So here are some general examples of not getting to temperature with your kiln and forgetting to put in cones. The pitcher above is Malcolms's Shino. If you are familiar with this glaze you know this is not right. Although, if you want to get a wood fired look in a gas reduction here is an example of how to go about it. If you have fired an updraft kiln feel free to chime in.
All of these are also Malcolm's with chun liner, not right. The handles are good though thanks to the tutoring by Brandon and Joseph Sands!
Another wood fired look with Malcolms
Blue ash, this might have worked if I had soaked it longer, I kinda like it except for the sharp pits that are still popping like blisters from a sunburn. Plus, I don't know how to apply ash glaze never had access to it before with a community studio, you just don't have ash glazes around. I made this mug when I was cleaning hundreds of them at Mark Hewitt's I think I was channeling him then. I hope I can settle out the pits I like this mug a lot. The plate below was once fired, it survived fine except for the pitting, it's kinda cool.
wood fired look again, very dry, but the bowl is sweet, I may be able to save it
Same mug, same clay, same glaze, the left one from my kiln the one on the right fired at CM.
Shaner's red, not right, too bad I have had great luck with this glaze and like it a lot. Good handle on this one and check out the Linda Christensen/Brandon Phillips swooping on the side!
Choy blue celedon, should be darker but this one almost made it
Rutile blue test, this glaze has potential, I like it and it doesn't look like it will need much reduction, holds at cone 8-9(whatever I got to)
Malcolm's crawling. This glaze is bad about crawling but add that to no reduction and it's an absolute mess.
So, Gerry is going to photograph my Raku stuff today, maybe tomorrow I can post some lovely photos of that to make up for this tragic mess. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me to just stick to Raku and make non functional work that has no purpose in life except to sit around somewhere looking beautiful. What a ridiculous thing in this economy, but I do love to make beautiful things that have no purpose. So, anyway, I have some nice forms, a nice kiln, now I just have to get the glazing and firing right. Jesus, it never ends with this pottery learning! I fear that my life is going to be near it's end before I get all of this right!