Saturday, November 12, 2011

and the bad news is...

the big pot's rim blew off in the bisque kiln...

jeff thinks it was a "clay malfunction". you can see how there are some swirls of different colors in there. he made this pot with recycled clay, so it was a mix of everything we have been using over the last year.
it was a clean break and he is going to try re-attaching with sairaset (sp?) bisque firing again and then wood firing it.

the GOOD news is...

we loaded the gas kiln and jeff fired it yesterday while i worked at the Co-op. we will load another bisque kiln today and fire the gas kiln one more time before the show next week. while the gas kiln fires it will be raku time... which i still think of as a play day.

and flowers are still blooming outside the gallery...



happy weekend everybody!

5 comments:

  1. lovely, lots of firings!!
    The only flowers I have left are lavender,you're lucky.

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  2. flowers! wow :) good luck with the repair....

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  3. That is a strange break I can see the differet colors and never heard of that repair stuff you're talking about curious about it. I guess the really big ones like that are worth repairing for sure.

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  4. I'm suffering Extreme Flower Envy. The only thing we have blooming are a few Montauk Daisies and some petunias by the fish pond.

    What a complete downer to have the pot blow! Did you hear it go or find it upon the kiln opening?

    I don't know if this will work as I have only tried it at ^04, but I have had very good luck with the following: Mix Karo and vinegar one to one; mix in a few sheets of toilet paper (I use a thin tissue type) and enough of your finely pulverized raw clay body to make a thick paste. It works best if it ages for a day. I have attached bisque handles and repaired cracks with this. It does have to be rebisqued. You probably want to experiment before trying it on the big pot.

    Good luck!

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  5. I'm interested in seeing how the bowl looks after the repair. Do show us pictures please.

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