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.


Anna M. Branner 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?