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Big Blue

Michael Kline

Drying the last of the big jars out on the picnic table under super blue skies. Whether I'll have room or time to bisque these is the question. I can always glaze these bone dry if i don't get them in the bisque. Loading bisque load number 8 today so I'm on track with my minimum 10 bisque per wood kiln! Probably will be 12 altogether. I also have about 60 pots that were left out of the last firing. Having a surplus is always good especially since I'll be firing again with Kyle in October!

The day has already been productive and it will be non-stop all week. Have a great Monday! Are you GTD?

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Michael Kline

I know I have enough pots for the kiln when, either, I have fired at least 10 bisque firings, or my slop bucket nears it's capacity. At this point, just when I'm at the top of my game at the wheel, it's time to step away from the wheel and set up for painting and glazing! I might spin out a few cups and other filler pots, but that's always a distraction.

Loadin' and Scrubbin'

Michael Kline

B a Pepper

Instead of making all of those jugs, bottles, and pitchers today, I realized all of the shelves were full and there was no place to put the table pots! So I loaded a bisque kiln with a lot of these plates that have to be scrubbed, first! This is what I use to take the burr or edge off of the rim cut plates. It's simply a green scrubbie pad. I got this tip from Shawn Ireland while we were residents together over at Penland back in the salad days, (1998-2001). I do the scrubbing when the pot is bone dry.

In other News
I'm blogging on my pottery page on Facebook. See the link on the upper right side of this screen. Think of it as the "other channel". I hope you don't find all of these options overwhelming, but I have a lot of folks who like to read about the pottery there, too!

More pottery to be made tonight. My clay wasn't quite stiff enough, [refrain from lewd joke that Michael Scott might would blurt out] but it'll be ready after supper. Until then, love the spin you're in!