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  1. Okay, I think I see WHY I am misunderstanding this! Currently I make bonsai pots with my cone 6 clay and apply Renaissance glaze and fire once to have a finished pot. I was ASSUMING that if I did this as a 2-step process, both firings should be at cone 6. But what you are showing me here is that the piece would be resistant to the glaze, and I'd get better results from the low fire bisque, then glaze and fire at cone 6 to mature the clay and the glaze together--am I now understanding this correctly? LOL You'd think by now I'd know better than to assume stuff! Prior to this I only worked with low-fire clay. These current pots are my first attempts with stoneware, which I thought would make stronger pots for my bonsai. I've never had a pot break from winter cold, but even though I'm in the south, the climate is definitely changing. Thanks for all your help. There is so much to learn! But that is part of what makes this hobby so enjoyable. Rusty
  2. Based on the replies above, obviously what I think I know is dead wrong and I need to be educated. Please educate me! See, I use low fire (04) clay AND medium fire (cone 6) clay and it would never occur to me to bisque them together. How could the cone 6 clay mature in an 04 firing? Wouldn't it still need to be fired to cone six before it could be glazed? (Gee, can you tell I am self-taught? I suspect I "know" a bunch of stuff that is totally incorrect!) Rusty
  3. Thank you both! That really takes a worry off. I didn't want to damage the poor thing at this late date. I'm originally from Florida, so temperatures were never a worry before. Now that I am way up in Alabama I didn't have a clue as to how cold might affect things. TY!
  4. My manual Paragon electric kiln sits on my screened and roofed porch. It is protected from everything but the cold. So, how cold is too cold to fire? This month morning temperatures are in the high 20s to low 30s and the daily highs average 45 to 50. Is this too cold for firing Cone 04 projects? What about Cone 06 glazes? My instruction book for the kiln doesn't offer any clues. Thanks for your help. Rusty
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