I opened up the kiln today after yesterday’s glaze fire.Â Early Christmas?Â Early Christmas!
I spent almost all of Saturday preparing and glazing and kiln washing.Â Everything went pretty smoothly.Â Â I mixed up 10lbs. of Coyote’s Saturated Iron on Friday so it was ready to go.Â That, along with my previously mixed Pam’s Blue, gave me two buckets of glaze to dip and pour.Â I used a little bit of Coyote Red Gold and one vase has some Espresso Bean but other than that, just about everything else is part of the Pam’s Iron Collection.Â (Pam’s Blue and/or Saturated Iron).
I was happy with the way everything turned out.Â No major flaws, no glaze drips, no visible glaze defects, no worries.Â The Pam’s Blue running down over Red Gold effect that I achieved last glaze firing came through pretty well in the two bowls that I tried it with this time.Â Â The Saturated Iron came out exactly the same as the pre-mixed pint I used previously.Â It might have been just a little thick for dipping because I had to brush off some excess.Â This usually left some darker areas compared to the reddish brown in most areas.Â Could be something to experiment with next time.Â I hope to shoot some decent photos of these pieces tomorrow or the next day and get them posted here (my apologies for the terrible lighting and yellow cast of this photo).
I had a small Holiday Pottery Sale at Ligonier Elementary the past few days.Â I got some positive feedback when I stopped and talked to a few people today.Â I might have even made enough money to buy more glaze materials!
In unrelated news I’ve been tweaking the design of the blog theme.Â I’ll continue to fix things as I discover them.Â If you have any feedback for the appearance of the blog I’d love to hear it.