Someday, I would like to post some pictures of stoneware instead of snow. To that end, I'm going to have to fire. And to do that, I had to clear the kiln of drifts that were shoulder-high in some places. (Of course, my shoulders are lower than some people's!)
I didn't mean to let it get so deep! After the first snowstorm in January, I thought, Well, I haven't got a kilnload yet anyway. I'll just stay snug, make pots, and wait for a thaw. Then we got four - or five? I lost count - major storms in a two week period, and just shoveling out the mailbox became a full-time job. And no one was waiting for these pots, so I put off firing. And it snowed. And snowed. And snowed.
Last Sunday we got the first day that was remotedly like a thaw: a single day in the mid-thirties. I grabbed the chance to clear the snow.
So, on my list today: Shovel a path to outdoor work table. Scrape kiln shelves. Load & candle bisque.
These are the last damn snow photos, I promise!! Tomorrow is March. Some years we have crocuses up by now. (For all I know they are out of the ground now, just buried.) Soap is a fine outlet for creativity but I am feeling antsy to fire, so it's time to get back on schedule. Because it's winter and I can't load in advance, I can only fire when I have two whole days at home, so the schedule looks like this:
- Sunday: fire bisque, clean studio
- [Monday & Tuesday, teach classes]
- Wednesday: wax pots, check glazes, set up studio for glazing
- Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Glaze like a fiend
- Wednesday: Glaze some more, make cone packs, get soda mix ready
- Thursday: Load kiln, candle
- Friday: FIRE! At last!!