Sometimes, and a little more often than comfortable, ceramic clay gives us the unexpected: the good and the bad. This week has been one of those. These amazing beads were not supposed to come out like this. )That coppery gold surface was totally unexpected!!) They were a special order, and I am so happy the buyer loved them.
My kiln over fired for the first time yesterday and I got the TLF message, meaning that it fired too long and too slow so it turned itself off. I was able to salvage some of the pieces which came out great. (see pic above) But others, no pic, are warped and slightly distorted.
Kiln over firings are just one of the chances we take making ceramics. And unexpected glaze results another. Adds to the fun and frustration of this wonderful craft. And to the time it takes to make a saleable piece.