Thursday, May 17, 2012

Loading the kiln

Yesterday made a liar out of me by being a really good day to fire.
The winds were so calm and the weather, even though it called for evening thunder storms, was over all pretty nice.

 Mark said as soon as I woke up that he wanted to brick up the door and fire the kiln yesterday.
 We went out at 7 to bricked up the door and he had the kiln lit by 8:30.
 The day was with us on weather, but it will be tomorrow before we can show any results. Having the smaller kiln is interesting in that you can pretty much glaze and fire in just a few days and have pots. Amazing!
I am going ahead with the glazing on a big load of pots while Mark is working on the large vases. Another 20 pound vase is out on his wheel now.
No pictures since I tried once and it is too distracting for him.
I don't want to disturb his "zen" while he is working.

 I did get some tiles ready for the end of the month kiln opening.
I have tiles in many spots throughout the house.
It is nice to have a spot not big enough for a picture yet- just big enough for some handmade tiles.
(note handmade)

This bird was sitting outside my kitchen window this spring and he needed to go on a tile.

Rabbits! Funny bunny rabbits!
We are transitioning quickly into summer as the weather changes.
I miss the 70 degree days as we head into upper 80's with the moist humidity.
Oh, yummy southern summers.

Time for tea and work.


Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH! love the bunnies, love the work! I work with small kilns too, that which I threw Tuesday and trimmed Weds dried with a fan last night and is bisqued today and glaze fired friday and out for business Saturday! Mmmm, love it :)

Shortstuff said...

So THAT'S where the bunny in my yard came from. It jumped off one of your tiles!

smartcat said...

I really need to get my small kiln fixed. Faster turnaround, cheaper to fire, and much cooler in summer.talkipmeenthub

Love the way the tiles look among the lemon balm. The critters look ready to jump off and play. My lemon balm made it through the winter. Such is not always the case in this area.

Tracey Broome said...

I have kiln envy! But I will be loading Barbara's sweet kiln today and hopefully have some good information from that for future firings with her.....
I think you guys are dialed in to that kiln now, so all should be good, fingers crossed for ya!

Lori Buff said...

The tiles look great as you have them in the garden. It's always nice to come upon a little surprise like these when strolling around someone's garden.

Laura Farrow said...

good lokking tiles there, Meredith!

Laura Farrow said...

good LOOKING, I mean. Ugh, typing on a iPad... xo

Julia said...

The tiles are very beautiful and sculptural, like lovely little paintings in clay. You do such wonderful work Meredith!

cookingwithgas said...

Hi gary- we are enjoying the new smaller kiln and it does make for some faster turn around.
SS---yea bunnies!
Smartcat- can you kill lemon balm??

cookingwithgas said...

TB- once it is all done you will have enjoyed your come 6 firing- you just have so much going on.

cookingwithgas said...

Lori and Laura- thanks!!

cookingwithgas said...

Julia- you are so nice and I am off to see if I have FB email from you.

Peter said...

Warmth... brrrrr, that's what I need... warmth. Nearly 10 in the morning and it's about 5 degrees C here, which I think is about 41 F, and strong wind blowing making the air temperature near freezing. Love the bunny rabbits (and your nice tidy kiln!). Good luck with the firing. Pxx

Amy said...

your tiles inspire me to think about making some of my own! they look great!

cookingwithgas said...

Hi peter- yes you are going into cold and we are getting ready for summer. I don't miss the cold yet!

Amy- you should come see the tiles and maybe you would want to take one home with you!