Adjusting to kiln life!
It's been 6 months since I re-launced my ceramics after fire destroyed my kilns and workshops 10 months earlier.
For about 4yrs prior to the fire I was used to making and firing my work in a small electric kiln about 2.4 cubic feet.
Upon my rebuild and ceramics upgrade decision after the fire - read here - I upgraded my power supply to three-phase, and upgraded my kiln to an 8 cubic feet size.
Practically I thought I would only be able to have this large kiln on 3 or 4 times a year - every few months. I never thought I could make enough, quick enough to fill it.
However I am surprising myself with my productivity and have found a better way of making.
Previously I wanted to allow 1 - 2 full days a week to make - as I still manage and produce other services and arts for my Temple of Balance business. However I couldn't find the time, and after about 6hrs of ceramics it is very tiring on the body.
These past couple of months - since my Garden Wizard Revival actually, I have spent 4 - 6 days a week making for 2-3 hours at a time. I am finding this new routine of making; productive, not so heavy on my body and more manageable - which means a happier artist.
This change to my making schedule has meant that I am creating enough work to fire my kiln approximately every 6 weeks. And with sales through this website being so well-received and consistent, this also means that the funds are coming back in to continue making and firing my kiln.
I am so grateful for such overwhelming support of my ceramics, always, but especially this year, since the fire and an expensive rebuild.
My next kiln firing will be by the end of June 2020. I've just a few more things to make now to fill the last available pockets within the kiln. You can see my estimated firing plan below... this will become definite as the date gets closer.
Keep an eye out for new creations over the coming few weeks.