“Are you getting excited for the craft fair on Saturday?” That has been the question.
“I am not sure yet.” That has been my answer.
As many of you know, I have been having a lot of issues with my kiln this month. I feel like this has been an uphill battle. About a month ago I fired up the kiln for a glaze. When I checked on the kiln the following day it was still firing, but the temperature only reached 2,205 degrees. It was noon and the kiln should have shut off two hours earlier, but here it was still stuck at ramp 5. (There are 8 ramps, or steps, to my firing cycle). It hadn’t even reached peak temp (2,310 degrees)! I then turned off the kiln and let it cool so I could figure out what was going on. To make a very long story short, it ended up being a bad thermocouple. I had that replaced and was given the clear so I fired up the kiln with another load of pottery. (Keep in mind this is all pottery for my craft fair this Saturday!)
I walked in to check that the kiln completed the next day only to find it was stuck on ramp 4! Ahhh! I can’t handle these kind of misfirings so close to the craft fair. I cried hard for about one angry minute, and then made myself turn off the kiln and head home to work out a plan. My kiln now needs new elements, but won’t be fixed until after the craft fair. I started calling around to see if anyone might let me rent kiln space to get some firings done. Out of about a dozen tries, I finally got a little ray of hope. To Your Art’s Content allowed me to load a full kiln to bisque! Then yesterday I packed up the car with glazed pots to be fired at another “paint your own pottery” place. I was so grateful to them for their help! I was so afraid I would have to back out of the craft fair. They gave me two kilns for glaze firing! I took my glazed pieces, fitted them with pedestals and collecting dishes and then started loading them into the car.
My priorities for the two kilns were my bowls, tea pots, candle pots, pitchers, vases, and planters. Not everything went in, but I packed them full.
The kilns should have completed their firings earlier today. I have been praying that they went really well and I will have two kiln loads worth of pottery ready to go for the craft fair this Saturday. I can’t believe it is only five days away! Tomorrow I go to pick up my pieces. I can’t wait to see how it went and I am also a little sick to my stomach thinking about it. This was my last strand of hope for the craft fair.