Hello! I am brand new to this forum, and I joined for the purpose of trying to find the answer to this question. I am a high school art teacher, and I have two students who each created a bust out of no. #25 white art clay. Both pieces have newspaper stuffed inside of the head and neck. I am not so sure about putting them in the kiln, because I am worried that the newspaper will catch on fire, and smoke will pour out of my kiln and cause panic in the school (can you tell that I have had this happen before?) I also thought about using a butane torch to burn out the newspaper, but I don't know if that will reach all the way inside, and I don't want to risk ruining the details if I don't have to. Does anyone have any solutions for this issue? I have attached photos of the work, and the underneath of the first bust (the other is too risky to hold and take a photo). Please help if you can! I need to fire these as soon as I can. Thank you so much!