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advice sought for larger sculpture - long

updated wed 19 aug 09


Stephani Stephenson on mon 17 aug 09

damp box..curtain is good plastic on all sides. tight.
keep it away from the sculpture so condensation doesn't drip onto the pie=
ce creating=3D20
weak spots.
tape the curtain and the top closed.
you can also put pans of water in the enclosure for a source of evaporati=
ve moisture.
if that isn't enough you can wrap the piece with damp 'cloth'. i used to=
have some stuff=3D20
on a was kind of like sham wow fabric on a roll..don't know what=
the original=3D20
source of it was.but you could soak the stuff, wrap a piece with it, and =
the water would=3D20
stay in the chamois stuff not on the piece...kept it damp but not
en a layer of=3D20
loose will have to experiment. spraying it is good too. much =
depends on the=3D20
clay body. some folks traditionally have used paper and cloth to wrap as =

i have extended the capacity of an electric kiln by adding brick or an ex=
tra ring and a=3D20
lid....especially if your firing range is in the lower end and you can re=
ach temp with=3D20
existing kiln and electrical capability.
go with a good raku clay or a clay with good grog. you can rib the grog b=
ack into the=3D20
clay, submerge, for a smooth surface

Laguna offers a good variety of raku might order their sampler=
boxes of raku=3D20
clays or buff clays..the samplers are in the catalog. you get, i think o=
ne or 2 pounds of=3D20
each, but that way you will get a feel for them.

buff sculpture is a good solid clay with low shrinkage , a cone 5 clay ,=
but you need to=3D20
find out which clays work for you , the way you handle them.
you can build work that is entirely moveable in that size range.... , but=
if you can build it=3D20
so that you place the kiln on it rather than vice versa, good idea..sorry=
to be brief here=3D20
\gotta go ..just some ideas to start.
p.s was in cornville last week, had lunch at a place there on the interse=
ction of cornville=3D20
road and the road to page springs! on tue 18 aug 09

With regard to keeping the piece damp while working on it, try draping th=
piece with thin (well worn out) cotton bed sheets or pillow cases. You ca=
mist the cotton and hang it loosely. The clay will absorb the humidity qu=
evenly, then you can cover with plastic or curtain. Sometimes pieces swea=
when wrapped with plastic, putting a layer of cotton in between, the cott=
can absorb the humidity instead of the clay reabsorbing unevenly.