As the vase stiffens I am layering a coarse texture onto the outside, using a darker clay body. If the piece survives the bisque, I would love to be able to fire it in an anagama kiln.
Next day: it's so damp and humid at the moment, I had to use the hairdryer on the upper half so I could start applying more texture. I am always a little surprised that the pot doesn't collapse after adding all this mushy slip!
|Stage two: texture added|
And now I have quite a big problem.. it's dawned on me that the piece is a little too tall for my electric kiln. Oops. I'm wondering if I can extend the height of the kiln with lightweight kiln bricks and cover the top with ceramic fibre and kiln shelves for a bisque firing. Has anyone out there tried that and succeeded? I guess the danger is uneven temperature and the pot cracking, but I may have to take the risk.