Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: kiln firing, process

I loaded my latest “spoon addiction” into the kiln tonight.
Part of the soda firing process tells us that everything “must” be elevated form the shelves so that the pieces don’t stick with the soda build-up. And I didn’t’ want to have any huge wadding spots left on the spoons, so I made my own pointed stilts to prop them up. I also dipped the tips in kiln wash to help make sure they don’t stick.

My fear is that the props might not hold them up as they shrink. With two separate points of support, I hope they continue to prop up the spoons. This was the “best” solution for now… and my fingers are crossed. It’s very similar to how I fire my wheelthrown Christmas ornaments. Those work fine, so I hope these do too!

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