As the pieces get thicker, they need to be heated and cooled slower to prevent thermal shock. The last firing (shown here) was over 23 hours. You can see how each piece is dammed with strips of old kiln shelf. That lets me build the thickness of the piece & keeps it from spreading out over the shelf.
I'm very happy with the pieces from this winter's work. When you show up in the studio every day and work, you keep getting better - that's encouraging!
I'm looking forward to showing all the new pieces at the first show this spring, Best of the Northwest in Seattle on March 28-29. More on that later...