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  1. I am supposed to go to a birthday party for a friend this week. So I made 6 stoneware coffee mugs to glaze and give as a gift. I had stupidly bought 5 blue and 1 blue/green Mayco Cone 5-6 glazes. So I glazed the cups, put them in the kiln with pyrometric cones for cone 6. Set my brand new Scutt kiln to cone 6, which I've used many ties before. I know what I'm doing. I've been doing pottery and ceramics for 12 years. Five of the cups came out looking like mud, not blue. The Sapphire one wasn't sapphire blue. They all look like ######. My conclusion: Mayco Cone 5-6 glazes are not "reliable" as advertised by their manufacturer. If you haven't already wasted your money on Mayco Cone 5-6 glazes, don't waste your money on them. If you have already wasted your money on Mayco Cone 5-6 glazes, don't use them on anything important because they are UNRELIABLE. Much better to mix one's own glazes using tried and true formulas. Please don't bother posting helpful comments or asking me simplistic questions. I just want readers of this forum to know to ignore Mayco's self-promotional b.s.
  2. Thanks to those who posted useful information which was very timely for me. Out of the clear blue we have started to get black spots too, on a relatively new Skutt. What is particularly useful is the information about humidity. Our kiln was moved from NV to the Gulf Coast so the humidity concern may explain our black spot phenomena.
  3. Marcia: If you are going to stay in Texas, the smartest thing to do is buy/rent a property outside incorporated cities, because many cities in Texas do not allow the burning of anything outside. Even then if a property is in "unincorporated county territory" some home builders/subdividers record deed restrictions which forbid outside burning. Even more extreme are cities in other states. For example in Nevada and California some counties/cities require "Air Quality Management Permits" for kilns, while others exempt them. Most cities in those states have an absolute ban on burning anything other than a fire place...and new fireplaces have been made illegal. And again, you have to read deed restrictions for any property. Generally, you want to avoid any neighborhood which has a homeowners association!
  4. @ Thanks Marcia for your thoughts. Unfortunately, our neighborhood's deed restriction, and the code enforcement people for our city do not allow natural gas or propane kilns to be used because of safety concerns for neighbors. So it's electric or nothing. @Neil: Good thought on the rate of heating. We have a fantastic JenKen 120V kiln which goes up to Cone 6 which was a prototype of theirs bought at Las Vegas Glass Show several years ago. Unfortunately my daughter has hijacked it for use at her house.
  5. I do not use anywhere near the amount of clay you use annually. However, my husband has an electro-mechanical engineering background, and when he looked at all of the pug mills on display at NCECA, he had no doubt that the Peter Pugger was the best mechanically. So we have one and it has been wonderful.
  6. I would be interested to hear about anyone's experience and/or satisfaction with Olympic Kilns' 120V Electrick Raku Kiln.
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