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In Topic: How Forgiving Is Placement Of Posts Under Shelves?

21 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

One final word on my spiral stacking. I use a 1/4 turn on each of the 1/2 shelves and as it works out, the stilts do sit very close if not over the stilts below. This stacking allows me to place more patens/plates on a layer than with traditional.

In Topic: How Forgiving Is Placement Of Posts Under Shelves?

19 October 2014 - 10:14 PM

Lots of questions. Maybe a few answers from me to start. Lots of times the whole shelf on the bottom is a bad idea if you have a heated bottom. Also remember that your elements start pretty close to the bottom so that space might get heated up more than you would want, warping a shelf-but I can't really attest to that. I do use two half shelves on the bottom at the same 1" posts all around-3 per shelf.I have found over the years that I really don't warp shelves if I am off on placement of stilts by a few inches. I have often done a rotating shelf set up where the shelves and shelf parts help me stack in a spiral. Is it suggested any where? NO, did I have any warping of shelves-no. Did I get all twenty plates/patens and all chalices in the load-yes. I pat myself on the back for those. I fire to cone 6, so I do not put as much stress as someone will at 10. I really don't know how correct I am in my loading of the kiln, but I load solid-no wiggling of post under shelf, entire structure solid from top to bottom with no movement on the shelf when I put a new pot down. I keep my shelves washed, on top, keep them stacked neatly, and have some that from age have cracked that I use as 1/4 shelves or smaller. Some get broken down to use as spacers for things like the spiral stack, or for a spacer for an extra 1/2" or so.


Not a pro, not really trained as none of my college classes early on covered kiln stacking. Later/grad courses assumed you knew, or did the stacking/firing for you. Only one course  touched on all of the particulars I felt I was missing, and that was a visiting prof-Ron Gallas. Great experience.


Hope this helps, and does not raise more questions.

In Topic: Handles Make/break Your Pots

19 October 2014 - 05:17 PM

Yes! I hate handles that

  • look like a big ear hanging on the side of the pot,
  • that have to much variation in thickness-really thick at join, really thin going into base
  • That pinch the fingers because the join is without an arch
  • that force you to do things awkwardly, as in a teapot with a fancy unapproachable handle
  • handles that are too thin, or too thick for the form
  • and finally handles that don't work at all.

In Topic: Very Strange Bisque Fire-Or How To Wash And Fire Advancers

19 October 2014 - 10:05 AM

Student helpers are great, especially the diligent ones. They only really have one problem, They want to get it so right to earn your praise doing many things to the point of overkill. With kiln wash overkill can be a headache. Had the shelves done one time in the studio by a student, They washed both sides! I never do that, and never do the edges. She had a beautiful coat of wash on all exposed surfaces, that when I ran the first bisque with them on I found white flakes all over the pots on each shelf. Ground them down, explained the problem to her, and had her redo them with my help. Lesson learned by both of us. Her how to do it right, me to remember to check on a job in progress even when being done by a very trustworthy diligent student.

In Topic: Every Once In A While,

19 October 2014 - 12:11 AM

Not very often in life do you come across a steal like that, treasure it!