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Firing Schedule - Fine tuning your electric kiln controller

 I am working with an Orten controller on my electric kiln.  In spite of low use (<30 firings) my thermocouple doesn't appear to read ve…

Started by Brent FarlerLatest Reply

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Slow Cooling

Gas kilns use hard fire-brick which cool far more slowly than the foam-core brick used in electric kilns. Many here have suggested this is…

Started by Norm Stuart

13 2 hours ago
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Warm Glass

Has anyone else fused frit into a glass bowl? We've been asked to do a glass project, which is apparently called "warm glass" being fired…

Started by Norm Stuart

14 Aug 6, 2016
Reply by Norm Stuart

Type-S thermocouple

Is www.Keramik-Kraft.de in Germany the least expensive place to purchase a Type-S thermocouple? The €95.80 price, roughly $107, is well le…

Started by Norm Stuart

4 Jul 2, 2016
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Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?

So I have a curious question for all you cone 6 firers out there. I recently refired a few pots and the glaze was completely free of microd…

Started by Joseph Fireborn

14 Jun 28, 2016
Reply by Pat

Scheduling slow-cool cycles after you have reached temp

Hi all - I did not schedule a slow cooling cycle when I fired the kiln, but decided after it had reach temp that I wanted to try it.  Is th…

Started by Ian Hall-Hough

5 Mar 10, 2016
Reply by Jeff Poulter

Firing pots with lids on

I recently did a bisque firing and had problems with cracking of my small storage jars. They didn't actually fall apart, but cracks are cle…

Started by Tom Humphries

3 Nov 4, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

Porcelain

I fired my first pots thrown with P-5 porcelain and was very disappointed with the results. I had plates warp and bowls go out of round. Ha…

Started by Robert spicer

13 Sep 5, 2015
Reply by Robert spicer

under fired top shelf pyro cones

My c5 cones, too shelf only does not fire to maturity. The below shelves all fire to maturity. I plug top peep at 1000degrees and turn off…

Started by Billie

1 Jun 19, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

Overfiring

Does anyone have experience with their kilns over firing? It seems that most struggle with under firing.

Started by Shelley Bauer, Blue Apple Studio

1 Jun 19, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

Warping Plates

Hi all - turning to the experts for advice. Lately I've been making large dinner plates using Standard 112 clay. I bisque at 06 and the pla…

Started by Jack Dembow

9 Apr 18, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

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