Not so good.

When I was in Munich last year, my then four-year old niece, who speaks German, was trying to help me with my pronunciation of German words. She would say a word, and I would try to repeat it. Invariably, her response to me would be, “Not so good.”

Today, when I opened up my now cooled kiln, that was my response. While I gained some important information regarding the glazes I was using, and the way my kiln fired yesterday, very little actually fired successfully. It’s very disheartening to see what represents hours and hours of work get ruined by a bad glaze firing. This is one of the hardest things about working in ceramics. There are so many opportunities for something to go wrong, things that I have very little control over. I’ve had to learn to let go of control of the process and today I had another opportunity to practice this skill.

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4 responses to “Not so good.

  1. Oh nooooo…. too hot? too cold? what happened?

    • Adri, slower firing, not enough glaze applied on some, excessive running on the glaze combination in the picture. It was a lot of different things. So I did learn a lot about the firing schedules for my kiln, and the behavior of several of my glazes. Unfortunately, I had to learn the lessons on all of the work in this kiln instead of just one or two pieces.

  2. Hi Danette – Sorry about that. Had it happen before too. As they say, best thing is to get back on the horse. Good luck with the next kiln!

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