I’ve been really enjoying the discussion going on around kilns. When I got back from America I was a little down about having to work with my earthenware kiln after having great raku, gas and wood kilns at my disposal. I have written previously about woking within our given constraints. So that in mind I set about working on some new thrown and slip cast forms to apply decals too. Well after opening my kiln yesterday I got that familiar good, bad and ugly feeling.
I think that feeling is a major part of ceramics for everyone. I remember going to help unload a large train style wood kiln this year and it was under fired with many crunchy glazed pieces (not sure what that was maybe under fired ash fall) . Anyways I do usually get a better that 60% 40% ratio, 60 being good 40 being a mix of bad or ugly. But if you get that one or two woo hoo type pots it makes up for all mistakes.
Blistered decals, ugly