Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sorry, No Barrel Firing
Things just don't seem to be going my way. Yesterday was cool and dry with high clouds. Early in the morning I called the Air Pollution Control District phone number and the recording said "Today has been declared a no burn day below 3,000 foot elevation". Today it is raining steady, the Air Pollution Control District recording said, "Today has been declared a no burn day below 3,000 foot elevation".
Now Gary's telling me I only have a paltry amount of pieces to fire and is wondering if it's really worth firing a whole barrel for just these few pieces. Maybe he's right. I am so disappointed. For the first bisque firing at school I only had a few items ready and eight of those were my leaf panels which aren't suitable for a barrel firing. Most of the other items I completed I'm firing in the gas kiln because I'm also doing a glaze experiment. For the glaze experiments, I need a separate pinch bowl for each one. So that uses up the rest of my bisque pieces.
Since I only have a few pieces, I thought I could place each one in it's own aluminum foil type saggar with different ingredients in each foil saggar to see what the results are. I only have two pinch bowls, two mini-mini bowls (1.5 inch diameter), five sage leaf pendants, and three dusty miller leaf pendants. Is that enough to do a barrel firing? Should I do a barrel firing in the rain?
It seems I am trying to accomplish too many experiments at once. But how can I learn if I don't try them all - and as soon as I can. What do you think? Should I wait till I have more pinch bowls to fire in the barrel or should I just go ahead with a small firing?
Today, I even tried to talk Gary into firing the barrel near the edge of the barn but he wouldn't go for it. So tomorrow we (I) will (should) definitely be having a "BBQ" in our blue barrel. I realized we have some food which might spoil if I don't use it immediately - Right? Right! I know "BBQ's" are allowed. More later, or hopefully, more sooner than later.
Here's rose number thirty-two. Do you know the name of this rose?