Hello ceramic artists,
I made a figurative sculpture (21-inch tall, divided into 3 sections that will be glued together after firing) out of paper clay (made of red stoneware that matures at the range of cone 05 to 6). I would like to fire it to cone 5 because the clay turns to an earthly brown tone at the temperature. I am not planning to glaze it. The ceramic studio that I have been using has Skutt Automatic Kilns. My question is:
If I single-fire the sculpture to cone 5 at the speed "slow," would I risk it too much? I'm thinking to do a single firing mainly because I want to avoid unnecessary loading and unloading of the sculpture.
My potter friends are suggesting other approaches, and I am getting confused. What will be the best approach to minimize the chance of cracking the piece to bring out the earthly clay tone? Thank you in advance for your suggestions.