packed kiln early yesterday morning and start firing about 9am…slowly trickled through first half of the day and eventually finished 8.30pm ..nice and toasty in the studio this morning as the temperature has taken a dive outside to about 11deg.Was such a lovely day yesterday its a shame but also good, now am not tempted to fiddle around outside and can settle into some throwing!!
glaze unpacked last week had my ironstone glazed pieces in…love the little rust edges/rims…only incidental reduction in firing, nothing intentional, thin and thick application also is part of the variation of surface. picking up new clay supplies this week, ironstone will be included!!last day of the month today, can’t believe it….one more visitor to come this afternoon…visitor yesterday …took quite a bit of work, so new week, new clay , clean studio, can’t wait to get into throwing!! working on another grouping of blossom jars, and tall landscape cylinders.
unpacked the kiln on Saturday morning, good results….fish beakers were softer in this firing…the cobalt oxide wash can be sensitive and easily too heavy, happy with this result though. studio recycled clay fired a lovely light grey this time and landscape tiles successful. have a new bag of Keanes iron stoneware dying to try for the next kiln load to get that lovely warmth in the body. such a lovely morning its a bit hard to knuckle down and throw!!
nice full kiln load for bisque firing on thursday..bit behind schedule but thats how it goes sometimes. firing some small tests of drawing with oxides on commercially glazed tiles to find fusion point temperature…seems happy around 1000deg C…want to be sure before committing to the big kiln!! off to deliver a few pots tomorrow ..see a few people in town and then back into drying out the last bit of the bisque ready for thursday!!
in to Gosford Regional gallery on the weekend to have a look at the Merric and Arthur Boyd pots….like Merric’s use of landscape elements twisted around forms….but love the big tiles and platters of Arthur Boyd.
The slideshow showing next door in a small theatrette almost are clearer and more seductive than the real thing in the cases in the gallery!!