[Clayart] Downfire

John Hesselberth via Clayart clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
Thu Apr 30 06:31:54 EDT 2015

Hi Dave,

Since you apparently aren’t looking at your cones until you open the kiln, I would guess that whatever you are using (computer controller or thermocouple or ??) is badly out of calibration. I would suggest you start by learning to see you cones while you are firing and go from there.

And, yes, Waterfall Brown is very sensitive to overfilling. 



> On Apr 29, 2015, at 5:12 PM, David Lyons via Clayart <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com> wrote:
> I've done some experimenting with slow cooling and down firing.  After a 15 minute hold at cone 6 I've done a fast cool to 1800, and then 100 degrees/hour cooling to 1650.  Opening the kiln I find the cone 7 cone down flat from the heat work.  I suspect cone 8 is probably down nicely.  The work is occasionally wonderful, but usually looking over fired with runs and almost bare clay showing.  Waterfall brown seems to be very sensitive to the heat work and almost anything that has a lot of iron or cobalt seems to more readily run.  Lately I've been firing to cone 5 with a faster cool down from 1800 to 1700 then off.  Cone 6 is almost perfect and the glazes look generally better but none of the wonderful kiln gifts that I sometimes get.   Any thoughts?
> Dave Lyons
> The New Pittsville Pottery
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