Water jars: Fired results

Unloaded the kiln this morning to the welcome sight of nicely fired pots. Most everything came through ok or better, with a few exceptions. Like I mentioned in the previous water jar post, I figured I’d lose about half in the firing. Turns out 4 of the 6 are keepers, a new record for me.
These were all fired on shells to keep the feet clean. They will be used with black lacquer-ware  lids.

Front view, interior, and foot detail of Chosen Karatsu Hitoeguchi Mizusashi

Front view, interior, and foot detail of Chosen Karatsu Hitoeguchi Mizusashi

Front view, interior, and foot detail of E-Madara Karatsu Hitoeguchi Mizusashi

I glazed a bit differently than usual, and fired a bit differently than usual too. Instead shutting down the kiln when cone 11 touched, I let the temp drop to around 1060C and re-lit the burners, and soaked at 1050C for one hour. This allowed the glazed to develop some crystals, making them a bit less glossy than usual. The ame glaze also developed deeper color. I’ll definitely be doing this again.

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