Pat Chesney on sat 7 dec 96
We are watching our shelves melt in the salt firings and looking at the
prices of silicon carbide. All the old timers seemed to stack their pots
instead of using shelves (they didn't have any shelves ). This would
work okay for large pieces, but does anyone know what to do about plates
and platters? They don't take kindly to being balanced on little wads or
uneven surfaces. Also, we want to salt the inside surface of them. Lip to
lip would lock out the vapors. Anybody know a trick? I have looked in all
kind of books (just to let you know I am researching ). Any source book
would be welcome, or a name of someone stacking and salting.
You guys are great-it really helps to have so many potters to "talk" to.
Elca Branman on sun 8 dec 96
I use plate setters in my salt kiln.as well as in my reduction
kiln..dThey are great space savers . I've had these a long time , but
suspect they are cordierite...Elca Branman
Branman Potters firstname.lastname@example.org
in Stone Ridge ,N.Y.
in the Hudson Valley
Karl David Knudson on sun 8 dec 96
On Sat, 7 Dec 1996, Pat Chesney wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> but does anyone know what to do about plates
> and platters? They don't take kindly to being balanced on little wads or
> uneven surfaces. Also, we want to salt the inside surface of them. Lip to
> lip would lock out the vapors. Anybody know a trick?
To help control your plates warping use more wads, i.e. placing one
every 2"-3" along the foot of the piece. You will need to do the same
wadding system on the lips as well, creating space between them so they
don't fuse together. This arrangement typically leads to a lot less salt
reaching the inside of the plate, or bowl, cup, whatever. Perhaps use a
simple liner glaze (I use a shino it's quite toasty) to keep the insides
from being too dry.
Karl in Eugene