Category Archives: pottery

20 bundles of 10, butts polished and ready to be delivered. The whole process from beginning to end reminds me of what I always tell customers who have a romanticized view of the potting life: throwing pots on the wheel is less than 10% of the whole process, probably less than 5% if you wood fire, and most of the rest is hard labor.

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Well, couldn’t wait. Everything came out well, so it looks like I’ll make my deadline! You can see the diff in color and melt on the two pieces here. Top of kiln was a little hotter and more reduced. I personally prefer the matte surface to the glossy, but they’re all keepers.

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It is a cruel fact of life that the cooler the kiln gets, the slower it cools. Back when I started making pots, I could never wait to open the kiln, that feeling of anticipation just unbearable. I figured that would abate over time, but if anything it has gotten worse! This kiln is bad too, very well insulated. It may be cool enough to unload by tomorrow evening.

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Brushwork all done, 110 of each. When doing even this many of one thing, I’m like a spoiled kid. Somewhere in the middle I inevitably think “hhhhaaaa….I’m bored”. Then adult Mike reminds little Mike that this is a really great chance to practice and to keep his head in the game. Which always brings me back to this thought: “I get to make pots for a living, how unbelievably awesome is that?!”

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