I busted my butt to prepare for a glaze firing today (Saturday). Working week nights to finish glazing and loaded the kiln Friday night after work. The glaze room was a mess!
All went well with the overnight pre-heat. I went to light the left burner psyched for a full day only to discover that the pressure gauge won't work. Crap, CRAP, CRAP!!! Maybe the spider who left all those webs crawled in and tied it in knots?!
Why is it that no one has 0-15" WC Pressure Gauges on hand?? Is it that unusual an item to keep in stock? And, why is it no one is open on Saturdays??!! Even my beloved Bailey Ceramics does not have business hours on Saturdays.
Finally my internet research led me to the Grainger company for this. I will go pick it up after work on Monday. This changes my week plans ~ I need this load of pots for a show next weekend. Have any of you potters out there dealt with this before?
So, plan B- clean up the mess in the glaze room, price pots in the shop and the rest of the day work on a custom order; 60 mugs made. Tomorrow decorate and put handles on...hopefully I'll have time to make more pots too. I am already anxious to get another kiln load ready. The last time I fired up Lucille it was October. I'd like to have more than two firings in a year!
That's the news at Kings Creek Pottery for now. Next time I hope to show you the results of the firing!
Have a good week~