Monday, July 27, 2015

Kiln Opening - July 27, 2015

It was a warm summer day here in Ottawa, the temperature was around 35 degrees Celsius with humidity and with risk of thunderstorm.  And I decided that it was a good time to start the kiln.  :)  It was really hard to say NO when there is a full kiln load of pieces. 

So this afternoon, the kiln had cool down to 119F.......kiln opening time!

Top shelf

3rd shelf
2nd shelf with 2 plates
Bottom shelf

I am quite happy with the result, although the top shelf was still a bit too hot to turn Mysterious Blue a bit green.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Glaze fire - kiln opening

It's June 6, almost half way through 2015.  It's about low 20C during the day and around 10C at night.  It's perfect time to start the kiln.  :)

This is the 2nd glaze firing of the year.  I didn't take any pictures from the last glaze fire.  However, I did notice the temperature might a a couple of degrees too high for mysterious blue.  So this time around, I set the temperature 2F lower and also put mysterious blue pieces on the lowest shelf.  It seems to have worked out better.

After all these years of training, I am still anxious every time when I do a glaze firing.  What I meant is that during glaze firing, there is still a lot of uncertainty; like would the piece stuck on the shelf (glaze runs off the piece), would the piece develop crack while  firing, or would the colour of the glaze turn out to what I'd expected etc.  This time around, I was quite lucky.  There was only one casualty (one with S crack at the bottom) and the colour of a couple of mugs didn't turn out to what I imagined.  I would consider this a SUCCESS.  :)

Top shelf
Middle shelf 1
Middle shelf 1
Lowest shelf

Saturday, January 31, 2015

It has been a busy first month of 2015...

It has been quite a busy month for me.  I've been doing some overtime at work but also managed to make new pieces (mostly mugs). 

Also to fulfil my list last year, I made 2 teapots during the last few days of December and assembled them in January. I think they need to have a couple of teacups to accompany them. :)

I will need to make a new lid for this teapot as the gallery is quite small for this teapot and the lid can easily slide into the pot.
I will be making bowls this weekend, hopefully I will have enough to fill the kiln soon.