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Posted 14 Jun 2013Yes the woes of a newer computer kiln.
My old manual (over 15 years) skutt 1227 has seen its fair share of cat pee. The only thing worse burning off is lusters. Its rusted to the moon and keeps on ticking like a timex. Timer/shutoff works perfectly. Never any trouble-no new anything since the day I bought it USED.Same elements switches and controllers
Now I only bisque fire on blue moons but still its been service free.
I suggest building a light cage of chicken wire to keep the cats off-the cage would just lift off when using kiln.
I agree with woes of a computer kiln. My other kiln, a Gare that's over 25 years old still will bisque fire perfectly. The Skutt is in a screened deck attached to the house. The outside cat comes in at night so he is the culprit. I cut a large circle of wolmanized plywood to cover the kiln top, then a larger piece of vinyl to hang down, and a 12" square of tin to slide under the lid over the control box. I alway start my firings about 7 am so by night it will be cool enough for the plywood & tin square. Can't really fuss at the cat, he is 16 years old, and we raised him from a feral kitten.
Posted 23 May 2013I have used them for several years firing 5-6. Not sure why they are not working for you especially the PC 20. Go back to the web site and read instructions carefully again; you might have an application problem. I usually thin down my jars with a little water, some of the glazes are really thick. Now Antique Jasper...this one is often tough to get right. I put it on really thick at least 3 coats after previous coat is dry then I "splotch" over the third coat using a thick brush and dabbing the glaze in no set pattern. Here is a recent Antique Jasper: P1000470.JPG (224.84K)
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Posted 12 Apr 2013I started out signing on bottoms the name of my pottery. Then I got fussed at. A lot of my former students said they wanted a piece that I made and signed with my name. Since I have hundreds of former students in the county I couldn't pass this up. I sign taylor on the bottom with a needle tool in a type of scripted print and lower case and sometimes the year date for a special piece. I kid with customers and tell them "Look at the bottom, it doesn't say Made in C...."
Posted 7 Apr 2013Do you have a Radio Shack nearby? Pic looks like a half shaft that will take a knob that has a set screw in it. If no markings on a knob paint a line or arrow on it.
Posted 14 Mar 2013Since I'm still a young potter (7 years) and didn't know any better I started out hanging my business card , or dropping it in the pot, on everything I display for sale. I have pots in 3 gift stores and everyone really likes the colorful business card attached. I put the price on the back of the card. Just got in 500 more cards from Vistaprint for $12.47. I cut pieces of curly Christmas ribbon to hang the cards with. That's a pain cause my fingers are so big. Just an idea though.
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