Denice, good tip. I started doing this as too many things were getting bumped and damaged while waiting for enough to fill the kiln. Also, I know right away when the kiln is full.
I recently started using soy wax. The kind made for candle making. I really like it. Easy to get a very smooth, straight line when applied with a foam brush. I have to credit Mea, Good Elephant, for this tip.
I have many times used the small stilts. Doesn't work well on plates though, they sag. A new stilt will have a finer point. Using thin glaze will create a smaller mark. After firing, if the stilt stuck to the glaze just pop it off. I then use a polishing stone to smooth out any little burr or bump left. Is undetectable.
One of the places pots suffer over the years (say 30+) is chipped feet so cut them out with this in mind.
Mark, noted. Once I began making pottery I started looking at the bottoms of everything. One thing I have started to do is make the out side of the foot under cut and rounded. I have learned to be very careful with my pots before bisque firing to maintain a very smooth and unmarred surface. Nothing completes the look of a pot/bowl like a good foot.
I just had slate and granite installed. Expert and experienced installer said tile cannot be put on top on plywood. Especially in potential wet area. Wood will swell and tile will crack. Even if sealed. Tile must be put on top of cement board. We had ceramic tile around the fire place. Was on top of wood. Cracked and chipped. Ended pulling the plywood to get the tile up.