The Saggar Was Crazy Good

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When I put the little packets together, it’s almost like I’m crossing my fingers. The ole’ “wing and a prayer”…I just hope they work out.

I think I know what I want them to come out like, but sometimes when I unwrap the things at the end of the day I just sit there and stare at them for a while.

I am in love with this kiln load of stuff. Crazy good.

What Crazy Stuff

kilnblow1Normally I can bisque my work about a week after I form the piece. Those would apparently be Spring, Summer and Fall notions…cuz the firing from yesterday blew up…bits and pieces blown into the elements of the kiln even…pots collapsed onto others and crushed the pieces inside…HUGE mess. I haven’t had a piece blow up in years (decades perhaps). This means that I will be more careful I’m sure…but the other reality is that work in the studio will slow to a real crawl. Remember the size?


The studio is only 10 x 12 feet. In the warmer (and dryer) times I can sort of ooze outside a bit…but now that it’s wet, everything gets to stay inside. Can you imagine what my wife, Brenda, would say it I started moving things into the house to dry? I’m pretty sure it would not be, “HoHoHo.”

More crazy? You read yesterday that I thought the stench of burning hair and fur would be horrific this morning. It was not bad…it was horribly bad…FAR WORSE than I thought it would be. Let’s just hope that results are as dramatic as the “aroma.” We’ll see in a few hours.

Shiny Packages of Goodness

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This is what I did today…sort of. I prepped the yarn bowls and a bunch of shawl pins, buttons and brooches for a saggar firing tomorrow. I could have fired them today but I’ve got a test that I want to fire in the same load and those pieces are in the bisque kiln…unloading that in the morning.

Inside the packets are strategically placed strands of recycled violin bow hair, bison hair, alpaca…and various chemicals that force me to wear some protective gear. When the kiln is torched off tomorrow the smell will be horrific…I wish I could say smugly that “I love the smell of burning hair in the morning”…but I don’t.

So while ya’ll will have to wait a couple of weeks to open presents, I will be doing that tomorrow afternoon. Opening is really a lot of fun…but wrapping 150 pieces in tin foil does not even register on the fun meter.

SF Etsy Holiday Emporium – ’tis finished!


If it looks like the three of us are having fun…well we were. Of course it was early in the day :-)

The picture was taken by Darryl Kirchner of  Bloom Studios and features the little orange credit card reader installed on my phone…it’s an Etsy product. Very cool for Etsy shop owners.

So who are the folks in the picture…that’s Brenda, my wife, in the middle…flanked on her right by our daughter, Katy,…and me on Brenda’s left. I’m the one with the grey hair…okay, so maybe the hair is more white than grey.

We March On

Oh those little details in the days before a show. Gluing this, spraying that, counting here, printing there…and then you find out that you don’t have a critical gizmo to make it all come together. Wait a minute…I haven’t forgotten anything yet and we seem to have everything we need …

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Lots Happening

The 3/4 inch white buttons that I’ve been working on for a customer…well, they came out of the kiln, got their post-firing bath. They are just what I was hoping for. They are the right size…the right color…cleanly made. Just need to add the shanks and away they go. Also …

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The New Buttons

So far so good. Out of the first firing this morning. They came out the right size. Next is the glazing and then the firing and then it’s all about…what!? What happened? Well that didn’t work out very well. Wonder what I did. I suppose that sometimes I should think …

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