I took the wicket on the kiln down this morning and it was all pretty dreadful. Every single pot in there was under-fired and horrible and I was rather fed up.
Weirdly though after I had faffed about a bit and gone away and come back to the kiln again they had all become much nicer and most of them were not under-fired at all. In fact the majority of them were great. Funny what difference a little bit of time makes.
So there are some pots that I am really pleased with, lots that I am happy with and a couple that need to be refired at some point as they were under-fired but on the whole I’m pleased.
The ones that I like the best are the ones that got themselves proper hot and toasty. The ones that are probably on the edge of heading into the realms of being over fired and too battered, there seems to be a fine line between the hot hot flame battered loveliness and the too hot hot too flame battered awfulness. I don’t think I had any that fell into the second category this time thankfully but I need to work out the front left hand bottom corner of the kiln which seems always to be cooler bu a long shot than the rest. The rest of the kiln was pretty even in temperature.
Laura seems happy.
These three little jugs were last minute makes, one pound of clay each and deliberately naked bellies for being tickled and toasted with the flames. They worked a treat.
Lots of small pancheons for the Pots and Food Festival this weekend, again lots of naked clay for toasty treats.
The little big jar was in there too. He came out nice, I would have liked to have put him right against the place where the flame enters the chamber so as to get him properly flame licked but then I felt he would have blocked too many other pots from getting their share of flame and heat.
Finally here is a little video of most of the fresh pots. Hope that you like them.