Saturday, October 25, 2008

need more time...


A very hot kiln needing to be unloaded so that it can be reloaded with bisque because I have students coming to glaze on Monday. One layer at a time, with mittens. This always happens. I think that I will let it cool down to under 100 degrees with the lid closed. Then the time crunch, then I am propping the lid at 400 degrees, opening at 300 degrees and removing pieces with mittens because they are damn hot. No crazing yet, I have been lucky. More photos of new work coming tomorrow.


Some large bowls thrown today. 12 pounds each, I am COVERED in clay. More bowls coming tomorrow.

5 comments:

Jerry said...

With all the blog chatter of crazing lately, this post makes me anxious! Fingers are crossed.

Those bowls look great! What glazes will they be dressed in?

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

12 pounds EACH?

Linda Starr said...

What temperature is your kiln when you are risking taking the wares out, may I ask? Love the look of those colors in the kiln - the lime and the red.

What beautiful bowls, love the shape of them. What size are they across - they look huge.

Deborah Woods said...

Hi, this is in response to a slighty older post about the Frost clay. visually and tactiley, it is an absolutely beautiful clay. I do agree with the comments you have received though. It can be difficult to throw-throws unevenly-also, any attachments mike crack very easily on drying. I literally would have handle crack before my eyes if I removed the plastic for even a few minutes. If you learn any tricks using it, I'd be happy to know them, because I loved this clay.

Cheryl Alena Kinzel said...

Sorry for the absence. I have been a busy, busy lady lately. I have had good luck with no crazing. I am propping the kiln at 300 sometimes even 400 and opening up fully at 200. Yes Gary, 12 pounds each. They looked so lovely and large and then they shrink so much. I guess I just have to throw 20 pounds (ha!). No new tips for the Frost, I still use it for handbuilding and dry it as slowly as possible. I still lose a lot of ware to cracking. I think I need to live in a humid climate to have much success with it. I'll try to be more on the ball with posts but for a while it will be only one a week.