[Clayart] Mel asked....

David McBeth via Clayart clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
Wed Jul 1 11:51:27 EDT 2015

Deb - refresh my memory, which Olympic kiln do you have?  And have you
called Olympic?  I have found that they are wonderfully helpful


On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:11 AM, Deborah Thuman via Clayart <
clayart at lists.clayartworld.com> wrote:

> …. how many
> 'kilns are turned off at less than cone 10 because the potter is tired
> and pissed off?
> At my house? Every time I fire. I fire to ^6. <G>
> I’m still working on getting the Olympic to fire evenly. I used 12” posts
> for flame baffles this last time. Put a post on its side on the shelf. End
> of the post almost touching the kiln wall. This was done over all 4 burner
> openings. Two on the bottom shelf, other two on the middle shelf. I will
> get this kiln figured out. Alas, the posts didn’t solve the problem. I do
> like the idea of a flame baffle, so I’ll be doing that again when I glaze
> fire. I have been pushing the damper across the hole in the lid a little
> bit. I’m thinking I need to get a tad more aggressive with the damper. I’ve
> fired ^6 reduction several times and I do like what it does to the glazes.
> I want to try to hit a point where there’s enough back pressure to keep the
> heat in (I’m getting about a 3 cone difference between top and bottom
> shelves) but not enough to get reduction.
> I will get this kiln figured out. At the moment, I’m working on figuring
> out how to glaze the experimental sculptures. The sculptures are based on a
> scanning electro-micrograph of a single cell plant found only in
> Antarctica. I have accoutrements on the sculptures and a shelf full of
> Potters Choice glazes. I’m thinking one glaze for the background and two
> glazes for the accoutrements. I’m also thinking of using the cobalt wash
> that I bought for an absurdly low price on the accoutrements with clear
> over the top and a colored glaze on the rest of the sculpture. Guess I need
> to make 30 or so more experimental sculptures. I will get this sculpture
> figured out as well. It’s probably a really good thing my passion is
> microbiology rather than gross anatomy. I’d have an interesting time trying
> to figure out how to fire a coral reef.
> Oh, crap! Now I have coral reef yard art sculptures dancing in my head.
> And I have to be in court this morning.
> Deb Thuman
> debthuman at verizon.net
> I read somewhere that 77 percent of all the mentally ill live in poverty.
> Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 percent who are apparently doing
> quite well for themselves.
> Jerry Garcia
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David McBeth
Professor of Art
Department of Visual and Theatre Arts
University of Tennessee - Martin

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