Well, as my dedicated brother pointed out to me…it has been several days since my last post. It is time to catch up! Great news, my first bisque firing went wonderfully well! Andrew helped me unload the kiln and stack the shelves. Next for throwing, I am going to be pumping out pedestal rings for my pots to sit on during their crystalline firing. I have measured out the various diameters that will be needed for my first glaze firing.
Tonight and tomorrow I will be spending my time finishing up my glaze order and calling it in! It’s about time right? I need to keep pushing forward and get to glazing! Speaking of such, these great books on glazing and technique came in the mail yesterday. It felt like Christmas as I opened up the package with so much excitement! I have had my eye on these two books for over a year now and decided it was time to make the purchase. I spent a good hour thumbing through them and making notes. Both of these books focus on cone 10 firing techniques. Cone 10 is a high fire (2300 degrees or so) and I love using this temperature range. The glazes and technique you can achieve are so rich.
I love reading about what well accomplished potters are working on and have studied. Reading up on any techniques or methods in refining work are always welcomed by me. The images in this book are just beautiful!
I did a lot of homework on crystalline glazing while I studied at Houghton and I owe it to Diane Creber’s book on crystalline glazing! I have probably read that book cover to cover seven or eight times. It has become well-worn and my best study source. These books will be open often as I plan and prepare for my first glaze firing.