I’ve been distracted by holiday goings-on and neglected to post photos from my last woodfiring. Fortunately… I know you’re a patient bunch.
We fired the kiln on Thanksgiving, finishing up on Black Friday. The following Wednesday, I quickly snapped my after photo and unloaded so I could have the pots ready for my Holiday Mud and Suds Sale that Friday. A little whirlwind like, but the timing worked out great.
Also in this firing, I was testing some decals I’d applied to the pots while leatherhard. The decals are printed on decal paper with a black only laser printer so really any black/white design would work. Lots of people apply decals to pieces after glaze firing, but I kind of want to get a subtle iron effect without adding an additional firing.I like the possibilities, and will probably have a few more tests in my next firing before deciding if I want to make the process part of my regular work.
And here are a few of my favorites from this firing. Many are available in my Etsy shop.
To transport the pots home for the sale, I packed them in bins in the back of the truck with bubble wrap and newspaper between the pieces. I transport pots like this all the time with no problems. HOWEVER… I’ve never gone over a speed bump quite like the one I experienced in the parking lot of a craft shop I stopped at to quickly pick up some ribbon for the ornaments in the firing. It was a monster of a bump. Upon unpacking the pots, here is what I found.
There were some choice word heard in the studio that day. Fortunately there were no sailors around to be embarrassed by my language. All these pieces have found a new purpose with several mosaic artists so I’m trying to see this as a silver lining kind of experience.
Enjoy your holidays everybody!!