>Hi, it is probably that the clay was not dry enough. I used to have similar
>problems, and I have a similar kind of kiln. But since I started drying the
>clay really long, like at least 10 says to two weeks I have had no problems
>Best regards from the far north, Rosa
>>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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