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  1. Hello Peter, Yes I waxed them. Since they had to cool down some before pulling them out of the kiln, when I thought they were not soaking up the wax enough, I reheated inside the pots with my torch (weed burner). The pots soaked up a lot of wax, the process seemed to work well. It helped to remove them from the kiln so I could roll them on their sides, it's difficult to get the melted wax up under the hip of the vessel. Moving the pots into and out of my top loading electric kiln is problematic to say the least. I want to build a larger, front loading gas kiln that would allow me t
  2. Very interesting Peter, you seem to be accessing information from completely different resources. Maybe I should step out of only looking for clay qvevri information. Also, I suppose it can have a spiral interior without being too rough and embedded with rope bits. Maybe even a bedsheet between the rope and clay. Thanks, Nancy.
  3. Hello Peter, I am in contact with the folks at the Qvevri Project, who are not potters but want to find someone to make the Qvevri, run their studio, design and build a mobile kiln and maybe a huge kiln at their studio outside of Austin, TX. They are interested in promoting Georgian culture and wines, including the use of qvevri. Yes, there is really little instruction on how to make the vessels. I have come to realize that this is partially due to the conflict between the idea of traditional qvevri production and use (I think not really realistic for US winemakers), and a modern
  4. Thank you Peter, this is very interesting and I may have to try a version. I wonder how rough the interior remains and how that would affect the wine. It is so hard to work deeper than your arm is long. I will look further into the technique, I appreciate your idea. N

    I have now been asked to design a mobile gas kiln to be carried about in a 20' container that would fire eight 50+ gallon qvevri or 4 larger ones at least to bisque.  Of course I have never built a kiln before.  I imagine the greatest problem is to keep the kiln from grinding itself to death on the road, and of course keeping it down to a doable weight.  I was thinking about building walls that could be assembled on site, then I saw  John Britt's kiln made from refractory cement and I wondered if it might be the solution.  He gave me some suggestions, but I would really love to hear from you guys

    The person requesting the kiln design is looking for someone who wants to move to his place outside of Austin, TX, to run a studio and a really, really big kiln he plans to build.  See The Qvevri Project.  Is there a more appropriate place to post this information?

    Thanks again,

    You guys make my day.

    1. neilestrick


      Go ahead and post this in the Equipment section and you'll get lots of great ideas.

  6. Hello my friends I'm back. My last beautiful pot, well the puppy pulled the rag out of the pedal, pounced on the pedal and that pot actually clocked me on the head. At least I have an excuse now for any brain issues. I sold my other three pots and they are fermenting wine as we speak, they held 3.5, 5 and 17 gallons. I have the next year to actually learn and make something to be proud of. Thanks for all your help. I have now been asked to design a mobile gas kiln to be carried about in a 20' container that would fire eight 50+ gallon qvevri or 4 larger ones at least to bisque. Of co
  7. Hello Source, I lost my first message to you so I'll do it again. Thanks. I had let myself be overwhelmed by my self induced pressure to accomplish this task, compounded by my fervent desire to retire from my day job. I have absolutely enjoyed throwing myself into the project, pushing my skills beyond anything I had imagined doing, and I am pleased with the pots and my learning curve. Thanks for the very timely reality check. I'm trying to send a picture of my last qvevri for this harvest, not yet finished, and one just for fun when I needed to step away from the project. Again thanks.
  8. I've included pictures of my third pot and unfinished fourth pot. Since I am trying to throw them in sections, the walls are coming out thinner (about 3/4-1/2 ", than when they were mostly coiled. If the seams don't fail, how thick do the walls need to be to be strong enough to stand up to being filled with fluid? Would it be wise to fire the thinner walled pots to cone 6? I am assuming that would make it stronger to internal pressure, and since they are going to be sealed with beeswax if they are just bisque fired, the issues of the wine breathing through the terracotta walls is rendered
  9. Thank you Mark C, of course you are right. I can only do this order in my electric kiln and very slowly. My kiln has Lo, Med, and High settings and I was planning to fire the pots to cone 06, my usual bisque cone. Do you have suggestions for how long on each setting I should hold before stepping up? As for building another kiln, it's for a future project if the fermentation vessels are a success. The folks with the vineyard are planning to buy more, and I may be able to sell more in town. I thought gas would be easier to control and have a more attainable learning curve than wood. But
  10. Thank you LT for the excellent resources. Everything you said is spot on for my current situation and knowledge. N
  11. I Is it possible to build a kiln for these large pots that can use both gas and wood? To work larger I need to build a kiln and I think as a beginner I could have much better temp control using gas. I eventually would like to try wood but I know it would require a huge learning curve. I have an endless source of wood from our property and I hate to waste it when we are clearing and buring off piles of wood while reclaiming our fields. My latest pot is 27" tall and 17" diameter at the burge. Nancy
  12. Throwing upside down could be a way to reach into deep pots when you have short arms. For me, it would probably mean clay and equipment would end up flying across the studio. After years of sanding ceilings, it makes my neck hurt just thinking about it. Thanks Hulk. I like the pots but I know I "cheated" by carving out the shapes as much as by throwing them. I'm worried the sections might not hold with drying and firing. I may try some vinegar in my joints if I have problems. I'm not sure how such large and sometimes thick pots will turn out. I do know I need to make more room to work
  13. I have a Brent CXC. It is working much better after I adjusted the pedal, but it still slows down when I center 25+ lbs clay. This is all new for me, I watch a different video every morning. I'm getting better and I hope my joints survive drying and firing. For everyone's entertainment, I finally have some pics. I have tried adding coils to a thrown base and adding another thrown piece to a thrown base. When using the wheel I am limited to the size of the bat I have, so throwing the middle sections is a problem I didn't expect. I think I could learn to like working big. Nancy
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