When I opened the kiln last week to see how the glaze turned out, this was what greeted me on the top shelf of the kiln! It is definitely heartbreaking to see this after putting time and work into a piece, only to have it break during the firing. I can’t always explain how or why this happens during a firing, but I think this platter had two pressure cracks that I just didn’t see. Sometimes those tiny little cracks can survive the drying process and even the first firing, but then fully manifest during the glaze firing. It is very frustrating for sure! This platter was about 18″ in diameter. A great size…turkey platter size! Even though it broke, I had to share this with you because those crystals are just amazing! After enjoying the way the crystals formed and soaking in the loss of this piece, it was time to get over the break. I feel like I have had to truly learn how to “let go” as a potter. There are just some things that are out of my own control. So, what do I do with a broken piece like this? I send it to the graveyard. This means the dumpster or the recycling bin. Or in some cases, depending on the piece, it can be saved for mosaic work. I might do that with this piece. It is a nice flat piece and you could get a lot of great pieces out of this platter. I will definitely be making another one of these and glazing it in the same glaze. I hope the crystals will look this good the second time around. This platter was glazed in Rutile Crystalline. Just one glaze, but so many different effects and shades of yellows, peaches, and greens! I love this glaze.