Monday, June 29, 2009

A Bit Runnier Than You'll Like It

A good firing [at last]- clays and glazes behaving themselves and a more normal [9 hours] firing,despite this batch of porcelain mugs welded to their shelf - only two survived the separation process.
I didn't want to disillusion you yesterday during the firing,but I knew that cone 7 is in fact too early for the kiln to be even,and usually results [as it did yesterday] in the bottom overtaking the top and ending up hotter. Balance is important,but sometimes imbalance is more appropriate - a very Tsfat lesson.
I doubt that there are still people who don't know the Monty Python "Cheese Shop" sketch,whence the above quote,but a click on the title will whisk you there. I remember watching it when it was first broadcast on television in a packed Sussex University common room in the early 70's [it was on after "Escape from Colditz"] - everyone was laughing so much that we didn't hear half the sketch.


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