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Friday, July 3, 2009

BLISS

What a great week! I have had several full days in the studio this week, no interruptions, got a lot done. I've been making mostly flower pots and tiles for Raku. I got a small kiln load of cone 10 glazed and loaded and today I'm firing a reduction for the first time. Should be interesting. I have a blue ash glaze that I'm trying out, ash from my fireplace. I put it on a couple of bone dry pieces to see how a once fire might go. So the combination of a first firing, ash glaze, and once firing should prove interesting. This is mostly an experimental load, I'm trying out a couple of blue glazes, and some combos with Choy Blue and Malcolm's Shino. Also have a little Shaner's Red and I think a Dresang under Choy Blue. Nothing in this load is too precious, so it will be fun to see what comes out. I'll probably unload tomorrow night so photos Sunday if I have time. Wesley's band is planning a party here for the weekend.

Woke up to 70 degree temps and a Carolina blue sky. What a day to fire. Tyler curled up in a ball in a small patch of sunlight and is out here napping with me by the kiln.

I have pots everywhere, I'm running out of room. Dining room table is storage as well as the deck. I have more pots in the studio waiting for trimming. I dropped the pot in the lower right corner so I made a wall vase out of it. I rather like it, will have to make more of them I think.
This is a small tray I'm trying out, I used a slab of bark that I found in the wood pile last time we had a wood firing at Susan's. I love the texture it gives. I formed the slab over an old wine bottle that Gerry brought back from Switzerland. I like this form, hope it fires well with raku glaze.

2 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

You must be excited to see how that reduction firing goes. I've got one going now in my kiln and - surprise! - my upper cones have disappeared. They were there a few hours ago ... I think. Anyway, never a dull moment. Hope things go well for you, Tracey.

tsbroome said...

Well, surprise for me too. I forgot to put cones in! I have been used to doing the raku firings without using them and at about 900 degrees I realized there were no cones to look at! Oh well, with everything else it should be interesting!