Yesterday was a bit of a scorcher, now I never thought I’d say I was too hot in this little cottage, it’s usually freezing. But yesterday I decided to fire some ceramic pieces that have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to be fired. So on the hottest day of the year I fired my kiln up to 1200C.
Why have I waited so long to fire these pieces you might ask, basically I have been painting overglaze and glass fusing I just didn’t have the opportunity to fit it in.
Here’s my collection, there is a mixture of clay bodies including flax clay, bone china, raku clay and the much awaited black clay. I have to say the black clay results are not as lovely as I’d hoped. This is a coarse grogged clay and you can see the little flecks of buff fire brick in the pieces that I cleaned up. I do have a cunning plan though so come back and see how they go.
I think my vessels look great, just how I wanted them, now I’m going to glaze the inside , but I’ll have to give them a good sanding first. I have discovered what I suspected, I definitely love playing with mud, but then I always did make mud pies and have mud fights in the creek at Blakeney.