My kiln reached it's top temp of 1280C during the early hours of this morning & is now sitting at 716C.
It won't be cool enough to open until tomorrow.
I find this waiting so incredibly difficult.
Patience is not something that I have ever been good at.
Ceramics has forced me to practise it.
I have surprised myself by accepting that it is a necessary part of the process.
A slow cool allows the glazes to harden & strengthen & opening the kiln too early risks vessels cracking from thermal shock- perhaps ruining weeks of work. It's just not worth taking that risk.
So today I will find other work to busy myself and distract me from the temptation of opening the kiln.
Tomorrow I can look forward to seeing some new experiments & whether they have succeeded or failed.
Frida stands guard over my work as always........