Glaze

I was able to open the kiln completely at 7am the day after glaze firing. The pots were still very warm but I could pick them up with my bare hand without problem. The firing was textbook! All three cones gradually bending. Jay did an amazing job watching this baby. He did have help from the kiln sitter that shut off the kiln as he was on the phone with me, contemplating turning her off. This kiln doesn’t cease to amaze me.

I love the Mayco Cinnabar red. It’s absolutely PERFECT:

beautiful cone 6 red

beautiful cone 6 red

The Midnight Rain? Not so much. I’m going to try to strain out the brown crystals because they do not appeal to me at all:

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I am now on the hunt for paler blues and greens since, as I look around my home and see my favourite past work, the ones I’ve kept and continue to love tend to fit into this palette. ColourLovers is a continuing inspiration as I try to be true to my aesthetic.

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I’ll buy the next bit of glaze until I’m comfortable enough, then possibly delve into Ravenscrag mixing of my own glazes. I’ll give that a year – what do you think?

Until next time…

-Cara

First Glaze Firing – Sneak Peek!

The kiln finished firing to cone 6 at 3:10pm today and it’s 9:15pm – still too hot! I did stick my camera in to take a quick photo. It’s WARM in there for sure – outside temp is 14degrees C and the garage is still at 30! Toasty.

Here’s what the camera caught:

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sneak peek!

I can’t wait to see the other three pots underneath! Patience is a virtue that I just don’t have…

-Cara

First Bisque Firing – Success!

We are grinning from ear to ear – our first bisque firing in the kiln was an overwhelming success! We started at 7:30pm and by 1:20am, had definitely exceeded our goal of cone 05.

Paragon A82B

Paragon A82B

With 220 power run out to the garage, a fried kiln switch swapped out, bricks assessed and all kiln elements tested and reseated, we loaded her up with just two pieces of greenware. Ceramics Canada graciously gave us a couple of 05 witness cones and with the cone in place and Paragon’s firing schedule in hand, we fired her up. Every hour I went in and turned her up a bit more until we were full on high-high at 11:30pm. We had a bit of a snafu with the kiln sitter but after we realized we’d put the wrong cone in (017 instead of 06. Ooops), we turned her back on and continued monitoring.  The witness cone was impossible to locate by 1:00am so after we each took a turn trying to locate it visually through the molten orange peephole, we turned her off.

Cone 05 Pyrometric Cone

Cone 05 Pyrometric Cone

The next morning, I opened the kiln and the witness cone was definitely toast, overfired. Good to know for next time – and now I know, don’t fire by time alone.

Tonight we glaze the last pot then Jay will do the glaze firing during the day tomorrow. I have an underglazed test piece that went through the bisque that I’ve coated in clear glaze, plus a few pots in Mayco’s Midnight Rain and one pot in Mayco’s Cinnabar:

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Pretty, yes?

The studio atmosphere is EXCITEMENT. Opening the kiln on Friday will be like Christmas morning. I’ll upload photos of our results.

Until next time!

-Cara

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