TOP FIVE Suggestions for Successful Ceramic Projects

by AMACO brent

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The top five recommendations for great results in your studio ceramics.


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1. Score and Slip

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Whenever joining two pieces of clay, score and slip the join. This helps the clay to get a grip and prevents cracking in drying and firing.


2. Even Thickness

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Keep walls of ceramic projects as even as possible. Thick and thin areas may dry unevenly and be prone to cracking in firing.


3. Be Patient

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Allow pieces to dry completely before bisque firing. Fire slowly through quartz inversion, and cool at a moderately slow speed. Do not open your kiln before it has cooled below 350 degrees.


4. Test

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Test all glazes and clays whenever trying something new. Test often, and keep records of your results.


5. Know Your Kiln

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Use cones in every firing, even in computer controlled kilns, to make sure your kiln is firing consistently. Using cones will give you a more accurate picture of what is happening in the kiln, and can show you when problems like faulty elements or thermocouples might be an issue.


Supplies

  1. ORTON Self-Supporting Cones