One way to avoid drying cracks on handle-joins of engobed mugs

Friday 7th July 2017

The foot ring on these hard mugs has already been trimmed. At the stiff-leather-hard stage an engobe was applied to the inside. This rewet the bodies of the mugs, almost to the same point as freshly-thrown. But the handles did not get rewetted. To re-dry these mugs to the point of being able to turn them over will take 4-6 more hours. But by that time the handles will be bone dry. To prevent that I waxed them after trimming. That slows their drying down enough to keep them even with the body of the mug. To dry ware successfully the key is to keep all parts of a piece of the same water content throughout the process.

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L3954B - White Cone 6 Engobe for Plainsman M390, M340, Drying Performance, Drying Crack, Engobe

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