The firing finished of nicely on Saturday Morning. I'm not sure if the all-nighter was worth it though. But, I will be unloading in about an hour, as soon as I get Clarita down for her morning nap. With my normal firing and cooling schedule I unload the kiln mid-afternoon....so at least I'll get the pots out earlier today.
I peeked in the kiln late last night and was able to snag a few pieces from the bottom this morning. The celadon came out really nicely on both the stoneware and the porcelain. It's very strange how much I'm liking the celadon glaze. This summer was my first time firing reduction for my work in a long time.
For the past few years it had been strictly soda, salt, and woodfiring. Once my little soda-kiln here died I was so attached to vapor glazing my wares that I was driving across the state to "borrow" Mark's kiln. It got to be a little too much traveling to finish my work...the fact that I have 3 kids added to the time constraints. I look forward to getting some pots back in an atmospheric kiln at some point but right now the decorations under the celadon glaze are working really well. I just feel like a celadon glaze is about as far away from a kaolin slip as you can get. But...it's working....no need to question it. Of course, this show is my first big show featuring all of this new work so we'll see how it is all received.
Today will be spent unloading the kiln, sanding, pricing and packing up pots for the show and the orders that need to go out. The new booth walls have a couple coats of paint on them...good enough to go.
Pics to come after I unload and get some work done. Oh...and Michael (McCarthy), finish building that kiln so I can sneak some pots into a woodfiring!