What a week! It’s been a funny one really, chaotic in some respects but at the same time a lot of waiting for things to happen before I could get on with the next bit. The worst of it is that my kiln is playing up. I can’t work it out, all the elements seem to be heating up (I have singed finger tips to prove it!) but it’s taking it far longer than it should to get to temperature and my usual trick for evening out the temperature at the top and bottom has had no effect. I unpacked a glaze firing today and at the top it was very under fired, cone 04 still standing straight but at the bottom cone 04 was completely flat. There were only four shelves in it, it’s about 12cubic foot I think. My glaze has a very narrow firing range unfortunately so the top is not mature but the bottom has shimmered on the rims and left the pots.
The real pain is that at the point where the heat is too much, the colours are so gorgeous they make you drool! I am going to do some more glaze tests, try to find one with a wider range of happiness.
These are the big jugs that I was having fun decorating a few weeks ago and one of those big plates that I had made in the “beat out the base and coil and throw the rim on” method. There are another two of these to get fired yet to complete the order, this is the second of four.