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  1. Hi, I’m new to this, total novice! I’ve been given a kiln I can’t find instructions to. i tried to fire it up to try it out and it just turned off. here are some pics: Thanks in advance
  2. Hello! Looking for some help, advice and possibly some used equipment leads for my new home studio. I know I love the Shimpo VL Whisper wheel- I would love to buy it used but I am having a hard locating one. I have never fired a kiln and I have no idea what to look for- any advice from more advanced potters out there? Any other things I should keep in mind when starting my home studio? I plan to set up shelves and have a working table & wedging table. I would also love to connect for anyone else in Northern NJ interested in ceramics. Thanks!
  3. 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
  4. Hi I have a Nabertherm eco 45 electric kiln, bought in 2007. Its a small kiln with only 4 elements ( ie 2 elements joined x 2) and a pretty basic controller which can store 2 programmes. Works fine usually, although mostly used for low bisque firing around 960' Celsius. Replaced elements in Feb. 2020, as was needed and did maybe ten 1260' Celsius glaze firings. All working fine as normal, during Covid lock down.. Recently, I put a heavy saggar to bisque at a slow 10 hr climb to 600' and then rising to 1020' normal bisque but it exploded about 250' ish. I put it d
  5. Asking $300 (open to offers) Max Cone = 8 120 Volts 15 AMPS Max Temp – 2372 Furniture and Shelves Included Stand (Pictured) Included We also have SEVERAL molds for porcelain dolls .
  6. 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 alre
  7. I am very much a beginner... I’ve attended Slab pottery sessions for the past year or so and love it. To the extent where I’ve been asked to make and sell for a local shop as she saw the pieces I was making via social media. I love the process of it all but have no real knowledge in terms of owning my own kiln and the firing process. ive attempted to look online but it’s all over my head as I’m not sure what to even begin looking for. I understand kilns are very expensive but are there any suitable for people fairly new to ceramics??
  8. 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 wit
  9. I have an older kiln and i'm just learning how to use it. There are two switches on it that read "Low, Medium, High, Off". There is no indication which way initiates that temp.... idk if the top is what it does or the side. I need help... i'm worried I’m firing this thing wrong. The marks currently on ther are perm. marker and theres two so I'm not sure wich one is which.
  10. I have a very, very old kiln that I got from my sister. She no longer has the instructions for it. It's called a Medallion Electric Kiln. (I don't believe it's related to the Medallion Olympic kiln.) I'm wondering if it's worth trying to use it since I have no experience with kilns. It's 250 volts, 20 amps, 4000 watts, cone 8, 2300 max temperature with a Skutt-K kiln sitter. I'm sure it would be easier to start with a newer model, but I don't know how much kilns change over the years and if this one is worth anything. Should I sell it? Give it away? Keep it an try to figure out how it
  11. Hello, I am purchasing a used Skutt KM-1027 automatic kiln and the peep hole plugs are damaged/need to be replaced. This is my first kiln so just wanted to get some advice on how to remove the old plugs? I have attached an image here for reference. Thanks! Lara
  12. I've got a small top loading kiln which states that the max firing temperature is 1000 degrees Celsius, however I really need to fire to Cone 6 (1240 ish). Is there any way a kiln can be converted or refurbished, or rewired in order for it to fire to a higher temperature?
  13. Hi, Hope this hasn't been asked anywhere else and I'm repeating a question but I've scoured the internet and can't find much of help... Even though I have studied ceramics at 2 levels, during neither course were we taught about firing schedules... Over the past few years I've been using and tweaking schedules given to me by an amateur potter friend but they aren't cutting it anymore. I've recently been approached by 2 shops/galleries who want to sell my work but glaze faults are making it difficult for me to be happy with results as I can't seem to avoid miniature pinholing and am wo
  14. Hello everyone, I've started dabbling in pottery about three years ago, making bonsai pots. This fits with another hobby of mine, you can guess which :). Point is, after firing my works with some acquaintances, I've decided that my own kiln is a must in order to really progress in the craft. The problem is that I my backwater location the chances of buying a second hand one are next to none, and I can't really justify spending almost $2500 for a new one. So I came up with the idea of actually building one from scratch. Yes, I know it's hard, yes, I know it can be dangerous but I'm t
  15. Hi All! I'm so excited to be joining this forum! After MANY years I am finally working in my own studio with an old, left-behind kiln. My lovely, supportive, engineer husband has kindly built me a space and helped me to refurbish an old Cress electric kiln that was left at our house over 20 years ago. I have two questions: 1. We replaced the kiln setter assembly tube and just tried to test the kiln to Cone 04, but the sitter engaged early, way before the junior cone bent to 90 degrees. Can anyone advise me on how to identify the correct position for the plate that holds up the sitter claw to t
  16. Hi there, I've been a member for quite a while but this is my first time posting. Up until recently I was in a communal studio but I am more than likely getting my own space in July. I've been shopping around for kilns but I'm having a hard time making up my mind. First of all I'm not sure if I should get a L&L or a Skutt (I will be buying it brand new). Secondly I'm having a hard time decided on the size. I'm not the tallest person and also have some lower back problems occasionally so I was thinking of getting a short model (Skutt KMT 1022 or 1218, or L&L e2
  17. How long will an average kiln being fired twice a month to bisque and cone 6 last? I know there are incredible variables and you can never be sure. Elements need replacing, fuses blow, thermacouples need replacing. It is different from kiln to kiln. I can't seem to find a rough average or generalization anywhere online. I'm mostly just curious! Any input is great!
  18. Hi, newbie potter here, I'm having some issue with a brand new Rohde ecotop 60s kiln and I'm not sure if it's something normal or I had bad luck and received a bad kiln. I hope all the experienced people in this forum can help me out. I've just bough a new Rohde ecotop kiln (my first ever kiln) and after ONLY THREE FIRINGS the rope insulation on the outside of the barrel looks burned and the steel ring holding the lid is all stained from the heat. The lid doesn't sit fully on the brick walls letting heat escape, which caused the damage I think. As said I only fired 3 times at:
  19. Looking for help and some explanation. I have the opportunity to buy a Duncan The Teacher model ES 820-4. I am very new to ceramics and need all the help I can get. I found what I believe is the manual for this kiln although the model number says “DA 820-4” instead of “ES”. It also says that the voltage is 208. We have 240 and were planning on wiring it’s own box but how can I make the 208 work? I’m also confused because in the photo of the kiln, the kiln sitter says 240v. How can the kiln be 208 and the sitter 240? I’m very confused and would appreciate any and all help.
  20. I recently received a kiln and several used molds that are in great shape. The kiln appears to be well cared for however I am unable to see if it is functional as my home does not have the proper electrical. I am interested in selling. Since I received the unit and accessories yesterday I have not been able to sort thru completely. I live in Scottsdale AZ and would be available for someone to come to my house to inspect. I do not have a truck so I can not meet. I am still doing research on the values of these items. I have included photos of the inventory and once it cools down a bit here in A
  21. I just got back into making pottery after 10+ years. I have an Evenheat kiln with a kiln sitter and fireright heat switch. Yesterday I wanted to run a bisque cycle. We had to have a new 240 line run because we've moved since the last time I used the kiln. Power is getting to the dials because the kiln sitter light comes on but the Heat Switch seems off. When cycling back and forth between timer and heating it fades in instead of lighting up and there is no clicking sound indicating the elements coming on, and no heat. I've changed the heat setting and turned the heat switch off and just
  22. Hi! Does anyone have experience with Evenheat kilns? I am looking to buy my first kiln, is this in super bad condition (I’m way new!) for the price? The seller is holding it for me. She said that the last time it was used was in December and it worked great. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/257974788856749/ thank you in advance for helping a newbie!
  23. 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
  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 fir
  25. I got this old Paragon kiln for free from someone who had it sitting in their garage for a long time (15 years maybe?). I'm pretty amateur, but I'd love to get more into ceramics and firing/how to upkeep my equipment and safely. Could someone tell me how to go about making sure this kiln is safe for use? The wires look pretty good as far as I can tell, but I'd have no idea if they weren't apart from if they were rusted. There's cracking in the bricks, will that be a problem? (I haven't even cleaned it at all yet and sorry that the photos are blurry)
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