Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ready to fire

Spent much of the past three days glazing and loading the kiln. Lots of bowls and mugs and a couple of special-order plates, plus various ways of using the Antarctic mud. We'll see with that one. I try to have something new or unusual in each firing. This one was a low-enthusiasm loading. Don't know exactly why.
It's about 11:30 p.m. Eastern time now and I just lighted the burners. They will candle until 5 a.m. and then I'll start turning them up hourly. The schedule's fairly well fixed by this time and (knock wood) has been working pretty well the past several firings.
I've got to clean up things around the studio while the kiln climbs to temperature, and pack up some pots to go to the museum shop to be on sale there while the show is up in the gallery.
Now ... bedtime.


tsbroome said...

Good luck with the firing. Can't wait to see the iceberg mud fired! My word verification is botod. I love these things sometimes!

Hollis Engley said...

I agree, Tracey. Someone must be paid big bucks to come up with those bizarre verification words.
The firing went more or less by the book. I'll open the door in the morning. Right now, at 11:23, it's down to about 350 degrees.