Great news…my kiln is working again! Phew! Before I really let myself panic at the thought of replacing the control panel I decided to give it one more go. I flipped the switch to the “on” position, prayed one more time, and then held in the “enter” button for several seconds. I was determined to hold that in until I got something, which I did! It made a beep then started flashing the “idle” sign with the temperature. Hooray! I got right to work after that and began cutting pedestals and loading up the kiln. One of the pieces that I was really excited to get in the kiln and glaze was a large centerpiece bowl commissioned for Bob and Debi. They were wanting something that would really add a “pop” to their coffee table.
I was excited when they asked if they could get the bowl glazed in my copper crystalline glaze, it is probably my favorite one. Every time the crystals come out so amazingly and has consistantly been a great glaze. I am always surprised! This time around the glaze proved itself once again with some of the most beautiful crystal formations I have seen. There were a lot of nice halos around many of the crystals too.
So you might be wondering why the title says, “Centerpiece Flaw”? Well, during the firing some pressure/tension cracks formed along the foot of the bowl. I don’t know if this happened from the movement of the glaze against the clay during the firing or if there was an inconsistency in the thickness of the walls that couldn’t handle the glaze as it vitrified (turned to a glass state). Either way, cracks run around the foot of the bowl and I am no longer able to sell this piece. I was so excited when I pulled this out of the bottom of the kiln and then my heart sank when I flipped it over to examine the underside.
I’m not quite sure what to do with the bowl now. For the time being, it has become our table centerpiece. I might end up breaking it and letting my mom use it for a mosaic of some sort, but I really don’t want to break it when the inside looks the way it does. You can’t even tell it is cracked when it is sitting on the table, so it can just stay there for now and Andrew and I will enjoy it. Bob and Debi, looks like I will be throwing you a new bowl on Monday!