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  1. Hello everyone, my name is Allison and I am the new owner of a Cress FTX-911 Kiln and I wanted to reach out because I am totally new to ceramic firing. I have previous experience with ceramics, shaping and glazing, however I am looking for tips on how to begin firing my own. It is used, rusted, and about to get a good cleaning with vinegar and baking soda (if that won't hurt it) and I was hoping someone had a link to a video or book that could walk me step by step on test firing. I have downloaded a couple manuals I found online and have gone through them a couple times, and I still don't feel 100% sure in what I need to do or where to start. I don't even know if the kiln is functional The previous owner gave it to me for free, did not explain anything, and had no idea if its in working condition. If anyone has any resources I would so so appreciate it!
  2. Hi there, I make things out of clay but I'm still a total newbie, never even fired my work yet. I have huge anxiety trying to work with a ceramics studio, people I have met were very rough and inpatient with me, Mostly due to the fact they added me to already experienced group at the time. They told me to come back after summer, when new beginner group comes. Long story short, I don't want to go back, I want to figure it out on my own. (Sorry if this sounds stupid, but I don't want to give up on ceramics, it's very important to me already.) So I joined your amazing forum, and I'm taking notes on all resources thank you for those! However. I am looking also for an online course like on skillshare or domestika to fill in my knowledge gaps. Could you recommend any? My goal is to create glazed planters for now. Thank you so much,
  3. Hey there, I am new to using gas kilns and also have a new gas kiln (olympic dd9 to be specific). I am having a few issues to say the least... I cant seem to get past 1900 degrees and hold temperature... Ive only had 1 successful cone 5 firing and it barely pulled through... It feels liked ive tried everything, more air, less air, moe gas, less gas... I just dont know what else to do... or what exactly I should do to keep temperature and build it. I ramp perfectly but once it hits 1600/1700 it starts to dwindle.... My other issue is gas, The olmpic book/manual says I should onnly be using 10 gallons of propane per run?... but every run I do use my whole 22 gallon tank(100lb tank) or I dont have enough and it cute off... I know reading this it sounds like I am using too much gas but I dont think thats it. Please anyone with gas kiln experience I would love some advice
  4. New-ish potter here! I've taken many community classes before but am just starting a home studio (got wheel and kiln 2nd hand). Starting to gather materials now and am wondering if you have to match brand of clay with brand of glaze? I assume you don't have to? For example, I have ordered some Laguna WC-608 stoneware clay but have come across some Amaco brand glazes that I really like the look of. How do I tell if these two products will fit well together? Thank you in advance, I'm sure I'll have lots more questions in the near future!
  5. Hello new wannabee potter here. I'm throwing the same thing over and over to try and get better at the basics but not sure what to do with all the clay that I use to practice. I'm keeping some pieces to see how they turn out after glazing and firing but I don't want to throw all this other clay. I know you can use plaster boards to dry it out and rewedge but I'm in a shared studio and there isn't space to leave plaster boards out for long periods of time. Any tips? Thanking you in advance!
  6. I am looking to buy a used Gare 1818 from a guy on Craigslist, but I cannot find any information on this kiln. I realize it’s an older kiln model, and I read that Gare was rebranded to Evenheat. This would be my first kiln so I wanted to do my research, and I was hoping to find a manual or something online but I’m coming up empty. Does anyone have any information on this kiln? Used kilns are hard to come by in my area, so I’m debating on just buying it anyway, and hoping for the best.
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