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Porosity Problems

Hi Everyone,I've been potting for about 4 months, mainly wheel throwing. I've had successes and failures but apart from my first glaze firi…

Started by Jeff Morfett

4 Apr 1, 2014
Reply by Nadine Mercader

Orton: calculation spreadsheet

attached is a :cone calculation Excell spreadsheet that I got from a guy at Orton, but is not on their website.. It is pretty slick and I t…

Started by Lawrence Weathers

1 Mar 27, 2014
Reply by Norm Stuart

refiring ^ 6 stoneware at ^06

I've noticed that some people are getting some very nice results by refiring ^ 6 stoneware at ^06. Often the colors are are richer and more…

Started by Lawrence Weathers

9 Feb 23, 2014
Reply by Norm Stuart

Glazing after Pit Firing

I am interest in knowing if anybody has done this. I'm thinking of pit firing some 06 bisqued pots, glazing with cone 6 clear and then firi…

Started by Scott Shaffer

5 Feb 21, 2014

Fused Ornaments

Happy New Year! I wanted to ask if anyone has a good way to fire glazed ornaments?  I hung mine from high temp wire on a bead bar.  The bea…

Started by Tracy Cloutier

4 Jan 5, 2014
Reply by Jeff Poulter

Issues firing Duncan Teacher Plus Kiln to Cone 6

I had not fired my kiln for a few years. When I turn on all of the coils heated up. I cleaned and vacuumed before use. I Put cone 7 in kiln…

Started by Kathy Singleton

4 Dec 2, 2013
Reply by Brent Farler

hold cycle

Is it that important to add a hold to your firing cycle?  Does it make that much different to the end result?  Any feedback would be much a…

Started by Bonnie Hornsby

11 Nov 13, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

Food Safe Glazes

I am searching for a "food safe" glaze data base. Is there one? Or are there just certain guide lines, exclusions of materials, that will m…

Started by john autry

5 Oct 29, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

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 Farler

45 Aug 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

Something Exploded in the Kiln - Was It Clay fatigue?

In a recent glaze firing at our community studio, something exploded and we wonder whether it might have been one or more of the bisqued "c…

Started by Meredith Walker

13 Aug 26, 2013
Reply by Meredith Walker



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