>I am having a problem with clay gargoyles, some in the 12' x 12" range,
>cracking on the first or second firing. I use low fire clay (05), firing
>at that both times(once with Mason Stains). The crack (it is usually just
>one) usually runs across the face, which is formed on a newspaper armature.
> I truly believe the clay is dry enough when put in the kiln. someone
>suggested maybe there is too much clay on the HOT surface of the shelf and
>that is the culprit. I tried putting them on stilts when firing--still
>cracked. Has anyone had this experience?
>Thanks in advance, Holly
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Holly, Try 04 for first firing. You may be getting cracks from drying pieces to fast. Try slower drying time since newspaper hold lots of moisture. Good luck.
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