Sunday, July 25, 2010

Texture In and Out

Here's the last of the cone 10 clay with a textured vase I made from the big slab I rolled in the last post. It's about 11 x 5 x 4 inches. I textured the slab with intersecting lines, but I wanted more texture for the exterior, so I textured the other side of the slab. I don't know if I've ever seen a vase with texture on the inside, have you?

I'll be firing for the next week if the weather cooperates. Hopefully no thunderstorms so there isn't a risk of the electricity shutting down. By the way, it's really hot and extremely humid. Guess this is the weather everyone was warning us about when we moved here. I can't imagine how hot the garage will be with the kiln going. Our big fan is still buried in the bus somewhere. We're waiting for all the tiling to be complete before we unpack everything.

Once all my work is fired I can decide which clay I want to use for the projects I'm working on. Meanwhile my studio is the last room to be tiled which is giving me another opportunity to re-organizing my supplies. Comments and suggestions are welcome.


  1. Texture in an out - what a great idea!

  2. Love the vase! When we lived in FL my kiln was in the garage too. I used to fire overnite when it was cooler & less chance of thunderstorms.
    I feel kinda of guilty firing -- adding to that heat index lol!

  3. Nice vase!
    My electricity had a surge here but the kiln didn't shut down. Instead, it had an error message flashing at the end of the firing and the alarm was going off. When I researched the error message, it said that there was a "temporary" power loss and that the firing program completed its cycle. Cones were down, pieces looked great. I have no idea what the power surge was about. I've fired twice since then and everything went off without a hitch. Whew.

  4. oh- very nice Linda- it is so nice to see you just "rolling" along!
    Yep- it's hot and sticky and then there are those storms!

  5. Gosh, I never even thought about power outages and electric kilns. When I lived in Florida, outages were pretty regular but I lived in the country. Wonder if a generator could pick up the load of a kiln. Think I would invest.

  6. Thank you for visiting my place. The mosaic artist does some really big works not just mosaics. I can't understand the conceptual power she has. I guess she's just got to. The potters I know "just go to" as well.

  7. Hi Teresa, thanks, hope it turns out ok.

    Hi Judy, thanks, I think I'll feel guilty too, I really need to set up that fan at least to keep some of the hot air out of the garage.

    Hi Patricia, thanks, my electricity had a brown out at 7:30 am Sunday for no reason, not a cloud in the sky, not sure what was up with that. Ugh If I were rich I'd get a whole house surge protector, but I understand those are very expensive. Glad you kiln was ok.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, don't know if I am rolling or skidding along, te he.

    Hi Patti, thanks, we have a generator, but not powerful enough for the kiln and the house has to be switched over manually to it.

    Hi Terry, thanks, I know the feeling well, I just have to myself, no matter how hard I try to stay away from the clay. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get to Atlanta one of these days.


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