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  1. A friend of mine is firing sculptured gnomes--about 24" tall, with thick areas of up to 2", and having them explode. After thorough drying at 180 deg F, at what rate should she heat the kiln? The clay is a standard stoneware with no added grog.
  2. Gips inside clay its ok to survive firing? please?
  3. Hi, My very old small top loader has finally given up on me and I am looking at buying a second hand replacement. I've been looking at a cromartie hobby tech 40 with a sitter, and the seller says it will fire to 1260 cone 7-8 I use, on 13amp plug, but I've seen someone else blog that working it out technically such a kiln will never reach stoneware. Can anyone advise me whether this kiln will really reach stoneware regularly, it's all I fire to? Or whether the person is correct and it is a theoretical temperature of 1300 that is achievable but not what will happen in the real world. I
  4. I had an interesting idea today and that was to sprinkle sand on my freshly thrown pieces to add some interesting designs. My teacher is going to try in the older kiln since it doesn't matter as much if it does something bad. However that kiln can only get as high as cone 6. I was wondering though if maybe the sand will melt possibly. I don't have any specific details about the sand except that its high in silica. Has anyone had any experience with this yet? Any suggestion would be appreciated.
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    Pyromania!

    From the album: Images For Misc. Posts

    We make pots so we can play with FIRE!
  6. I have a big sale coming up this weekend and I put the last bisque load in yesterday afternoon. I come into the studio today to find the kiln reading Error 1. This is a Skutt kiln model km-1227 firing a bisque load to cone 04. This error is about the ramping up rate being less than 12 degrees per hour. Possible causes include large load which isn't the case, and issues with either the relays, elements, or voltage. Normally, I would just call the kiln repair man, but he was here in July fixing this kiln. The issue then was the electrical plug. It had some discoloration around one of the prongs,
  7. Hi All, I received some great advice from the members of this forum for my first Raku fire and wanted so show some of the results. If fired the kiln twice, once as a test with sample items and once with my work which was more successful. The video is of the second firing (although I did upload the first to YouTube as well, I learned a lot from it). It is not very long and shows the completed work at the end. I used a combination of glazes that I prepared from recipes from the internet and books as well as some pre-mixed Laguna glazes. I made the kiln from an old Paragon kiln I foun
  8. Hi all, I haven't been able to find any firing instructions for my old AIM kiln. Even the folks at AIM said they didn't have any . So I'm left with power dials that go from 1 to 10, and no idea how that translates into temperature. I'd like to be able to test this kiln without spending money on a temperature gauge/controller only to discover that what I really need is a new kiln. I have a bunch of different low fire cones, and was thinking of using them as a visual guide for reaching temperatures, but the more I think about it the more I imagine endless permutations of dial-adjustments m
  9. I am building a wood kiln it his year in Cassville Wisconsin. I have 30 plus years of firing with wood and building kilns. If you would like to be involved with this kiln at any level please let me know. I'll need people to help build and fire so whatever rings your bell there is an opportunity for you. If this sounds interesting contact me at kbichell@gmail.com. Also visit the kiln progress web site at http://thekilnproject.com/kiln-progress.html . I'll look forward to hearing from you. .....Ken Bichell
  10. Hello! I am new to the forums and I am very new to ceramics and the more technical side like developing glazes, clay bodies, ect. That said, I am interested in cookware. I want to find a formula for a clay body that will be able to withstand repeated use at high temperatures, as well as being used over direct flame and heat. If I am posting this in the wrong category please forgive me. Any information at all is helpful because at the moment I have none. Thanks!
  11. From the album: Williamt

    Occasionally I need to burn up some brush, dead fall, etc. I thought why waste a perfectly good fire! These two pieces made from raku clay and bisqued at 04 electric. I coated them with some copper based raku glaze. While I was piling up the brush, I just placed these two pieces in the middle of the pile and lit it. I then spent the next couple of hours running around the yard for more deadfall to keep the fire going. I got the pieces hot enough to melt the glaze and got a pretty good workout at the same time. Next time I'll try to have more burn stuff piled ready to go. The are

    © © William Tucker 2014

  12. Hello, I am still having big problems with the kiln I own. Long story short, it has been broken now for about 2-3 months. First off one of the relays fried itself. So I replace that. Then it fired twice, one bisque and a cone 9-10 glaze. After that it broke again with the controller spitting out an Error F1. No manuals or manufacturers known for either the kiln or programer. Looked again at the wiring and the wire attached to the top relay has fried, half of the coating had burnt off and it was getting very hot. This is probably what broke the relay in the first place but I didn't notice. It
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