Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Kiln On Throne & Luck
The new Skutt is finally on its throne. Per instructions it's supposed to be 18 inches from the wall and 18 inches from another kiln and the controller's aren't supposed to be facing one another. In order to plug the new kiln into the new outlet, I need to move my old Skutt over a bit, which means we need to move a cabinet next to the old Skutt, adjustments will be made this week.
Look at the inside isn't it wonderful. It is 28 inches across and 18 inches deep. I got six corelite half shelves. I hope that's enough shelves. I'll just have to see how it all works out. I talked to the Skutt people and they said to use the same type of shelves for firing in the kiln for more even heating. If I need more I'll just have to get a few.
I'll unpack the shelves tomorrow and put kiln wash on. What do you think, is it better to make my own kiln wash or use premixed kiln wash?
Here's another jutting vase I made today made with Laguna terra cotta clay, WC 601, which I am now out of. I planned to make a different shape, but I just didn't have enough clay for what I planned. I've been in the process of testing four different clays over the past several weeks. I finished WC 606 and 607, and now am on to the sculpture clay, WC637. We'll see how they perform in the glaze firing. So far all have been OK in the bisque, except I haven't fired the sculpture clay yet.
I'd like to make a large totem for the front of our house. One that's made in sections. It's one of my goals, but maybe I'll put that off for a while, since I have three other projects I am working on. Hopefully progress will come more quickly for the projects now.
I made a small lidded box with the sculpture clay this evening. I think I'll make something big tomorrow. Might as well since the sculpture clay is supposed to be good for large pieces. Let's see my new kiln is 28 x 18, minus about and inch for room on the sides. Just kidding, but it might be fun to make something really big one of these days. A bench or an umbrella stand. I seem to have umbrellas on my mind, perhaps because it rains here so much.
I'm just reviewing the specs on the clays and it seems when I went to Bennet's Clay and asked for the sculpture clay, I didn't realize it is Cone 10. I was just thinking about my Cone 10 glazes sitting in the garage taking up space. Looks like I'll be driving down to St. Petersburg to have some pieces fired unlesss I use these for raku, pit, or barrel firings. This put's a kink in my projects; now I need more Cone 5/6 clay. Glad I wrote this on my blog or I would have been caught firing the sculpture pieces too low.
Wait a minute my new kiln will go to cone 10. Hum, just got to rearrange my project ideas a bit; I better put a mark on the bottom of the cone 10 pieces to keep them straight. Boy luck is running with me, I might have to buy a lottery ticket. Anyone know what cone 10 reduction glazes will do in oxidation? I've got celadon, tenmoku, teadust, and a few others. Sorry about the thinking out loud here. Comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome.