What you are talking about is "force-drying" the clay which is not the best,
but is possible if under a deadline. Force-drying is more prone to
breakage, depending on how wet the clay is. The question is if the clay is
covered with glaze and what kind if ventilation system you have (preferably
vented to the exterior of the building).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Meredith Steele" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2003 11:18 AM
Subject: kiln firing question
> Hi! I'm a painter and have a question about firing the kiln...
> One of our new art teachers is firing the kiln "early" (the clay is still
wet) with the lid OPEN (held up with a small block).
> Isn't this toxic/unhealty/dangerous?
> Thanks for any help!