Well, that didn’t work out. The kiln master ended up over-firing, past Chinese cone 10. Orton cone 12 probably dropped around Chinese cone 8/9. Looking forward to doing a better test in my own kiln.
I’ve finally gotten a new low-fire electric kiln. This kiln is designed to fire up to 1000°C, so it’s useful only for on-glaze enamels and bisque. Total cost was 2900RMB, which is about $420USD.
I have a couple “wet boxes”. These are plastic bins with lids into which a layer of plaster has been poured. The plaster is kept wet in order to maintain humidty, slowing (if not stopping) the drying process.
However, I haven’t used the wet boxes in a long time. I’ve found it much easier and more convenient to simply wrap each piece in it’s own plastic trash bag. Pieces stored in this manner can be trimmed weeks or even months later.