First of all, I'm really into exclamation points today!! I have had a excellent Sunday--went to church, fired kiln, watched movie and Mythbusters. That's about it so far! Wonderful laziness.
So, I went out to check on the kiln and noticed that the few bowls I threw last night were ready for trimming, so I sat down and trimmed one. It was a little warped from cooling too fast, so in my amazing intelligence, I attempted to squeeze it back round, knowing the entire time what would happen. Guess what--it broke. I laughed at myself. So I came back a while later and trimmed another few. One in particular came out AMAZING!! I don't usually get super excited about bowls, or really brag on my work, but this bowl came out so well, I just have to. It is light and oh so well proportioned; the foot is just immaculate and, well, it is just the best little bowl ever!! It still needs to be cleaned up a little bit once bone dry, but you get the idea.
Check this baby out!
As I said, I fired my kiln today. Well, right now it's still going, but it is getting mighty close to temp. Here is a couple pictures of it in action!
I just checked the kiln and it is firing perfectly evenly!!! All three cone five witness cones are tipping the same!! Even my little kiln doesn't fire evenly and it is half the size. It can be a half cone off from top to bottom. What's up with that?? Anyway, have a great week to all three of you that read this with any regularity! :)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I finally went to Georgetown to get my new kiln! It was given to me by my grandmother who no longer makes her beautiful porcelain dolls. She had previously given me the smaller kiln that I had been using like mad, and she recently decided to give me her bigger computer controlled kiln. The new kiln is exactly twice the size of my old one, so I should be able to make more and larger pots. She also sent a huge box full of kiln posts! I can fit soooo much stuff in there that I can't wait to get to work filling it! I am going to do a glaze firing in it this weekend--most of the work is being re-fired, so unless it overfires by a lot, I'm not too worried. She didn't use it very often, so it is in pristine condition. I'm going to put in some witness cones to do a temp check, but I'm pretty sure it should go just fine. I can't wait to start using some ramp hold firings so that I can get rid of some of my pinhole problems.
I've got my first show coming up on April 12th called 'April in Meggett.' It is a small show, but from what I've heard, it gets a pretty decent turnout. I hope that it goes well and that I sell some stuff. I don't have any expectations, so I don't think I will be disappointed either way.
Oh yeah, the dog in the picture is my wonderful puggle Layla. She's just a bit crazy--caught her eating clay a couple of times. :)