I am in hell  

rm_Almondnut 42F
318 posts
4/28/2005 6:41 pm

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I am in hell

Yep. I am. Both of the pieces shown below were just totally destroyed today in the kiln. Unsavable.

I'm quite upset but plan to spend this weekend re-doing both of them. I have to - they were for my final grade/critique next week. Must re-do them.

I am one tired woman.

Jackoh2003 57M
2 posts
4/28/2005 7:34 pm

You are a very pretty one too

smileguyqc 53M

4/28/2005 7:34 pm

Hmmmm does sound like hell, good luck with it!

rm_kevnico 55M
131 posts
4/28/2005 8:25 pm

My condolences. Any idea what was the cause? If I recall correctly, you fire the ceramic, glaze, then fire the glaze. Could the glaze have added excessive moisture back into the ceramic to be trapped during the final firing?

rm_Almondnut 42F
115 posts
4/28/2005 9:31 pm

Well, this was a bisque firing, so no glaze involved. The colors that you see on the pieces were velvet underglazes - basiclly colored clay that you paint on and fire at a bisque like normal.

The suspected causes:
1. The 2 pieces were not completly dry on the inside. They felt dry on the outside. Our lab recently turned on the air conditioner and humidifier, so things are drying out much more slowly.

2. I suspect that there were air bubbles trapped in the clay. I went out today and bought 2 new bags of clay to work these re-do pieces with.

3. The person who fired the kiln swears that she candled it (let it sit on low overnight to heat things up slowly) but a Grad student walked by, surveyed the damage, and said that there was no way that the girl candled the kiln and was able to unload the next day. It should have still been firing or at least too hot to touch.

So, the changes I'm going to make:
- never EVER fire with this person again. This is the second time that her firing has resulted in destruction to my artwork (she fired the one that my octopus piece was in as well) I will be firing my own pieces or just holding off on firing when the kilns are full.
- new clay for the pieces
- going to dry pieces out myself in the sun for 5 days straight before I put it in a kiln. Outside will prevent the humidity problem.

rm_zocalokid 68M
34 posts
4/30/2005 1:14 pm

Enjoy an intoxicant and get to work! Final grade sounds like a big deal!

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
4/30/2005 3:01 pm

This is very sad Almondnut....you have your work cut out for you now....just hang in there!

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