This week it has been all about pumping the pots through the kilns......
Although ..... the pots, the kilns and my old body were not so sure that that was such a good idea 8(
I have been averaging about 3 - 4 raku loads a day.
Don't get too excited, each load only has 2 pots in it.
But I am quite happy with the results in general.
This will have to be my last raku week for the year.
Spring is here and I can't risk the high bush fire danger that we live with, here in the Blue Mountains.
So I have been up at dawn (most days) trying to get through all the raku pieces I have made.
Fire box in the little rocket
and reduction chambers (I do love a nice garbage bin ;)
I am so tired and ready to stop for a bit...
There is about 8 of them and they sing beautifully.
It adds to the theatricality of the firing.
'Sadhana and the Magpies' take the stage. Song ,dance and fire twirling.
( contains some strong language, may not be suitable for small children}
My big kiln, "Harry", has been powering too but something went wrong this week
and he fell short of the 1280 that my porcelain bowls needed to melt the glass I had in the bottoms of them.
He only reached 1170 before refusing to go higher, just short of a nice smooth surface on this very old glass.
Almost beautiful but not quite.
Thinking something was wrong with the program I did a reset and put it back on on to cook.
Poor feller just did the same and I am now thinking it is an element... :( :(
No chance of getting my kiln man in before the exhibition so I guess that leaves that series out. boooooo hooooo :(
After a mega day yesterday of stoking the kiln from 7.30am to 8.45pm and pushing out 6 kiln loads of raku pots, I can now say all my work is made.
I am sure the Mud Colony potters have been busy too.
Now I am off to photograph make the catalogue and display bits.
Less than 2 weeks before I MUST have every thing ready for our exhibition, in our blood.
Then I am off to NZ, on my own this time, to see my costume on the BIG stage at WOW.
I haven't allowed myself to think too much about it until now as I have had
too much to focus on for our exhibition.
But with everything made, I can start to think about the world out side ( well just a little. )
Here is a bit about WOW this year.