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  1. Hi y'all! I'm going to go see a kiln in person tomorrow. It's a Skutt 818-240. Owner seems to have boughten from someone else too, because they don't know how old it is but has had it for 3 years. She says it works well, but my only concern is that the the brick on wall is chipped but the coil is good. Is this going to be a problem functionally? I have attached a picture for reference. She is asking for $375 and she does NOT include shelves. Given that there are no shelves, chipped brick, and it works (yes, I will ask to plug it in before handing them money) a good deal? If not, what would you offer? https://imgur.com/a/bSPKleE Additional info: Sitter Kiln LT-#K, 50 AMP Aside from that anything you think I should be looking for in particular when checking it out or any questions I should be asking? Please let me know thank you
  2. Hello! I am currently looking for someone who is interested in sharing the rent of a private studio space in Berkeley, CA. It is an 8'x20' space with everything you need to create and finish your work (size permitting). I have a 2-collar manual Skutt kiln and Shimpo wheel. There is a lot of shelf space, and it has table space for hand-builders. I mostly throw, so ideally you are a hand-builder so we don't have overlap when trying to use the wheel. I have a collection of raw materials for making glazes in the studio as well. I would be open to sharing these materials/glazes with you. The cost of the rent is $200 per month. With this, you would have 24/7 access, storage space for WIP, and access to a kiln. I have a large collection of tools but would prefer you bring/use your own. I have been using this space for over a year now on my own. However, I am looking to offset some of the costs of rent for the right person. Please email me at joseph.powden@gmail.com to discuss details or if you have any additional questions. Cheers!
  3. I'm a total novice where kilns are concerned so you're going to have to be patient with me... I recently got my first kiln (Arterial Engineering Works Ltd. 1AS 1 phase - front loader) with an Ipco 3300 controller. The controller is showing the 'open' error message. I believe this is an error concerning the thermocouple. If so, would any replacement thermocouple do or do I need to find something specifically for my kiln model? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  4. Hi, I have a NEMA 14-30P wall outlet, but the kiln I just bought is a NEMA 6-50R plug. What do I do? I was going to get my electrician to switch the plugs, but came across these adapters. Are they safe to use?
  5. Hello all! Been following the community for the last few months and I have a question that I'd like to get your input on. I've been doing ceramics as a hobby and while I have access to a large potter's studio nearby where I can get larger pieces fired I'd like to buy my first kiln that I can use in my work studio for small batch pieces. I like to explore both handbuilding/carving/throwing for tablewares for personal use and make small non-functional sculptures. As my studio is a rental, I can't really install 240v circuits which limits to a few options. What I'm working with is a dedicated 120V, 30 amps circuit for the kiln. I'm currently debating between Olympic MAS 129E and Skutt KM 614-3. I like the Olympic over the Skutt because it can fire up to cone 8 (vs. cone 6 for Skutt) whereas I like the Skutt because it's slightly bigger (0.8 cf vs 0.56 cf) and I've been reading that Skutt in general has better user experience over Olympic. If you were to choose between the two, which one would you choose? What matters more? Thank you so much!
  6. I've had this Paragon kiln for over ten years, I haven't used it for a long time. I did two burns recently and noticed that the bass pieces don't burn. I've done the five-minute test and all the elements light up. What can it be?
  7. Kiln Share - a FREE global kiln directory! https://www.kilnshare.com/ is on a mission to make kiln hire more accessible for potters all around the world! The directory is making it easier for potters to find local kiln space to hire whilst supporting kiln owners to earn income through renting out space in their kiln. List your own kiln to start earning extra income: https://www.kilnshare.com/sign-up/ Learn more about the platform: https://www.kilnshare.com/how-it-works/ Kiln Share is 100% FREE for both potters to search and for kiln owners to join. Kiln Share does not charge commission or process kiln rental payments. Responsibility and liability is held solely between the kiln owner and potter - this includes agreeing a price, sorting a payment method, setting firing rules and paying for damages (should they occur) - read our advice about firing another potter's work: https://www.kilnshare.com/blog/kiln-owners-things-to-discuss-with-potters/ Any questions? Feel free to email info@kilnshare.com. Happy potting!
  8. Hello friends, I am new to ceramic! Need help!! I have a Coneare 1822D (3.3 cubic, alittle bit larger than skirt 818) coming by the end of Aug. I have been thinking about where to put it for half year;( There is a 9.4’ x 5.1’ bathroom(no one use) in my commercial studio, ceiling height is 11’, no window to outside, a normal fan on the ceiling, the flooring is tile. Wire is ok. I’ve seen youtuber put their kilns in the bathroom, get really close with everything, no window but still working fine. Please give me more professional suggestions, I have no where else to put. I rent a place, this bathroom belongs to my commercial studio, I don’t live here or use this bathroom, just work here. Thank you!
  9. I recently got into throwing and have been making stuff in a local studio and at home. I feel comfortable and confident enough on the wheel to start doing things more on my own and in my own home studio. Costs for firing at the studio are starting to add up and it would just be so much easier to do everything at home rather than transporting pieces back and forth. I have done quite a bit of kiln research but I still feel like I know nothing and I find it a lot easier to learn the details from experienced artists. A family friend has an old kiln and as I expressed my interest in possibly buying it from her, she gave me the model and details, but I need more help figuring out if it is a good investment. And if it is, how much should I offer? Will it work for bisque and glaze firing? If this isn't a good fit, do you have any other first kiln suggestions? I have so many questions and need answers! The model is an Evenheat DTP-56DC-E. Thanks to anybody who can help
  10. Hi Everyone, I remember reading something several years ago about the possibility of a kiln off-gassing and permanently fogging up windows in the building. I am hoping to get my first kiln late this summer or early this fall. Because of what I read years ago, I was going to build a separate 10 x 10 kiln shed. But, I notice from other forum posts that many of you have your kilns in the garage. We have a large 3 car garage and I could easily wall off a section for the kiln if I don’t have to worry about the kiln messing up the cars. What are the risks of having a kiln in the garage with cars? It will be electric and will be vented to the outside. Thanks, Shannon
  11. Hi all, I started a slow glaze load cone 6 this morning at 10. e23t L&L. My calculations would have had it completed at 7 -7:30. I just spent a bit of time in the shop rather surprised that it's not finished yet. Watching the temp, and I noticed that the #1 relay is staying on and #2 and #3 are clicking on and off like usual. I have been watching the temp on the #2 tc and I checked the ramp speed. It goes between 56 and 80. According to the book it should be around 120. It seems to be struggling to get to 2200. It will get to 2201 2202 2203 then drop back down. First question, does that sound like a relay issue? Second question, if it continues to struggle, will I be ok to shut it off? The glazes I have in there are pretty stable. I think they would be ok. Thoughts? Roberta
  12. Hello! I just did a bisque firing with my Paragon A55B which has a manual kiln sitter. I fired to 06 in only 3 hours and 15 minutes following the suggested firing schedule from paragon. Which was as follows: 1 hour - Low, Top peephole out, lid vented 30 min - Medium, top peephole out, lid vented 30 min - High, top peephole out, lid vented Then just leave on high with peepholes in and lid closed. Does anyone have any suggestions for the best way to slow this cycle down a bit? Or do you think thats fine for a bisque? I imagine with more pots in it, it will slow it down a bit but its a small kiln and doesn't hold that much. Thanks!! Ariel
  13. Hi ceramics community! I have a kiln question. I inherited a Cress model e23 kiln from 2001 (automatic). It is mostly in good working condition and I have had a professional electrician configure all my wiring and test my voltage etc. and confirm the kiln is wired properly and should operate at 100%. However, I have had ongoing issues and inconsistencies with my firings. I use all cone 5 laguna clays and glaze - bisque to 04 slow and glaze fire cone 5 medium. The issue arises when I program my glaze firings - I initially select my program and things seem to be going well up until the end of the firing. The preview indicates that the kiln is trying to reach 2165 until the last ~30mins when suddenly the projected temp changes to 2181+. This temp is too hot for my glazes and has caused a multitude of issues such as blistering, over-running etc. I usually end up turning my kiln off manually at 2165 but you can imagine this is frustrating knowing I have to be very present with the kiln at the end of the firing otherwise it will not shut off automatically and over fire my work. Plus I’m unsure that if I manually shut it off that I get a controlled cooling cycle. (??) The manufacturer help me set a custom ramp-hold program to mimic a factory cone 5 medium firing and it sometimes shuts off automatically at 2165, but sometimes does the same thing (continues to increase in temp. At the end) he has not recommended anything else or have an idea why this is happening besides possibly an issue with my voltage, which, like I said, has been ruled out by my electrician. I understand tightly packed kilns can take a bit longer sometimes, but why would my cone 5 program be climbing up to cone 6 and beyond? so I suppose my questions are: why is this happening? Is this just a cress kiln thing? does anyone have a go-to custom ramp hold recommendation for laguna cone 5 clays and glazes? sincerely, madeline (a potter who desperately needs a kiln mentor LOL)
  14. Hi everyone! I just recently bought a used Cress FX27P electric kiln so I can start firing work at home. So I just recently started my first bisque firing yesterday at 4pm. It was more of a test fire, so I didn't put a lot of work in there, about 15 wheel thrown pieces. There were a couple pieces in there that were not fully bone dry so I set the firing speed at E, the slowest speed. I also put a pyrometric cone (04) in the sitter, 1 peep hole open, and set the thumb wheel to 1, and I set the timer to 16 hours so it can shut off at that time in case anything goes wrong. Throughout the day and night I checked periodically, and the kiln did get red hot, so the elements seemed fine to me, but I didn't take a look at the thumbwheel. So this morning I went to go check on the kiln, and it fired the full 16 hours! and the kiln sitter didn't go off, so the the kiln didn't reach cone 04 temp. Also, the thumbwheel stayed at 1! It didn't move! So I'm thinking the thumbwheel is broken or needs repair, I didn't put the cone in right, or something is wrong with the elements. And even 16 plus hours later the kiln was still showing orange to red heat signatures inside the peep hole. So I talked to my friend who has experience firing kilns, and he said to just fire the thing until the kiln sitter shuts off and set the thumbwheel to 10 max temp as soon as possible so the kiln doesn't have to reheat back to 1000 for the sake of energy efficiency. If anyone has any ideas, input, advice, or suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it! I'm hoping to bisque fire and glaze fire using this kiln in the near future, I already bought a couple pints of cone 6 glazes to test out. Thanks!
  15. Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me, I have around 10 glaze fired tiles, they are all stoneware and I fired to 1200 with a 30 minute soak. 7 were glazed with textured brush on glazes and 3 were painted with a transparent glaze. For some reason when I took them all out of the kiln, all three transparent glazed ones and one beige tile appear to have several cracks in the back. The clay is a white stoneware clay, I placed them directly onto a batt washed kiln shelf and all three transparent tiles were on the top shelf. Not sure if this may be a coincidence. Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can fix this issue?
  16. Just installed a new envirovent, seems to be working properly but it's really loud. Like vacuum cleaner loud. A freebie noise measuring app on my phone put it between 76-82 decibels, and I can't imagine this thing running for the length of a firing, for me and for neighbors. A few questions for the collective: Is noise a known issue for the envirovent II system, or is it possible I have a defective unit? If it is just the way it is, how do you handle the noise? Do you keep it running for the entire time? Has the noise discouraged you from using it? Thanks, all!
  17. Hello! I have a question regarding what cones my kiln is able to fire to. I’m using a manual skutt 1227 that hasn’t been used in approximately 4yrs. I am a school teacher and have been told this kiln has been at the school since 1996. I have successfully fired the kiln up to cone 04 with low fire clay and glazes. Today I tried to fire some cone 6 clay/glazes, but after about 9.5 hrs on high the kiln still had not reached cone 6 temps. Could this be a problem of needing new elements? Or something more complex?
  18. Hello! Looking for some advice on whether to buy this used Cress Kiln. I haven’t thrown on the wheel since college, so I am intermediate at best. I just need a good kiln for hobby pottery pieces and don’t know a whole lot about kilns yet, or whether this is a good price at $195. Thank you so much in advance!! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/478879423099184/
  19. Hi everyone. I am in need of somewhere I can fire a kiln in Orange County, California. I live in an apartment and don't have the electrical or space necessary to do so. I've been given an old Duncan kiln, in rough shape, from a friend who didn't know how to use it. Looking for someone with a garage or private space to fire this or their kiln, some sort of kiln-sharing or kiln-coop situation. I have studios I take my work to fire to, but it is not ideal since pricing is more than it would be on my own, and since I can only reserve so many kiln loads. I need to be able to fire more frequently. Any leads would be appreciated. Thanks so much! Kathy
  20. Background: I made oval earrings (oval shape with large oval cutout so they are more like an oval outline) (15 pairs) on the claybody Highwater Clays Little Loafers (Cone 6). I painted designs on them with Amaco underglazes. The tops of each have small holes (i'll put metal hoops them after they are all done). They have already been bisque fired. I also have three other pairs of earrings that have only small earrings. Goal: Now, I want to put a clear glaze on them and glaze fire them. Ideally, in one batch. What I have in my possession vs. what I could acquire. The clear glaze I already have is a Zinc-free Cone 5/6 glaze. However, I can get a different, low-fire clear glaze. I also have a bead rack I borrowed with some long rods that are too large for the small holes in the earrings. My question: I found this image online, in which someone made oval earrings very similar to mine and a bead rack with hooks. It appears they used kiln safe metal wire to make hooks. The hooks appear to be large but small enough to fit through small holes. I wonder what your opinion of that is. I'd have to figure out what gauge to get. A ceramicist nearby has a jewelry tree so I may take the bisquefired earrings over to her and try to see how they fit on her jewelry tree and that might tell me approx. the size wire those jewelry trees use and I could get the same gaugue, bend and make hooks out of them to hang on the rods. One potter has said this ^ should work if I order some nichrome or kanthal wire. They also think it would be fine to do with the Cone 6 clear glaze I have and would be fine to fire up to a Cone 6 (although we actually do Cone 5). Part of me wonders if I should just get low-fire glaze, try the hook thing, and low fire it to be on the safer side. Other solution: As I typed this, I just realized a possible other solution…1.) get a low fire brushable glaze, 2.) simply put rods through the large oval (taking care not to glaze the inside edge or anywhere where the rod will rest) instead of worrying about the small circles at all. It’s not as ideal but would probably hardly be noticeable. 3.) Fire at a low temp 04-06. That might work for the oval earrings but not for the winking eyes.
  21. When I am firing my electric kiln, I start with the lid propped open about 2 inches and the top peephole out. Then at around 1000 degrees F I shut the lid. The top peephole is open the whole time. I understand that the lid needs to be propped to allow moisture and gasses to escape in the early stages of firing. My questions are: 1) is 1000F an appropriate temp to close the lid? 2) Is it necessary to prop the lid on a ^6 glaze firing as well as the bisque, or only during the bisque (^06) I have been firing this way for a couple years and the pots always come out well. However the lid has badly cracked on both the inside and outside, necessitating repair with kiln cement. I have a large electric Skutt Kiln (I think it's the 1227). Even with my repair, it is all fractured and occasionally falls onto the pots below. The metal handle is also badly rusted and corroded, an issue I didn't notice when I bought this kiln used a couple years ago. I notice when I close the lid on an 1000F kiln it makes a soft settling crackling noise. I am curious if the cracking lid is from thermal shock when it goes from hot room temp to 1000F. Because of this, i wonder if it's better not to close it so late (and hot) in the firing. Perhaps it's just time for an envirovent. Is it normal for a lid to start to deteriorate like this? The newer versions of my kiln are made with the hydraulic lid lifter, which I assume lifts it more evenly, without the torque from supporting it on just one part. Please let me know if anyone else has had this cracking lid issue. -Dana
  22. SOLD Asking $200.00 for Seeley Olevin Kiln You must have any needed supplies to lift and move the kiln and you must be able to come to me to obtain the kiln. max temp = 2372 volts = 120 amps = 15 model =119 See also my sales offer (different post) for a L&L Manufacturing Kiln.
  23. Hey Ceramiacs I've been reading about the topic on the net, and it seems that there are very different opinions on subject. I was wondering if someone had a more scientific approach to the matter. Some say that you should open at 130F, and I think that is a little strange because that means that if you make a cup, you have to mind the temperature of you coffee, and other hot things you may consume of you pottery. If you open the kiln at 150f and hear crackling, isn't that a coincidence. I mean if the kiln are outside and it is freezing, I see how it might play a role. But it just seem strange that ceramics that reach red hot temperatures are sensitive too degrees that low . thanks,-] AC
  24. I bought a used Cress FX-1414P semi automatic electric kiln so that I can fire pieces at home due to quarantine. The previous owner did not have a manual and Cress is giving me minimal info and do not have manuals for this old of a model nor are there any available online. The kiln works. I 'm ready to do my first fire but would like to know if anyone has this kiln or one similar to it and any resources I can look at to better understand how to set it and operate it according to type of clay and cone. Any info would help! Though this is not my first time operating a kiln, this is my first personal kiln. Thanks! - Cristina
  25. I am wondering how to fire - in an electric kiln- burnished pots brushed with a porcelain/stoneware terra sigillata- or even just burnished! Is this possible? What temperature would you suggest to fire to? I’d like for them to be strong enough to be carried at markets and slightly shiny and smooth on the outside. Any knowledgeable advice and tips would be valued. Thank you V.
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