cml reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?
Working on the next order for Savannah Bee, mugs, teapots and honey jars. About two thirds complete, all teapots, ready for glazing, 30 mugs and 25 honey jars in present load. On the workbench two days ago was this. . . .
All extruded handles!
cml reacted to Stephen in New and confused
bummer on the bottom element.
We just leave the bottom kiln shelves on the short post in all the time. I would think that weight distribution would be a factor as well so I wouldn't ever put pots directly on the bottom kiln bricks. Also when you add kiln wash only do it on the top and don't over do it. Just an even coat. if you blob it on it will flake off and ruin your pots.
oh as a side note its not uncommon to see small hairline cracks form, particularly on the bottom. Just keep an eye on them and if they start to widen then it may be more serious but even fairly new kilns get them. They make a patch you can use if you ever feel one is troublesome.
cml reacted to neilestrick in New and confused
First, what brand and model is the kiln? What voltage and phase does it need?
Check your elements. Put a cone in (doesn't matter which), turn all the elements on high, and after 10 minutes or so (maybe less) carefully crack the lid and see if all the elements are glowing. Depending on the kiln, the very top and very bottom element may glow sooner and hotter than the others. If one isn't glowing, then either the element is broken, or a connection in the control box is fried. If a pair of elements aren't glowing, then you may have a bad switch. There are other possible causes, but those are the most likely. If they all glow but the kiln isn't getting hot, then the elements are probably worn.
cml reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?
My workbench is full of ugly bisque again. I really is my least favourite stage. But a week and a half ago, I decided it would be a good idea to document some new compost buckets before I was packing them up to go to a sale. These are much nicer pictures!
Before you make fun of me for my product staging, I was legit making soup stock with the Easter turkey.
cml reacted to oldlady in What’s on your workbench?
today i had things on my workbench i would be happy to let anyone see. hope they all make it through the next steps to finished product.
i would be happy if i could capture in the final firing that soft color of the slip. who knows how it will look when it is finished?