Workflow

Try to keep your work moving through the process. If you let your greenware or bisque pile up to the end of the term, there may not be time to have it all fired .

Generally, it is best to let your work dry on wareboards rather than bats.  Greenware should not be removed from your storage shelf until signed and  “bone” dry (completely room temperature dry). Sign with your name or symbol; the same name (or symbol) that’s on your shelf.  It then can be placed on the greenware rack for firing.  There are separate shelves for stoneware, lowfire, and sculpture on the greenware rack, which is located to the left as you enter the ware room (see photo below)

If you’ve stuffed paper inside your piece for support while drying, please do your best to remove it before firing. Firing paper-filled pieces in the electric kilns creates smoke in the kiln room and is harmful to the kiln elements.

Clay fires into a permanent material that doesn’t break down in the environment. We suggest you consider the need to fire pieces that have cracked or chipped during the drying process, didn’t meet your expectations, or that you plan on re-making anyway.

Once bisqued, ware should be promptly removed from the bisque rack and stored back on your shelf until you have decided how to glaze it.

Once glazed, it can be placed on the glaze fire racks to the right in the glaze room.  Studio potters inspect each piece before loading for glaze quality. Your piece may be rejected and placed on the reject side of the rack with a note. Check the reject shelves for pots with “glaze issues” (i.e., glaze on bottom of pot, glaze chipped, glaze too thick, etc.).

Notices will be posted periodically when the ware shelves need to be sorted for unclaimed bisque and glazeware. Unclaimed pieces are subject to being discarded or sold.

Pick up and pay for finished work promptly.  (No I.O.U.’s please).  We only can keep work for about three months. See Ware Pick Up

 

 

 

 



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