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My kiln plug is melty and burnt!
Usually I unplug my kiln when each firing is done but still at peak temperature, but at my last firing I could not unplug the plug. It felt stuck. I thought it was just a fluke and just waited a couple of hours to try again. No problem! I basically forgot about it, did not recheck it — as I probably should have — and yesterday when I went to fire again, it was burnt and melty!! booooo. It will set me back several days to wait for the part, install a new plug, have the outlet checked, and maybe even get an additional breaker installed in order to avoid pulling out the plug so often, but hopefully I will be firing again by the weekend. I do have a lot of orders due and everything is extremely tight in the schedule, but hopefully no one is in the middle of a pottery emergency and everyone will be able to be flexible!
When your elements are bunched in the corners and gray, and look like this, and the buzz-click of the kiln is sounding very sad and tired, it is time to change them:
This time of year the kiln helps keep the studio warm. Luckily I am firing often.
Bisque fire is out with some bowl sets in new configurations.
New plates and bowls in process for an order. These are bisque fired. Places settings will be coming soon.
Bisque out, word. Building inventory and filling orders…
Thinking about spring with snow on the ground…Just waiting for the margaritas, ice, and straws to fill the new summer drink cups. I will have some new jewelry bowls (or ring dishes — haven’t decided yet) for the spring too.