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Growin' Granny

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  1. A friend made some lovely textured tile for her kitchen using smashed coffee beans, larger bits than coarse ground.
  2. Trina, I admire how readily you owned up to your mistake(s)--and publicly no less! I'm always so embarrassed when I do something like that...since I don't lie, I'll reply mumble mumble when someone asks me how I acquired an injury that was self-inflicted rather than admit to it. I need to work on that since we all make mistakes and I think it's good to be able to laugh at ourselves and our foibles.
  3. Thanks you all for the suggestions. I'm pretty sure it was operator error...I think I programmed it incorrectly or a part of the sequence didn't register, although I was (or thought I was) very careful. My kiln is probably the granddaddy of the electronics as there isn't much of a program or review program. All I can do is press the 'Select' key repeatedly. And there are only two error codes: EEE means a thermocouple problem and Err2 means invalid data detected and unit is forced to shut down. However, the second firing went perfectly, the cones look exactly as they should and my glazes look better than in any previous firings...I'm very happy with the results and so thrilled to finally have my own kiln and be able to control my own firings.
  4. Kiln just shut off...9 hours including soak time. Now, that seems more like it ! Couldn't see the cones again (what *is* the trick?!) even with welding green lens. Tomorrow the cones will tell the story but I'm pretty sure all went well. I'm inclined to believe that yesterday's problem was likely operator error.
  5. No error code...it's possible that I made a mistake putting the program data in it, although I thought I was being careful. The refire will tell more...
  6. Thanks, I did use witness cones and I use a welding mask but still wasn't able to see them, although I could see them before I started the kiln and thought they were positioned properly (waving at Ginger, my teacher/mentor . Just opened the kiln and it didn't even reach ^5. I'm going to reposition the cones and program it myself rather than using preset cone program and see what happens--and set a timer to check it more frequently as it nears temp. I'll post an update later.
  7. I have a new (to me) kiln and today I did my first glaze fire in it and it seems to have shut off quite early compared to other electric kilns I've used. The kiln is an Evenheat, over 10 years old but never fired when I bought it, and I've fired one bisque in it with no problems. I used the automatic setting to fire to ^6. I started the kiln at 1:00pm and checked it intermittently, logging the following times/temps: 2:30 / 728, 4:00 / 1360, 5:30 / 1774, 6:30 / 1900. I then got busy and didn't check it again until 8:00 when I found it off and cooled down to 1400. Although it was packed pretty loosely, it doesn't seem likely to me that it could have reached ^6 and cooled off that much between 6:30 and 8:00. I do have witness cones in it (which I wasn't able to see), so if they show that it didn't reach temperature, would I refire to ^6 as if I were firing the ware for the first time? I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thanks, Sheila
  8. Teardrop, I'm relatively new to pottery and mostly lurk here to read and learn, but I was very moved by your post and wanted to offer my deepest sympathies on the loss of your son. I hope that the clay brings you some respite from your grief. You truly did come to pottery by "accident". In difficult times, I find refuge in clay and in my garden and think I would go out of my mind if I didn't have those. I almost said it it's cheaper than therapy, but after mentally adding up the investment I've made in my home studio this past year, I'm not so sure about that!
  9. Came across this thread late but just have to say I wish you could figure out how to downsize and upload as I would love to see a photo of the rabbis that they're making in your studio
  10. You can also wrap the small clay pieces in a bit of paper towel or newspaper to keep them from sticking; then you don't have to remember to shake them while they're drying.
  11. During the winter I work in an outdoor studio in the desert and we use old, non-functional refrigerators to store work in progress and slow down drying on completed work. In especially difficult weather when work is drying too quickly even while wrapped in plastic in the refrigerators, we put a wet towel into the refrigerator to increase humidity.
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