[Clayart] I give up

M Gordon clayart at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 17 14:05:44 EDT 2016

You are talking about firing in an electric kiln right? Different  
atmosphere , in a gas kiln air usually shows the cones up. Have you  
tried stacking the kiln differently, top to bottom? Keep notes & the  
cones for comparison, on which way you stack the bottom as opposed to  
the top. Mike Gordon
On Oct 16, 2016, at 4:00 PM, Deborah Thuman wrote:

> Maybe giving up is what I should have done in the first place.
> After much swearing, gnashing of teeth, and snarling, I finally  
> figured out how to fire the kiln more or less even. But…. I can’t see  
> the #)%*)@%@ cones no matter what I do. Tried the mag light. Didn’t  
> work, but I have a good flashlight in my car. Tried the hairdryer.  
> Didn’t work. Tried coating a slab of clay with red iron oxide and put  
> that behind the cones. Didn’t work.
> So.. this time, I gave up. I have a probe in the bottom peep and the  
> top peep so I can tell how fast I’m firing. Yesterday, I gave up. I  
> aimed for the middle of the temp range for ^04. The bottom only got to  
> ^06, the rest of the kiln got to ^04. So… I’ll keep putting cones in  
> the kiln so  I can see what I did, but I’m giving up on trying to see  
> the cones while I’m firing.
> No, I don’t know what the problem is. I never had a problem seeing the  
> cones in the gas kiln at the university.
> Deb Thuman
> debthuman at zianet.com <mailto:debthuman at zianet.com>
> https://debthumanblog.wordpress.com  
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> You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
> Arlo Guthrie
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