February was a busy month, a short one, as the geese started to fly back north and the sap started running up the maple trees, I was still finishing my after-Christmas orders and prepping for a Valentine’s vase run. It … Read the rest
Word of the year
The word of the year this year for me is “Create”. I think I got distracted by everything, and sometimes I forgot to create. I was worried about deadlines, generating revenue to buy supplies, … Read the rest
The snow was falling lightly on the gas updraft as it cooled. I had a load of pots to get out and a few orders I was a bit stressed about. But it was a good kind … Read the rest
You Can Do It!
By firing a manual, you can get to know your kiln, better understand the firing process, and even manipulate the work by making changes to the firing schedule. This is good practice, especially for beginners learning
Carbon coring or “black coring” can be an issue when firing clay bodies. While doing some experiments with reduction firings I had many pots that were cracking in the process and had no idea why. It seemed that the cracks … Read the rest