Nothing ever fires how I think it will.

So, after another round of kiln firings, it is time to re-think and re-group.

 

I’m sure everyone in the ceramics department is feeling a lot of gratitude toward me right now, since my tile is fused to the kiln shelf.  I wasn’t sure if the nails would melt or not at Cone 10, but they most definitely did. The metal ran everywhere and I’ll spend some quality time tomorrow with this beauty, chiseling it off of the shelf. This is such a mess, I can’t even.

It looks kind of cool up close though, and I might melt nails on other tiles, but just not so many, and not so close to the edges.  I’m also going to have to make slabs to file the tiles with nails on top of, so that if there is any sort of molten run-off again, it just runs onto another clay slab rather than the shelf.

 

The metal brads were pretty successful at Cone 10 though.  

They just melted down completely and covered the clay in a thin layer.

The tile below had metal brads melted onto it (at cone 10), and will be fired to lower temperatures as I add layers of imagery and color.

 

 

I am curious to see how the metal interacts with the glazes, underglazes, and decals in future firings… it could be great or terrible. Or just whatever.

More tiles from this firing round. That fleshy glaze was, I thought, going to be a plum color that breaks blue.  The glaze worked for me on some things, but not on these, I think I may have sprayed it on too thinly. Oops.

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RIP Kevin.

Kevin, my big monster was fired in a cone 6 glaze kiln a few days ago.  As I was shutting that huge metal door behind him, I felt like a mother sending her child off on the school bus for their first day of kindergarden.  I was nervous, but I knew he had to go.  Then, two days later when I opened the kiln door, I saw this.  Kevin did not survive.

 

As the clay shrunk, it shrunk away from its self in some areas.  When I build another piece like this I will be using Raku clay, which is much heartier than stoneware. Obviously I’m disappointed that it didn’t work, but it was a learning experience and I just have to think of it as a test run of things to come.

Thanks for looking!