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bisque firing, q for cindy

updated thu 13 dec 01


Lesley Alexander on wed 12 dec 01

Cindy, thanks for your input, but why do you hold for an hour with a
bisque? I thought that was only for glaze firing so everything could
merge. Lesley.

Cindy Strnad on wed 12 dec 01

Hi, Lesley.

I hold for an hour to insure that all the organics
have burned off. Unless you're having trouble with
pinholes, it's probably not necessary, but it's
cheap insurance. You'll want to take this hold
into account in your ending temperature, should
you decide to do it. Holding can raise your
finishing cone level a step or two and you'll end
up with bisqueware that's more vitreous than you'd

Best wishes,

Cindy Strnad
Earthen Vessels Pottery
RR 1, Box 51
Custer, SD 57730