My kiln is about two-thirds full now. Every square inch of my studio is filled with sculptural pieces waiting to be fired, but commissioned orders take top priority. I’m waiting for some plates to dry before loading them, then I’ll start the kiln for a bisque firing.
Plates and platters need to dry slowly–over several days or sometimes weeks–to avoid cracking and warping as they go from greenware to bone dry. Waiting for sculptures to dry before bisque firing them often takes a month or more. I usually cover the piece tightly with plastic film, gradually loosening the plastic bit by bit, to allow in more air. It tries my patience sometimes, but unusually hot spring days are famous for causing cracks in work that has taken many hours of time and care. Sigh.
In between sculpture projects, I usually make functional pieces or glaze work that has been bisque-fired. My overflow work area–my daughter’s bedroom shhh!–is filled with bisque ware I need to glaze, because my next firing will be a glaze firing.
“Fearful,” the last mask in my series of Social Masks won’t fit in this kiln load, so it will have to wait. But once I finish my commissioned work, I’ll have 9 masks to fire in my new raku kiln!