13 November 2010

Kiln Loading Eve

I lost most of yesterday to car troubles so, on the day I was to turn my thoughts to kiln loading, I was catching up on a variety of tasks. As I was driving home I was thinking about the number of different activities that can fill a day. 
Even before I got to the studio I had visited the Farmers' Market and checked in at LibertyTown.
And then:
I trimmed bread plates and handled a couple of bottles.
I then slipped and glazed some pots.
After that I mixed up my crackle slip and applied that to a bunch of pots.
Long after dark I was glazing the crackle slip pots.
A rack of pots, ready to be toasted by the fire.
The crackle slip is unique because it only works for a day or two or three. After that it still adds an interesting texture, but the crackle no longer appears. To keep it under control I mix a big dry batch and then add it by the cupful to the old wet batch until it starts to crackle again. It doesn't take a lot each time to rejuvenate the old batch.
I dip pots in it and I pour it over them, always playing with thickness and overlaps to alter the size and pattern.
The rest of the pots  waiting their turn.

2 comments:

Anna said...

Its always so amazing to me how many pots it takes to fill your kiln. Can hardly wait to see the results. Lots of luck! Here's to a clear starry sky for the nite!

Hollis Engley said...

So ... how do you adjust the bird beaks to accommodate the flock of pots?