A long awaited, by me anyway, kiln firing unloaded today. I typically fire my work at Cone 10, or approximately 2400 degrees for the non-ceramic artist, but my pieces today fired to Cone 5, approximately 2200 degrees.
You might think the temperature difference seems minor, but how hot the kiln goes effects everything about a piece from glaze color and effect to construction of the piece.
These tree cut-outs have been in progress for what seems like forever. Due to the delicate nature of the piece construction, I choose to fire them at the lower temperature of Cone 5 to ensure that the pieces didn't slump or crack in glaze firing. These pieces have actually fired a few times with just yuck glaze results, but I think these combinations have finally hit the nail on the head. Check them out!
Also in this firing was a super wide platter. It was so wide that I worried a bit about slumping at Cone 10. I really like how this piece came out. Shades of greens and ambers all ready for fall!
Bacon Barrel Bowl and Hearts with Scraps from some clay samples I have received. The clay in these pieces has materials that would breakdown if fired too hot (not all clay can withstand higher temperatures). I really love the red colors of these clays. I only took one picture of the group, so not a lot of detail. Sorry! The hearts came out of the best. I'm adding twine to them for some great rustic hearts!