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Hello! I have been harvesting a beautiful blue marbled clay, processing it, and then making cups. I did a test-bisque at cone 04 which turned out great, but the low-fire glaze that I applied afterward (cone 05-06 glaze) did not absorb easily and took several hours to dry. Is it worth trying to fire it anyways? And in the future: Will I run into complications if I bisque at a lower temperature (cone 05-08?) then apply glaze and fire at 05? The glaze directions say to bisque at cone 04, but I'm assuming its not necessary if the clay I'm working with is extremely low-fire? Thanks for the help! I
Apologies for the lengthy post, but i'm hoping providing lots of detail will increase my chance that someone will here will have the missing piece to my puzzle... I have been working off & on for nearly a year, trying to come up with a workable ^6 body from locally dug clay of uncertain composition. This clay comes from the ground gray, and fires to beige/buff color at ^6. Tested first at low (^05-^06) fire. After second firing w/ low-fire glaze, test-tiles were like shortbread cookies. Very dry & easily broken, and the glaze looked like all of the water had baked out of it, leavi