You've made a fabulous pot. You followed all the steps, it dried perfectly, your mug handles didn't crack, the bisque fire went well and now you are ready to glaze. You glaze your work, load the kiln, and turn it on. The next day - always so exciting! - you go to open the kiln and you notice several pieces didn't turn out. The glaze looks horrible! Some pieces have little pinholes and others the glaze has crazed. This is how it goes. Sometimes you get the good with the bad. Sometimes I can reglaze the item and it turns out better the second time around, and sometimes that doesn't work so well. Every pottery has a stash of 'as-is' pieces. They make their way to friends' homes as free gifts or they get tossed into a waste bin for their eventual demise.
Discover secrets and insight into the pottery process in this blog brought to you by potter Amy Hafemann of Saukville, Wisconsin.