My first time using a Kiln on my own EVER! An old Cress FE-25-A was handed down to me. I am forever grateful for this old beauty! It is in amazing condition and fired up great! I can’t find a instruction manual anywhere. Cress only has manuals for their newer models, that I have seen on their website. It is an electric kiln but it doesn’t have a Pyrometer or a Kilnsitter, so I am completely reliant on the cones to tell the temperature. I used instructions for newer models to try to formulate a firing plan.
I have been experimenting using Porcelain and Earthenware clays. I also experimented with Mayco glazes to see how they do in a bisque fire. I used Foundations, Fundamentals and Stroke & Coat. It’s been so much fun experimenting and seeing the results.
I’ve learned so much so far and can’t wait to do the next firing. I am going to try to get to cone 6 for glazing. The kiln should be able to reach this heat, if I can just figure it out! If anyone out there has an old Cress kiln like mine please leave a comment! I would love to hear from you! If you have any glaze suggestions let me know! I feel like I’m flying blind here! I can’t wait to get better so I can start selling fun ceramic ware! This truly is my dream job. I love every aspect of the ceramic process. I’m so thankful I have this window of opportunity to pursue my dream!