The last of four firings laid out for inspection. I’ve had surprisingly few seconds, thank goodness, save a few dinner plates that were singed and pots I accidentally packed bumping one another and fused. It isn’t often I have this much work in one place at a single time, this could very easily be the most there’s ever been but it wont stay at the studio for long. Some is for the ‘Stay Home’ exhibition at @simple__shape, running from the 3rd till to the 7th of May. Some is destined for a commission and the rest will be put onto my online shop in small batches over the coming weeks and months. Sadly the palette sets wont be ready until I fire next, but that won’t be too long down the line.
One problem I was running into before, a corner of oxidation has vanished, an earlier that previous initiated reduction seems to have driven it away. An even firing is the only remaining issue and one I think is almost impossible to avoid due to how the kiln is constructed. Every pot on the right half of the kiln fires to the correct cone, while a selection of the left remains a cone or so cooler. Only having one set of burners means the kiln will always have a hotter side, even if I take the firing very slow with a drawn out reduction. A kiln with a set either side is my dream, I can’t wait.
In a way it doesn’t matter when the work is piled high like this, but on an individual level there are obviously some bowls, for instance, that are better than others. The only benefit that comes from the temperature difference is that the colours range more, there are so many shades here but I’ve only used four different glazes. I’m being critical, but that’s in my nature and it’s good practice being so in my opinion. Any seconds will be smashed or bought home to use, the idea of selling them, even at discounted prices from the pottery, is something I like the idea of less and less.