damp box

  • Have you ever made a really special piece, but when you pull it out of the kiln, it's warped, cracked or has glaze defects? You were so excited to see the finished product, but that excitement quickly turned into disappointment!

    What happened? Well, there are a lot of reasons it didn't go well, however; most often, it's the early drying stage that causes the end effects.

    In this post, we will go over some drying tips. I'm not big on "technical" explanations, I like simple, easy to understand information, so that's what you will get here.

    • grace | http://-

      i am currently using stoneware clay to make cups and ashtrays for friends and family i'm wondering if leaving my finished pieces to dry for a week or two before firing (i do not own a kiln so i have to wait until i have enough pieces to fire) will ruin the clay causing it to crack?
      thank you

    • miguel polsbroek | #

      how can i dray may porcelain for the first time

    • Gem | #

      I was wondering what you might do in the situation I've found myself in. I went to a local store that does self-glazing of premade, order in bisque pieces and just happened to convince the owner into letter me sculpt out of some clay she had sitting around the shop. I made a sculpture that is about 3 inches thick (some weird swamp monster thing, bear with me) from bottom to top along the length of his spine that decreases down the length of his body with is about 11 inches long. He has shingled scales that protrude like poeny petals getting quiet thin as spots and a solid rat like tail that is about an inch thick as it's widest before it decreases. there is also an apple of solid clay about 3 inches in diameter. It's been drying (first loosely covered with a plastic bag for about a week and a half then left to the mercy of the shop seeing as it was on a counter and everyone apparently kept visiting him at free will until the cover was left off completely. That was about a month ago and I was wondering, well two things i guess; first, what you think my odds of surviving the kiln would be and if you have any suggestions. I may be screwed, you may not even want to touch with email, but it's a risk I'm willing to take for Burt. (friend's son named him.)

      Thank you for you're time if you've taken it to consider my situation, which if you have I feel I should say sorry and good luck.

      Waiting with Burt and hoping to hear from you,

  • You're in the middle of a really special piece when you get a phone call that your daughter's car broke down, two hours away, or you have this really amazing sculpture started, but you're not quite sure on the ending... now what do you do?

    This type of thing happens to us all. The question is, how can you keep these pieces soft enough to finish, even if it's at a much later date?

    Well lucky for you, it's time to learn how to build a "Damp Box."

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