Go for it! About 40 years ago a very dear friend introduced me to clay, but at the time, like you I had small children and just could not justify the time. Fortunately, my children had art classes in their local schools and produced charming clay art masterpieces that I treasure to this day. After I retired I took pottery classes and now enjoy giving them my best pots, some glazed and some bisque fired. We spent the past weekend underglazing. I can't wait to glaze Laura's "Koi Pond Bowl" and Sara's "Caught red-handed ABC dish" (she has a two year old). So DO expose your children to clay and they will reward you and You'll have a Ball, promise!
Thanks for the article Rayaldridge... I just started turning my pots over to dry on the lip and I think I used a fan on this group too. Only one cracked but...I'll keep this one to remind myself to SLOW DOWN... Thanks again - Great Article!!!
Does anyone have an idea why a crack would develop in a foot ring on a bowl? The crack didn't show until it was glaze fired.
Can you post a picture? That would help diagnose the problem.
Sorry, no, I wasn't able to get a photo that would show the crack. (My camera is a simple SLR.) The crack runs from the flat of the foot, diagonally down into the foot, is about 3 inches long, circling around the foot into the glaze. There is no crack inside the bowl. The clay is 181 fired to cone 6 or a bit more.