Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Someone, please help me!!

I don't believe it. Everything is going wrong again. I'm running out of time and I can't even find a blinkin' firing schedule on the internet. The only schedule I could find for cone 06 firing was 11 hours long! I thought the glaze firing was supposed to be shorter than the bisque firing?

I haven't even finished glazing yet because I forgot that I had to take my Mum to the dentist this afternoon, and I've just spent the last hour or so looking for a firing schedule.

And I don't even know how I'm going to get my stuff to the show. I found out today that the MoT on the car has expired, and all my friends with cars seem to be busy.

Is it normal to have to face this many obstacles when preparing for a show??

Edit: Ok Linda, calm down and think rationally. Just do the 11 hour firing and see if you can postpone setting up until the evening. And if it comes to it you'll have to get a taxi there with your pieces (and just hope that he/she doesn't drive like a maniac like they usually do, and that your pieces survive the journey). See? Problem solved :)


Kim Hines said...

don't know what glazes you're using or if you're looking for certain effects from them. if you're just doing gloss glazes, fire very low till all moisture is gone then crank that baby up! i'm telling you, before i knew a thing about firing schedules i couldn't figure out why there were low/med/high switches on the kiln lol. i kept it on high for all firings, stuck the cone in the sitter and let 'er rip! i was using comercial glazes, painting them on, yadda, yadda. not much thought to it at all. you don't have to go full on that fast, but don't stress out on it so much!

DirtKicker Pottery said...

Not sure about cone 06, as I fire at cone 6. Back when I had a kiln sitter, I did 2-3 hours low, 2 hours med and then up to high until the kiln sitter trips. Make sure you have witness cones. It should take about 6-7 hours.

Undaunted said...

Thank you so much Kim and Cindy :)

Yeah, I thought the glaze firing was supposed to be less time, so both your comments make sense. The firing schedule I got off the net starts at 65c for 2 hours, then 200c for 3 hours, then back down to 50c until the temperature is reached. I've just followed what I read and thankfully I've been given another day before set up!

Cindy, I didn't think about cones this time, but I'll have to get some for next time.

Thank you ladies :)

Angela Finney said...

Best of luck, Linda! You are getting there, step by step!

I will be out of town and not looking here for the next few days, but will be thinking of you with my fingers crossed!

Hope you enjoy yourself once you are there!

Undaunted said...

Thank you Angela :) I hope you're going somewhere nice!