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.

One additional thing that I

One additional thing that I would stress when it comes to writing firing schedules....KEEP GOOD RECORDS!  We don't need to reinvent the wheel each time we write a firing schedule.  Our records from previous firings, what went right, what went wrong are some of our best information for writing our next firing schedule. I always tell students that any time you fire something new and different the  firing schedule is your best guess at how to fire that particular glass project, but it should be an educated guess based on previous firings and your understanding about what happens to glass at each stage of the firing process.  Good records help in that process.

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