Geez, I guess I won't win any points for being timely last month. My latest round of pots seemed to take forever! As usual, my day job, demands of family and fatherhood took center stage. I did make some rather good investments that helped me finally win over the elusive and problematic copper red glaze.
The most important piece of equipment that I have now in my gas firing arsenal, is the dual digital pyrometer. When I fire my updraft kiln, it is very hard to control temperature differential between top and bottom zones. Now with this pyrometer, I can make changes to the kiln and instantly see the results.
It is a must have for kilns of the same updraft design.
The other important investment that I made was purchasing John Britt's book on high fire glazes. It was a very helpful addition to my ceramic study library. I really love the details and firing schedules for the different recipes and effects. Can't thank you enough John!
Here are a couple more pieces from the batch....
|Small pot with plum, blue and purple effects. Love that variation...|
|Gotta love that color!|
Although I am quite happy with the results from this firing I can only hope to duplicate a small portion of it again. As I have heard said in ceramic circles, potters are only as good as their last firing!