Ceramics
Glaze firing preparation

As I write this, my latest glaze firing is cooling in the kiln. It was my most epic firing yet, spanning over 5 days in the kiln. The kiln I was firing this time has a simple computer that can help adjust the gas and temperature. It only works for certain stages of the firing, so we still had to manually adjust the kiln through some of it. The longest stretch the kiln needed to be watched for 31 hours straight. Luckily I had help to cover some of that time, but I still ended up doing a 22 hours from 11am to 9am the next day. It was so tired and still recuperating a bit. Below are some pictures of the glazing and decorating.

In this firing there are 7 different variations on a traditional Shino glaze. The glaze should change color based on the thickness, and so all the texture is sought after. Each one of the glazes goes on a bit different. Some of them have pinholes, the little craters in the surface. Some of them crack as they dry, and in the firing the cracks can open up creating a dynamic surface. This is called Crawling. If the firing went well, the edges and this spots should turn orange while the thicker parts will stay a sugary white.