RE: [art_education] KILN... HELP!
- Hi there,
Wind is the best way to dry clay.
The only problem with force drying things is that they may crack in the firing.
Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 10:18:57 -0400
Subject: RE: [art_education] KILN... HELP!
Just remember that the boiling point of water is 212 degrees F. Set your kiln to 200 or below for 3-4 hours if you can. Prop open the lid a bit with a kiln stilt laid on its side to release the moisture from the kiln. If you can do this the night before you fire, that would surely help.
Tampa is very humid, and I often put my students’ works in front of a box fan set on low. The movement of the air allows drying to take place.
Jan in Tampa
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Subject: [art_education] KILN... HELP!Ok, so I have this fancy little electric kiln in a tiny room with
massive air conditioning. The clay work that the kids have done looks
great but it has been several days and the moisture in the room seems
to be at a stand still. I seem to recall in the depths of my brain a
trick where you could turn on the kiln to aid the drying time of clay.
Does anyone know this trick or if it is safe? If so, what temp?
I just think the closed room and high cold damp air is going to have
me waiting a month for pieces to be bone dry.
Any help would be appreciated!
Holly Bess Kincaid
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- I always fire student work over night on lw also before bringing it up to speed the next day. I have noticed that even bisque wae sucks up huge amounts of mosisure, and that certainly leads to many problems. In other words, I used to heat my glaze fire ( bisue ware for just an hour before going into the medium heat. To be on the safe side now, I even fire the gazed things on low for four to 6 hours. Green ware is overnight on low with all peep holes open and top loading door wide open as well.Speaking of kilns... does anyone know anything about firing glass ... fusing etc, with a Skutt electic kiln.? It has a cone sitter and timer but it doesn't tell me the temperature...and my budget doens't allow for any more extra's.
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