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    yoga meditation, light, birds, trees & flowers, ceramic tiles, kids art, color, recovery.
  1. It isn't cheap, but there is a sign painter's material called Crezon that makes an excellent, flat, smooth work surface. It's plywood with paper laminated to the surface. It can stay wet for long periods of time and resists warping. We use it in the classroom for work boards and they last year after year with heavy use. Very wet clay can stick to it, but not nearly as badly as smooth plastic. it does breathe a bit. Best of luck!
  2. 1. It sounds like "dunting" which is especially awful when perfectly flat pieces split in firing. It seems the larger the slab, the more likely it is to happen. Some think it's because of friction on the kiln shelf. You might try a dusting of dry kiln wash under the plaque on the shelf. 2. It's important to make sure to keep them flat, since clay has a memory. If the slab bends, the distortion can pop up later, even after it has been laid flat again. i sandwich tiles between two "crezon" boards (this is sign painters board with a smooth, very slightly absorbent surface. It resists warping eve
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