|Birdhouses & banks in various stages of production.|
I know! I've had all summer to work on inventory! What the heck? My show seasons typically run from March to June then October to December. So in between is production time. (I haven't been doing summer shows after the one bad experience I had that involved a 3 day festival, a summer storm, a tent that wants to be a kite when it grows up and lots of breakable pottery. But that's another post.) Any hoo, I'm very limited to how much inventory I can store right now. I have a small one-man studio and a small area in the garage to store finished inventory, tables, displays, etc. My garage runneth over!
I received several orders at earlier shows that are needed for Christmas and Hanukkah so there's just a little more pressure to get things done asap. With the super long process from start to finish (approx 4-6 weeks) I've been trying to speed it up the last few weeks by turning the heat up in the studio. If you rush drying the clay it will crack so I had to watch very closely to make sure the pots dried slow enough and evenly. Then I preheated them in the kiln for a few hours to make sure all of the water was evaporated before ramping it up to ^09 (1693 degrees F). Luckily, my first rushed bisque firing was perfect. Whew!
|A whole bisque load with no cracks! Woo Hoo!|
Now, all that's left to do is glaze like crazy and get them fired sometime tonight so they'll be ready Friday to load up for Saturday's show.
|The first layer of the glaze load.|
|More banks, etc.|