If you live in the Dunedin area and your lights are dim, your heater a dull glow, and your toast takes forever to cook, blame it on the local potters firing their kilns! Members of the Stuart Street Potter's Co-operative are working day and night to get new work made in time for our group exhibition that opens this coming weekend. Do come to the opening at 11 on Saturday morning, there will lots to see and to enjoy, and we are extremely thankful to the Bell Tea Company for supporting us in this exhibition... with tea of course!
|The two top shelves of the kiln.|
|Mark giving the broken pipe a very close inspection!|
Armed with gas torch and soldering iron our friend Mark kindly came to the rescue, and was able to do a temporary repair to stop the leak. Hooray for the Cavalry!
Anyway, it turned out to be quite a good firing, and the teapots that I need for the exhibition at the Stuart Street Potters Co-op have turned out well. I have glazed the inside of them only, and put them in a place in the kiln where the flames would have maximum effect so they have lovely toasty exteriors. Two very large pots were also fired in this firing, I put them at the back of the kiln where they would get to a good bisque temperature, but were protected from the main heat of the fire. I still need to glaze fire them, but they are looking good so far, which is cause for great rejoicing.
|Tea for Two!|
|Earthenware teapot 9.5 inches high (24cm)|
|I had fun with the details.|
|Earthenware teapot 10 inches high (25.5cm)|
|Earthenware teapot 7.5 inches high (19cm)|
|Earthenware teapot 9 inches high (23cm)|
|Harold the rooster, somewhat larger than a teapot, and quite handsome when the sun shines on him.|
Almost entirely without a brain, he does, however, look interested when I say, "Grubs, Harold. Grubs!"