Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I started the kiln yesterday. It was rising beautifully...all the way to 1527 degrees. Then, nothing. Another error message. I know it has something to do with the thermocouples. Possibly the relay. So tomorrow I will spend the day babysitting. I'm going to start her up, empty, do a fast firing and see what happens. Every 20 min. write down the temp reading on each thermocouple and check that the lights are going when they should and see.... It doesn't make sense to me that the second failed firing got 1000 degrees higher before it shut off. Now I'm about a week behind schedule with no happy ending in sight....bleh.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I also had a problem on Friday when one of my thermocouples failed during a bisque firing. Fortunately it stopped just shy of temperature. The cone had just started to bend, so I'm not going to worry about re-firing the work. I decided on replacing all of them, but of course, Bailey's had all but one. So I picked up what they had and I'll have to wait for the last one. Not a big deal. I'm about to go replace them now...
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Of course, I love this one because it's black and white and it also features several my fellow ceramic Estians, including CircaCeramics and kimwestad. Although, it's almost too easy to make a black and white list look good.
I really love this grouping. And my chicks look mighty happy. A nice mix of cute and beautiful together that really makes me smile. In decorating my house, I'm always stuck between making everything clean, modern and "grown-up" or going totally kitsch. That's sort of where this list rests with me.
So, I do feel pretty crappy today. I didn't get anything done that I wanted to. Cleaned up a little in the studio, but never got any actual work made. That always makes me feel even worse when I don't feel well. I shouldn't complain because I know I just got a huge amount of work completed, but still... I've been feeling nauseous since yesterday afternoon. I think this is due to my back being out of alignment, a typical thing after working like a manic for a few weeks. I did manage to do some sewing and watch some old movies. That usually relaxes me. Actually, I think I'll go do more of that....
P.S. Posted some new cups on Etsy.
Anyway, it feels good to get that order done and I have a bunch of new work besides these to add to my back stock and some to list on Etsy. I broke out the 2-ton Epoxy and finished up some new pendants. I just posted a couple in my shop. One with my new orange and one with my "for a limited time only" periwinkle.
Looks like tomorrow with be a packing and shipping morning. Then it's time to start my next big order. Lots of serving bowls and mugs...ah, mugs...