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Re: Clay Head Sculptures

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Tue, 3 Jun 1997 20:16:55 -0400 (EDT)

Due to the color, it sounds as though they were probably fired too hot. When
I fire clay sculptures in an electric kiln, I usually let them dry a couple
of weeks at least, sometimes longer, and fire them on low until ALL of the
moisture is out. It means firing the kiln over two or three days. (I do turn
it off at night.) You can test this by holding a mirror next to the top peep
hole. If the clay still has moisture, there will be a foggy, steamy coating
on the mirror. This has pretty much been a failproof test, even for the
sculptures that were thick and had no hollow neck. How do you finish your
sculptures? Do you glaze them, paint them or leave them the natural clay, or


Judie J