Porcelain Clay Head Drying and Firing

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Are we there yet?

The photos above take you through the some of the stages of drying. Moving from tightly wrapping in plastic, to loosely wrapped to air drying. I planned to let it dry for 3 weeks. It ended up being longer, until I had enough work to fill the kiln.

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Above is the piece from greenware to bisque. It was fired at 04 in my manually operated Evenheat Model K Kiln.

Since this is not intended to be a functional work to hold water as a vase or be a vessel for food. My choices for finish are unlimited. Do I fire again to cone 6 using; Underglazes, Iron Oxide washes, Clear glaze. Or opt for a more predictable cold finish: with acrylics, stains, or other non-firing patinas?If I decide to use a cold finish should I fire again to vitrify at cone 6?

We aren’t there yet. To be continued

About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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