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    Hello, I am a proffesional potter from Walthamstow, and My pots do not seem to wan't to set in the oven. I was wondering why this is?

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    Umm, well... forgive me for sounding rude, but if you're a "professional potter", shouldn't you know the answer?

    To the best of my (schoolgirl) knowledge, you make your pot, let it dry to leather-hard, do any incised work, dry it more, fire it once to biscuit, glaze and decorate it, and then finally fire it again at a different (higher, I seem to remember) temperature. What part of this is causing you grief?
    Cheers,
    Scorch

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    • #3
      Well, After I've thrown them, I put them into the microwave to set, for a few hours. But it doesnt want to work, it just melts the clay

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      • #4
        Mmmm... I'm not altogether surprised that doesn't work. What made you think that it would?

        (PSST... anyone else think that this person isn't, ummm... let us say... altogether serious?)
        Cheers,
        Scorch

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Fred_the_potter View Post
          Well, After I've thrown them, I put them into the microwave to set, for a few hours. But it doesnt want to work, it just melts the clay

          ROFL!!!! Thank you, you just made my day
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          • #6
            Well it takes too long in the oven, the microwave does it much quicker, well I thought it would

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            • #7
              Hilarious!
              With love
              Em
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              • #8
                Mmm, well...best of luck with that, Fred the "professional" Potter...
                Cheers,
                Scorch

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                • #9
                  Perhaps he should join his pots in the microwave - he might melt too.
                  Carol
                  God helps them that help themselves.

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                  • #10
                    What clay are you actually using Fred?

                    John
                    I follow the "Way of the Clay"
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                    • #11
                      Oh the clay from down the back of the shops, the earth round here is mainly clay, I scoop it up and make it into pots

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                      • #12
                        I could ask you how you decide what bits of ground to dig up, how you condition it, how you decide what temperature you fire it at, and things like that, but I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to start down that road...

                        Anyway, as you may have gathered, you can't dry clay in a microwave. Microwaves heat things up, not dry them out.
                        Cheers,
                        Scorch

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                        Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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                        • #13
                          What would the oven do?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Fred_the_potter View Post
                            What would the oven do?
                            Cook you a nice pizza while you clean the clay out of the microwave, I reckon.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Scorch View Post
                              I could ask you how you decide what bits of ground to dig up, how you condition it, how you decide what temperature you fire it at, and things like that, but I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to start down that road...

                              Anyway, as you may have gathered, you can't dry clay in a microwave. Microwaves heat things up, not dry them out.
                              Just the ground by the path. I pick out leaves and grit then make on my wheel, then fire.

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