Making tiles but not breaking them.

Pottery tip of the day:

When making a large tile piece, even after it’s cut in sections, carve, applique, and even underglaze it on a kiln shelf. Because greenware is so fragile, and tiles are even more so. Try this little trick. But also remember to put grog on your shelf and even some cornstartch. Cornstarch will keep it from sticking while damp and leather hard and grog will keep it loose and able to expand and contract while firing. After you’ve finished your piece and it’s dried, you can just pick the shelf up, put it in the kiln and fire. That way you never have to move your piece around and you can avoid cracking and breaking until you get it’s bisced.

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