My poor, poor little pot... my most favorite up until last week when it was incinerated. It was my first pot with a lid, and I made a most special handle for it - that was kind of cross between an aloe and sea urchin. I loved it. It was very "tactile". I wish I'd taken a picture of it before it was glaze-fired because it was so cool looking. Now it looks like a charred, dripping wound of a pot. so sad. The handle now reminds me of some alien insect's tentacles and looks most untouchable and, dare I say, downright mean. Hard horny thorns is what they now are. The glaze was supposed to be green. If you look closely, you can see a little green there. And, it's pitted and bumpy - and looks as though if you touched it, you'd be stuck like brer rabbit was to tar baby.
I walked into the kiln room puffed with anticipation until I spotted the burnt-out carcass. There were others, but mine was the worst. Some had huge pieces of the kiln shelving stuck to their bottoms where the glaze had melted onto the shelf - though the glaze colors seemed fine. I can imagine the owner of those pots trying to figure out a way to incorporate a big chunk of white kiln shelving with their otherwise perfect-looking pot. "Surely there's a way!" My pot had been chiseled off the shelf and had chunks missing from the bottom of it.
Seems that someone "over fired" the kiln and everything got ruined.
Well, as my teacher, Mage, says, "it's just 'clay'!" She didn't say that when I showed her my pot though; she knew better. I had steam shooting out of my ears. And, I'm a patient, understanding kinda girl. It's just that the over-firing on top of the ugly glaze issues made me want to pack my bags and take a class elsewhere. Which I am investigating.
So, now I'm working on a bigger and better pot. And yes, it is just clay. But it only emphasizes the need for my own little studio where I have control. I had kiln back in 1975 and I never once over-fired the thing. And it was back in the days when there were no automatic shut-offs ner nuthin'.
I'm going back to the kiln room today to pick up 2 newly glazed pots and am tempering my enthusiasm with a dose of caution and teeter-tottering hope that they will be fine and actually look the way I want them to. I'm beginning to wonder if that is too much to ask!