Wednesday, April 04, 2007

kids, don't do this at home!

(pots and pachyderms by Gary Rith)
Rule number one in pottery is fully dry your work before you fire it. These little guys were made just now and are now in the kiln on their way to 1850 degrees. Surely they would blow up, being wet, BUT BUT BUT my kiln is programmable, so I have programmed it for slow roast. It will slowly go up to 205 degrees and hold there for an hour and half, which is hopefully long enough to dry them. If a wet pot goes over 212, it creates steam inside and blows up most excitingly, but that is bad for business.
Yes Denis, that is a skunk on that mug, to be painted black and white and glazed tomorrow.


Greg said...

OOOOO I didn't know pottery could blow up... hmmm must be good use for that some how....hmmmmm

denis said...

i didn't either.

so what would happen if you put it in a microwave for a very long time?

thanks, gar, for the skunk. can't wait to see it finished!

gr said...

Let's try your mom's microwave first, OK Denis?

Gordo The Geek said...

Clay popcorn! Cool. If anything goos boom, please post the pics, Gary!