READY, FIRE, AIM. Before you start kilnforming on this scale, you might want to understand what you’re doing.
I was about to unmask the fools who started the COE mess when I got a private email asking me why I was making such a fuss about compatibility standards when – by our own admission – Bullseye’s are likely tighter than they need to be.
First of all, that wasn’t quite the point of my rant, but I’ll take a momentary detour here to explain why this stuff matters…
When you’re starting out, the misinformation that you learn and the glass that you use may not create problems. Your projects and your equipment will likely be small. You can get away with breaking a lot of rules when you’re making earrings and even plates.
THE TORO. Designed and built at Bullseye: the heating controls, venting, and shelf configuration address the specific needs of large scale work.
When you scale up, what you learned as a beginner and the tolerances of the glass you work with can make the difference between success and costly failure.
This is a huge topic. Some of the major issues are:
• Understanding large kiln design
• The large shelf: materials, sources, maintenance
• Insuring even heating in the kiln chamber
• Firing schedules for larger work
• Problem solving off the charts
I couldn’t begin to cover this stuff in a blog. And lots of kilnformers don’t need it yet. But they DO need a strong foundation and understanding of the basics. I’m trying to wade through that stuff in my blog rant on COE.
For the Big Stuff, I strongly suggest that anyone who is working – or intending to work – on a large scale, come to Portland for BECon 2007 where we’ll be talking about this stuff, and more.
THINK ABOUT IT. Simplicity – when it’s big – isn’t quite so simple.
Now, back to the urban legend of the COE…