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Pottery/Bisque Firing - Newspaper Attached


Hello and thank you in advance for your help!  My students have created clay masks that are ready to bisque fire.  Some have newspaper still underneath the clay that they used as supports in the building process.  They cannot remove the paper as it is somewhat embedded in the clay parts.  Will the paper safely burn off in the firing process? Some of the newspaper is rather thickly wadded up under the clay.  Thanks!

Dear Judith,

Thank you for your recent question. Yes, your bisque masks will fire just fine. The newspaper will burn off and disintegrate. There might be some residual carbon left on the underneath side of the masks, however, this is unlikely because the kiln will reach high enough temperatures to burn the newspaper completely. But if there is some carbon markings left, it will not affect the bisque masks. In fact, it will make them look quite authentic! And if the students choose to glaze their masks, the glaze will adhere and fire normally.

Good luck with your projects and if you have further questions, please feel free to contact me again at any time. I am always at your service.

Ms. Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat  


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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.


Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

Alliance of Pottery Artists Worldwide Association

Ceramic Industry - PPP Wyndstryder Press - Pottery Journal

University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

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Potter of the year with APAWA, various awards for showmanship and design.

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