Thursday, January 20, 2011

January, ugh

Already the 20th of January.

I really don't like it when time speeds by so fast that I have to gulp air to catch my breath. I'm not sure why life's everyday details sometimes overwhelm.

My new glass that didn't fail -

Just a small dish with a black border. I just needed to fire the kiln and have success.

My first try at kiln pressed glass - 

My kiln acted up and somehow, for some reason stopped
in the middle of the fire schedule.
The glass didn't finish melting and then cooled too fast and cracked!

Since this time my kiln has given me 2 different error messages 
and didn't complete the programmed firing schedule.

I'm still scratching my head about my kiln.
I need to figure this out, so I am trying some very simple things.

It is a good time of the year to fire kilns. 

The temps tonight in Wisconsin are threatening to be -9 degrees Fahrenheit.
With a wind that is forcing the wind chill to -25F. 

If I dress warm enough - I can still walk the dog in the morning, 
but even the dog doesn't want to go out in this air temperature 
and I can't blame him.

Hope you are staying warm,

~ Julz


Linda Starr said...

Oh, the black plate is beautiful, too bad about the other one which was equally wonderful in it's own special way. I don't envy you your weather that's for sure.

Robin said...

The black plate is really cool.

gallerydarrow said...

I love the first one too It looks like grass frozen in ice. Wonderful effect!!

Sorry about your kiln firing my husband is a potter and no stranger when it comes the mercies of a kiln.


Julz said...

Thanks all. With every failure comes learning.


~ Julz