A View From My Back Porch

I usually don’t complain about the weather unless it is cold. I do not like being cold. If it is below 70 degrees, that’s it.  I’m complaining. This spring, however, I find myself complaining about the lack of sun light. … Continue reading A View From My Back Porch

A Note To Myself

I’m a list maker and note taker. I make lists of things “To Do” otherwise things will not get done such as exercise, make doctor’s appointment, and laundry. I also make “To Do” lists for pottery such as prepare test … Continue reading A Note To Myself

Productive Potter , After All

This is BIG!!  I threw 17 pieces over the three day weekend: dishes, plates, bowls, cups and pet bowls. Could I be a productive potter after all?  My next step is to bisque fire these pieces after they completely air dry. Given how humid it has been, air drying will take a while. I’m figuring a week. 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 … Continue reading Productive Potter , After All

Loading the Kiln

It’s hot. Hot. Hot!  Loading the kiln today. Soon the first bisque firing will be underway (as soon as the undies in the dryer are done! Kiln and dryer are on the same circuit and, therefore, can not run at the same time.) The pots have been allowed to air dry up to this point; pots are “bone dry”.   Now, it’s time to turn up the heat to rid the clay of water and to prepare the clay for glazes.  During the bisque firing, the kiln temperature is increased slowly which lessens the chance of a pot cracking or … Continue reading Loading the Kiln