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  1. An update. I did speak with my friend and she was shocked - of course she doesn't candle or even use setting 1. Just goes straight to setting 2 for 2 hours. Further info: Th local Kiln builder came to have a look why my kiln isn't working. A switch was blown and some wires wrongly connected at the back. Now getting sorted so my kiln should work by next week. The "energy regulator" is a dialed switch 1-6 and the man told me it's like the dial on the stove top. 1-2 is low/simmer 3-4 med heat and 5-6 "high" Remember I'm in South Africa so our everything is limited. Many first wo
  2. Okay - I've tried the high tech so here's the low tech - just going to copy the damn firing schedule here. I think I've realized what she did and while ask asap. I think she totally skips the warm up on setting 1. Bisque Firing to 980C 1) Keep door closed throughout the firing 2)Leave the bung out of the door and chimney. Set energy regulator on no. 1 and leave overnight 3)Set energy reg. to "2" for 2 hrs Set energy reg. to "3" for 2 hrs Set Energy reg. to "4" for 1 hr Set Energy reg to "5" for 1 hr Set Energy reg to "6" put bung in door, leave chimney pl
  3. Hi Chris - I do want to make this offer with the next load. It's a small kiln so not a big deal to fill up. Gives an excuse for lots more testing too
  4. I will get the firing schedule. My pride has now calmed a bit and it seems from this thread that it's also about drying my pots further. I would very much appreciate some help with the firing schedule. She has a VERY old kiln - nothing computerized. I've been given a Kiln that may be even older and doesn't even have a thermocoupler. I'm having the people out in the week to try and see if it's worth fixing. Thank you all again very much. I'm keen to learn as much as possible.
  5. Funny you say that - when I did my short apprenticeship with a production potter he taught me to add bentonite to my recycled clay. Maybe that's what did the trick?
  6. I do apologize I seem to have been confusing. Thank you all so much for your input and the questions. It reminds me how important every detail is and how wonderful community is. I tried to answer all the questions throughly and clear up the confusion. I was not firing raw here in this experience of a bisque fire. My Raw firing was done all of last year. My friend does the two fire process so I was following the two fire process and hoping to talk her into a raw fire at a later time. Electric kiln. I had a few pots at each level and several were of the same size and shapes. I
  7. I did some searching but strangely didn't find info regarding my issue. Im a newbie pottery of 3years, created my own studio two years ago. My teacher said she couldn't teach me more and I went to apprentice with a production potter. In my opinion my skill is good for only 3yrs but still has far far to go (I can throw shapes I choose and I can throw at a decent rate of pots/hour) I have done several raw firings in a borrowed kiln and had few if any failures over the last year. Having moved house I am sharing a kiln with a friend now. She bisques and then glaze fires. She fired som
  8. Hi Birdypotter Thank you for the links - I'm wondering what gauge wire you used? I'm wanting to make a "space separator" hanging with many tiles - approx 3/4in wide with 3-6in lengths. My goal is to glaze both sides however I've never done such a thing. I'm finding it difficult to get Nichrome wire and after reading your post (I'd like to fire cone 6 and cone 10 stoneware) I'm wondering if Kanthal is my answer. Our pottery supply shops don't seem to carry much so I will probably have to order from the UK Thank you
  9. I found an Emmanuel Cooper book with a listing of slips. I searched the entire book to understand what an IS slip is. I worked out all the others: YS, BS and GS. Is it possibly indigo? he states that layers with a clear glaze IS turned a pale green. I'm very keen to try to work this out.
  10. The other big point is: Every successful artist has allowed their limitations to show them a path forward. Here you have been given the best advice: Look to others in same category, experiment, research.
  11. Thanks Pres- I was definitely not shooting for a luster- 😉. On the positive side I feel any firing that doesn't blow a pot out or weld one to a shelf is success. Can't wait for the next one!
  12. The firing is finished. There were numerous technical issues. To express a few:power at my friends kiln kept tripping just before I reached peak temp - my attempt at a soak nearly liquified cone 5 and 6. I made the decision to leave the bungs in when the fire finished at 9pm - I'm sure this was not my best decision especially as the kiln overfired. What I am left with is: burned out reds and a few other odds. The controller is totally manual and 30yrs old at least. I really struggled to control kiln temps. My cones were either up or liquid. There was never a bending time. (I check the
  13. Thank you Bob - I completely forgot to look at that site. I'm quickly learning not to trust google!
  14. the Turner's White Recipe from CAD 10% Dolomite 9% Whiting 25% Soda Feldspar 20% Custer Feldspar (this isn't available here, I understood it to be a potash feldspar so that's what I replaced it with - Potash Feldspar) 18% EPK Kaolin (again not available - the best suggestion was to use China Kaolin - but as I said - this settled right out) 6% Talc 12% Silica Add: Bentonite 2% As per your suggestions I should replace the Kaolin with ball clay (can I just "grind" some of my dried clay body for this - so it matches best?) this won't be the 20-30% you suggeste
  15. Hi TJR- I addressed it to John because he's the moderator- but I'm keen for experienced advice please. I do have many question as I've read a lot and some is contradictory. Also I am not finding a whole lot of info as one does with bisque glazing and firing. T- if I add ball clay won't this increase the iron amounts the glaze can react with? I appreciate the explanation of the consistency needed for the glaze. Mine is obviously still to thin. I can't stand those pink pots- puts me right off! As for losses- I reckon since I'm a beginner it will only make me better faster. Do yo
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