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low fire pop offs

updated sat 11 mar 00


James L Bowen on fri 10 mar 00

My limited understanding of this is that the calcium in the clay loses water=
the firing and does not fuse with the other materials in the clay. Upon =
it starts to rehydrate and over time as it adds water it will swell enough =
cause a pop off. So the solution is to use a clay body that not will cause
this. Contact your supplier. I have been told that California fire clays are
more likely to be a problem than Missouri fire clay.