Friday, September 9, 2011
little bits of happy
I was also pleased that my little kiln made it up to ^6- I regularly bisque in this kiln- the bisque fire is the first firing- I take the kiln up to about 1900 degrees, slowly at first to make sure the pieces are bone dry- then finish up fairly rapidly in 10 or so hours. Yes, I said rapidly. The second firing goes to the mid 2200s and typically takes 13-14 hours. The little kiln is older; the coils need to be replaced, but I rarely glaze fire because in the past it hasn't reached ^6 in 14 hours. Happily, it did on Tuesday night and I opened the kiln up Thursday morning. I've taken to letting the kiln cool for a full 24 hours before I even touch it- I don't want to risk cracks in the glaze or worse, the pots, from cool air flooding the hot pottery. Once, in my first few years of making pots, I melted the sleeves of a down coat by taking a too-hot piece from the kiln. I've learned my lesson there.
Other happy bits- the weather has cooled down to windows-open temps. Next week will be back in the 90s, but this week's been a lovely reprieve. And it's reminded us to get our firewood ready for actual cold.
I bought my plane ticket for San Francisco! Only after much hesitating and dithering and nausea caused by sticker shock. Lesson learned: next time, buy it when it's $300. I am excited to go, and more excited to see my friend and mentor, Diana. I'm also grateful that Gary's company is having a big meeting in an interesting city. Work (at home, even) is going well for him, and I'm glad for that.
This piece of pottery is for an Oct/Nov invitational show. I'm really excited to be working on a large group of unified pieces. They all have to hang on the wall- that's a challenge I'm working through. I've figured out flattish bowls and platters, but I'd like to hang some deeper pieces. Time for some experimentation.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone.