Wednesday, April 15, 2009
its not the size that counts, its how you use it
(backwards order---full kiln, me and a pair of big pots, the first big pot I have ever made, on top)
I was thinking last week: "let's stretch a bit, how big can I make something???". Pretty big, for me. These pots were just shy of 2 feet tall before firing (they shrink with drying and firing, as much as 10-15 percent, but still tall). At every stage with this first big one I nervously watched for cracks, tried not to knock it over, hoped it didn't blow up in the first firing, carefully glazed it all the while thinking "I may blow it, then I'll just make another". I used my shiny slate blue glaze on top and the shiny dark cobalt blue on bottom because the 2 glazes meet up and GO WILD in the middle, as you see. So, it was in the kiln cooling and I was like "I sure hope there is no flaw or crack on this thing, lets take out everything else first (my biggest kiln is pretty big, although many potters have much bigger kilns, this took up half the available space in the kiln, coming all the way up to the top of the kiln, just barely fitting).
So I decided to make another big pot so I wouldn't feel bad if the first blew, but it doesn't. Its perfect. Now I have two! And I shall make more...
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 6:56 AM