Thanks, everyone, for the quick replies. As it turns out, our vents were indeed broken, and we were getting this terrible smell. I thought it was due to the unusual firing practices. This helps. Thanks again.
From: Sarah Sparkman Boyd [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 10:07 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: kiln firing question
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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
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!