[Clayart] Water removal

John Rodgers jrodgers113 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 14:30:18 UTC 2022


Hank, thanks. I hope someone benefitted from my experience.

On Tue, Jan 4, 2022, 3:36 PM Hank Murrow <hmurrow at efn.org> wrote:

> John;
>
> 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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