Firing Techniques (45)

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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

Kiln Element Life

Our kiln elements last about one year, actually 163 firings. This consisted of: 63 ___ ^6 firings and;100 __ firings at ^04 or less. Most o…

Started by Norm Stuart

18 Mar 10, 2015
Reply by Jeff Poulter

Survey: Once Fired Ceramics

Hi There, I'm a mature student doing an MA in Ceramics at UCLAN Preston UK. I'm interested in single fired ceramics and have devised a very…

Started by Margaret Davies

0 Mar 1, 2015

Firing too long at lower cone a problem?

I forgot to plug my bottom peep this morning when I started my kiln, and my kiln was firing longer than usual at a lower cone. I estimate i…

Started by Meredith Walker

7 Jun 21, 2014
Reply by Meredith Walker

New Kiln, Newbie Potter

Hi Everyone, First off, I'm really glad I found this place! Looks like a great resource and exactly what I need as I've just bought a kiln…

Started by Tom Humphries

8 May 30, 2014
Reply by Nadine Mercader

Stephen Hill firing schedule

One unique feature of Stephen Hill's firing schedule is that he goes to someplace in ^ 5 then holds for up to an hour until the ^ 6 drops. …

Started by Lawrence Weathers

4 Apr 25, 2014
Reply by Lawrence Weathers

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