Bisque storage area
This photo shows the Bisque storage area and the bisque kiln (left) in the process of unloading.
The racks on the right (background are full of pots that have been fired for the first time. After the pots have been made on the wheel they are dried to leather hard then finished by being turned and handled if necessary.
The next step is to dry them completely before they are bisque fired. If they are not totally dry they can blow up as any remaining water turns to gas as steam.
This first firing also drives off the water which is chemically combined in the clay and turns it into ‘brick’. This means that the pot can be dipped into the glaze (which is a suspension in water) without dissolving and disintegrating.
As can be seen here the pots are stacked in the kiln one on top of the other. In the second firing when the pots are glazed each pot must be separated from all others so that the glaze doesn’t melt them together.