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#1 Chris Campbell

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:12 PM

I have a load of new work, new forms, new glazes, new washes ... firing as I write.
Second guessing my choices, doubting my testing, wishing I was firing with more information.
Isn't pottery just the best!!

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:23 PM

What, just look at it as another chance to fail, how wise you will become!

Some times you just have to step off without knowing the exact depth of the water, only that it is deep enough!!

And hey, you're not bored today are you???



#3 Chris Campbell

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:26 PM

Bored is about the last thing I am!!
You just know I am going to be opening it too soon. Ouch!

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:11 AM

Bored is about the last thing I am!!
You just know I am going to be opening it too soon. Ouch!


Have you opened the kiln yet? If so was waiting anxiety worth it. Was seeing you work like Christmas morning greatness or New Year morning blues?

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:27 AM

I fired my 35 cubic car kiln then went away for 6 days (its day 5 of that trip today) I get a look at it when I get home tomorrow night.

Ok its my 22nd glaze this year  in that particular kiln so I see a lot of them. I always wonder whats up??

My big fear is earthquakes as they can bring the whole load down and have.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:42 AM

Hey maybe with space spin offs we will see transparent kiln walls in our life times!! Now that would be nail biting stuff!

Get someone to sit on you Chris!!



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:26 AM

Well I hope you go away and come back to a kiln load of treasures!
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:57 AM

Transparent kiln walls-hmmm now when do we learn to store the excess light or channel it to light our homes for the next week or two. B)


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:08 AM

I have a load of new work, new forms, new glazes, new washes ... firing as I write.
Second guessing my choices, doubting my testing, wishing I was firing with more information.
Isn't pottery just the best!!


oh I empathize so much ... I just tweaked one of my main glaze recipes. I tested it twice and felt reasonably confident. But the first time I glazed a whole kiln load was very stressful. Smack in the middle of holiday production season. I had to fight the urge to start unloading a hot kiln too!
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#10 Chris Campbell

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:27 AM

Rule One of pottery ... Anything you really care about does not go smoothly.

Went to check the firing around ten pm and the breaker had tripped .... So, changed the faulty breaker this morning and trying again. So far, so good. Unfortunately my other kiln needs the elements changed before I can use it for a high firing ... I have them in a drawer so it's only an afternoon's work. Knew I should have done that job before I needed to. : - )

So later today I will either be calling an electrician, re-wiring a kiln ... Or happily monitoring an on going firing.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:53 PM

Us potters are gluttons for punishment.  B)

 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:12 PM

I'm still fighting a battle with dark glazes on dark clay. Me thinks I will be using a white base glaze over white combed slip. How things change.


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#13 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

Argh! Let us know how its going.Or better, how it went.
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 05:50 PM

Nov 6 @ 5:49 pm EST .... 2191F and running smooth as silk ... knock on wood!!!!!!!

I will definitely post pics of the opening ....


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:03 PM

Good luck Chris waiting with bated breath to see pictures!

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:09 PM

Y'see Chris you just spread your angst all over the planet!!

I am  feeling a bit stressy today and I'm just gardening!

We're all waiting to see your stuff and read your reaction.

MAy all our kiln gods be smiling for you.



#17 Chris Campbell

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:24 PM

You are so right ... The cascading effect of expressing ones hopes is truly something to witness .... Firing went fine until around seven pm ... as the kiln was quietly firing down we seem to have had the 'perfect storm" of electricity when everything in the house must have clicked on at once ....... darkness fell, but no major harm we can see. Luckily I was monitoring the firing very closely and knew exactly where it was in the controlled cooling.
Next time I am going to wait and report on a firing in the past tense.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:37 PM

This may be far afield,  But do any of you know if I can substitute alumina oxide for aluminua hydrate when making kiln wash  using that and calcined kaolin at  a 50-50 ratio?



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:48 AM

No Chris,

I liked following your emotional journey, made me feel that there were lots of people who had experienced the same and that always is "helpful ". I enjoyed reading of everyone's thinking of you.

Nothing wrong with sharing the load.... sorry about the pun, totally unintentional.

Now if this is a wonderful result when you crack the kiln, are you going to be able to replicate it in the future???



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:26 AM

Chris following your firing journey this time has been a positive thing for me! I am waiting with bated breath to see what comes out of your kiln, almost as much as I am waiting to see what normally comes out of mine. Yes I KNOW to wait until the kiln has cooled all the way but I too have burned a finger pushing that "cool". Knowing you with all your experience still have the angst and joyous feelings as I do while you fire is reassuring. Keep posting!

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