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  1. I do low fire anyway, usually to cone 05-06. This particular model does fire to Cone 6, though, but who knows what the results would be. It is 120 V.
  2. Hello: Thinking about getting this model just to do some test glazes and small pieces. You can apparently plug it into an outlet in your house. Has anyone ever used this model before? http://shop.clay-planet.com/skutt-firebox-8x6-LT.aspx
  3. There is a local clay supply store, definitely. Suggestions for the best clay for handbuilding, other than low-fire white....red or terracotta low fire?
  4. Hi all! What brand of clay do you recommend for handbuilding? Wanted to try some slab molds, mugs, etc.....something other than low fire white. Preferably low-fire. Thanks so much!
  5. So glad I came across this discussion thread: We have been renting for the last 4 years, and my manual electric kiln ( for my business) has gone with me everywhere. I even had an electrician come over and create a outlet for at as well, no problem. We have recently bought a home and found out that our homeowners insurance DOES not cover the kiln at all! We have called 2 other insurace companies and they said no, too. If I do ceramics as a hobby, they said it would be ok. But if it's for business purposes, no. Maybe we can call State Farm???
  6. HIi--- Has anyone tried this glaze on low fire white earthenware? I know you get better results with red earthenware, but don't have it in stock right now. http://www.dickblick.com/products/amaco-artists-choice-glaze Thanks!
  7. Thanks for all the posts! Guess firing at 7pm would work best.....PG&E nickel and dime you to death out here in CA. Gotta find out when the billing cycle ends, too.
  8. I'll say! I live in CA, and my kiln is in the garage. Have to keep both garage doors cracked open for ventilation, (no windows) since I don't have a vent system. If I fire at night, rates are definitely lower, but we're worried about leaving the garage doors open at night while we sleep. Maybe I just have to get up at the crack of dawn to switch it on.
  9. Hi.... Just wanted to throw that out there. Do you turn on your kiln late at night/morning? Just got my electric bill and it wasn't pretty. Thanks!!!
  10. Hi.... No, I didn't do anything else to prep this piece. I only warmed in the microwave. I will first warm, then sand, then scrape away loose pieces. I didn't combine the underglaze with anything else, just straight out of the bottle. I used Duncan Concepts. I originally fired it to Cone 06....should I fire it longer, or just fire it to Cone 05? Maybe I'll try firing again and see what happens.....thanks so much!
  11. Hi! The second firing didn't change the overall surface. The overall glaze is pretty good; it didn't budge much over most of the entire surface. It's just that the glaze can't seem to glaze fire over these spots at all. Oh well; if this can't be saved I'll just have to toss it.
  12. Hi all: I wanted to repair and old piece that I had glazed last year. This was a bisqueware teapot that I had painted with Duncan Concepts underglaze. I fired this piece at Cone 06 and then discovered that the glaze crawled away around the handle. It left some unsightly bare spots, exposing the white bisque underneath. Well, I went ahead and took this piece and warmed it in the microwave for a few minutes, to that the glaze would stick to it a little bitter. I used two coats on these bare spots. I fired it again at Cone 06 and the glaze crawled away again!!! UGH....I really want to save this piece somehow.....any suggestions? Thanks so much.
  13. Huh; interesting! Thanks for the tip, Lucille! Which model is it? http://www.bigceramicstore.com/supplies/kilns/olympic-120v.htm
  14. Very true; may have to do a kiln share.
  15. Hi all: I found out that I may be moving in a few months and will have to sell or put my kiln in storage. I will be moving into a rental house. Can you suggest a good small kiln (Cone 04-06 Firing) that plugs into a standard outlet? 120V? Thanks so much
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