Finish work for crystalline pots is a lot of work! Since each piece sits on a pedestal ring for the glaze to run over, it eventually has to come off the pot. This is tricky and usually when you can destroy hours of your labor. I knew that I would be driving home for Thanksgiving, so I packed up my lanterns and diamond grinder to finish these lanterns at home. Using my dad’s tile cutter, I cut through the glaze to remove the pedestal and then finished sanding down and smoothing the base of the pot on my diamond grinder.
Each piece is a lot of work from start to finish, but totally worth it! I think it is good for people to see an artist’s process and know the kind of work that goes into one piece. I have put 40 hours of work into a series of five large platters only to lose all of them in the glaze firing! I felt so sick! I cried, vented, and then cleaned up the mess. The only thing to do from there was start over and just “take it”! That is the heartache of an artist. The finish work for crystalline pottery can have a high mortality rate, but I am happy to say that all four lanterns turned out well.