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Hi, I am extremely new to the ceramics community and I recently purchased an electric kiln. I have been making stoneware vases in the shape of bodies which in places are particularly thick (1.5 inches maybe at the base). I had left the greenware for about a week before attempting a bisque fire. I had previously fired bowls in this kiln (cone 05) and none had cracked or had any issues. Unfortunately when I came to open up my kiln filled with these vases many of them had either cracked in linear type chips or seemingly exploded completely (small shards shattered around). I have researched and apparently it can be an issue with moisture however they appeared to be bone dry from colour and tapping them. I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge they could share with me over whether the issue is more one of thickness, temperature or potentially moisture content? I was in love with these vases and spent hours working on them and would be devastated if there was not a way around me making more of them. (apologies if this is not the correct place to put on this website- I have never used it before!) Thank you in advance!
From the album: Tornado Pot Sketches and Progress ImagesIt looks like it is back to square one on this project. Attachments to this piece created some sizable air pockets that I did not pierce with a needle to allow air to escape...so, it didn't, and this is the result. It is quite a mess. Thankfully, it is not a mistake that I make often.
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