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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. Hey. I have been having discussions about the Genesis controller and realized that you can extract your firing data. I plotted my last three firings in R to compare them against each other. It is pretty amazing how accurate the kiln fires. One of these loads was practically empty and they are still all almost exactly the same. The offset on one of the graphs is from a hold.

    I just thought I would post this here so you guys can track this as well if you want. I am going to chart each firing onto this graph so I can notice the differences in firing increases. I haven't figured out how I am going to offset the holds, but I know I can do it in R by offsetting the plot by the minutes of hold. I will figure that out later, but I just wanted share how cool this is. I love my controller. It is so awesome. Nothing like being able to check what ramp you're on via your cell phone.

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  2. Thank you, everyone, for your knowledge and words. 

    I think at this point I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing, with the exception of hammering 99% my work. I am at a place now where I think my current work is desired enough to sell it and I am going to start doing what a lot of you said, make the larger pots when I desire and continue making smalls as well. I am going to rebuild my website for a simple place to post new work and put up a shop. I am going to probably use some type of mix between etsy and my personal shop, on that I haven't decided, maybe Pattern. 

    I figure I need to put together some actual work anyways like Yappy said. Having work ready when I do get someone offering me a gallery spot is the real way to do it, not the other way around. I need to be putting together collections of work on shelves so that I can go and say, here is what I have ready for your gallery. 

    Thanks again all! Huge help in my thoughts over the last week, I have been spending a lot of time meditating on my place in the pottery world. I appreciate the help.

  3. 6 minutes ago, neilestrick said:

    A 15" tall vase is big. Bigger than most people can find a spot for in their homes, and more expensive than most people are willing to pay nowadays. 5-6 years ago, I used to sell 1 or two large $275 jars at every art fair. Now I sell 1-2 per year. Over the last 3 years I have gradually changed my body of work to be mostly smaller pieces, under $100. I've had shows where I sold $1900 of work, and my average sale was under $30. It's a lot more work to do it that way, because you're making up for large sales with volume, but small pieces sell well. I will say that over the last two years I've been starting to sell larger pieces again. As long as the economy keeps improving, I think sales of larger pieces will continue to improve as well.

    It definitely is more limited. From the pottery shows I have been to, all of the work that was being bought was mostly smaller stuff. The only larger stuff I saw being sold was the red dots on the name tags in the galleries. But those were the award-winning pots, and it isn't like they are making a living selling 1 pot for a few grand every year at this show. I guess I just need to start taking action towards finding places to put my work. I need to rebuild my website, get some work on up it, a simple artist statement and get out around town and see what I can find. I know I live in a ripe area for sales. I live north of Atlanta, it is a very wealthy area a few miles around me in almost every direction, as my house taxes tell me each year... I am sure there are people out there buying good work, I just need to make some. :ph34r:

  4. 1 minute ago, Callie Beller Diesel said:

    I think if there are pieces that you need to make, you should make them. Just don't stop making the smaller, more bread and butter stuff.  If the larger pieces are a different market that tends to move slower, then allow that it may not be your primary income stream. Multiple income streams are a good thing, aren't they?

    Yes! I currently have 0 income streams. I don't sell any of my work, I am trying to change that this year. Last year I sold a few things, but I would really like to make larger objects. Of course, I say large, but my kiln limit is 15'' wide and 17.5'' tall. So large is really medium to most potters probably. 

  5. 52 minutes ago, firebob said:

    I do make some larger stuff and it dose sell, but it can take time to sell.  The cost that gets tied up into something large can be scary.  Marketing larger stuff can also be hard, but I do not do any shipping.

    I do have one gallery that I try to keep 3 or 4 larger pieces in.  My kilns are 41x41x41" and sometimes do vases, jars, umbrella / cane holders that only fit 9 items per load.  

    Thanks for the feedback.

  6. I have been thinking about selling large work recently as my heart is pulling me in that direction and I need to follow it more. Does anyone have experience selling large work in galleries and such?  I am not sure how one even approaches a gallery, do you just walk in with your large pot and be like, wanna sell this? 

    I know mugs and stuff can sell easily but I am more intrigued by my new work which is very crude and doesn't really fit well in the form of cups and mugs. So I am just trying to get ideas on where to sell that work as shipping it would probably be difficult.

  7. Yea I have tried tinkering with the snowflake crackle. I can't get it to do what I want, plus I want something with a more matte surface where snowflake is super glossy. 

    I am not trying to be difficult I appreciate all the help. It is the last part of the puzzle for what I want in my work this year. I am trying to make some work for friends who have asked for some in the past. I also want to sell some work this year again as well.

  8. @glazenerd Im about to read all about potash and neph sy. I don't mind if the surface forms some kind of crystal structure and matte slightly. I am not worried about leaching since there won't be any materials in the glaze to leach out anyways. I actually want a crackle type surface but not as glossy as that one. More of a shino ish look but still have the crazed lines. I can't describe it. I have seen it on work before.

    I just realized I linked the wrong image. I like this one much more: https://glazy.org/recipes/7269 but still it isn't what I am after. Unless it can be put on thick and not move or crawl. I don't really use online glazes much anymore as they never travel well. But it looks like a good place to start. I still think Neph Sy forms a better-looking glaze.

  9. Has anyone ran any currie grid test on nepheline syenite glazes and I am trying to figure out where to start? I think I am just going to run a grid with neph, ball clay/kaolin and silica as my only additions. I am looking for something very specific to finish up the design I am working on right now. I was just wondering if anyone has done this or something like this in this thread so I can get any tips you found out? I am looking for something very specific. I have an idea in my head of what I am working on and I must complete it, and I know nepheline syenite is going to be the answer based on what I can see from other glazes using it. I want a really stiff glaze that has depth in the networks of crazes inside of it.  Do you all think this is the right place to start? 

    Actually, on second thought looking at the melting point for neph I think I will add 10% 3134 to it, because once the clay and silica get in there, I don't think much is going to happen.

    I think I will run it this Saturday. 

  10. Just for completion, I wanted to update the forum post for future people who have the same error. I installed my refurb genesis controller today and my TC's are reading fine. Although they seem a bit warm to me. 76F in my kiln apparently. I haven't adjusted anything yet as I will be doing the firings with cones to verify cone 6 and offsets like I did after element changes. I assume it will need similar offsets. 

    I am pretty happy with the controller. It is much nicer being able to see the entire program in front of you when your building it. I also like the wifi and I am going to get the app installed on my phone and stuff. So overall I am pretty darn excited and glad my kiln is back in operation.  I won't be firing much until it warms up though. 

    Anywho, thanks to everyone for all your help. 

  11. 21 minutes ago, Dick White said:

    Get the refurb Genesis. You're paying half what I paid for mine directly from Barlett. I wonder if they will sell me a refurb, I have 2 other kilns that could use an upgrade at half price...

     

    I decided to go with it. Going to place the order tomorrow. I guess it all worked out okay after all. Although I have no real problems with the current controller. I am excited about the features of the genesis. Mostly the wifi updates, the phone software, and being able to name my dang programs. I have to look at notes to remember which one is which, or go through them all manually. Bleh.

  12. I have been emailing back and forth with L&L. I can't read apparently. I thought the 20% discount was on returning. It is a RESTOCKING fee. lol. :wub:

    However, they do have refurbished genesis controllers for $165. He said they were tested and set up there at his factory so they leave working fine. I think this is what I am probably going to go for. Seems like a great deal. I get to upgrade and replace the old one for cheaper than a newer old one, of course, it is a refurb, but if it's working when it leaves I can't see it being in any worse shape than a new one usually. Thoughts?

  13. I am surprised as well. Only 290 firings. I have only had the kiln since June 2014. So it is past the warranty. 

    I can't imagine all of the sudden my TC wires randomly go backwards. I have fired it 5-6 times with good results since I changed my TCs. So unless I have a kiln goblin messing with me, I think it has to be the board at this point. I asked them about the new controller in my reply, but I haven't gotten a response from them yet.

    Thanks.

  14. So I replaced my TCs about a month or two ago and I had no problems. I fired probably 5-6 times since I replaced them. However a few weeks ago I turned on my kiln and had an e-22, that flashed between that and e-26. I thought it was just because it was cold (45F)in my garage, so I heated up my garage with a heater and the error went away. So I thought it was just a cold problem, although in all the previous years I have never had this issue with even colder nights.

    Well, I went out there today to run a firing and it is probably 60F in my garage because of the crazy warm weather today. I am now getting the same error codes again. I did all the steps on L&L's website for the E-22. 

    As here: http://hotkilns.com/how-fix-e-22-or-e-6-error-code-dynatrol

    I checked everything and redid all the TC connections just to be sure. Error still persist.

    When I check TC 1 and TC 2 temp it reads -106. 

    One thing I will note is that it flashes E-22, then E-26 and stays on E-26.

    E-26 from this link: http://hotkilns.com/error-codes

    Says the following: E- 26 (E-26, Er26, E26): a2d (analog to digital conversion) not working properly/problem- try again or replace the board.

    Any ideas? I have checked all the wiring and everything looks great. All the numbers match and everything is as it should be.

    I am guessing for some reason my board is dead? I haven't had any power surges or anything. 

    I have an email into L&L, but it is the holiday season, I am guessing I might not hear back for a while. So I thought I would post my question here just in case anyone has any clues. My 3-year warranty ran out this year, so might be an expensive fix. If I need a new controller I might just get the digital one. 

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