Sunday, September 20, 2009

grunt work.

Today I mixed up about a dozen test slips for the next firing and made enough cone packs and trays for 3 firings. I use 11 cones, 08,05,03,01,1,3,5,7,8,9,10, per spyhole(x4 spyholes) per firing...thats a lot, but it's the only way to make sure the old gal fires evenly. The little trays keep the melted cones from dripping on and ruining things. I still have to make some test rings and then I'll bisque it all, the cones to 012 or lower so they don't start to melt. I bisque them so I don't have to worry about them blowing up if I fire too fast.

I nerded out a little today and wore one of my favorite t-shirts to the studio. Ok, I wore it yesterday too...I was feeling nostalgic.

Thanks for the comments on the previous post...I enjoyed what everyone had to say. I like those sorts of interactions so we may have to do some more of that. If anyone wants to throw their 2 cents in, feel free.


Local area Potters from Abilene, Texas said...

Brandon, I have never heard of firing your cone packs...this doesn't change how they react to the firing in any way and would make them more durable to hang around the studio until their firing time right? Sounds like a great solution to a nagging problem of mine! Thanks! Dori

Scott Baker said...

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!