Even hotter stuff

So yesterday was the kiln fireing. It is still cooling down. But it already has cooled down to 200 °C and even though my plan was to drive home today in the morning I couldn’t. There was still a mold to be made and one to be filled. So I stayed and read the text I had to read for university in my studio between slipcasting and kiln-checking. I just worry a little about my trip to Münster tomorrow since it will start at four in the morning and it’s almost 7 pm now and I didn’t catch a train back to Mainz yet. But I’ll manage somehow I guess. I’ll come back from Münster on Friday, quickly drop off the stuff at home, then head over to the studio till sunday and do nothing that day except resting. By then I’ll at least have earned that day off I think. The past weeks have been crazy busy here at the studio and at university and I barely managed to get one day off, neither during the week or on the weekend. Although I am pretty excited for my trip to Münster and the following one to the Documenta 14 I am also a little worried about taking breaks. So this is why I really should stick to my plan to take the coming sunday off. No waiting on kilns to cool down or glazes that still need to be mixed, no more new mold making (!) and no quicky on the wheel. Because deep down I know that there’s no such thing as quickies in the studio. It all takes time. Time to do and time to dry. I can’t and I shouldn’t rush it, otherwise things will just go bad as I already found out the hard way.
Anyways. Since I didn’t get much freetime lately that also means I increased the number of slipcast porcelain-branches a lot. And since I plan an installation of them it can’t hurt to start off having a couple more of them. Also the mold now has time to dry out over a few days so I will be able to make another load of branches when I come back.
Also I made new testtiles. I already used up most of the ones I had for all the glazes I mixed while the kiln was cooling down. But since I recently read a cool article about copper reds chemically reduced by adding silicon carbide to the glaze, I needed more testtiles. Silicon carbide usually is used as an abrasive and comes in different grain sizes. John Britt mentions using grit 600 or 800 but other sources say the finer the better. So I ordered 800 mesh and 2000 mesh and will test away with that. I’ll also try to mix some foodsafe glazes from the transparent glaze I bought ready made at Carl Jäger and adding colorants to it. They said it was still food safe afterwards and I won’t need much colorant since I plan on getting the look of a celadon.


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