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  1. I'm hoping someone could help me. I have a friend with a pottery studio in her basement and this year she is experiencing high levels of moisture in her home. Before I start looking into how to help solve the problem I'm wondering if anyone else has had issues with basement studios increasing the moisture levels of the home. Her house is energy efficient and was tested as being "tight" Could the drying process of the clay be increasing the amount of moisture in her home?
  2. My Kiln has been in a unheated shed for the past 6 mo. and even though covered with a wool blanky and tarps- I started it up to make sure everything was Okay, and it is but it is steaming like a sauna bath. It has been over an hr. Will it stop? Is there a way to dry it out before I try to fire anything?
  3. So, I got tired of hearing from a certain group of people I know in real life about how silly I am to think that a bubble left inside of clay won't explode during firing. Literally eye-rolling when I tried to tell them YOU GUYS said on my ceramic arts daily forums that that is a myth. I tried to explain this is trapped moisture and not trapped air. I took a further risk as both they, and I, have taken the inevitable college pottery classes where about 10% of the work blows up, and the teacher blames it on the students not having learned how to wedge properly, when really, -I'm guessing anyway, it's work rushed into the kiln so students can have it fired before next week's class. So I made a little marble with a huge air pocket inside it, let it dry out about 3 weeks just to be safe, pretty damp here on the coast, and put it in with a load of my work. So I wouldn't forget which one it was I marked it with a little bomb-shaped impression . After bisque firing I took the doubters outside, had them examine the marble for holes, cracks, etc (they confirmed there were none) then opened it up with a hammer, showing them that it was in fact, completely hollow. Sometimes I really would rather be right than be happy! -actually I'm pretty happy about it, go figure. Every ceramics teacher should do this instead of giving misinformation about moisture, I literally did not know that this was wrong until I joined the forums.
  4. Hi I am a newbie with a history of handbuilding on and off over the last 20 years. The elements where I live are much hotter and windier than where I use to live and I'm finding it challenging to keep my pieces leather hard. I want to keep them in the leather hard stage longer so that I can do both surface decorations with stencils/screens etc. Some of these pieces are containers and I want to be able to cut into them to make lids and flanges. I can't get to these pieces every day and they are drying out too much inbetween. I wrap them in plastic and put them in an outdoor closet under stairs. Any and all suggestions that would help extend the leatherhard stage would be appreciated. Thank you.
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