Friday, November 21, 2008
I'm happy to say I was able to spend the whole day (meaning 10 to 3) in the studio. The kiln was cooling from a bisque fire so it was nice and toasty warm. The weather was beautiful so every time I looked up from my wheel I could see the sun shining in. I was able to throw a few things and by the time I tucked the girls in to bed at night I was able to go back and trim them. I had a few minutes after the girls got home from school to unload the cooled kiln. My two casserole dishes exploded. I have no idea why. The rest of the things were ok. Today's couple hours in the studio will be spent glazing.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My daughter's reflections project was in the kiln. She glazed it with the albany slip glaze. It came out looking like the shino glaze. I've made a few pieces and glazed them with shino and they came out looking like albany slip. I convinced myself that I had glazed them wrong. Now I know what is going on. I'm guessing in a few years I'll have more of an idea of what I'm going to get when I open the kiln. I know there will always be surprises (that's the great thing about pottery) but maybe I'll be able to make an educated guess by then.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Things have been busy around here. Halloween, family, church, teaching, etc. have all taken priority over pottery. I have made a few things. The kiln is firing right now. You can see the temp I took the picture of. I'm waiting for it to hit 1945 degrees and then it will cool for 8-13 hours and I can open it up. This is a bisque firing, the first firing. This firing gets rid of the moisture in the clay and hardens it. After the pots are cooled I can glaze them and fire them again. I have one more bisque load to do before glazing. By next weekend I should have some more finished work!