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 →

Everything Running Smoothly . . .

until it's not! I woke up bright and early this morning in anticipation of a glaze firing - new pet dishes large and small!  Everything was running smoothly until an hour and twenty minutes ago, the last leg of the firing, when the circuit breaker tripped.   I tried resetting the circuit breaker and restarting the... Continue Reading →

Crazed and Confused, No More!

In February I discovered some of my pottery developed crazing – small hairline cracks that appear in the clear glaze giving a crackle effect.  This crackle effect was not intentional.  Since then, I've been reading and contemplating what to do with the seven pieces of pottery that exhibited the crazing. Last week, I decided to... Continue Reading →

Glazed, Crazed and Confused!

I'm horrified!  Several of my pieces  glazed with a clear glaze have what is called  crazing – small hairline cracks that appear  in the clear glaze giving a crackle effect.  Not the intended result! The crazing does happen to pottery over time but I just fired these in September. The causes, which can be numerous,... Continue Reading →

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;... Continue Reading →

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