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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Kiln Shelf Cleaning

 Once or twice a year we have to do the nasty business of cleaning glaze drips from our shelves. When I first learned pottery I was taught to do this with a hammer and chisel. Later on I picked up a tip to invest in a diamond head grinder cup from Fastnal and it works so much better and so much faster I really can't believe it. It cuts through the glaze (and the shelf if you are not careful) like a hot knife through butter.

I resurfaced about 10 shelves today in about 20 minutes. I am so pleased, they look like new! We still have about 8 more to do because we had a kiln load cooling today, but if the weather holds we'll do it tomorrow.