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CLN studios    2

Since ive been working in porcelain lately and throwing off the hump, proper compression I havent gotten any cracks yet. So I was wondering do s-cracks normally appear in the dry process or the final firing?

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Tyler Miller    331

They can happen at any point, really.  The clay is shrinking from the moment it begins to dry to the moment it reaches maturity in the kiln even during cooling.  Those stresses can express themselves as cracks anywhere along that timeline.

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PSC    54

I agree, drying, bisque or final firing tho the chances are less during the final than during drying or bisque. I always say never count your pots til they are glazed fired.

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Benzine    609

I agree, drying, bisque or final firing tho the chances are less during the final than during drying or bisque. I always say never count your pots til they are glazed fired.

 

And even past that point.  I had a vase crack a couple months ago (glaze issue) and I took it out of the kiln, showed some students later on in the day, then looked a couple hours later and it had cracked.  Aint ceramics grand?

 

I've  never worked with porcelain, but with the clay bodies I have worked with, the s-crack presented itself in the late leatherhard stage.  I haven't had an issue with s-cracks in some time.  I started using a wood rib to compress the bottom, as opposed to just using my fingertips in conjunction with a sponge.  Since then, I haven't had a s-crack.  It's even a rare occurrence that my students have a s-crack, as I teach them to use the same method.  

 

Coning also helps prevent the cracks, though my students, starting off, aren't always good about coning, but still don't have any cracks, as long as they compress with the rib.

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Pres    896

Mastering/coning was one of the first things I required students to do when learning to throw. When they had "mastered" this I let them go on to centering. I found that in the end they learned to center quicker.

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PSC    54

I compress with a rubber rib. I find students tend to get s cracks when they compress but then decide to modify the piece, accidentally getting water inside the vessel and forgetting to dry and compress again.

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Benzine    609

I wish I had the time, to teach students to do many things.....  With wheel throwing being one part of a class, I really can't.  I tried to create a specific "Pottery" class, but it's just not in the cards.  I barely have time in the schedule, to fit the courses I have now.

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Mark C.    1,798

My porcelain cracks appear after the glaze fire these days-If I see them before firing I kill them.

I think they now know this and appear after the fire.

Mark

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