Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Firing X Pots.

I unloaded firing X last night and it was...okay. Most of the pots for orders came out just fine. Most of the pots were okay...but just okay. The Tile 6 slip has just not been acting right. About a year and a half ago I received a new batch, new bags, new company, not the same stuff...similar, but not the same. The color I used to get is just not there anymore. I'm going to run some tests, we'll see. I did lose several pieces to cracking...I just can't seem to figure that one out yet. They're not heating cracks, and it's not cooling cracks...some type of stress cracks? Maybe. There were some small patches of oxidation where the pots looked like vanilla ice cream, some reduction where the pots looked hershey bar brown. Fortunately those disasters were a very small portion of the firing. As always though I did get some stellar pieces that I'm really excited about.

Platter with handles...about 16", white slip.

Teapot, white slip.

Cap jar, white slip with amber and black underglaze deco. This was in one of the reduced zones but that works for this slip.

Lidded jar, tile 6 slip with pours and deco.

I'd like to promise that I'll post more later but...last 2 weeks of the semester, crunch time.


1 comment:

MattyT said...

nice pots, I like the little holes in the handles, reminds me of some of the the pots michael simon talks about in his new book.