I know, I know.
No one is getting bare here but maybe some pots.
Seriously folks, life can be full of ups and downs and I felt them all today.
Some of the kiln was good and some of it was bad and some of it was just mediocre.
I would love to have some nice pots which I really wanted to take photos of, but this load just did not do that for us.
We are having problems with some of the glazes.
What can I tell you is, after no crawling for months, we had several very nice pots where the Tomato Red glazed crawled under the wood ash glaze.
Sigh, breaks my heart.
Oh, there were some good pots in the load but all I can see right now are those darn seconds.
I have to deal with the losers before I can move on.
We are going through all the variables; firing, glaze, what's different- why has it been working and now it's not?
Why did most of it come out the color of mud?
I have no confidence in what we are doing with this glaze.
All I can think of is to toss it out and start all over again, which we have done more then once.
We have taken this glaze apart before.
Now I do need to tell you that up until about 2 years ago we never and I mean never had any trouble with this glaze.
Or the other one which is crawling as well.
The other one will crawl out of the blue.
With 10 mugs on a shelf 4 of the mugs crawled and 6 did not.
Same shape, same size, all glazed at the same time.
It was not where the mug was sitting on the shelf.
Why do I think that? Because it would be one towards the bag wall- okay maybe some flame, but then explain the ones in the middle of the shelf???
It is driving me batty.
The common ingredient here is wood ash- could it be the wood ash???
We plan to take apart these glazes again and go over all our notes.
what has changed?
Or are we dealing with gremlins?
So I am posting up the crawled vase any suggestions.