Saturday, July 4, 2009
Good news bad news
Well, good news is, my kiln is pretty easy to fire and I think I like it. Bad news is being impatient does not pay off. The firing results are abysmal. I got up this morning and the kiln was at 200 degrees so I peeked in. All bad, so I went back to bed until I could face it without taking everything out and smashing it on the concrete the kiln sits on. My first thoughts are why the hell am I doing this in the first place. Maybe I should just stick to Raku, I am always disappointed with cone 9 functional stuff I fire. Never disappointed with my Raku. Then I just started to work out in my head what went wrong and what do I do about it. The pieces are worth trying to salvage if I can. There was no reduction at all, glazes didn't melt, so I didn't get up to temp, so I think I can refire. I should have reduced longer, I wasn't really sure how to do it with this kiln, gotta figure that out. Can I put it all back in and fast fire back up to temp? What is the best way to do this? And I think I should have soaked longer at the end. I did get a blue test that I like a lot and the ash has possibilities but my application was over the top. The once fired pieces survived but the ash glaze is crazy on them and very blistered. I went back and read Brandon's blog and Meredith's for moral support. They both have had some ups and downs with kilns this month and it helped reading their posts again. And of course Andrew's spirited approach helps a lot. His blog gives me a lot of motivation to try things I might not try normally. Honestly the first thing I wanted to do this morning was to get on the blog and hear from all of you out there. You know what I'm going through better than anyone and there are years of wisdom out there that can give me good advise right now. I'll put some photos up later, but right now I'm getting ready for the Tour de France and making breakfast burritos to celebrate the start of our favorite sporting event of the year. It's all lessons, isn't it?