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  1. Last night my daughter and I did a bisque firing in the kiln at cone 04. I've had some pieces shatter that last couple times we've bisque fired, and I have no clue why. Yesterday's firing went great except for a kitchen utensil crock. I was pretty proud of that piece because I just started playing with making vases and such from slab work. Every other piece came out great, except for that one. I made a matching spoon rest, so was pretty disappointed when the bottom shattered out of the utility crock. So here are my questions. 1. Can I try to attach green ware to the bottom of that piece and refire it? Is it even worth it? I'd hate to ditch it as I spent a lot of time on it, plus the cost of the clay factor. If fixing it is a pipe dream, I'll move on. 2. I am stumped as to why my pieces are shattering. It's not every piece. In fact, our kiln was filled to the gills yesterday, and that was the only piece that shattered. I've tried moving thicker pieces to the center of the kiln. I thought maybe it's the clay, but I'm using different clays. It doesn't matter if the kiln is super full or half empty. The pieces have been completely dried, and I always bag them and dry slowly. Anyone have an idea? Please recognize that I'm new to this stuff, so if my questions sound dumb, it's because I'm a greenhorn.
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