Thursday, July 19, 2012

Final Push

Or Waiting Until the Last Minute.
Which is what I did.
Today is the just about the last day to fire the Big Kiln as it takes so long to hit temperature and cool down.
Fortunately I only have a few things left to glaze:

Unfortunately, I have some bowls that need refiring:

For some unexplained reason, I'm getting some glaze flaws, mainly something called pinholes where the glaze bubbles and doesn't smooth over.
Could be a lot of reasons, mostly due to heat, but I haven't quite figured it out and I haven't had the time to really look at the problem closely.
The Big Kiln has also been a problem as it's so old it keeps dropping dust on the top shelf every time I close the lid and the dust settles in the bottoms of the pieces.
Not good.
So now I can't load all the way to the top; I have to use the top shelves as covers to protect the bowls from falling debris.
Which means I've had rejects:

That stack may grow if the refires don't work out.
The rejects are mostly from the falling dust and the pinhole problems.
Too bad for one or two of them I sort of liked, but they are not quite ready for Prime Time.
If you know what I mean.
Okay, I better get going cause I only have like 17 bowls done:

I have another box o'bowls from last year so I'll maybe have around 40 items ready to go by Friday night.
It may sound like a lot but once you get them on the shelves, lemme tell you it doesn't look like much.
I hope My Friend Kyle(MFK) is working hard on his side!
Back a glazin I go!


Chandra said...

I love the green vase!
Peace :)

limom said...

Actually that green is a clear glaze, but thanks!