|6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches (165 x237mm) porcelain bowl with crawled white glaze around rim.|
I am writing this to help me stay awake as I supervise the last two hours of a crystalline glaze firing. I started the firing at 4.30 this morning and it is almost 3 in the afternoon now. The electric kiln that I am using is entirely manual, and has two simmerstat controls that are much the same as the ones that you would fiddle with every day on your electric stove as you cook your porridge or pumpkin soup!
|7 1/8 x 7 inches (180 x 177mm) porcelain vase with crawling glaze over chrome tin red glaze. A bit strange this one, but it looked quite nice when I took this photo of it outside. It is growing on me!|
|Detail of porcelain bowl with chrome tin red, crawled glaze and thin crystalline glaze.|
|Porcelain bowl 8 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches (222 x63mm).|
Also essential is my kiln log book; in it is every crystalline glaze firing I have done recorded on graph paper. This serves as a trusty visual guide of the progress of a firing that is taking place, and it is my memory of past firings... and it needs no batteries to run it!!
|8 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (210 x 38mm) Stoneware bowl with tenmoko glaze and crawled overglaze with red underglaze... over the top!|
|Porcelain mug, 3 3/4 inches (95mm), tenmoko glaze with rutile decoration.|
The large bowls and platters that I have been firing recently were made a long time ago - it must be a year - and it is nice to finally have them finished.
|14 x 2 3/4 inches (355 x 70mm) Stoneware platter with tenmoko glaze.|
|Unpacking a crystalline glaze test firing. Only 2 out of 7 pots had satisfactory crystals... some had none at all! Crystalline glazes are demanding and can be lots of work.... Not for the faint hearted!|
I'll sign off now.... Thanks for keeping me awake!