Friday, March 11, 2011

Brief Firing Update

Continuing my themes of not doing pottery, I haven't done any pottery recently.  And I'm on the road the next couple of days for a family funeral.  And then I'm home to host the in-laws for a visit.  And then it's back to the daily grind.  Blurgh. 

But, I did get the kiln all loaded up and fired last night (Wednesday).  I didn't get to unload it as it was still 1000 degrees at noon, but all seems to have gone well.  Firing was completed in 12h52m - slow bisque fire to make sure my vases were all super dry.  Filled the kiln pretty well this time, too, so that was nice.  Glad I didn't wait much longer. 
Bottom level.  Apparently I need to start making mugs/cups again to help fill those little gaps in.
Top split-level - had to fit those taller vases in!  More bowls under that shelf.
So there you have it.  In the time that I haven't been making pots I've been giving a lot of thought to the craft of it, and the art.  I've read a couple of very interesting essays/posts from one of my favorite authors regarding creativity, as well as mulling over some saved passages from a book I read last year; these things have kept me thinking hard about the way I approach what I do here.  Which I will hopefully flesh out in a later post.  But for now, bed. 

Good night, moons!

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