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Devany

Member Since 09 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Jan 16 2012 03:16 PM
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Salt Firing in North Carolina?

23 December 2011 - 11:52 AM

I am considering moving to the Charlotte area. I have a large high fire gas kiln, but would like to rent space in a salt kiln. Anyone know of someone in that area that is doing salt firings? I worked in a guild in CA for a few years and fell in love with salt firing. Thanks! I know this is just a shot in the dark.

High Fire Reduction Question

16 October 2011 - 01:04 PM

I have a very large gas (propane, we live on an island with no natural gas) kiln that I bought used. It has four burners. I use ^ 10/11 clay and high fire glazes. I have had the kiln about a year and it has gone through 7 glaze firings. I am having issues with the reduction process. All of my previous experience has been in University and Guilds where we were not allowed to fire, so all I could do was buy books and study about firing. I have no problem getting the kiln to ^ 10/11 and everything comes out nicely, but I know that I am not achieving full reduction. In fact every time I close the damper the flames go out completely. I have to open the damper and then relight after waiting a little while.

I am not sure how much I need to starve the atmosphere or for how long, nor am I sure if I am actually achieving reduction if I leave the damper open enough for the flames to continue burning. Can anyone here help me with this problem? I am also not sure at which point in the process the reduction should be taking place or for how long. I am trying to do it at the end of the firing process now.

How many people are using SQUARE for credit cards?

09 August 2011 - 01:32 PM

I use Square and love it. I only do a few shows a year, and my Etsy site accepts Pay Pal, but when I do need to accept credit cards I really like using square. I have found that the fees are not much higher than other services.