Firing damp clay at a low temp (about 150 degrees) is called "Candling". My
automatic kiln is great for this because I can program it to fire at this
level overnight and then ramp to a regular firing early the next morning. I
have also placed pieces on top of the kiln to dry while it is firing, as
someone else mentioned. It just speeds up the drying process. No broken pieces
>===== Original Message From Meredith Steele <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>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!