Monday, December 20, 2010
One more half shelf and the kiln's plumb full. I had pieces to bisque I didn't remember making, till I took them off the shelf. Tiles, wall hangings, sculptures, pendants, bowls, cups, pinch pots, covered dishes, planters, and vases are packed in the kiln. I still have a number of flat items and tall vases on the drying shelves for another load or two.
One of my stemmed pinch mugs separated from it's base as I was sanding the edges. I slipped it back on and propped it up with some greenware biscuits. As I was doing this I thought of a better way to construct stems where I hollow out the bottom of the cup a little and insert the stem into the hole. I'll try that next time. My fingers are crossed for this mug.
I preheated the load for one hour and I'm firing very slow. This time of year it's hard to use my normal method of placing the bottom of a piece against my cheek to see if it's cold to know if it's dry or not. Everything feels cold to the touch even here in Florida. Can't imagine what it's like in other parts of the world where it's even colder. More later.