Once I've thrown my pot does it need to be fired within a certain time?
I'm considering getting a wheel but purchasing a kiln at the same time is too expensive. This does give me time to practice throwing. If I throw anything worth firing how long can they keep for before firing?
Sorry this is a delayed answer. Good question though. As far as I know, there is no time limit on how long a pot can sit around before firing.
I have had pieces on the shelf for many months waiting to be fired without major problems. I did once have some pots take on a weird yellow color, though, which I think was either dust or oils from the air that accumulated from sitting for so long. That being said, I might recommend covering them to protect them from such a fate if you won't be firing them for months:)
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