My Love For Pots - Part 2
The best way to get your feet wet is to book craft sales, which I did with abandon. For the fall of that year (1996), I booked sales every third weekend, for a total of four in all, in small towns within 100 km of T-Dot, then I got busy.
It seemed a lot easier in a class room with a teacher (the best in Haliburton) coaching me, than it was in real life. My first kiln load of bisque ware pots was a disaster. Half the stuff was cracked and the other half mysteriously deformed. Okay, back to the drawing board. Remember, I'm working under deadline here with these sales coming up fast and furiously and real estate still happening. Fortunately for me 1996 wasn't the busiest year in real estate so I did have time to do some research.
After reading a lot of books on clay composition and firing temperatures and literally babysitting the kiln through 11 hours of firing to make certain the temperature didn't rise more than 100 degrees F an hour, I had my first load of acceptable bisque ware. Oh joy...
Now came the hardest part, for me anyway, the glaze compositions. Now there are two choices, one is to buy pre mixed glazes and the other is to mix your own. I chose to mix my own from raw material. I did have a couple of base recipes from the course but wanted to fire at a different temperature and wanted to add my own colorings. I don't have a chemical background and I'm pretty pathetic in math so it was a challenge. Math in real estate was a breeze in comparison to figuring out the minutest quantities of glaze material needed to keep a finished pot from crazing, or the glaze running off the pot during firing.
After a couple of near disasters, my first show.... to be continued...
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