Prepping the kiln

Every so often I have to take a day in the studio to do, what I call, “prepping the kiln”.  This means that I have to take an inventory of what is greenware, bisqueware and glazeware and separate those into their groups.  From there, I am basically doing “finish-work”.  I am cleaning up any rough edges on my tiles, making sure I have trimmed everything that is ready for the next bisque firing, throwing collecting dishes for each piece I will glaze in my next glaze firing, and throwing pedestals for each of those pieces as well.

 

Bisqueware and Greenware at various stages of drying.

 

I don’t really enjoy this step in the studio but it is high on the priority list in properly preparing for a firing.  It is the uncreative and more technical side of the business, but just as important.  I will say, I always feel refreshed when this project is finished and I can get back to throwing actual pieces or trimming or glazing.  I am hoping to have one more bisque firing and then two glaze firings before Thanksgiving.  I will then be taking a break for a week as my husband and I head to Maryland to be with my family for a week.  I have to keep plugging away until then!

 

collecting dishes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My notes and measurements for throwing pedestal rings for the foot of each pot

 

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  • Julie Vogan

    Can’t wait to see the final tile project w/ your dad!

    Loved chatting with you guys!

    Love, Mom V.ReplyCancel

    • Vickie

      Arryn,
      I enjoy reading and learning all that you are doing with your pottery! I can’t wait to see the project you and your Dad are working on together. Enjoy your time in Maryland with your family. I know how excited your parents must be to have you home!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Vogan

    Can’t wait to see the final tile project w/ your dad!

    Loved chatting with you guys!

    Love, Mom V.ReplyCancel

    • Vickie

      Arryn,
      I enjoy reading and learning all that you are doing with your pottery! I can’t wait to see the project you and your Dad are working on together. Enjoy your time in Maryland with your family. I know how excited your parents must be to have you home!!ReplyCancel

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