These pictures are of the 3rd. level in the first section. I am using clam shells to separate and protect the pieces from sticking to each other. The shells visible on the lip are so the inner pieces don’t fuse as burn-off of the rice hulls and breakdown of the shells cause shifting of the pieces during firing. Sometimes the shells will turn to powder and sometimes not. In the past I have packed the shells with clay. Using clay gives a lot of stability but takes a long time. I am more interested in a natural loading speed, one that doesn’t take 2 days to do a single level.