Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pausing in mid-glaze


I am in the midst of glazing now. Yesterday, before heading to Hyannis for the weekly beer session at Jack's Lounge with my aging softball teammates, I managed to get the bottom shelves of this kiln loaded. That pair of shelves, which holds about 40 pots, is always the highest hurdle for me in preparing for a glaze firing. I dry-stack the kiln to see how things fit, then I pull down the front shelves and begin glazing. You can see that in the photo above.
This firing will be interesting, perhaps a bit more than some recent ones. I've got hand-built and hefty teabowls in here, covered in two or three Shino glazes and some with pours of ash glaze on them. There's a batch of pots that will be glazed in a combination of Antarctic mud and New York State wood ash, and another small testing batch glazed in a light blue ash glaze recipe from Brandon Phillips. There will be pots with crackle slip pours under ash glazes, square dug-out vases with Shinos, four dog dishes for our new grand-dog, Hopi, who lives out in Seattle, a four-finger mug for one of Dee's mug-loving cousins, and some other things.
It should be an interesting kiln-opening on Saturday morning. But now ... back to glazing.

6 comments:

tsbroome said...

Lots of pictures when these come out please!

Hollis Engley said...

Your wish is my command, Tracey.

Kyle Carpenter said...

your cones look melted already.

maria said...

Good luck and good results with this firing!!

jimgottuso said...

looking forward to results... good luck

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, all. We're about an hour now from the cones starting to fall. My pyro's apparently broken down after five years, so I'm going solely by the cones. Usually I use the pyro to give me a bit of a guide as to where things are. And yes, Kyle, those are cones from an earlier firing. I put them in there to give me an idea of how much room I need to allow for the conepacks.