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firing oval platter

updated fri 21 oct 05


Carole Fox on tue 18 oct 05

I will be firing my first big oval platter. I made small coils of clay and
arranged them in a starburst pattern under the platter. I think this is what
Vince suggested for big stuff. I am hoping this is a good arrangement for
this shape. How do I know if I have enough support? Should I place little
wads in the spaces between the coils?

I don't want to end up with something that looks like a rippled potato chip!
Carole Fox
Silver Fox Pottery
Elkton, MD

Carole Fox on thu 20 oct 05

Of course I wouldn't put the responsibility on anyone's shoulders but my
own. I was just trying to get some feedback from those who have done this

I am planning now to fire flat on the shelf with kiln posts around the
perimeter. I am going to try it first with the platter I liked least and see
what happens.

FYI- clairvoyant is the correct spelling!
But, most what point in the process does one consume the
margarita? ;)
Carole Fox
Silver Fox Pottery
Elkton, MD

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Hamelin"
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: Firing oval platter

> Please don't put the pressure of Vince's suggestions on his shoulders. He
> didn't see how the slab was rolled out, how thick it is, the slip and
> glaze coat variations etc. He can't guaranty you success, with all of his
> experience, he isn't clayvoyent (hmm, clairvoyent).
> The coils (I use small slab tiles of even thicknesses. Some I have slipped
> multiples lines onto for additional circulation) are there for heat
> circulation. You have to be skilled and yet, intuitive to judge the
> distance between and number of coils.
> It stinks, but if you are successful, your placement could fail on another
> project. It is part of the job. Pay attention.Take notes. Use good tequila
> in your margarita. Good luck. Trust your intuition in partnership with
> Vince's suggestions.
> Rick