Monday, August 30, 2010


To wadd or not?
For me, the answer is just a line of reasoning. Even well washed kiln shelves can accidentally make short work of a beautiful piece. The spot of extra time it takes to go through the steps of making the wadding, wadding up everything that's at risk, and knocking off wads and cleaning up the foot, is well worth the effort if I came come out the other end with something I can proudly put in front of a collector, gallery owner, or local customer.

Otherwise I have to shuffle my feet when customers see this... a chipped foot!

We knew that this was labor intensive when we took the job, Eh?


ang said...

nice wads was that your usual clay in that mix with the alumina and likes it! no surprises from the kiln shelf indeed..

Slow'one said...

Magic can happen with a trusty dremel and a sanding sponge to rough spots like those

FetishGhost said...

Hey Ang, cone 10 slop is what I'm using. That way there's no embarrassing mix-up when we go to cone 10.

Ron said...

I'm doing some catch up here. Wow, pots look great! Cool to see what's coming out of the gas kiln. That teapot is a sweetie. Glad I checked in, looks like was way behind. Keep at it!

Hollis Engley said...

Zyg, I've been wadding in the gas kiln for the past couple of years. I did it for a long time when I was only firing in wood kilns. That was absolutely necessary, of course, with ash and salt flying around. But after I was constantly getting chipped feet on my pots and kiln wash wouldn't do it, I figured the extra few minutes were well worth it. I do end up with cone 10 wads scattered under everything in the studio, but I don't often get chipped feet any more.