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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
United States


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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

Filtering by Tag: bisquing

Stacking Up, and Slipping Away

Michael Kline

I really liked the way these mugs stacked up! There's not a lot of room on the shelves in the shop so I'm starting the bisque firing. I usually do about 10-15 bisque firings per wood kiln load. I don't like working on a Sunday afternoon, but I'm getting that feeling that I won't have the time to get all of my making list done. I planned on throwing some pots this morning, but these things had to be done first:
  • check cylinders for dryness, they're ready for slip!
  • slip not "deep" enough to dip tall cylinders, mix more 6Tile slip!
  • need 1/2"drill to mix slip, it's been sitting on my "to fix" pile!
  • fix 1/2" drill
  • load bisque to get it started before the afternoon "slipped" away!
  • bisque loaded and on!
  • oh, it's 2:30! better eat lunch!
oh well, somehow it all fits together.

Let the Bisque Firing Begin(Again)

Michael Kline

The Meter's are "funkifying the" studio as I load a bisque. This jigsaw puzzle process is always interesting as it exploits my space relationship expertise! But it's not fun when I get behind on the calendar and run out of time. Since I usually need 10 or more bisque kilns to fire the wood kiln, simple math says that it will be a squeeker to get pots made, bisqued, glazed, loaded into the wood kiln and fired by Thanksgiving!

As prompted by a lack of clay, I'm heading over to the clay pit with shovel in hand to get a jump on a new batch of red dirt stoneware.