My experience

Stephen Richard

I have found that a firing that is too high/too long will cause the glass to continue sliding down.  Having nowhere else to go, the weight causes the bottom to begin rising.  This is a consistent experience across several kilns and with multiple users. 

So keep the temperature down to the minimum required.  To find that out, watch the slumping in stages (do not stare!).  Look at the piece for a second or two every five minutes after you reach your desired temp.  If it already has slumped adequately, you are firing too high.  Reduce your temperature in subsequent firings and watch to find what the required temp and time is.  There is absolutly no substitute in slumping but to watch and learn what your mould and glass require.

Stephen Richard

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