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Holding at 1650 for One Hour.

I've read a number of posts that suggest when trying to enhance "red" glazes at cone 6, it helps to cool to 1650 and then hold for one hour…

Started by Jack Dembow

2 Jul 7, 2012
Reply by Jennifer Leader

Soda Fire anyone? Some help?

We are about to embark on Soda firing at the community studio I belong to.  Now we have been ^6 electric until now.  We will have a functio…

Started by matthew mejia

1 May 13, 2012
Reply by Steve Colston

How to Hold during a glaze firing

Hi - I love reading these posts and now I have a question myself.  I have a Skutt kiln with an automatic control panel. I generally use the…

Started by Jack Dembow

2 May 6, 2012
Reply by Jack Dembow

How to Down-Fire a Kiln Sitter Equipped Manual Kiln

Just because your kiln sitter trips your kiln off, you don't have to crash cool your load of pottery. You can override the kiln sitter, tur…

Started by George Lewter

1 Apr 30, 2012
Reply by Renee Arthur

Electric Reduction Is Alive & Well - Though Not Yet on Main Street

Terry Fallon says it is doable and you can get 200 firings on a set of elements.  I had never heard of it (other than sagger firing) until…

Started by George Lewter

16 Feb 19, 2011
Reply by Nicholas Friedman

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