That was me last night...tossing and turning while my lovely mishima-d bowls baked in a very hot kiln. I was so worried they wouldn't turn out smooth and blemish free, especially after that episode I had a month or so ago where half of my bowls were dotted with little pits.
It has taken ages for my kiln to cool enough so that I could take a peek. No doubt because the porch is already quite warm from this scorching weather, but finally....success!! Yay!! I am doing the happy dance!!! These are a gift for a wedding taking place this weekend and I would have seriously cried had they come out in any way but almost perfect. The only problem with them is the size. Not as big as I had hoped they'd be, but still pretty nice. That size/shrinkage thing still baffles me. One day I hope I'll understand it better!
I also fired my bird vases and one of my Potty Mouths. I used a different clay for these, redder and a mid fire, though in the end they are a lovely brown and would be really lovely if I hadn't washed them with the black underglaze because now I'm seeing a bit of a bluish tinge. Still nice, don't get me wrong...but I prefer my low fire terra cotta. His hat turned out quite shiny. I'm guessing the u/g has more flux in it? Sort of worked in my favour!
Citrus bowls, glazed and ready to fire!
So, a little of what I've been up this week. See what other potters have been doing at Mud Colony! You can find them here!