the shop.  After 8 years throwing with cold water it's a joy now. 

In Topic: How Long Do Your Elements Last?

20 December 2013 - 09:41 PM

I guess I'm a little lucky.  My 1027 is about 6 years old with 170 bisque & cone 6 firings on it.  Still fires just about on schedule.  Had to replace relays twice and redid all the control box wiring.  Plan to replace elements in Jan or Feb just to be on the safe side (a little flush with Christmas money).  Have on old Gare over 25 years old that my mother-in-law did ceramics in that still fires great.  It's too small to take much of a load so I'm planning to make it a raku kiln. 

In Topic: Does Temperature Of Clay Matter When Throwing?

16 December 2013 - 10:21 PM

I keep my clay in 5 gallon buckets. I have placed a 40 watt light bulb in the bucket I plan on using the next day. It warms the clay without melting the bucket. I hate cold clay! I guess I should clarify that the light bulb is in a socket and turned on....


I tried your idea today.  IT WORKS !!  We have been in the 20's this past week , and I only heat my shop when I am in it.  Will post some pics of what I built later.