Monday, January 21, 2013
The stamped mugs return
After it was all said and done we really felt the mugs were very successful. The ones that made it to the final fire all made it through and we made our deadline.
After they were made I woke up one night and thought that putting a few air holes in the attached stamp might have helped.
We were asked to make 10 more of the mugs for conference attendees who did not receive one. When we made this round of mugs we made the decision to only make 10 mugs and if they blew off in the bisque we would explore more about why. When I attached the stamp this time I put air holes in several different places around the stamp. All 10 came out of the bisque kiln in one piece. This was so simple I could not believe I did think of it sooner.
The air holes are small enough that they will, should, just fill in with the glaze.
We are almost finished glazing this kiln load of pots and are now watching the weather for the best day to load and fire. The plan was to load Tuesday and fire Wednesday but after listening to the weather last night we are changing our mind. They are calling for howling wind on Tuesday as a front moves through.
We use to be up to the challenge of whatever the weather brings but why push it?
Instead we can roll the carts out of the way and do something else. ( like read...) for a day or two while we wait out the weather.
It's time to get the coffee on.