[Clayart] Water removal

Hank Murrow hmurrow at efn.org
Tue Jan 4 21:25:44 UTC 2022


I loved your “little” story!    Especially your final bit about the water.

Cheers, Hank in Eugene

> On Jan 4, 2022, at 9:14 AM, John Rodgers <jrodgers113 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just a little story about this.
> In 2006 I huge order from a church group- 800 pieces. There was a time line
> that had to be meet because there was to be a special church service  on a
> certain date that drew people from all over the US and that pottery had to
> be available.
> It was summertime in the deep south with very high humidity so the question
> was how to dry the pottery adequately so it would not blow up in the kilns.
> After studying the problem a bit, I RENTED a shipping container withba dark
> blue paint - nearly black. I put it out in a place where it got full
> sunlight,all day. This would get very hot in the sun. I installed several
> circulating fans and a large dehumidifier. Then I put the pottery on racks
> inside. With the heat generated buy thecsum, the air continually stirred by
> the fans, and the dehumidifier running full bore the pottery would dry to
> firing dryness within 8 - 12 hours. There were no cracks that ever occured.
> The fans were never allowed to blow directly on the pottery therefore no
> uneven shrinkage. The humidity was even when drying. It was noted that
> there was a continuous stream of water coming from the dehumidifier. That
> water, plus the air condition water,  being free of minerals because it was
> condensate water, was used to make glazes.
> Hope these tidbits help someone.
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