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Once you have made your pottery you need to bisque fire it before you have it glazed or painted. You need to bisque fire a pottery piece to make it sturdier and allow it accept the paint or glaze you will put on it later. When done correctly bisque, firing is slow and at a temperature less than what you find with glaze firing. It is done slower and at a lower temperature so that the pottery doesn't crack while being fired. Often times, people have to work with the temperature for bisque firing to find one that works for them.