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When loading greenware it is very important to make sure they are all bone dry.
If just one piece is too wet it can explode and ruin the whole kiln load.



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Loading a pottery kiln with Greenware

Greenware may be stacked in the kiln two or three pieces high if they are well supported to avoid warpage.
It is best to place like sizes rim to rim and bottom to bottom.
Smaller items can be placed inside of the larger ones.
If you do this, you must allow for shrinkage because you could end up with a small vase inside a large one that you can't get out because the opening of the large one shrunk during firing.
Always make sure the smaller vase fits with room to spare.
If a vase that is almost as big around as the opening of the vase it is being put inside of, I can guarantee you are gonna wind up with a vase inside of a vase!!!

Loading For Glaze Firng

When loading the kiln for a glaze firing, none of the pieces should touch because they will stick to each other.
Also the glaze should not contact kiln shelves because it will not only ruin your piece of pottery or ceramic but the kiln shelf.
Stilts can be used for earthenware and other low temperature firings.
For porcelain and stoneware the pieces should be dry footed, so that they can be placed directly on shelves.
If these high fire pieces were put on stilts there would be the risk of distortion during firing.

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