Saturday, 26 January 2013

Testing times

Making ceramics in a workshop without proper heating is challenging when the temperature remains sub-zero for weeks. Luckily the clay hasn't frozen solid as it it did two years ago. To add to the problems, my electric kiln decided to break down near the end of a glaze firing a few days ago, so I'm now trying to get that fixed as quickly as possible. I am reasonably sure it's just an element which has failed so hopefully the repair job won't be too expensive..touch wood.

I'm still managing to throw and carve a few pots..these two are still at the leather hard stage:

Pierced vase, approx. 6 inches tall

Carved vase, approx. 4 inches tall

The snow is beginning to turn to slush..apparently we can expect tempest and floods next week!

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