Friday, March 23, 2007

Sigh of relief...

I fired the kiln Wednesday. When I opened it Thursday morning it was still too hot to unload but I pulled a few tiles out of the slots and breathed a sigh of relief. You never know whats going to be in there.





Last night I got the whole thing unloaded and loaded it back up. Firing again today. I told you I've been busy.

15 Comments:

Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Well, I started to say these were fabulous Mary! Then my comment disappeared! lol.. So.. I love the butterfly and the sun - the bright, bold colours are really wonderful!

3/23/2007 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

What a nice looking kiln, and work!
Not bad if only one piece broke! ; (
A strange question: Does anyone ever Raku these?
Never thought about it myself......

3/23/2007 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Whooooo! Lovely colors and shapes and style! Gonna be another Mary Masterpiece coming up.

3/23/2007 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger willowtree said...

Hey my comment disappeared too!!!

Anyway, I said that I was totally impressed.

Also, I'd like to know if you've ever made tandoori chicken and nan bread in that oven.

3/23/2007 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

My comment disappeared yesterday. I have no idea what is going on.

Willowtree- MMMMmmm sounds so good. But the answer would be no.

Coffee- I don't know alot about raku except that you take it out of a kiln while its red hot and smother it in a trash can with newspaper? Maybe I am wrong. Someone tried to sell me a trashcan as a raku kiln once so maybe I don't know anything.I will get a fix on it some day and try it though.

3/23/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Mary, I have, from grade school, a clay impression of my palm. It is older than you, Rita, and Carla, but nowhere near as old as John!

3/23/2007 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Beautiful, Mary!
One day you'll have to explain how you do it all. Could be a very interesting post.

3/24/2007 06:10:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Mary: although paper can be used, I've been involved with the sand type. Straw, sawdust among others can be used. The look afterwards is incredible. ; )

3/24/2007 06:22:00 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Nice stuff; well done indeed!

3/24/2007 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yoga- How sweet.

Cream- Good idea. It's actually so easy. You should get into it. It will change your mosaics as you can have any color you want.

Coffee- You have more experience than I. So isn't the piece fired first in a kiln?

JM-Thank you.

3/24/2007 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Can't wait for the post!

3/25/2007 04:44:00 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

A look inside Mary's kiln...cool! There is something about that smiling sun...

3/26/2007 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

I love that sun Mary, I have a whole set of needlepoints that I 've done based on the sun/moon image. Thats what it reminds me of. Great work

3/26/2007 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

beautiful work!

I miss the thrill of cracking the kiln after a firing.

I like the mosaic you did, too :)

4/01/2007 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger Good for Me said...

these are just amazing! i didn't realize you painted the tiles, glazed, fired them yourself. that's a amazing. i would love to see your studio.

4/02/2007 06:35:00 PM  

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