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  1. @LeeU....thankyou I shall definitely look up Steven Hill and I have , I think .....a couple of years back copy ceramics monthly or review....thankyou so much for your advice @Piedmont Pottery....I never thought of a soak at the beginning of a firing.....I've had to learn by myself how to use the kiln in the best way I can....but I shall definitely try that and I'm sure some of my old books have that firing technique in...defi something I shall try...... thankyou so much. @dhPotter.. ahhh that makes a lot of sense.. I'm just rushing things to try and get orders/my work done. I tend to leave them past leather hard but they can't be completely dry...I shall try leaving them longer....thankyou so much for your advice
  2. @dhPotter.. ahhh that makes a lot of sense.. I'm just rushing things to try and get orders/my work done. I tend to leave them past leather hard but they can't be completely dry...I shall try leaving them longer....thankyou so much for your advice
  3. Thankyou......I make lots of ceramic bunting and I've had no problems with them, I make them, clean the edges and flags them by painting them. They e all come out great ,no problems at all. But my mugs and vases all seem to do the same thing. Either explode or the glaze doesn't stick or runs or it just doesn't work. The only reason I've been trying the one firing is time and money......so probably best to do the small pieces once and the larger pieces twice. Plus I need to look at different firings. Still learning with that ! Thanks for your advice....glad I found this forum
  4. Thankyou for your advice.......I work with porcelain a lot myself and have found that the glazes just don't cover well with one firing.....I've never had so much stuff explode as I have just lately.....maybe I'm rushing to get things done and they are not dry but I'm thinking that maybe I need to go back to my original way. I've got lots of pots etc that I can't use. I'm still getting used to the kiln as I've only ever used a very old kiln and cones to fire the temperature I needed. And I've just done the best I can with my electric kiln, all trial and error and plenty of reading up. I use a lot of different techniques including the wax application and different layers of glaze plus glass melting in some of my designs and I agree that bisque firing is better. I think I'm just trying to speed things up and it's become a disastrous decision. Thankyou again for your advice....it's nice to talk to a fellow potter as I don't know any in the area I have my studio !
  5. Thankyou for your advice.......I work with porcelain a lot myself and have found that the glazes just don't cover well with one firing.....I've never had so much stuff explode as I have just lately.....maybe I'm rushing to get things done and they are not dry but I'm thinking that maybe I need to go back to my original way. I've got lots of pots etc that I can't use. I'm still getting used to the kiln as I've only ever used a very old kiln and cones to fire the temperature I needed. And I've just done the best I can with my electric kiln, all trial and error and plenty of reading up. I use a lot of different techniques including the wax application and different layers of glaze plus glass melting in some of my designs and I agree that bisque firing is better. I think I'm just trying to speed things up and it's become a disastrous decision. Thankyou again for your advice....it's nice to talk to a fellow potter as I don't know any in the area I have my studio !
  6. Hi, new to these forums but really wanted to get some advice. I own my own small ceramic studio, I've been doing my own work all through the pandemic as I've not been able to teach. To try and save time, money I decided to try the one firing technique. First few bits of work came out ok. But the past two lots (and it's been a lot of work, a full kiln ) have either exploded or the glaze has just now worked. I think I'm being counter productive with my work. I have lots of pieces I can't use and now have to make more to cover orders ! Just wanted some thoughts on this process ! Is it worth the time and effort or should I go back to my original bisque and then glaze firing. ? Maybe I'm rushing or doing something wrong ? It's always been a difficult subject to approach with other potter's in the past.....as it's not regarded as 'good practice' . Be nice to hear the for's and against please ? Thanks in advance . Jayne
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