Saturday, December 12, 2009

Kiln day!

Yay!  It's Kiln day!  Kiln day is to a potter what Christmas morning is to a 5 year old.  Promises of wonderful things to be found under the lid.  Woo hoo!

Let's crack her open and see what we find shall we?

It's more of a personal load of stuff than commercial today.  A friend of mine made some Christmas gifts in my little studio.  Looks like the doggy dishes came out great!  We're also looking at a couple of tealight candle holders.  My first attempt at piercing.  The rims came out really nice!

Ok, let's see what the next shelf has in store.

Uh oh, that's not good.  I must have mismeasured the kiln stilts.  This mug was touching the shelf above it and fused to it.  Even worse, I don't have kiln wash on the underside of the shelf so it fused directly to the shelf itself.  Did a little damage getting the mug off.  Crud.

Well, the chicken roaster came out awesome!  My husband has been asking about that because he's anxious to use it.  I'm anxious to get it tested as well because I've had a lot of requests for them since I mentioned I was trying them out.

The two mugs on the other hand.  Obviously, they are really pretty colors.  Unfortunately, those colors ran like crazy.  I might be able to grind the bottoms well enough to make them useable but they won't be sellable.  I'm getting a little sick of having "useable but not sellable" mugs in my own cabinet.  Not sure it's worth the trouble of grinding them down.  So on the outside table they sit until I can make up my mind of what to do with them.  If there are any mosaic artists out there looking for shards, I've got a bucket full that I'm constantly adding to.

Ok, what else will we find?

More mugs and 2 of the upside down flower pots.  The pink mugs will probably end up on my artfire site even though I could have made better color choices.  They're perfectly attractive, just not eye catching.  The larger mugs belong to that friend of mine.  The dark brown mug ran a bit too but it's salvageable.  Another "good enough" mug for my cabinet I guess. 

Looking forward to planting a couple of things and trying out the flower pots though.

Ok, let's check out the bottom shelf.

That's 2 more of the little tealight holders, an incense burner, a cup that my friend made, and a big bowl.  The bowls rim is pinched in an alternating pattern to create a flower around the rim.  I'm not sure what I think of the green streaks.  Another friend of mine claimed this bowl and directed how to glaze it.  She wanted the streaks.  If it were up to me, I would have done this same color combo, but the dark would have been just around the rim to make a line that showed the pinched pattern more.  I like how it came out, but it's not how I would have chosen to do it.

So, that was my Kiln day.  Kind of a Christmas morning with one cool toy that I was really hoping for, and a lot of socks and underwear.

1 comment:

M2bC said...

Looks like a great day!