TOP FIVE Suggestions for Successful Ceramic Projects
by AMACO brent
The top five recommendations for great results in your studio ceramics.
1. Score and Slip
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
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
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.
Test all glazes and clays whenever trying something new. Test often, and keep records of your results.
5. Know Your Kiln
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.
ORTON Self-Supporting Cones