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.
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!