Um, what happened here? The shelf - a silicone carbide, the kind which are recommended for salt and soda - sort of melted into a crusty foam, at one corner. The bottom surface just disintegrated, peeled away, and destroyed four otherwise very nice mugs. The kiln gods work in mysterious ways, I suppose, and I am not complaining about an otherwise perfect firing, but dang! It would be nice to know, what, exactly happened here, because until I do, who's to say that it couldn't just happen again? I had already packed up most of the work for its various destinations - Kennebec River Artisans, Summer Island Studios, and Bay View Company - before I remembered to take photos, but here are a few pieces.
The shots are dark, because my daylight conditions are not ideal, and this is sort of a drive-by post - I'm on my way to meet the lovely ladies (so far, we're all ladies) of the Maine Pottery Tour.
My friend Carolyn was diagnosed with inoperable cancer last year. She has been unable to work due to her illness - she owns her own hair salon. If you can help - any amount helps! - I hope you'll consider it. Click the photo to get to her GoFundMe page. Thanks.