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Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in About Me, Firing | 0 comments

Thanksgiving 2011 has come to a conclusion.  And, I have so much that I am thankful for – salvation, my husband, family, friends, my dog, our home, health.   I am also thankful for ceramics.  I love engaging with clay and the ceramic process.  I am also thankful for my studio, wheels, and kiln – all of which are blessings beyond what I could have asked for.  However, like most things, I don’t realize how much I take for granted until something goes awry.  Both Julie and I have L&L kilns – which have been fantastic.  However, my kiln failed a few weeks ago during a bisque load.  The thermocouple died so my sous-potter replaced it and the elements.  All is well again.  But then, Julie’s kiln failed last week during a glaze load.  It was most inconvenient as it occurred prior to the holiday and most of the pots in the load weren’t ours.  After my sous-potter confirmed that we would need a additional parts prior to running it again (a sad disappointment because we were prepared to replace the elements which we had on hand), we  unloaded the kiln and transported everything to my studio.  I have been firing loads since Sunday because my kiln is 1/3 smaller than Julie’s.  So far, all the glaze pots look good (sigh of relief).  There would never be a great time for a kiln to fail, but this time of year is especially inconvenient when we have been making pots for the Christmas show this coming weekend.  Nonetheless, I am thankful for all the enjoyment I get from pottery.                   In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.               I Thessalonians...

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Waxing… and waxing

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in A Bit Off Center, Firing, Multiples | 2 comments

We are getting ready for a marathon glazing session which means there is a lot of waxing to be done…

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And so it goes…

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Bowls, Firing | 2 comments

We had a bit of a tragedy this week.  Two 10lb bowls exploded in the bisque firing.  It was unfortunate because they were made with reclaimed clay – which meant all that wedging was wasted!  I’m not sure what caused the explosion – maybe an air pocket but it is more likely that the weight of one bowl damaged the other. If you want to be a potter, you have to be ready for some loss.  Pots break.  Sometimes they are ruined by unforeseen forces (glaze chemistry or kiln failure) or by result of experimentation.  And, sometimes they are damaged by carelessness or stupidity.  I have a very long list of ‘dumb’ accidents; I guess I can add nesting 10lb bowls for bisque firing to the list. During pottery classes, I try to assure the potters that failure is part of the process; nonetheless, it seems they are more distressed over loss than is warranted.  After all, if they made a pot one time, they can make it again (and probably better). My recommendation is to avoid getting emotionally involved with the pots until after they are  glazed and transported safely to their final destination.  Too much emotional investment will paralyze a potter and deter risk and...

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