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60 kids down my throat!

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Michelle H. Harrell (mmhar)
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 09:11:22 PST

Help! I've just ruined 60 twelve year olds day!

After firing 60 pinch pots yesterday, I opened the kiln to find small
pieces of shattered clay. Only 2-3 pieces survived without a crack. I
had been careful to explain to them to wedge the clay for air bubbles.
We let it get bone dry and I loaded it into the kiln. This is the 2nd
time I've fired greenware but I following the same directions I did the
first time which were left by the previous art teacher. I left the lid
cracked open the first hour set on 1 (cone 5). Then I raised the temp.
3, 6, 8, hi, every hour.

This is an old kiln and no manual was left for it. I know I could call
the company and get another manual. I'll work on that.

Can any of you help me? I probably sound like an idiot to any of you
who know what you are doing. I know its probably the temp. that I'm
firing it at.

Back to breaking hearts of babes,
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina

* ~ "The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul."
\_/ -Wassily Kandinsky

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