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  1. This is my fav way to put that can to good use. Fill the can with paper, straw, etc and put it aside. Roll out an eighth inch slab and start sticking stuff to it, like salt water soaked leaves, crushed pine cones, rock salt, cobalt carb, copper, steel wool, u get the gist. After that treasure hunt I take my prepared piece of pottery (usually with tera sig, and so on) and wrap the littered slab completely around it. Throw it in the kiln and ramp that baby up to 1300ish 1400ish. Pull it out red hot and toss it shell and all into that trash can u love so much and let it burst into flames for a few seconds before placing the lid on tight. Let it reduce with the lid on for at least 30 minutes. When your ready to be amazed, pluck it from the can, pull away what's left of the eighth inch shell and admire its beauty. Thow a coat of wax on it if u like. Its kinda an electric saggar salt raku kinda thing and you'll love it. Remember to always play with fire responsibly and good luck.
  2. ClayByMck


    I must be lucky. I fire leather hard clay all the time with no issues. This is my favorite cone 04 schedule. Its in the kiln for a while but its not sitting on a shelf drying for weeks on end. 90° F per hour up to 185° F hold at 185° F for 4 hours 100° F per hour up to 600° F 200° F per hour up to 1922° F Let the kiln cool on its own
  3. ClayByMck

    Firing large piece?

    Easy! lol. Heres the solution. You are only up against warping, glaze running everywhere, staining from the backside being unfinished and worst of all, breaking in half and sticking to your evements and bricks, but heres an idea. From my experience I would lay it face down on a pillow. Use a dremmel, hack saw, or metal file to score an interesting line down middle short-wise. Be sure to make the score deeper where the footing rises. Leaving it face down on the pillow, tap the score line with a hammer. I would tap first on the footing. You will have 2 beautiful 12 inch beautifully finished pieces to attach after theyre fired. I would stylize the line where the two pieces meet with a fancy painted border to make the break look intentional. While breaking your beloved platter in half may not be fun. It will be liberating. Good luck. Hope to see pics.
  4. Throw caution to the wind. Our clients want it now and expect us to defy all things logical. After all, we are artist and defying logic is kinda our thing. I take a faster approach to things without sacraficing quality. Here are my 2 methods. Either I work a collection and let it dry for a couple weeks. Load it up in the skutt km1018 on medium speed to cone 04. This is an 8hr firing and never had an issue. BUT... this takes a couple weeks. "Boring". If someone needs a burial urn you don't have a couple weeks. Here's what I do in such cases. Build or throw the piece. While on the bat or metal turn table, use a propane torch and constant motion to heat the piece while turning it. When it starts to smoke, turn off the torch and let the piece have a little smoke break. After one or two times the piece should be able to handle enough for some quick trimmin'g. In to the kiln it goes. Yes. Right when its finished. Here's the firing. Its long but its not weeks long like the boring method. Good luck. 90° F per hour up to 185° F hold at 185° F for 4 hours 100° F per hour up to 600° F 200° F per hour up to 1922° F Let the kiln cool on its own

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