Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's a plan!

When we get ready to fire the big kiln I have a board we made for the first kiln load back in 1982.
The board is the same size as our kiln shelves.
All I need to do is fill the board. Unload it onto our carts.
Then I take each piece and examine it for small rough spots, these I sand off, then I wax the pots using hot wax and place it back on the cart for glazing.
The kiln holds 19 to 20 shelves of pots.
We then wheel the carts, which hold the pots, up to the big room along with the glazes and get busy.
The last load was planned Tuesday, while bisque was firing, we then started glazing on Wednesday and we finished on Saturday.
The shelves are clean and tomorrow it will take us about 5 hours to load and brick up the door.

Mark will fire while I start galzing tiles.
Good thing we took that trip away.......

Pots waiting to go in the kiln.


Linda Starr said...

What a plan and I like that pot on the left with the stems and leaves.

FetishGhost said...

I'm with Linda... I hope you share the results of the vase on the left.

Shortstuff said...

Nice brushwork on the pot on the left. I hope it comes to visit me next month. ;^)

Michael Kline said...

Yet another vote for stem and leaf deco. Great painting. The pots look great, too, nice form!!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

goodness your work is gorgeous.....

Anonymous said...

wow... 19 or 20 shelves, that's a lot of cubic footage and will no doubt yield some dreamy pots... looking forward to the post firing pics

cookingwithgas said...

The vase on the left is one Mark made and decorated. This is a peak at some of his new work.
He lost all his handmade brushes in the fire and made new ones last month at a work shop- the new brushes are calling his name to come paly with him.
I think they are great as well. And- I think you will see more.
Did anyone but Mark notice the vase on the right was missing a spot of glaze?
We touched it up before it went in the kiln.