Glass Firing Schedules

Glass Firing Schedules

Why Bother?

We all know that it’s true, so let’s just put it out there:   You don’t want to be here reading a tutorial  about firing schedules when there are so many more interesting topics on the other pages of this website.  So, before I lose you to pressed glass, faux stone, or photos cats with silly captions, consider these two simple facts:

  • As a full-time kilnformed glass instructor I see a lot of fusing “failures” and, by a very wide margin, most are the result of a the artist using an incorrect firing schedule.
  • Many of the firing schedules being shared online, churned out by software, and even taught in some classrooms are marginally useable.  More than a few are downright terrible.

When you consider the cost (in both time and money) of losing your work to a bad firing, it is easy to become frustrated.

Here’s the good news:  Understanding firing schedules and recognizing a bad one requires no math skills.   All it takes is a little information and some common sense.

This tutorial provides the information.

It may also help to put you at ease to know that almost nobody creates firing schedules from scratch.  I certainly don’t and I sometimes fire hundreds of different glass projects every single week.   Engineers who understand advanced mathematics, thermal dynamics, and phrases like “tensile at the mid-plane” and “parabolic variation” create firing schedules.

Our job is much simpler:
1.    Recognize a good firing schedule.
2.    Adapt it to the project at hand.

This Tutorial will help you to do both.

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