After a very frustrating bisque fire, I was able to glaze my lanterns and fire them this past Monday. Remember how I said I had to make pedestal rings for each piece of pottery to sit on during a glaze firing? Well the majority of them blew up in the bisque kiln! I was so frustrated! It is a tedious task because each ring has to be thrown and measured to fit the bottoms of each pot. To loose over half of them in one firing is pretty upsetting. But what can you do? I just have to go back and do it again. I have definitely been forced to take each firing in stride and just “go with it”! I was actually working in the studio when the firing was happening and was cringing every time I heard a “pop” – my lanterns were in there! Thankfully all four of them fired very nicely!
As you can see, I have shards of pottery everywhere. I had to get out the shop vac and broom to clean everything out. Some of the shards flew into the elements of the kiln – not good – but I was able to vacuum them out. As my Thanksgiving break is coming up, I have felt pressured to get this kiln firing and a glaze or two completed. Well, I did fire one glaze firing and it was quite successful! If I am able to, I would like to get that second one going today!
I was so relieved to see that my lanterns made it! It was making me sick to think they had been the things exploding in the kiln! Monday I spent the morning cleaning out the kiln and then prepping the kiln and glazing. That usually takes me a few hours and always ends up being a mess! By 1:55pm everything was glazed and loaded in the kiln. I closed the lid, set my program and fired it up. (I need to name my kiln…that is a must. I will take name suggestions, so if you think of one, let me know! Afterall, people name their cars, why not name my kiln?) Anyhow, I was able to open up the kiln on Wednesday. Here are some pictures of the glazing.
See what I mean about the mess! When “spring cleaning” time comes around, I am going to need to give the floor a serious cleaning!