Add to this, recently moved from white earthenware to stoneware and a new kiln.......Recipe for disaster????
Finishing off last bowl before bisque - a week before the deadline - loved it, nice thrown shape, beautifully carved (even though I say, it myself). Masking off with newspaper before using an airbrush for copper oxide, caught scissors on side of bowl ....... 3 pieces of bone dry bowl on worktop!!! Stopped myself bursting into tears and got remaining pieces into the (old) kiln for bisque. All beautifully bisqued - Yay! Half way there. 5 days to go - Dip glazing next favourite piece of the bunch and glazing tongs snapped off a very delicate addition! 4 days to go - Went to new kiln and set about programming the controller - despite following the 'easy' step by step instructions I could NOt get the program to save. On advice of my husband (wise old sage!) decided to fire in 2 batches in old (small ) kiln - a bit anxious by now, as I had to go out for the day and needed to get this going. 3 days to go, Opened the kiln. One piece good (actually a tricky piece that usually doesn't make it this far), one rubbish - a previous bisque firing which I think must have been vitrified as glaze crawled off! Remainder underfired - on checking I'd used a glaze that required another 80oC than I'd set the top temp (in too much of a hurry to go back into the house to check!!!! Currently refiring to 1200oC, kiln glowing and I have everything crossed. Next firing for the other half of the batch, awaits for tomorrow.
On the upside, the golf gods were with me today and I played one under my handicap in a knockout against the Lady Captain - and won on the 18th hole. Guess you can't have all the gods on your side at the same time.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has these disasters - good thread!!
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