As a test firing goes this was quite successful, however there is some bowing and fractures to try and eliminate. Had lots of positive comments about the construction methods and texture. I also really like the way the rusted steel mimics the clay...(which was going to be the gas kiln wall)
I was able to get to this show from work. A thought provoking exhibition , although not as big as expected from the advertisement .Really enjoyed the Julian Stair pieces and others..bought the book! Sadly couldn't take any photographs either, but I got some of a different part of the exhibition that proved to be interesting.
After much deliberation and technical elimination, I have decided to build the large piece as sections to be fired in the electric kiln. I would have liked to do a live performance show of the firing of a large piece, but I just felt it would be really complicated to do and may not work....I just think the success rate might be higher this way and at this stage the less things that can go wrong the better! it has been a logistical nightmare moving the things I need , but the
Firing to stoneware has brought out some lovely red hues to the clay and allowed me to add a glaze in parts. Unfortunately, it has also caused warping o f the shapes by melting parts of the clay , or clay which cannot take those temperatures!