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What are stilts?

At high temperatures, glaze becomes molten and sticks permanently to anything it touches, such as the kiln shelf. Stilts prevent this. A stilt is high temperature wire embedded in a ceramic base. The stilt suspends glazed ware on the wire points to separate the piece from the kiln shelf. Stilts also allow air to circulate around large, flat pieces. Stilts are needed for glazed ware, not greenware.

Stilts can be used in firings up to 2000°F (1093°C). They cannot be used to fire porcelain and stoneware, which fire to cone 6 - 10. At those temperatures, the wire points would embed into the clay or bend. Stilts, however, can be used to fire overglaze onto porcelain at china painting temperatures.

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