1-Wax all the pots that came out of the last bisque
2-Mix white glaze
3-Cycle another earthenware bisque
4-Scrape & wash gas kiln shelves as needed
5-Clear off the glaze table so I can glaze over the weekend
6-Once I have most work glazed we can get ready to load the gas kiln
7-Make cone pads
8-Please stop hovering as I'm loading the gas kiln...I promise I'll get your favorite pots in there
9-While I'm turning on the pilots please clean the glaze area
10-Put the clear glaze on all of the earthenware just as I showed you
11-Load the electric glaze firing....I'm not as picky here so it's all up to you
12-Turn on the electric kiln to fire overnight as the gas kiln climbs slowly
13-Start firing the gas kiln with the first turn-ups starting at 4am(don't worry. I'll do this one)
14-Don't worry...the kiln will even out
15-As you worry about the un-even kiln clean up the studio to alleviate your stress
16-Shut down the kiln when we get to 9 1/2 on the bottom....don't let the top 11 get too soft
17-Get some rest since we have to clean the gallery and fill it up with the new pots
18-Don't forget to set up the photo equipment so that we can photograph the new work
19-Grind anything that needs grinding/sand anything that needs sanding
I'm sure there's more but most importantly, I don't have an apprentice. I think that once I set up the studio in Austin I'll look for some part-time help. I'm hoping that with UT nearby someone eager will show up. I've never been too good with assistants before...I've always been a control freak but I'm ready to let go of about 15 or so of these steps.
Unfortunately, I can't let go of them yet....it's going to be a busy upcoming week for me. Now that the kids are older and have tons of weekend activities, I probably won't get a ton done this weekend....although if I had an apprentice I would probably be very productive first thing Monday morning.
Perhaps with an assistant I won't have to put my cone pads in the oven for a half hour when I realize that I'm almost done stacking the kiln and need to make them.