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Kiln Cement - High Temperature

This PDF file has all the information you'd ever want to know about mixing Alumina Hydrate with Phosphoric Acid to make liquid Aluminum Pho…

Started by Norm Stuart

0 Aug 20, 2013

venting for color and even firings

I am debating putting a downdraft vent on my Skutt 1027.  I don't need it for health reasons, my kiln is under an outdoor shed roof.  I am…

Started by martha peddicord

3 May 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

cone 6 clay

LONGHORN RED LONGHORN WHITE and a BALCONES dark. : Cone 5 (2167 F)  Ok glaze cone 6?Well all of the above. I was…

Started by scott kelly

2 May 24, 2013
Reply by scott kelly

Bisque at Cone 10 and then Glaze at Cone 6

Is firing at a higher temperature for bisque than for glaze really that unheard of? It's the way I was taught and have been firing. I've b…

Started by Shine Chisholm

32 Apr 26, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart


I continue to have problems with surface bubbling. Sometimes it is a very fine bubbling just under the surface. I am stumped - sometime it…

Started by Pamela Sinclair

5 Apr 20, 2013
Reply by George Lewter

Top peep or not to peep

hello all,I have been asked to get information on a "healthy debate" going on at ourlocal community potter studio(approx 22 members some mo…

Started by vadie bond

5 Apr 17, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

Witness Cones always indicate one cone hotter than Bartlett Controller V6-CF

Has anyone compared their computerized Kiln Controller and thermocouple cone with Witness Cones? Witness Cones in our computer-controlled k…

Started by Norm Stuart

4 Mar 14, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

warping platters

Hi All I fired a student's oval platter (cone 6) on triangular stilts.  It warped, I think because I placed the stilts incorrectly. I was t…

Started by Donna Ferrara

2 Dec 23, 2012
Reply by Donna Ferrara

An Enjoyable 'Raku Firing Day' in Australia

Despite and extremely windy Spring afternoon here in Australia yesterday, Rhonda Morris and I had a very enjoyable and successful raku firi…

Started by Jan Wallace

1 Sep 12, 2012
Reply by Wally Wallace

I'd like some help learning to fire an Evenheat 4320 with kiln sitter...

I bought a used Evenheat 4320 kiln with kiln sitter.  It does not have knobs to adjust heat settings.  I has 4 switches that you turn on on…

Started by Renee Arthur

7 Jul 14, 2012
Reply by Renee Arthur



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