Mayhem

I am sensing a theme for this year. Mayhem. Life has changed since early March. Shelter at home. Social distancing. Face masks. Shortage of toilet paper, Lysol spray and  disinfectant wipes. Here it is June of 2020. I think I have finally grown accustomed to dear husband working from home. Both of us have learned... Continue Reading →

22 Hours Later

It was a crisp November day. I loaded the kiln for the last time of the 2017 throwing season. Flipped the switch on the kiln expecting the glaze firing to  take 10 to 12 hours. When 10 hours passed, I suspected something was wrong. The results of the longest glaze firing ever . . .... Continue Reading →

A Little Bit About Glazing

Glazing is not my favorite part of the pottery process but when my pieces come out of the kiln, glazing is well worth the effort! Most of my pieces have two different glazes applied giving the pottery one color on the inside and another color on the outside. This process involves a combination of pouring... Continue Reading →

An Element of Surprise

 As any potter will tell you there is always an element of anticipation and surprise when you open the kiln after a glaze firing. A couple of weekend ago I glazed and loaded the kiln.  I tried a few new glaze combinations; some I liked and others I didn't and will not do again! (I'm... Continue Reading →

Last Bisque Firing of the Season

The kiln is loaded.  Ready to bisque fire tomorrow. Bisque firing is the first firing at a low temperature.  This first firing prepares the clay for glazing by removing all of the moisture from the piece leaving it porous but hard. The bisqued pieces are then ready for glazes.  After the pieces are glazed, they... Continue Reading →

Fresh out of the Kiln

I unloaded the kiln this morning. There are a few minor disappointments but over all I'm pleased with the results.  I was disappointed in how several  paw prints turned out, rather they didn't.  Not sure what happened because I used the same technique as all the others.  Looks like our cats may get a few... Continue Reading →

Ambient Heat

The good news is our circuit breaker is working as it should!  The bad news is it is too hot outside!  Apparently, the hot summer heat in addition to the electrical heat from running the kiln created sooooo much heat that the circuit tripped  during my glaze firing on Monday. Two factors combine to heat... Continue Reading →

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