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from the glaze bucket to the kiln in 3 seconds flat

updated wed 1 dec 99


David Hendley on tue 30 nov 99

Well Janet, I was never taught to wait until bisque-fired
and glazed pots were dry before firing, so I never even
considered waiting. Never had a problem.

I sometimes need one more pot a certain height to finish out
a stack, so I go in and glaze one, stick it immediately in the
kiln, brick up the door, and start firing.
And I don't tarry; I have red heat after a 1 hour warm-up
and 3 hours of firing.
I consider bisqued pots to be the toughest pots, as far as
taking the thermal abuse of quick and/or uneven temperature

David Hendley
Maydelle, Texas

----- Original Message -----
From: Janet Kaiser
Sent: Monday, November 29, 1999 2:10 PM
Subject: Wet kiln shelves (A: from David Hendley)

| ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
| Hi David,
| I was surprised to hear you saying: >>If you load your kiln with pots that
| have been glazed the same day they are much wetter than your kiln shelves
| will be.<<
| I was always taught to make sure glazed pots were well and truly BONE DRY
| before firing. Does your experience mean that is just one more pottery
| I would be interested to hear, because I was convinced that some glazing
| problems discussed on this list are really due to overlooking this "basic
| rule".
| As for the original question on wet kiln shelves... I am sure you are
| about a biscuit firing sorting out any problem without any worry.
| >If you are really worried, just load the kiln as usual
| >and candle a couple of burners for an hour or two.
| >Or, fire a bisque firing first. If you start out slow
| >enough for a bisque, that will be plenty slow enough
| >to make sure the kiln shelves are dry.
| Janet Kaiser
| The CoA, Criccieth, GB-Wales