Our friends at Yellow Door Studio posted a photo on Facebook recently that reminds us how important it is to consider the dimensions of the pieces you make when purchasing a kiln.
Using a large sheet of paper (like newspaper), draw or cut out the following circles:
- 15-1/2" (representing kilns with 8 sides or inside diameter of approx 18")
- 21" (representing kilns with 10 sides or inside diameter of approx 23")
- 26" (representing kilns with 12 sides or inside diameter of approx 28")
Use those kiln shelf paper templates to test out how you'd load a kiln shelf using your own work. Bisque firing loads can have pieces touching and/or stacked but pieces in a glaze firing loads can't touch unless you want them fused together.