Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Patience

I am very impatiently waiting for my kiln to cool. I'm not very good at this and mostly end up juggling steaming hot pots in my gloved hands, so impatient am I to see them. I never get over the excitement and anticipation (and anxiety) of opening up a kiln, no matter how many times I do it. But this firing I am forcing myself to wait until its stone cold - and its killing me!! I've been having a curious problem with one of my trusty glazes and this is an experiment to try and narrow down the cause. I've been prowling around the house and studio like a restless tiger all day, sitting on my hands, gardening like a woman possessed as I try to distract myself from the unbearable temptation of taking a peek! Just one quick peek!! But as torturous as it is, I'm kind of enjoying the challenge!

8 comments:

reb said...

Can't wait to see what you're up to now Mel, very good to hear from you again and your garden's looking good enough to eat too!

Mel Robson said...

Thanks Reb! I often think of you as I garden! You're my gardening hero!

Sophie Milne said...

Best to get as far away from the kiln as possible Mel! Every time I wait for the glaze firing to cool I ask someone what temp they would open the door. Knowing full well 450 degrees is not ok!!

carole epp said...

what isn't that little one keeping you busy/distracted enough? I used to be just like that, now with little master e i find it's days before i even remember i fired a kiln! : )

Mel Robson said...

450 sounds ok to me Sophie!
And Carole, its precisely because she does keep me so busy! Kiln firings are few and far between these days so the excitement/anxiety of actually getting some finished pieces out is heightened 20 times over!!

Amanda said...

I know the feeling exactly...I don't get to fire very often either and I have to make sure I plan a day out of the house while the kiln cools...

andrew widdis said...

Oh, I too know that struggle. Why is it OK to open the oven above 100deg. but not that kiln!
The best glazes come from the slowest cooling.
Patience...
Take the bungs out one by one, crack the door oh so slightly.
Cheers,
Andrew.

jimgottuso said...

oh how i know the feeling but then again what other job has you feeling that kind of anticipation?