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Some Last Thoughts
The task of creating firings schedules has a reputation for being difficult and, if we are talking about creating firing schedules from scratch, the reputation is well deserved.
Fortunately, we don’t need to be material scientists with a deep understanding of things like dynamic viscosity and Fourier's law. What we do need is a starting point (a reliable schedule), a basic understanding of what each stage of a firings schedule is meant to accomplish, and a desire to learn a little more each time we fire glass.
It also doesn’t hurt to have a good sense of humor and an appreciation for learning when, despite our best efforts, things don’t work out quite the way we had planned. Taking the time to understand firing failures is the best way to expand your skills at adapting schedules for difficult projects.