Saturday, 17 October 2009

laters....






well.... much much later...finally at 1.30am cone 9 was down, i'd chucked in quite a few chunks of redgum chips about 12 and fired an intermittent reduction opening up dampers for 15mins on the hour, i was very optimistic with my estimation of finishing the firing at 7.30pm..HA!

the burner prob. is a possible solenoid issue, the 2nd burner just goes out at random, it went out 4-5 times during the firing which lost temp at several points when i wasn't around the studio...so later i made sure i was there.

late night was quite good i have a rather old telly in the studio just for night like this and love actually was on last night so good fun to watch while nursing the kiln......and the evening was rather chilly after a cool day with the bottles freezing up at will....

In the afternoon I finished up mondays throwing work with handling some mugs, put the teapots together and note to self i really need to mix up the recycled clay with a firmer body, that's what most of these are thrown in it just doesn't feel good when trimming, the finish will be ok with some nice porcelain slip over..

lastly i trimmed some covered bowls but they're a bit light on in the bottom thickness good for a practise run though.. and much later threw some lil bottles for raku too, that's it til opening and check out if it's a success or not, cheers all happy wkd..

11 comments:

  1. I forgot to ask you about how it went last night! Caught up now HA! Not bad for your guestimation.. if only that one didn't keep turning off. Looking forward to seeing your photos and pieces :)

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  2. I'll be firing my wood fired kiln in a few hours, so we really are doing our bit for global warming. Hope I don't get solenoid issues... whilst stoking!
    Love the cuddly looking teapots.

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  3. oooh coming soon jess..

    hey peter, ha us and all the open fires out there..hope you're wood's super dry and ready to go..cheers pedre teapots are the tiny versions ready for a nice satin blck glaze..

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  4. Your forms look great, I especially like the mugs, those are my kind of handles, love them!

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  5. hey trace thanks, bigguns eh?? not girl handles anymore..

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  6. Ang all the work looks wonderful! I especially love the teapot form and the small opening vases! you've been hard at work :o)

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  7. oh busy it seems when i look at it all put together, i was thinking it had been a slack week..!thanks cindy the teapots will be fired this week pity i dont have any lil cups to go with them...

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  8. Oh I like the bottles, I can just envision a single large flower in them. Looking forward to your kiln opening. What do the redgum chips do in the firing? Put ash markings in the glazes?

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  9. cheers linda, pics are a coming any minute..the redgum kinda finishes off the reduction and adds some nice lustre and sometimes a bit of extra carbon and some ash too...the shino really loves it ...this one was a tip from the lovely ray finch in the UK..

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  10. Girl, you are really stocking up on great pots. So much going on!

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  11. hey patricia, they're starting to sell now too...exciting..!

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