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  1. @feistyfieryceramics Hi Caitlin, I fired my kiln for the first time Monday and everything was a success! I decided on skipping the test fire and just loaded it up and did a cone 04 bisque and it worked perfectly. I didn't use witness cones, just my kiln sitter and my extremely helpful thermocouple. I did calibrate my sitter with a guage washer beforehand and it shut off exactly when it was supposed to. I wish you luck with your first firing!
  2. @neilestrick Thank you, I'm going to run an empty cone 6 firing just to ensure it gets to temperature. I do have a few questions though. I was given a nice handheld pyrometer with the kiln. Most thermocouples I see for kilns have a ceramic sleeve over the metal, this one is just metal. It looks like they've used it in there before. My question is , am I fine with the metal thermocouple or should I buy another type k with a ceramic sleeve on it. I've also seen they have thermocouple mounting blocks on them. I've seen a post you've previously commented on suggesting drilling a hole in the
  3. Hey everyone, I finally got the electrical hooked up for my used kiln so I'm almost ready to do my first bisque fire. I'm wondering if I should do a test fire at my glaze temperature to make sure it gets up to temperature. I've felt the kiln heat up when I bought it so I'm thinking I'll be fine without one. I've seen someone suggest heating it up on high for 15 minutes to make sure the temperature constantly rises. Not sure which route to go here, let me know what you think. Thanks!
  4. I'm going to get the glaze drips off the bottom of my kiln floor, apply a couple coats of kiln wash. Scrape and re apply kiln wash to my shelves. I'm assuming the woman who owned the kiln before me fired directly on the floor but I plan on using the smallest posts and a shelf. I've heard it's a big no no to fire directly on the floor. I've got a bunch of stilts that I'll use for low firing since that will allow me to glaze the bottoms and I'll just wax the bottoms for when I'm firing stoneware. Thanks everyone!
  5. I was able to crop the photo to be able to upload! It's right underneath the kiln sitter. The floor hasn't been kiln washed but the shelves I got with it have. There seems to be a thick layer on the shelves that's peeling off. Do I scrape that off and apply new wash?
  6. I will get their opinions on everything before I make any final choices! On a different note, I got this kiln second hand and it's in great condition other than normal slight cracking on the bottom and a few glaze spots. I've read that you scrape off/dig the glaze out or else it can continue to eat through your brick. I tried attaching a picture but it won't let me, it's about 3 spots, one is on the surface and the other two are slightly into the kiln brick. Please let me know what you think I should do. I've heard that some people fill it in with kiln mortar or kiln wash. I'm not
  7. All of this is definitely a challenge but I've never been the type to shy away from that, especially when this has always been a dream of mine. I'll make sure to match clay bodies with it's respective glaze and if something fails atleast I'll learn from my mistakes and turn that into a learning experience. I didn't quite realize how expensive shipping would be on an online order so it looks like I'll be making a drive to the nearest clay shop around me, which is a decent drive. Thanks again to everyone who helped me out, especially Bill. I believe I'm done with my pesky questions for now b
  8. I plan on having a notebook system to hopefully avoid all of that mess! I've got my order almost wrapped up, some lowfire clay to go with my lowfire glazes I have. Some Bella's blend versatile clay that can be glaze fired at 06 or 6, and some stoneware clay. I'm getting commercial Mayco Stoneware glazes for now but now I'm left with a few questions. I know the Mayco glazes will be compatible with the stoneware clay, but is it going to be compatible with the Bella's blend because it doesn't specify it's Stoneware? Another is, I already have some porcelain project's but can I use th
  9. Thank you so much everyone, as I said, I finally got my kiln to be able to start my journey into pottery. I wasn't expecting it to come with things such as porcelain slip and low fire glazes so that made me a little too eager to start creating projects. I'm piling my order together of a mixture of low fire clay (since I already have low fire glazes), mid fire stoneware, and some cone 6 glazes. Once I get that, I can start creating pieces and finding my own art style! I do generally understand the cone chart, I plan on starting with cone 06 as a good medium bisque temperature and depending
  10. Thank you for your response. My porcelain slip says to fire to cone 6, I assumed that meant cone 6 glaze and a traditional 04-08 bisque. I was under the impression that was what you bisqued every clay body to, is porcelain the exception? Do I really bisque and glaze fire my porcelain to cone 6? I'll think I know a good bit when in reality in a new Potter and any new piece of information scrambles my brain lol. Okay, now as I re-read what you said about applying glazes to a "fully fired" object at cone 6 that leads me to believe again that everything is bisqued to 04-08 and then, for
  11. Hi everyone, I've always wanted to do pottery and the time has finally come. I got a second hand kiln and a ton of supplies a few days ago but now I have a couple of questions. Until I get my sculpting clay and mid fire glazes, I'm using cone 6 porcelain slip and making molds with it. It didn't come with any mid fire glazes, only low fire cone 06 glazes. My question is, could I apply the lowfire glaze to the porcelain greenware and do a once fire at cone 06? If someone could let me know I'd appreciate it. Thank you
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