Working with clay is not always unicorns and rainbows as our class was reminded of this past week when the kiln malfunction and burned, fried, and exploded some of our pieces, including my octopus chalice that I have been working on for weeks
Some of us in the class came up with a new saying — instead of “don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” it can also be: “don’t put all your clay in one kiln.”
Luckily all my other pieces were spared, and here’s to crossing fingers they come out ok.
The kiln apparently overheated, burning and discoloring the clay, exploding someone’s piece (see the shards), and over melted and burned off the glaze. Even after all the destruction, the colors still look amazing on the chalice which I will definitely try to replicate because they will look even better when fired properly.
I’ve decided to approach this experience by seeing this as an opportunity to make an even better chalice. There were certain things I was not happy with, and the failure of this piece must mean I need to make a better one. Working on a new one now!