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  1. I realized after what you said that this bowl was stoneware, and the rest were porcelain, so I guess it IS a bad fit... suppose I'll keep this bowl for myself as a fruit bowl. Second part of question though.... does the color of glaze/stain FADE if they get re-fired? (I have some pieces that didn't craze, (porcelain), but the colors aren't appealing, so I'd like to re-glaze and re-fire)
  2. Also, this batch got over-fired.... could that have anything to do with this bowl crazing? (again, it was the only one that crazed... same clay, same glaze as the others)
  3. It didn't happen to any of the other pots though, which makes me think I just applied the glaze too thick on this one.
  4. HeIlo all, Well, I got my first TWO glaze fires done! WOOHOO!!! Mostly happy with the results, but some came out needing another coat of glaze (the stain I used was VERY light and pieces came out looking plain/white/dull). I had some crazing on this bowl, (which I assume is because I put the glaze on too thick), it only happened with this one bowl and only on the inside.... SO.. 1. If I re-fire it, will the colors on the outside of the bowl fade? 2. Should I re-fire as-is, or should I add a thin layer of clear glaze on the inside? Thanks in advance for any & all info!!
  5. Thanks! I like the look of it, just wasn't sure if it was still food safe, etc.
  6. Hello I've seen quite a few mugs where they only glaze the top half of the mug... I was just wondering if there are negatives to this, such as stains/moisture/mold... to the bottom half?
  7. No sir! Electrician is coming out tomorrow to switch it back to a 30 amp.
  8. UPDATE! It was indeed a malfunction within the kiln! The electrician had everything wired correctly the first time (30 amp). Skutt reviewed my photos, and said it was a short due to incorrect assembly (they think it was bad pin placement and the pin was either touching two elements or a screw). Since I'm too far for a kiln tech to come out, they are sending me a replacement ASAP, and I will pack this one up and send it back.
  9. UPDATE! I called Skutt, they said it has to be the wiring. I called my electrician... the wiring was correct. I took the bottom shelf out of the kiln to inspect it.... guess what I found!? A HOLE in the wall where the element comes into the kiln (behind the kiln sitter box). I called Skutt again, I sent them pictures and all my contact info... hopefully they can help me out with this... he said the elements must have been touching something metal somewhere. I live in the middle of nowhere New Mexico (between Albuquerque N.M & El Paso T.X.) so I'm not sure if they can get a kiln tech out here or not...
  10. Yikes indeed! Well... he installed a new line solely for the kiln, straight from the breaker (30 amp) and when I put it on high, it tripped the breaker. He found no issues, so he said it must be the kiln... he took another look at the kiln, and he saw the kiln sitter label, (which said 50 amp). So he changed the breaker & wire to 50 amp. It worked, so I thought that solved the problem, but I guess finding another electrician and getting a second opinion is in order. Too bad I already paid this guy and ended up with a hazard.
  11. The kiln I got: https://www.bigceramicstore.com/ks714-manual-and-km714-automatic-kilns.html
  12. All electric should be fine, I had to have an electrician put in a 50 amp breaker because it kept tripping the breaker on the 30 amp it was on. (The kiln says 20 amp, but the label on the kiln sitter says 50 amp)
  13. I shall try again, but with more patience!! (Next time, 1 hour on low, 1 hour on med, & (hopefully) 6-ish hours on high. THANK YOU!!!
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