Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I am so fed up with firing! Just once I wish I could open up a fucking kiln and be pleasantly surprised instead of having to start problem solving once again. I have pinholes again, this time in ^10. A lot of the pieces have pinholes. I used a slow bisque cycle, sieved the glazes, everything I thought would solve the last pinhole problem in the ^04 firing. But the worst part is this: the pieces that don't have pinholes have this: one of my new kiln stilts EXPLODED! into every single bowl. Not one survived. I don't know why, it went through a bisque firing the day before and candled for three hours the next day, no way it was wet. So, last time it was the shelf that cracked and now this. These are not even a year old. I have worked in studios for almost ten years and have never seen a shelf or a stilt do this. Are these manufacturer's defects? And shouldn't they reimburse me for all of the lost product? We are talking clay, chemicals, time and energy not to mention these were bowls I needed to sell this weekend. Arghhhhh!!!! So, I may have a few mugs and a couple of jars out of this firing but that's it. The rest is for the shard pile. And oh yeah, it's pouring rain this morning, yet again, so I'll put some pictures up of the carnage later. Right now I'm waiting on Axner to start business hours so I can call them.