Soul Ceramics consulted with me on the best kiln for my firing needs that could run on 120v. They advised the Olympic Doll E and it works perfectly on the back porch of my little apartment.
I purchased the in-stock version of the kiln on 21DEC and it was in my home by 24DEC. That’s like unheard of in COVID times and during the holiday.
I’m so glad I decided to get the genesis controller. I was initially pretty intimidated to use it, but after reviewing the controller manual and watching the youtube videos, it kind of seemed fool-proof. At the time of writing this, I’ve done a test fire, 3 bisque to cone 04, and a bisque to Cone 5. I’ve been using the preloaded programs and I love that they have slow and med/slow options preloaded. I love the graphs and tables… if you eventually want to do custom programming the preloads are a great starting point that can be modified to your liking. For my glaze fires I know I will need a controlled cool, and I already know how to program that.
Another great part about the genesis is that it comes with an app. It was so simple to connect my kiln to my wifi and then follow along with the firing on my phone. I also love that you can add the cost per kwh in your area and then the genesis will give you the cost of each firing. Honestly, it’s a dream.
Special thanks to the Soul Ceramics team for being a resource through this entire process. So many people checked in with me to five me tips on receiving my kiln and to see how it was going after it had been with me for a few days. I wouldn’t have been able to make this purchase without their help and I’m so glad I did. Being able to fire my own pieces at home is so fun.