After drying and cleaning, the pieces are fired to 1920 degrees (cone 04). This takes about 7 hours. When they come out of the kiln, they are hard and white, and ready for glazing. Not so fragile anymore. Greenware doesn't stick to other pieces during firing, so a lot of pieces can be fired at once. I pile them into pots.
This is what they look like after the bisque firing.