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RE: kiln firing question

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Oct 09 2003 - 15:38:47 PDT


I use my kiln lid while it is firing as a place to speed dry things I
want to put in the next day. One word of caution, though...don't put
things on the lid overnight to dry until they have already been drying
for a full day. To do so faster than that for pieces of any thickness
will cause them to crack for sure. I also have a skutt and the candling
thing is a helpful way to speed dry occasionally. My 3rd graders are
making clay storytellers right now, and they are SO fragile...And
wonderful. I'm holding my breath on these til they all come out okay,
lol. I put them all in the kiln to dry the day they were finished.
They went straight to a kiln shelf for drying. I have a clip on fan on
the hinge of my kiln lid, and I'm drying them all right there inside the
kiln. I was afraid to try to pick them up again after theywere dry, so
that is why I decided to load them straightaway. Are there prayer
groups for children's ceramics projects, lol?

Linda Woods,
Visit our Students' Art Gallery at St. John's School: www.sjs.org,
click on Fine Arts, Click on Lower and 6th Grade Art Gallery.

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