But I did run a bisque fire recently (last weekend? The weeks are starting to blur together.) Sometime in the last fortnight. If that helps any. I made a slight error in my firing that shouldn't cause any problems, but I still feel a little stupid. Normally (as in, since this studio) I've been firing my bisques to ^04, because that's what most of my glazes say they should be bisqued to prior to being fired to ^6 in the glaze. Well, when I loaded up the kiln, I set it to fire to ^08 - the range that we bisqued to back in my college studio. Sort of a brainfart moment. Like mixing up the salt and sugar in your brownie recipe, or putting a carton of ice cream into the fridge instead of the freezer, or failing to take the plastic wrap off the meatloaf between fridge and oven. Yes, all things that I've done.
I ran this firing with a couple of my cone packs in, as it had been a few firings and I thought it best to make sure the kiln was still firing to temp. And when I opened the kiln and the cones hadn't dropped at all, but the kiln had still run for 11 hours (short, for this firing, but reasonable) and all the pots had the nice *ping* that comes from being bisqued, I knew I'd done something wrong. Yes, they are ^04 pyrometric cones, so firing to ^08 they won't drop (Scale runs 09, 08.... 01, 1, 2, 3 ^04 is hotter). All that to say, physically, the pots appear to be bisqued reasonably well, and I can't see how horrible of a difference it will be. But some of the pots seem to have a powdery residue that is out of the normal, so that makes me nervous. Any pottery pyro-wizards out there have any thoughts for me before I start glazing and ruin 7 cubic feet of pots?
So, anyway, that was that. And there's been plenty of throwing over the last fortnight - throwing and trimming and handbuilding of sorts, even. I know! Imagine my surprise when I found pots in my basement that clearly had non-concentric features! But apparently I did that. Bizarre. And then some stuff like this:
|Some of these bad boys. Tight. Or, as the kids are saying these days, "clutch." I dunno. Ask my brother about that one.|
|Some cups (part of an order) and a vase that didn't fit in the firing. So if I did screw it up, at least this one will be okay.|
|Here there be vases. You'd think, with only weekly updates, I'd be able to unwrap for the photo shoot, but no, I am really that lazy. Deal with it.|
Have a wonderful evening, friends. And, since I probably won't post before then, have a very happy Fiscal New Year as well!