[Clayart] bisque firing (story)my kiln

Dannon Rhudy dannon at ccrtc.com
Fri Jul 26 15:52:15 EDT 2019

There's no reason not to go ahead and glaze the wares fired to
cone 08. I bisque to 08 nearly always. Keep in mind that the work
 will absorb just a bit more glaze at that softer stage.

It sounds like a problem with an element, but - there are lots of
things that can occur to cause the breaker to blow.  You might 
check your incoming breaker box (not the ceramics specific one) and
look for a loose connection.  Happened to me at least once.  


Dannon Rhudy

I have a question related to a bisque firing. I had put new elements in my Jenken kiln. I was firing a bisque to Cone 05 manually.The 45 amp kiln blew my 80 amp circuit breaker at 950 C. Which is about 08. The day before I was trying to fire the bisque using my Sentry Controller which blew my 50 amp Circuit breaker at 444C.
I thought maybe the 50 amp circuit breaker might be old and that is why it blew. The 80 amp is much newer so I tried to do the firing manually.
My kiln electrician will test the elements with his amp meter when he comes back from vacation as it seems to be a problem with the kiln.
What I would like to know is what you all think about going ahead with glazing and firing these pots to cone 5 since they did not reach cone 05? I have another smaller kiln I can use for this. 
Kathy Schultz 🌴

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> On Jul 22, 2019, at 1:17 PM, mel jacobson <melpots at visi.com> wrote:
> the process of bisque firing is not simple, or easy.
> it is complex....and ron and others have given us
> a good education on how to do it the right way.
> there are many considerations for the potter to make
> as to bisque firing your own special work. 
> when you consider the many clay bodies, glazes, types
> of kilns plus years of total bs that has been stuck in the
> brains of many clay making folks, it goes without saying
> that people can get very confused.
> so much when you glaze pots is the condition of the
> bisque fired pieces.  for example, i layer glazes and tend
> to put a lot of glaze on my pots.  i need for the bisque ware
> to be a bit more open, or sponge like.  when ron is doing very
> dense porcelain work...he does not want the spongy bisque.
> so,it is simple to see two very different attitudes as to what
> cone to bisque fire your pots.  when doing cone 12 gas fired
> medium reduction i fire my bisque to cone 08.  ron may fire
> to cone 04 or higher.  the entire theory is what kind of glaze
> are you firing, what is your final cone, and what do you want
> the bisque pot to do for you?.
> there is no one size fits all. 
> i always try to get all the non'clay material to burn out of
> my bisque.  i have been experimenting with my new mel6 to
> be fired a bit faster...i do however try to hold the firing at
> about 1500F for an hour or so.  it seems to work just fine,
> but i have no scientific proof....it works, and i don't have
> pinholes.  that is good enough for me.
> for folks that are a bit newer to clay than me, i suggest you
> follow ron's instructions to the T.   as you gain experience
> and really know what you want your pots to do, then you
> can adjust to your own work...
> as i age, i more and more come to the conclusion that
> there are thousands of ways to do things with clay.
> what works for one, does not work for others.
> being dogmatic just gets us in trouble.  but as they
> say...`we can a not change the laws of physics scotty`
> but, i keep on trying...that is just me.
> mel
> -- 
> Mel's Website:  www.melpots.com
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